View Full Version : Can you build an Arcade Game?
03-28-2003, 07:07 PM
Here's my problem: Tons of arcade games drop in quality when they sell them for the console. Xmen Vs. Streetfighter, for example.
I'd love to be able to buy the system board and build a box to output it to my TV. Does anyone know if it's even possible?
03-28-2003, 07:19 PM
If the games are a bit old, you could get the roms and build a mame cabinet, which is basically a computer with arcade joysticks.
03-28-2003, 09:51 PM
You can get MAME at: http://www.classicgaming.com/mame32/index.htm
03-28-2003, 10:03 PM
The way arcade systems USED TO work is much like old consoles worked. There was a standard interface and console machine (in the cabinet), and then the "game" was shipped with the game module "Rom", a special control system if it needed one, and the cabinet art (big stickers and a translucent window for the front). You can still buy many of these modules (pre 1990), and then you would only have to buy one compatiable cabinet.
Altogether, it would be easier to get the X-Arcade (http://www.x-arcade.com/) joystick, an old pentium II computer from Computer show (http://www.computer-show.com) or Computer Geeks (http://www.compgeeks.com/products.asp?cat=SYS), and a 19" TV from walmart. I bet with some time, you could even get an old arcade cabinet from one of the many dead or dying arcade leasing companies.
Big fun...will do this when I have enough scratch....someday
03-29-2003, 02:59 PM
I apologize for the first link that I put here. I didn't think about the legality about it before I posted.
03-31-2003, 08:09 PM
So people are suggesting emulators. That I can do. , but where can I get (buy) the games themselves?
If the legality is questionable, I'll find someway to do it legally. If you're nervous about posting it, email me at [email protected]
Thanks for all the suggestions thus far. I'm dying to build some of the fighting cames of the 90's. (Xmen vs. Streetfighter, Killer Instinct, Street Fighter 2)
03-31-2003, 09:04 PM
You can actually buy a used arcade cabinet for cheap on Ebay. Just make sure that it has a JAMMA board in it already. If so, you can purchase more JAMMA boards and simply swap them out to play other games. The only thing that you need to be aware of is the controls - which can be limited if you start out with a one player cabinet with only two main buttons.
On the other hand, these games are probably a little on the old side, so if you want newer games, this idea might not work.
04-01-2003, 12:13 PM
There are a lot of folks who take old games and make cabinets for them and then sell them but not cheap. I'll have to take a look around, I seem to recall a web site that made cabinets that you could by and fill in with whatever you wanted. I think they were made so you could just slip in your Xbox, PS2, GC and hook a wire here and there and play away. I'll see if I can find that again...
04-01-2003, 01:44 PM
It's pretty easy to build a cabinet and map the controls to a pc interface. I will add a bunch of links later when I get home. Here is a pic of the cabinet I am turning into a MAME system. I haven't decided to make it compatible with PS-2 or Xbox yet.
04-01-2003, 04:04 PM
04-01-2003, 05:18 PM
my buddy actually bought like 5 arcade machines from an arcade that was going out of business in december.
what he's been doing now, is buying the boards.
what you start out with is a cheap cheap cabinet...
if you go through like google groups, there's one for arcades..
they have people selling cabinets for like a hundred a pop as long as you pick it up.
then go through the google group or check ebay and just look up jamma. you'll see tons of boards that use the standard jamma connectors.
installing it into the cabinet is easier than installing parts into a computer.
if you want a 4 player cabinet, it requires a little more thinking, but it's easy...
right now, me and my friend are working on a switch to have eight boards hook up into a single cabinet. It requires a little sodering.
but it's pretty simple electrical stuff.
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