Merl's Mame Arcade Machine
History and Background
I originally found Mame while searching for arcade sites. After downloading Mame and playing Joust, I was hooked. I read each and every site I could find regarding cabinet building and interfacing. The BYOAC
site hosted by Saint I owe all my inspiration and success to. Every question I posted was answered quickly and professionally. Also thanks to the owner of the Ultimate Arcade Machine
site, which is the design I based my machine after. Also great thanks to Lusid's site
, for the templates for the control panel.
The Mame program brought me back to my teenager years in the 80's. In my prime I could routinely score 1,000,000 on Missile Command. I thought of the great times I could have playing these classics from the 80's with my two daughters, 8 and 10.
I read everything I could find before I started building. I was amazed by the different designs and styles created. From start to finish the project took me about five months of weekends. A few of them I actually had to do other things besides work on the arcade cabinet.
Last, but never least, I have to thank my darling wife for all her support. She endured my endless conversations about how I would attach this, or how would this look.