Building a retro Bar Top Arcade Machine

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by fossyant, 6 Dec 2018 at 15:15.

  1. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    I've been contemplating this for a while using emulators for running classic arcade games (MAME) . I already have it all set up on my laptop but the xbox type controllers aren't great.

    You can buy flat packed cabinets straight off ebay/amazon or make your own. I currently have an older mini PC with an i5 processor, so it's faster than the PI 3. All I'd need is a case/build own case and the joystick and buttons, which are readily available. We have a couple of old 17" 4:3 monitors which are ideal.

    Buy flatpacked, or make own case ? Hmm.

    Anyone done one ?
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  2. Threevok

    Threevok Carpe Rotam

    South Wales
    No, but I love the idea

    I think we need a step-by-step thread for this - once you get started :becool:
  3. colly

    colly Re member eR

    I have always wanted a genuine pinball machine at home.

    Mrs Colly would not play ball though :sad::sad::sad: (literally)
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  4. OP

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    I will.

    Just been thinking about the 'machine' for a while. We have a Pi 2 that would be ideal, but the old PC is a bit more powerful and can run a few other emulators.

    The main problem so far has been with getting the correct version of Mame and Roms. The version of Mame has to match the ROM versions, otherwise some games won't work.

    Well, I found a huge pack of version 0.197 on a retro gaming site I'd previously subscribed (£10 lifetime membership) so downloaded 50 GIG of Roms. I then installed version 0.197 of MAME (latest is 202). Anyway, looks like over 12000 games work !!

    That's all on the laptop, so I'll copy them over to the retro machine.

    You can get the buttons/joystick from £22 for a single player. These all wire up to a USB interface board, which you then connect to the PC.
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  5. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    I had,probally still have mame on a old computer in my kids room.Its got everything retro on it.Not that my kids think its any good.If i do say so myself im pretty good on "mr do" many a day wagging school playing that game.
  6. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

  7. booze and cake

    booze and cake probably out cycling

    Sounds great, will keep an eye on the thread, good luck!
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