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Home Made Retro gaming console?

I want this: http://pepsi.yahoo.com/oldschoolornew/prizeosgaming.php

Would it be that hard to make though? Cabinet frame would be a breeze... Mounting the monitor wouldn't be so bad.... And once its hooked up you could put on whatever emulators and roms you wanted...

Will post pics when I make the comprehensive retro gaming cabinet.

What about designing an intra-emulator menu...?

Discuss.
Old 05-21-2008, 02:41 PM bayareacuzzo is offline  
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not the same thing Im thinking of.. I want to build a standard shell case using the same method ben heckendorn uses.. and gut all my systems and put them in identical cases that can stack on top of each other in a cube
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What you're talking about is madness - but I like it. I'd just be happy with the one above, with the old school games.

What systems would you include?

I wonder what emulator they're running inside that machine...
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I have a mame box. Built them years and years ago before I had a wife/life. We spent months measuring different boxes, etc...
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you think it'd be cheaper to build it, or just enter the contest? has anyone tried entering it yet?
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I don't quite understand what you are looking to do, but it sounds like you are just looking to build a gaming cabinet (AKA MAME Cab). There are several of us on this forum that has cabinet similar to your "Home Made Retro gaming console".

To build one you are looking about spending $500+ depending on what you want to do. My cabinet cost about $1100 after everything was said and done. I built my cabinet, but you can find gutted cabinets for anywhere from free to $$$$. For a monitor you can use anything from original arcade monitors to flat screen HDTV LCD's. I personally use a regular flat screen CRT television. My cabinet has every game console emulator from Atari 2600/Coleco/Intellivision up to PS1 & 3DO on my cabinet. We have estimated that I have over 250,000 games on my cabinet. I am currently re-doing my artwork and control panel, I'll be adding original controller inputs for several systems (NES, N64, PS1, Dreamcast and a couple others)... Just about as retro as you can go...

If you are looking to build I would highly suggest that you check out the links posted in the second post. Arcadecontrols.com is the primary source of information for getting into such of a hobby.

Not sure what you mean by "intra-emulator menu". I'm guessing that this is similar to a Front End. There are many front ends available for this. This cabinet that Mdew is giving away is running the same front end that I currently use on my cabinet Maximus Arcade. I am also on a team that is creating a new more eye candy driven front end called Hyperspin. We are still quite a bit far from a public release, but once released this will be one of the nicest front ends released.

BTW some of the specs of the cabinet Mdew is giving away is a joke... "Large Internal Hard Drive: The custom-installed 80GB hard drive provides enough storage space for lots of games, music, photos or anything else you want to store!" With 80gb you can have the MAME collection take up 45gb of that space alone. My cabinet has 2tb of drive space and that is barely enough to hold my data and rom collections.

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not the same thing Im thinking of.. I want to build a standard shell case using the same method ben heckendorn uses.. and gut all my systems and put them in identical cases that can stack on top of each other in a cube
I love Ben Heck's designs. His NES on a chip was pretty impressive at the time. I've contemplated on doing something similar for a while... Decided that I'd rather keep my retro consoles in tact instead. Right now I have my consoles in my closet packed up, but once I get my garage turned into a game room I will have shelves to display the old consoles.
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If you want to do it on a smaller scale, I made this a couple years ago. It was designed to look completely inconspicuous in the corner. It looks like a normal wooden box.





It has just about every NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Genesis, 32X, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance game on it. If you want to make an actual cabinet, then Dazz is pretty much the man when it comes to that.
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We have estimated that I have over 250,000 games on my cabinet.

Holy shit! I have maybe 500 MAME games on my cabinet. I would put the entire MAME set on the cabinet but a ton of them do not work properly with my control configuration (1 stick + 6 buttons ie driving games out of the question) or just do not work altogether. Most of the 500 are Neo Geo since I am a Neo Geo fan boy

Never tried putting console roms on there. Do you use the joysticks to play console games or use a controller ie xbox controller?


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If you want to do it on a smaller scale, I made this a couple years ago. It was designed to look completely inconspicuous in the corner. It looks like a normal wooden box.





It has just about every NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Genesis, 32X, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance game on it. If you want to make an actual cabinet, then Dazz is pretty much the man when it comes to that.

I got to ask. What front end are you using? Also, are you using Windows XP and straight boot into your front end?
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just get a modded xbox1, emus everything upto slower ps1 games. plus its already kinda stackable.
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I got to ask. What front end are you using? Also, are you using Windows XP and straight boot into your front end?

That's Mamewah. I have built a MAME cabinet, and I have XP directly boot into Mamewah. In fact, it's my windows shell, so explorer isn't even open.
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I got to ask. What front end are you using? Also, are you using Windows XP and straight boot into your front end?

That's what I do on mine. Works great, everything is ready to go, just too lazy to build the physical cabinet I'm running Game Launcher http://www.dribin.org/dave/game_launcher/ rather than mamewah because I love the simplistic look. I haven't figured out how to use nes/snes/... emulators, only mame. I have a file called gamelauncher.bat which i keep on the desktop and have windows start-up and run it and it jumps into the frontend.

I would like more info on how to do this regarding the shell please.

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That's Mamewah. I have built a MAME cabinet, and I have XP directly boot into Mamewah. In fact, it's my windows shell, so explorer isn't even open.
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picking the shell is as easy as editing windows.ini (i think.. it's been a while since i used litestep lol) where it says 'shell='
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That's Mamewah. I have built a MAME cabinet, and I have XP directly boot into Mamewah. In fact, it's my windows shell, so explorer isn't even open.

I never even thought of that. Great idea!

I have to modify mine soonish anyways, some newer versions of the various emulators have come out since I built that thing in 2005. I also need pick up some wireless controllers so I can sit on my couch while I play.
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I got to ask. What front end are you using? Also, are you using Windows XP and straight boot into your front end?
I currently use Maximus Arcade. It is very user friendly and very easy to setup and stable.

I am currently on a team that is working on a new, currently unreleased, front end called HyperSpin. This is an awesome front end so far, but very graphic driven. It is going to be a long time before every game has its own theme. Thankfully there will default themes for manufacture and genre so it will still look good with lots of games as well.

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