MAME – The Beginning

Some of you may at this point be wondering what the heck is MAME?

MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, it basically will allow you to play arcade games on your computer. Old arcade games actually had a circuit board in them programmed to only run that one game. These games have been downloaded off the circuit boards and MAME actually emulates the hardware that was in the original Arcade machine. In 99% of cases, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between the original and an emulated version of the same game.

More information on MAME can be found on the mame website.

Across the road from where I used to work is a burger bar (Burger Fuel). In there they have an original cocktail (sit down table) cabinet of Galaga. It didn’t take long before I knew I had to have one of these in my own home.

I decided that I wanted to build a cabinet to fit a computer and mame setup in. I needed to make a cabinet, get buttons, joysticks, a computer, a monitor and a few other bits and pieces.

This is a basic and unstructured diary of how it is all progressing. Hopefully someone will understand it. I’ll try to update it weekly with my progress.

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