Anybody have any experience setting up their own home arcade machine(s)? Arcade meaning games found in a traditional arcade, standup boxes, joystick, 3-6 button setup, etc.
I haven't before, but I'm looking at doing that soon. Working on getting all the software right now, most notably MAME emulation. If you're anything like me, you have emulators for NES, SNES, Genesis, Gameboy and maybe a little dabling in N64 and PSX. Until recently I hadn't even heard the term MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator).
I'm working towards a complete romset of the current version of MAME, which is the primary arcade machine emulator... something like 150,000 roms in total. I'm a little over half way, but likely to give up before long. If anybody has insight on this end of things, let me know please. Lots of complexities in MAME emulation that don't exist in traditional emulation. I want to end up with basically the top 50 arcade games on a single box, but I also am a completionist and want to have every rom working, jsut for the sake of it. Though that's less important than getting the top 50-100 to work flawlessly.
In addition to getting the software to work fully, which is already quite a task, I have to think about a machine to dedicate to it (which isn't an issue, since these emulators can run on about anything these days), a monitor (also not an issue), and joystick setups (2-4, most likely USB). Most importantly, I want to build the cabinet (or modify an already existing one) so that the unit actually fits the idea of an arcade machine, not just a computer with an emulator.
Anybody take on anything like this? Input? Thoughts? Ideas?