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★★★ Bar Top MAME Arcade ★★★

UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,686Member
edited May 2012 in Miscellaneous
With my Dad's 60th coming up i decided to make him a bar top arcade, just hope he likes it and he doesn't read the GS forums as it will spoil the surprise :)

It has hyperspin as a frontend with 40 systems and over 50k games most with video preview etc on a 2TB HDD.

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I put the T-Moulding on today and a lesson learned, next time i will make the corners curved as it's hard to go round 90 angles.

Its bright orange not red as it looks in the pic.

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This is the back of the cab minus the core 2 duo pc thats running the show.

From the top down we have a light, 2 pieces of plexi glass that will hold the marquee in place (see pic below) also i took off the monitor stand and used vesa mounts as it gives more support and added space for the pc.

I made a custom control panel using a mini pac + joystick and button set and wired up using a daisy chain of ground wires to the micro switches 1st then connected all the buttons and joystick wires, i nearly got it right 1st go but found out later i had a wire on the wrong switch but was only a matter of changing it over and it was all set up.

Need some cable ties for the wires and a good clean up to stop them dangling but pretty pleased with the result, i also added T-Moulding to the front on the CP.

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Need to get some safety glass and a marquee and also do the back so will do a video of it up and running soon.

Darren.

Comments

  • simo103simo103 Posts: 1,331Member, PRO
    looks terrific Darren ... maybe another business for you? (OR you could do blueprints and step-by-step and charge for that) .. in any case looks very polished.
  • LumpAppsLumpApps Posts: 2,869Member
    Can I adopt you?

    Perhaps it helps to use a hairdryer on the T-Moulding to soften them a bit so you can fit them easier.
  • BarrytheBraveBarrytheBrave Posts: 134Member
    edited May 2012
    So does your Dad have a bar to put this on too? If he has a bar and an arcade machine in his house then I think I might actually want to go and live with him, would that be cool? :-)

    Great job it looks really good, I've been intending to build a cabinet for years, maybe you've given me the push I need!
  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,686Member
    Yeah Dad owns a B&B in Scarborough so will be perfect:)

    Darren.
  • beefy_clyrobeefy_clyro Posts: 5,390Member
    Good work man
  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,686Member
    Cheers Beefy,

    Got the glass in today and looking cool.

    Darren.
  • butterbeanbutterbean Posts: 4,315Member, PRO
    OMG I want one of these, looks fab!
  • BazookaTimeBazookaTime Posts: 1,274Member
    Awesome.
  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,686Member
    Spent a lot of time setting up the emulators over the last few days but its worth it:)

    Some lesser known emulators are simply awesome,

    Zinc, Mugen, Atomiswave and Naomi to name a few.









    Darren.
  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,686Member
    Got the marquee today, had a slight delay cause we were away in Spain for 9 days but here it is with the light behind on and i think it looks really nice.

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    Darren.
  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,686Member
  • LumpAppsLumpApps Posts: 2,869Member
    Nice. I recently deleted MAME from my mac since it is hardly playing any roms. Over the years the compatibility got worse. I do emulate SNES and Sega a lot. Pretty awesome. Whenever I have some spare time to do manual labour and after I finished my baja bug I will to make something like this. Perhaps when I am 65 ;)
  • YardleyYardley Posts: 2Member
    Nice! I kinda wish I never found this, now I don't know if to go with the tinyarcade design or this one hehe. Do you have a more detailed version of the build posted anywhere? Also on the last picture with the Arcade Classics theme on the screen, is that a different emulator than MAME? I have access to under-ground gamer if you can point me in the right direction. Excellent job!
  • JoeMeisterJoeMeister Posts: 602Member
    If your Dad doesn't like it I take it ;0
  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,686Member
    I don't have any plans as I pretty much built it to fit around the pc etc.

    I did a custom control panel using an ipac which was really straight forward.

    The front end is hyper spin which takes a little setting up and knowledge of xml is a plus.

    Darren.
  • YardleyYardley Posts: 2Member

    I don't have any plans as I pretty much built it to fit around the pc etc.

    I did a custom control panel using an ipac which was really straight forward.

    The front end is hyper spin which takes a little setting up and knowledge of xml is a plus.

    Darren.

    Hey, thanks for the response, I should have been a bit clearer. I'm familiar with Hyperspin, what I want to know is if that particular Aracade Classics screen is just a theme for the MAME emulator or is there an actual emulator with that name. Thanks
  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,686Member
    Its a theme in Hyperspin for mame.

    Darren.
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