Arcade control for MAME

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Project by cobb769 posted 11-07-2013 06:10 PM 1649 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Growing up the 80’s, nothing was better than hitting the arcade with a pocket full of quarters. I’ve been a fan of the open source MAME (Multi Arcade Machine Emulator) project for some time. The emulator supports over 2000+ games from the original Asteriods on up and runs off any PC or Mac. The inputs are all mapped in as keyboard strokes and there are multiple controller card solutions to allow one to map OEM arcade buttons and joysticks in so they look like a USB keyboard to the PC. I orderd the i-Pac controller from Ultimarc and the sticks and buttons from Suzo Happ. All components and info on MAME are easy to find on the web. For the cabinet base and top, I constructed it out of cabinet grade oak laminate. For the top surface, I added a sheet of plexiglas for added durability. It was tricky drilling the holes without cracking the sheet of plexi. Took 3 times to get a sheet of plexi drilled successfully. Best advice is to go slow and easy.
Now time to enjoy my fav classic arcade games!
Thanks for looking!

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 08:33 PM

This is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 11-08-2013 03:32 AM

Double Dragon ate my quarters. Great idea. Have fun!!!

-- Woodify ~~

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#3 posted 11-10-2013 08:04 PM

Really nice, I’ve built a bunch of these and a few full size arcade cabinets too. They are way too much fun and turn me back into a 12 year old playing turtles and the simpsons with mates. I use mdf and paint them though, cheaper and faster, your one is much classier looking!

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 08:14 PM

Nice looking controls.. I assume that extra black button each player have is the “coin deposit” button? :-)

Thanks for sharing

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 06:59 PM

Yes, the black buttons are the “coin” buttons. The plan is to have this slide out from my bar that I plan to build in my Man Cave.

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#6 posted 01-20-2014 08:26 PM

Got some good use out of this over the weekend… Glad I don’t have to feed quarters anymore, would have cost me a fortune to beat a few different games.

Woodify – Cost about $30 to beat Double Dragon between 2 players!

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#7 posted 01-20-2014 08:37 PM

I could get down on something like that cobb. Bring back some RBI baseball, RC pro-am, Mario kart and were ready to rock.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 01-20-2014 10:36 PM

Chris – Yes! Have all of those too. I run the Nestopia NES emulator and ROMs can be found online.

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#9 posted 05-26-2016 08:41 PM

Awesome – very nice work and fun too. I will add this to my favorites and consider a build sometime in my future.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania,

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