|Project by GaryK||posted 09-04-2008 08:33 AM||4093 views||14 times favorited||32 comments|
How about something for little kids and big kids alike!
MAME? (acronym for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator)
“What’s that?”, I asked myself after seeing the projects of fellow lumberjocks:
It turns out that some people wrote computer emulators for all the various CPU’s (6502, Z80, 6800…)
and dumped the ROM’s from the original vintage arcade games and got the games to work on a regular PC.
I had never heard of it before so I want to thank both of them for their posts.
This is my version of a MAME cabinet. Actually it’s my second one (it was the same design as the Greg and Tim’s). I decided that the first one was just too big and heavy with a 26” color TV in it, so I broke it apart and used the wood to make this smaller version. I used 1/2” plywood instead of 3/4” MDF to keep the weight down. The entire thing weighs about 80 lbs. With 3” wheels it is real easy to move around.
The smaller version has a 17” LCD monitor. I did make the bezel removable so that I can fit a bigger monitor in the future if I wanted to. This allowed me to decrease the depth and height. I think that it ended up the perfect size for inside the house. The upper part contains the speakers since no game is complete without sound!
After a little bargain hunting on ebay, I found a steering wheel, stick shift, and a spinner for about$50. If I were to buy them new it would have cost $431!
If you look at the 5th picture you can see that I installed an extra switch to play Commodore 64 games. It basically just sets shift key on the keyboard controller to use multiple inputs for right joystick.
With about 20,000 C64 games and about 6000 arcade games, that brings the total up to about 26,000 games.
The software is great in that it allows you to organize all your favorites in one place. It also includes a history for each game along with all the details of the original game including pictures of the machine itself, the motherboard and a lot of other things.
In the last picture you can see my 16 month old daughter playing. I have no doubt that she will be better at it than I ever was or will be.
I never knew how much I missed all those old games.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX