I'm a huge fan of retro gaming -- MAME, Stella, original hardware, etc...
WARNING: This runs in a pretty small window, so I wouldn't have your screen resolution set higher than 1024 X 768 when you play this game.
Originally posted on jaklumen.vox.com
It made me want a Donkey Kong machine again....
Slowly, but surely (Don't call me Shirley) I'm creeping along with my project. I've removed all of the hardware from my Double Dragon's cabinet, except for the coind door which I'll get to tonight probably, then give it a good hosing down and let the Texas summer dry that sucker out in no time. I've gotten some parts in for the control panel, specifically two 24" rack rails which I need to trim down to fit in the cabinet.
I also got the DVDs for Space Ace and Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp off eBay for about $10 each (As opposed to $30 for each) so I can add these games to my cabinet, once I configure my pc to play these games. I'll use the Daphne emulator to extract the movie files onto the hard drive and so it can run/emulate the games properly instead of relying on a DVD player and controls to play the game. I already have the original Dragon's Lair game as well, so now I have the Don Bluth trilogy.
A quick update for anyone who's peeking in here. Changed tactics a bit for my cabinet. Originally I was going with this person's version of the modular control panel. My biggest dilema with this route was the equipment I would have to buy to make this cabinet - specifically, a router and a drill press. Plus I ran into the problem of getting the correct angle for drilling and setting the dowels to have the individual panels to lock correctly.
Then I ran across this site, which is also doing a modular panel but uses rack mount server parts which seems a bit easier for me. Plus the controls can be mounted to metal panels, as opposed to routing and fitting the controls in thicker wood panels (Especially good with trackballs and spinners.) I'm currently researching how to mount these on the rack rails. I'd rather use something easy to 'hot swap' panels, without requiring a screwdriver each time I want to play a different game. Screws are out, thumb screws are a possibility, but I'd rather have something else. I seem to remember there's some type of locking device where if you press it in, it locks, if you depress it it unlocks. If these things exist and I can find them inexpensively, I want to go that route.
Hopefully with my first real post, lurkers will have an idea of what this community can become...
One of my plans is to eventually build a MAME cabinet. I've had various cabinet designs in the past, but all revolved around these huge frankenstein-like control panels that are 3-4 feet wide, in order to have most of the control combinations I wanted. Even with these designs, they still couldn't capture the control layout of every game I would want to play (Best example would be 4 player Warlords - just not enough space to add 4 spinners)
About two weeks ago I ran across a website discussing their modular control panel, where each control can be swapped out. This was my answer, so now I'm starting up my MAME project again with hopes of being able to do this type of control panel. I already have a Double Dragon cabinet that's gutted. I just need to pull it out of the garage, clean it and start working on it. I have an old PII computer with a 21" monitor I'll be adding. I originally wanted a real arcade monitor, but one of my foremost loves of the classic games are the vector games, and I had to be able to play these with the crispness of vector lines, even if they're really anti-aliased raster lines on a monitor.
Hopefully I can keep a log of this and post occaisionally on here to let everyone know of the progress.