MAME Arcade

This is my arcade page where I show off my MAME cabinet.

I thought I’d save myself the trouble of explaining what MAME is, since there is already a good explanation over at MameWorld.

This cabinet was actually an old poker machine before I converted it into a MAME cabinet. I like it because it’s smaller than the average home-built cabinet (which are usually HUGE monsters because they fit a 27″ TV). I couldn’t fit a huge cabinet in my apartment… Well, actually I can’t fit this one either, but sometimes you have to prioritize…

The Mission

To transform this…                                                      Into this!

Arcade machine before restoration

Arcade machine before restoration

Arcade machine after restoration

Arcade machine after restoration













  • Insert two silent Noctua fans to the back of the cabinet
  • Tidy up among all the cables…
  • Create graphics for a control panel overlay
  • Exchange coin-lights from light bulbs to LEDs
  • Adding a hinge to the front of the control panel
  • Install a spinner
  • Change T-molding, ordered from
  • Install a separate shift button/plunger
  • Install a 90 mm fan in the back (system runs really cool now)
  • Install lights for the marquee
  • Apply side decals and marquee
  • Order a marquee and some decals for the sides
  • Apply some extra layers of paint
  • Mask the bezel to fit the monitor screen
  • Connect the cabinets power button to ATX power-on
  • Install a master/slave power strip for easy power-up
  • Implement a nudge function for flipper games
  • Add flipper buttons and wire up to I-PAC
  • Wire coin-lights to the PC’s powersupply
  • Wire up coin-slots to I-PAC
  • Add plexi glass overlay to control panel
  • Paint cabinet and control panel
  • Install speakers and sub-woofer
  • Build control panel and wire it to I-PAC
  • Fill up all holes with wood putty
  • Add castors to the stand
  • Build a new stand






Favorite arcade games

Here is a list of my favorite games. (updated January 24, 2010)

This list was created with my mamefavs-script.



I am an Asteroid.

What Video Game Character Are You? I am an Asteroid.I am a drifter. I go where life leads, which makes me usually a very calm and content sort of person. That or thoroughly apathetic. Usually I keep on doing whatever I’m doing, and it takes something special to make me change my mind.

What Video Game Character Are You?


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