Creating the Ultimate Arcade Experience

Sun, Mar 8, 2009

Games - Entertainment

classicarcadeaudioMany of you read my article on MAME-based home arcades. In my quest to re-create the ultimate gaming experience, I came across a website by Andy Hofle called the Arcade Ambiance Project. Andy has put this package together to simulate the audio ambiance of a crowded arcade room. The four different iterations are 1981, 1983, 1986 and 1992. Sounds such as Dig Dug, Asteroids, Defender and Donkey Kong are peppered throughout the MP3, to name a few. In addition these sounds, Andy also includes samples of coin changers, bells, and general ‘crowd’ noise were taken from a local arcade. Jeff Shanholtz has also put together an “Ambience” utility application to play the music in the background of your MAME cabinet. For me, I will probably load them onto my server and stream them in my basement, where the final MAME box will be located. Either way, Andy deserves a lot of credit for putting this together.

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