Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Geektarded goes MAME-Tarded

I apologize for the lack of updates over the last 2 weeks. Things should be back to normal starting this week and poorly written entries will be flowing like fine Grapeade.

The reason for the hiatus was a very noble one. No, not curing Dog-Cancer or busting up steel monopolies. But building a MAME arcade. Basically you gut or build and arcade cabinet, toss in a PC and a monitor, buy or build some controls and then spend countless hours playing Bad Dudes and NARC.
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Since spare time has been an issue lately, I planned to try and find an old, beat up cabinet and totally redo it instead of trying to build one. And, when I can across this gorgeous 1982 Donkey Kong Jr (btw, one of my all time favorite games as kid), I knew this as the way to go.
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Look at that side art. Looks like new.
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There was very little work that had to be done to the cabinet, since the monitor and board had already been removed.
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The real work was setting up the PC, controller (kick-ass Arcade joystick from X-Arcade) and MAME software. Much cursing and drinking.
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The hollowed innards
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I had loads of bugs to figures out and there's still some tweaking, but all-in-all, it's pretty awesome.
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The finished product.



Alien vs Predator gonna getcha!

If you got the money and time, it's a must do. Check with your local arcades, used game shops, etc if you want to save on shipping one of these things cross-country, Otherwise, eBay has tons of old arcade hardware to choose from.

Joystick by http://www.x-arcade.com/

Vintage arcade artwork to download http://www.localarcade.com/

MAME and ROMS http://www.romnation.net/ http://romhustler.net/

Dr. G

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