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So we are getting a extension with a good sized deck out the back. I've decided I'm finally gonna take the plunge and get a arcade cabinet. I don't know if I should go legit and buy a original one or make my own and install a mame setup. Doing it myself means I can have a good screen and whatever games I want but won't really look right as a original one would. Who knows maybe il have room for two. Also old ones are a f*cking pain to look after. Either way. I can't wait.


After looking around online, its retardedly expensive in aus. i guess i will be making my own.

does anybody have any experience with this?

The actual cabinet is no worries, i have the materials and tools at work to do that, but i need to know best bits of tech. like what sticks to use and things like that.

Gonna be a big project, but im excited.
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If it were me, I think I'd go for a MAME cabinet. An original single game cabinet would be neat for a while, but no game stays fun forever.
If you really wanted to go legit, there's NEO GEO cabinets that can be loaded with more than one ROM so you can use the same cabinet to play more than one game, but my understanding is that the ROMs are exceedingly expensive.
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It would be a ton of fun to make your own, plus emulation would give you a bit of flexibility and variety.

The BenHeck blog might be useful. He usually has step-by-step pics if his DIY gaming machines, and I'm sure there's an arcade cabinet in there somewhere.

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MAME for sure, for all the reasons Catfish mentioned. It sounds a great project, would you throw in an old school CRT for added 'authenticity'?
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What 'fish said. I'd go a slim MAME cabinet, ie a flatscreen. Unless you do want all teh oldschoolnes.
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There's a mob in WA that does restos on old arcades etc. My parents' neighbour got an old unit that wasn't working and managed to get it back together. I think he replaced the old board with a MAME one so he could have some variety, but they supply screens etc. Not sure of the name and I doubt I'd be in contact with my folks' neighbours anytime soon, but google search.

Rather than a cabinet, I'd rather make one of the old Frogger coffee tables (maybe not just Frogger, but you get my drift). Practical AND functional... or I'd get a Super Mario pinball machine... that shit is the bomb!
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Because of ridiculous. Costings, I'm just gonna build my own mame cabinet.
Yes, a nice flatscreen. I don't really see the point in keeping it old school when it's not a authentic machine. Gonna start as soon as I get a minute. Will post progress.
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It might be a bit late to mention this, but if you're going to make your own control panel it's worth considering taking the extra time to throw in a trackball and spinner to get an authentic experience from the various games that used them. I often fantasise about making one myself, but I haven't the space to keep any such thing and am unsure whether I have the patience to pursue such a project to the end.
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