This instructable is for those of you who like to game but missed or want to relive the times where those addictive coin sucking machines were on top of the game food chain.
There are a couple of instructables about arcade cabs already but none of them are like the classic style, two player, street fighter cabinets which I think are the most versatile and fun to have. Also this is made by a student without a lot of money making it a bit more accessible. (Not everyone has access to a metal workshop)
I'll explain it in three parts focusing on different sections of the cab. These are, the computer, the controls and the cabinet itself. Note that, just like all instructables, you do not have to follow my exact steps. There is a lot of room for customization. Therefore the cab i've made is not very esthetically pleasing. Not yet anyway, it's still a work in progress.
If you need more clarification or maybe an extra photo or something just add a comment.
I imagine that you guys are mostly interested in gaming so I'll just start where i started, the games.
These day's it's not uncommon to have an old spare computer somewhere in the house and if you don't have one it's easy to get one. The emulator the computer is going to run is MAME, Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. In order to get some kind of performance it is recommended that you at least have a
Pentium III processor 256 MB of RAM a dedicated graphics card ( anything from the NVidia GeForce2 and up, or comparable ATI card will do)
As always the better your system specs, the better your games will run. But the operating system of choice will also be a factor.
I went for performance and grabbed my old and trusted Sony VAIO. It has a Pentium IV - 2.4 GHz 1024 MB of RAM NVidia GeForce4 MX 440
This is overkill i know but i did it anyway. Especial because i will be running a Linux distribution on it.
The next few steps will not have any pictures because there just isn't much to see. If you really want some screen captures just ask and I'll add it as soon as possible.