Mame Cabinet links

Arcade cabinets and emulators were the topic of discussion on slashdot recently when they linked to Aaron Mahler’s site.

Aaron has thoroughly documented his project and its one of the most well done and updated online resources on the subject. I’m particularly impressed by how he wired his control panel so nicely. He’s as free with the wire as I was although I don’t think I used nearly 200 feet – maybe 60.

In the discussion, I came across a couple of links that ought to be of interest if you are planning on doing a similar project:

  • This project has inspired me to thinkg about putting some artwork on my cabinet. I’ve been contemplating leaving it as bare wood but some nice retro aracade artwork really improves a project.
  • I plan on grabbing some from Classic Arcade Game Art although I’m not sure how I’ll get this onto the wood itself. Maybe print it at kinko’s and use some adhesive to put it on nicely?
  • Oscar controls has a whole ton of useful artwork for control panels and marquees.

Arcade Cabinet Pictures

Arcade cabinet frame

The arcade cabinet frame put together after the first weekend of cutting the panels and 2x2s.

Cabinet front panel door

A peek through the door on the front at the PC powering the whole thing. Its my old Athlon-400 that got me through grad school.

A look at the top half of the cabinet. I need to make a bezel to cover the TV and, yes, its near our laundry room. You can almost make out the four coats of finishing we put on it.

Control Panel Detail

A closer look at the 2-player control panel. Each player has a coin button, an 8-way joystick, and six buttons. Arcade Controls inspired me to undertake this project and is a great source of information.