2014 MAME machines
It's been four years since I sold the last of my coin-op video game collection, including the first MAME machines I put together. In that time I took a well needed break from everything coin-op but slowly and surely I started to miss the nostalgia that classic video games brought me, and started to think about building new MAME machines.
I ordered the arcade cabinets in May of 2013 from Mike's Arcade and by November started to assemble them. It wasn't easy and nothing worth doing is easy. I got them the way I wanted by February of this year.
Like the first time, I built two machines, one is dedicated to vertical games and the other dedicated to horizontal games. I don't like control panels that are stuffed with different controls to play every game under the sun, so I decided on joysticks and buttons only.
This time around I was able to achieve my ideal level of emulation thanks to fine tuning the mame.ini settings and using LCD monitors instead of CRTs. I realize LCDs didn't exist thirty years ago but I love the pixel perfection I get with them.
The full specs for each machine:
- Mike's Arcade custom fabricated mini Midway cabinet
- Ultimarc Mag-stik Plus 4-8 way switchable joystick
- Happs Control push buttons
- Ultimarc I-PAC2 keyboard encoder
- Dell P1914S 19" LCD monitor (5:4 aspect ratio)
- Pioneer TS-A1072R 4" 3-Way 150 watt round speakers (x2)
- Cyber Acoustics CA-3602a subwoofer satellite system
- Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz LGA 1155 CPU
- ASUS P8Z77-M motherboard
- Ultimarc ArcadeVGA 3000 video card
- Samsung 840 Pro SS 128GB hard drive
- Crucial Tech. 4GB DDR3 RAM memory
- Adesso AKB-110B EasyTouch mini USB keyboard
- Bits Limited SCG3 smart power strip
- Antec VP-450 450 watt power supply
- Rosewill FBM-01 microATX mini tower case
- Windows 7 32bit OS
- Mame v.120 and MameWah v.162
- Game On Graphix Mame artwork