1. Foosball table.
2. Pinball machine.
3. Arcade game cabinet.
I have foosball already, and pinball is too expensive/hard to maintain. Sooo…
I’ve decided I’m going to BUILD an arcade game cabinet with my old Dreamcast + lots of plywood + a MAME emulator disc. I’ll need my sister’s assistance (I’ve mailed the proposal to her) but otherwise I think this is doable.
Why? Simple. What do I need?
* Wood and construction. Jen’s help here. Materials will cost money, but I have money.
* Speakers. Cheap. I even have a good RCA+RCA to Headphone jack available to route the sound.
* A TV. A small one should be cheap enough. All it needs is an RCA video input. It can be mono, not cable ready, whatever.
* MAME onna disk. I’ve been researching and this might be the nastiest part, oddly enough, since assembling a burnable, self-booting disk with lots of ROMs takes work and might not even be compatable with my drive. But, even if it’s not, I have lots of DC games that’d look SWEET in a real cabinet.
There won’t be true joysticks, just a rack for the controllers and some holes for the cords. Won’t be a coin slot. But so what? It’s still VERY cool to have an arcade cabinet and might be a lot of fun!
Has anybody attempted this sort of thing before? Or has anyone successfully burned a self booting Dreamcast MAMED disc? Maybe I can get some help or advice.
Beyond that, state of the flower, enjoying my new place, love the S-Video image from my PS2, waiting for tomorrow to get the new WWF PS2 game, and enjoying life despite the hassles.
Update: Well, we are go for this! Jen’s enthusiastic about it, and I’m already spending money. (eep) I’ve got an eBay bid on a Dreamcast joystick which we’ll mount into the thing, with four holes for dropping in normal controller cables whenever the joystick isn’t suitable for the game. I ordered some parts from Happ (thanks, agerman) to mock up the coin box — two coin return button/slots with drop boxes, two ’25c to play’ labels with a funky 70’s font, and even a fan grate for the side of the machine. We can’t design the cabinet until we get the joystick and measure it and we pick out a TV (I’m thinking 13″ or 15″ since I’ll be standing right in front of it..) but we’re rolling!