Diary of a Madman: In the beginning...
So... here's where I'll describe the construction details of the transformation
from an empty gutted old Taito cabinet into the UberArcade multi-gaming
platform of doom.
When I discovered emulation way back in the spirit of '96 I was awestruck
firing up Frogger in David Spicer's Sparcade emulator on my 486 DX/2 -
66Mhz and it was exactly as I remembered it. You even had to insert coins
(virtually) to play!
Now I'm not the first person to decide to put a PC into a real arcade
cabinet load it with emulators and have a "1000+ games in 1"
cabinet. Far from it... About 500
people have braved the strange looks from their family, the blank
stares from Home
Depot employees, and have Built
Their Own Arcade Controls.
I had noted, while scoping this project out months prior to its actual
start, that Kevin from K
& S Family Amusements had gutted
arcade cabinets for like $20 or $30 bucks. By the time I upgrade my
main PC, which would free up the older PC to be a dedicated arcade cabinet
PC, he had updated his page stating that the cabinets were now FREE. Just
come down and pick one up! My fate was sealed, and I knew the project
was going to come to fruition.
emailing Kevin to make arrangements, I went to his warehouse to look at
the gutted cabinets he had available. There was an all white laminate
one that was pretty dirty, another cabinet that mighta been a defender
30 conversions ago, and a cabinet that had some sort of golf control panel
on it. I ended picking the one that used to be a Big Event Golf game. It was a "mid sized"
cabinet which I thought would be least offensive to my wife, and it had
both its back door AND a coin door. I admit it, I picked the cabinet because
the coin door was still attached.
helped me get it on a dolly and guided me out the warehouse and gave me
a hand leveraging it into my pickup. Which I thought was exceptionally
nice considering he's not making any bread on the deal. I unloaded the
beast into my garage for the next stage in the restoration / conversion