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Before you ask I will make sure you know: MAME stands for “Many Arcade Machine Emulator.” The reason for a MAME cabinet is simple; we use our quarters for laundry, not arcades. Also there is nothing better than a machine that can run over 4000 video game classics. The reason for choosing a cocktail cabinet over a stand up is also pretty easy. We need a place to put beverages while we play. The reason why we designed our own is also simple; to buy a new one it is more money than we will have for a long time. I modeled this in Inventor 8 and it is a fairly simple design for a four person cabinet. I made some dimensions longer than others have on their cabinets because I designed this one to exactly fit our needs. Also it sports a modular control idea that will allow for more flexibility in which controls we use for which games (I will go into this more when we build it). If this sparks your interest and you want to make your own MAME cabinet there are tons of sites you can get information from.

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[Development Log]

The new renders are up for Project A.R.E.S. and a couple people have said it looks like a swiss army knife. Anyway things are going well with the design and building, I am almost finished making the wiring so that when we make the controller boxes (this weekend I hope) we can start trying out some games. We have a small shuttle PC that will work as the brain behind this monster and we are going to use Linux as the OS, either Slackware or Mandrake we are unsure of which we will use yet. Anyway the Mame Linux is called x-mame but there are a few others as well that work in Linux as well as many more emulators that we may try. I encourage all video game fanatics to make a Mame machine or at least a PC controller because no where can you get the shear amount of games that Mame has in one place. I hope to have pictures of the finished or at least started controller boxes next week, stay tuned.

-Mark (June 25, 2004)

 
 
[Development Log]

We have finished all the woodworking involved with the coffee (cocktail) table and main console. The overall design of the table has stayed the same while some details have changed to better function and accommodate the players. The Lexan and a perimeter of trim need to cut and fit to the table before it can be stained and glossed. Once the table is glossed the monitors will be mounted and then wiring of the main controller can begin. We also plan on making the smaller controller boxes that can be disconnected once we finish the main table. Also in discussion is possible modification for a trackball

-Mark (April 27, 2005)

 
 
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