James from RetroBlast writes “I am submitting three items all featured at RetroBlast in one way or another and all having to do with custom-built arcade cabinets. The three represent the best to the worst in arcade cabinet building.” James outlines the good, bad and ugly of making your own arcade cabinets – regardless of how these turned out, there are lot of things to learn from the approach many of the Makers took. I actually like some of the “ugly ones”…The Good:
“The Mameys,” as linked in the beginning of this news item, The Mameys represent the best in custom arcade cabinet building. Direct Link.
The Bad (but getting better):
A recent article by one of our readers who modified the Midway Arcade game sold at Target over the holidays. I reviewed this item here and was not very kind, but this resourceful reader has applied some modifications that really improve the unit. Direct Link.
“CrapMAME” – This site takes a look at (by one person’s opinion) the worst of the custom arcade cabinets. Opinions vary though and at least one game, the driving cabinet with six rotating panels, was also a recipient of a Mamey. Direct Link.
Hope one or more of these are of interest to you and your readers. I love the site and magazine by the way and we check your blog daily.
4 thoughts on “Best and worst in arcade cabinet building…”
You know, the guy who wrote the “worst” pages should really take a pill. First he criticizes someone for not having enough controls, then the next one has too many. One places the controls funny, then another one is too rigid in its placement. Give me a break.
I’m not arguing that some of them aren’t ugly. Sure they are. But the point of building your own cabinet is to customize it for what you want, not what Some Guy With A Web Pageâ„¢ thinks you should build. If I was the builder of any of those cabinets, I’d be sure to tell this guy to talk a long walk off a short pier. He needs to find a hobby that doesn’t involve being critical of other people for no good reason — it’s not as if any of these people are putting their cabinets in fashion pageants. They’re using them for playing video games in their living rooms, for Christ’s sake!
I figured I would post my personal machine I built a couple years back. I went with a mini-mame galaga look. I have about 10 classic vertical games such as galaga, centipede, 1941, donkey kong series, ms pacman. Tell me what you think.. Click here to view
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