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 Arcade machines, cabinets, MAME etc. 
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Ok this post is well overdue. I made an arcade machine. It was 2 months of all consuming construction during my non working hours. I used 1 drawing I made on graph paper and pretty much winged the rest with pure obsession; I could see it all in my head before I even started. The aim is to be able to play any game, any way and contain my madness in one space. I have just moved house a month and haf ago and am still in the process of getting my mad scientist lab back to where it was at my old house. I am still working on the software/emulator/rom side of things but here are a list of the features.

switchable VGA/HDMI input
HDMI upscaler for retro consoles
Usb controllers of every shape and size.
Built in Arcade joysticks for 2 players with SANWA DENSHI hardware(good buttons).
Slide away drawer for keyboard and mouse.
A shitty old laptop and my megadrive inside but this could be anything from a NES to a raspberry pi as long as it has VGA, HDMI, RCA or DVI.

I want to be doing this shit for a living in some way shape or form but I feel the demand for it is too long, my build speed is too slow and my price would be too high. What do you clowns reckon?

p.s. Yes I know it is Drawer not Draw. I spelt it wrong in my video and noticed after uploading.

Who else has a Mame cabinet at home? Who else wants one? Who wants to build one? Lets get some words flowing fellas.


20 Dec 2017 09:15 pm
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Love the electricity at the end. The cabinet couldn't contain the power of mame so it had to release energy in some form to stabilise itself and accidentally destroyed all the other apliances in the home when it went super saiyan.

There is a guy near me that does these cabinets. Only the control for the buttons are not that good. Tried to play street fighter III but it wasn't good enough because the control seemed too slow. But it was sturdy and hard to break if you are rough on it.

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21 Dec 2017 09:18 am
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That looks really good :up:

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21 Dec 2017 09:19 am
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How much do yours go for? The idea of connecting any controller sounds cool. People must have dozens of fighting sticks packed away from all the previous consoles they owned. Can you flip the monitor for vertically scrolling shooters?

Might be good to create an FAQ so you don't have to answer the same question over and over again from different people.

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21 Dec 2017 09:31 am
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I want to build one myself. Now I've just moved into my first house with a massive 40sqm garage plus I plan to get the ball rolling in the new year even if I just buy the pieces bit by bit. My plan is to have a big enough control panel for controls for two player fighting, a trackball, a paddle for pong clones like Arkanoid and maybe a modded paddle with fitted joystick for 720 Degrees cos I love that game.


Love your cabinet Boom, nice and clean.

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21 Dec 2017 07:21 pm
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This is sick.

I've got a custom-made cab in the garage with a modded OG Xbox in there...except the modded OG Xbox has shit itself :/


21 Dec 2017 08:54 pm
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Boomy I think we might be due for a games day/night at my new digs?


21 Dec 2017 08:54 pm
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Gamehed, that’s why you need Sanwa Denshi and not a handheld on the bus or some dodgy non Sanwa knock off.

Lepo, thanks man, please share. :)

Tomby, yea I bought mine piece by piece. I starts with a monitor, joystick parts and cut the two side panels from one big piece and the rest was done slowly 1 piece at time each time I had a day off. I reckon I could probably make one in a week if someone feels like paying me enough to do so. I can take some more photos if you need some ideas on how to put it all together, I winged as I said but I reckon I worked out a pretty good construction method in the end. You can pause/play the video during the photo montage to get a more step by step idea of how it came together.

Candy, I have an old Xbox original I have been meaning to soft mod. Do you have splinter cell and the cable to do it? Maybe I can bring it over and you can help me? Regardless... MAHVEL!


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I might be going down the modded OG Xbox route, had an NTSC one sitting in my cupboard for years that I received from a friend and was only just reminded recently that it could be modded. It all depends as I do have my old hdds with roms and emus.

Also, the little old local town I moved to has someone that sells arcade bits including proper arcade monitors that have been refurbished. Boxing Day I'll price up some board for the cabinet.

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