found that you could play all the old video games that I grew up with on my
computer using a product called MAME www.mamedev.org .
can also search around and get the games. I believe they call this gray software
because most of the companies that made the games are out of business or no
longer sell or market them, but they still own the licensing rights. I
decided to build a full size arcade game to run these. All the controls are the
real deal. You can get them from www.happcontrols.com/ for a reasonable
found a company in the UK that makes circuit boards that will convert the mouse
and the keyboard into separate wiring ports. This allows you to connect the
wires from all the controls to the circuit board. You can also still leave the
mouse and keyboard plugged in for other commands that might be needed.
computer is an old Windows 98 machine with s-video card installed.
found the basic plans from someone on line. The sides are painted with a special
textured paint that comes in spray cans. The front is plexiglass. The coin door
allows access to the computer and the volume for the speakers.
whole control panel can be removed. I was going to build a second panel with
different controls on it (more buttons and spinner). Then I could swap them out
in 1 minute.
Mame arcade machine
Board that is removable. I used real arcade buttons, joy stick and roller
up of control board
door access to computer
panel comes down to reveal keyboard and mouse. This is mounted on draw
draw pulled out.
the machine. Notice the hook and latch. This holds the whole control panel in
place since it also is on drawer rollers.
are the 2 circuit boards that convert the keyboard and mouse into direct wiring
of the machine
slides for the key board and control panel
cable that is used as a quick disconnect of all wires between machine and
of the removal able control panel. All wires are from the printer
up of joystick and control button wiring
cable close up
for control panel
control for speakers
textured spray paint for the sides
speakers mounted in the top
mounted a florescent bulb to show through the header panel.