The MAME Cabinet project's purpose is to plan, build, and enjoy a fully-functional arcade machine running MAME (Mulitple Arcade Machine Emulator), and a suitable front-end. Once the project is complete, the arcade may be enjoyed by all.
- Incorporate older PC games/other emulators into frontend
- Incorporate jukebox functionality, serve as house music control
- Build a "High Scores" screensaver, using live data from doorsystem
- Include cupholders (Like the old arcades) to prevent damage to the control panel
- 10/07/2010: Cabinet(s) sourced.
- 10/12/2010: Permission to store cabinet at space granted by membership.
- 01/04/2011: Arranged for inspection and pickup of cabinets.
- 01/05/2011: Acquired cabinets! Beginning inspection.
- 01/06/2011: Gutted most old cabinet hardware. Mounted monitor!
- 01/08/2011: Testing 2-player I-PAC interface and audio: OK!
- 01/24/2011: Designing and routing logic boards and cable...
- 02/08/2011: Redesigning UI/controller panel.
- 02/24/2011: Re-routing cable. Beginning aesthetics
- 03/10/2011: Cabinet complete with vinyl artwork and playable games!
- 03/11/2011: Displayed cabinet at SXSW Interactive. Huge success.
- 03/12/2011: Installed and configured MaLa frontend.
- There MUST be only one cabinet.
- The cabinet MUST NOT be too deep. (Space limitations)
- Halving a cabinet depth-wise would probably work, as long as it remains stable.
- The cabinet MUST NOT be too heavy. (Easier mobility)
- The CRT forms a significant portion of weight.
- Casters should be used to make moving easier.
- The MAME host MUST only run legitimate ROMs (Legality issues)
- Only ROMs whose board you own, or are able to dump, will be permitted.