Step 4: Sotware
You can either use an Xbox 360 or a PC. when using an Xbox just slide the Xbox into the back shelf and use the VGA cable to connect it to the screen and simply plug in the controllers. The VGA cable comes with an Audio wire so you can connect your speakers up as well. If your screen has HDMI you can use that instead. To neaten things up , drill two small holes in the front panel to allow the controller wires to get through to the back so they can plug in. This is simple but costly and not everyone has an Xbox.
The PC might be a better option as most people have old ones just lying around. These games don't require high performance pc's, Therefore older computers will work.
I had an Ee-pc Netbook. it only has 1 gig of ram and about 16gig of Hard drive, nothing special but it works just fine. I formatted it to use for this purpose.
First Download a free emulator from the Mame website:
" Mame" makes the computer think its an arcade machine so you can play old school games.
Once you have downloaded Mame and installed it, download any ROMS you would like that Mame supports. these will be the games you will play through the pc.You can find them at:
Open up the folder which Mame is saved and find the "rom" folder. Place these roms 'IN THEIR ZIPPED FORM' in the rom folder and run Mame. When Mame is running, search for the game of which rom you downloaded, right click on it- properties-audit, *it should scan the files and say "Passed" click ok and double click on the game. It should run and you can start playing :)
connect up a VGA cable from the screen to the PC. for easy access you can place the pc in the 'shelf' and keep a keyboard by the controllers. Plug the controllers into the usb ports.
Play for hours....
For further info on how to use mame, search google, theres plenty of help.