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What do you mean, I can have my own arcade game?

Tue, Feb 10, 2009

Games - Entertainment

That’s right, you read it right. There is no reason why you can’t have your own arcade game in your house. Pac Man, Dig Dug, Punch Out!, and Joust to name a few.

What is an emulator?

mame_logo_gifMAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. Its purpose is to recreate the inner workings of the old games of the video arcade era. Pair MAME with ROMS (the games) and you have got yourself the beginnings of an arcade. Visit MameDev to learn everything there is to know about MAME.

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How do I control these games?

Now there are plenty of websites that will walk you through how to build your own control panel, but here is the LazyAutomation method – buy one pre-assembled. That’s right, companies like X-Arcade (which by the way, were featured on the hit HBO show, Entourage) will sell you their top of the line joystick the TankStick, WITH trackball (let’s face it, you need it for Centipede) for $200 delivered. Better yet, you can also use this with your PS3 as well (how cool is that!).

Do I want to build a classic arcade box to house everything?

If you decide to, visit ArcadeControls, where you can find all there is to know about building these games. This has become something of an art.

What have I learned so far?

Ok, so I started out with the idea that I would use an old 1.6 mHz laptop to control my arcade. Needless to say, it just isn’t enough, even for the old games. I will be ungrading to a desktop PC (not sure of the power). I was able to pick up a really sweet 24″ Samsung monitor.

Stay tuned for how this project develops…

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