June 07, 2004

First Step

I ordered the book Project Arcade from Amazon.com this evening. Project Arcade was written by the site admin from the Arcade Controls website. It's supposed to be an incredible resource. Although much of the information in the book is also scattered throughout the Arcade Controls website, I would rather have all the pertinent information in one place.

I also priced out a couple jigsaws and circular saws at Lowe's over the weekend. They are less expensive (under $100) than I thought they would be. Now, I just need to find a place to brush up on my woodworking skills a bit (or, a lot).

Posted by Deinonych at 11:21 PM

June 01, 2004

The Beginning

While I was on vacation last week, my wife and I stopped by S&B Amusements, a local shop that refurbishes old arcade machines. I was instantly transported back in time to my high school days, when I used to spend countless hours in the arcade. After perusing through the old machines, I got the bug to get one for myself.

A refurbished arcade machine like Gorf or Stargate (two of my favorites) runs anywhere from $1200 to $1800. That's a hefty chunk of change, but I figured it was a worthy investment for a piece of nostalgia. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that spending that much of my hard-earned money on just ONE game was somewhat foolhardy. I remembered reading about people building their own arcade machines around a PC running MAME. So, I spent the next few evenings perusing the Arcade Controls website, which is a treaure trove of information about building arcade cabinets.

I decided that building a cabinet would be a fun project. I enjoy building things, and it gives me an excuse to buy power tools (which is always a good thing). This page will chronicle my foray into building a MAME cabinet over the coming months.

More to come soon...

Posted by Deinonych at 09:11 PM