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Author Topic: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?  (Read 4191 times)

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #40 on: January 15, 2018, 07:53:12 am »
:applaud: Bloody hell. VR cab design. Whutever next...

VR Arcades,  Imagine all the original machines faithfully recreated in Digital form, you walk in (Virtually) and see rows upon rows of machines that you can just walk up to and play :)

 

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #41 on: January 15, 2018, 08:11:52 am »
That would suck.

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« Reply #42 on: January 18, 2018, 09:29:33 pm »
OK, I am done with editing the Marquee.  I made it a little more shallow.  After comparing it to the first version, I like it a lot better.  Not as much as a fog horn now. 

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« Reply #43 on: January 18, 2018, 09:32:30 pm »
So now I am ready to get the software sorted out.  I have never messed with it yet so I am not looking forward to it.   I am going to just start looking for video guides until I see something that looks easy enough.  I welcome any suggestions.

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #44 on: January 18, 2018, 10:30:00 pm »
:applaud: Bloody hell. VR cab design. Whutever next...

VR Arcades,  Imagine all the original machines faithfully recreated in Digital form, you walk in (Virtually) and see rows upon rows of machines that you can just walk up to and play :)

You seen this?

https://youtu.be/bdOAv4djgK8


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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #45 on: January 19, 2018, 02:47:42 am »
I'd suggest GameEx as your Font End. Good as it, but a new version (GameEx Evolution) is soon to be released. Been involved in the alpha testing - makes setting up systems a breeze - choose systems - downloads all necessary files and point it towards your roms. Done.

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #46 on: January 19, 2018, 10:17:36 am »
That looks waaaaaay better.

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #47 on: January 19, 2018, 05:21:13 pm »
Yeah - I like that better for sure.  As the owner of a tankstick I can say without prejudice - build your own control panel.  I "deboxed" my tankstick and mounted it to my first mame cab and therefore it looks semi-okay - but knowing what I know now, I would have built a CP for that cab.

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #48 on: January 19, 2018, 05:27:30 pm »
To be honest...it's a shame you are putting that ugly tank-stick on an otherwise quality-craftsmanship build.
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« Reply #49 on: January 19, 2018, 06:06:49 pm »
I agree with all of the comments about the Tank Stick.  I will eventually debox the Tank Stick, or maybe get some back-lit buttons and build my own CP, but I really want to get this thing operational before the middle of next month.  I am having a get together at the house that would be a perfect time to show this off.  Because its modular, it will be fairly easy to just build my own CP and bolt it on. 


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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #50 on: January 19, 2018, 06:08:26 pm »
Good idea, but forget the light up buttons. It's an arcade machine, not a Christmas tree.

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #51 on: January 19, 2018, 06:11:25 pm »
Good idea, but forget the light up buttons. It's an arcade machine, not a Christmas tree.

Really?  I kind of like the glowing track ball. 

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« Reply #52 on: January 19, 2018, 06:19:59 pm »
Good idea, but forget the light up buttons. It's an arcade machine, not a Christmas tree.

Really?  I kind of like the glowing track ball.

Generally, I agree with Mike A. Having a bunch of multi-colored buttons just looks obnoxious and distracts from gameplay.

However, there are some cases when I think back-light can work ok. For example, when a trackball is the focal-point (see Centipede or Quantum) then a back-lit trackball looks ok. Or if you keep it simple a do a subtle back-light on buttons that are all the same color. Like white back-light on Asteroids deluxe looks pretty sharp.

So be careful with back-light...it could look really ridiculous really fast. Always safer to just stay away from it, IMO.

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #53 on: January 19, 2018, 06:26:07 pm »
Good idea, but forget the light up buttons. It's an arcade machine, not a Christmas tree.

Really?  I kind of like the glowing track ball.

Generally, I agree with Mike A. Having a bunch of multi-colored buttons just looks obnoxious and distracts from gameplay.

However, there are some cases when I think back-light can work ok. For example, when a trackball is the focal-point (see Centipede or Quantum) then a back-lit trackball looks ok. Or if you keep it simple a do a subtle back-light on buttons that are all the same color. Like white back-light on Asteroids deluxe looks pretty sharp.

So be careful with back-light...it could look really ridiculous really fast. Always safer to just stay away from it, IMO.

I defiantly don't like multi color.  If I do back-lit, I am thinking solid color.   Maybe a dim blue.  But that is down the road. 

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #54 on: January 19, 2018, 06:27:03 pm »
I agree with all of the comments about the Tank Stick.  I will eventually debox the Tank Stick, or maybe get some back-lit buttons and build my own CP, but I really want to get this thing operational before the middle of next month.  I am having a get together at the house that would be a perfect time to show this off.  Because its modular, it will be fairly easy to just build my own CP and bolt it on.

Good approach - get that thing working and then you can always upgrade :cheers:

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #55 on: January 19, 2018, 09:58:42 pm »
I love you build.  It's a unique take on a cab.  Build that panel ASAP though!

As for lit buttons, I like the LED button look as long as its one color.  I find the RGB rainbow cabs tacky myself.  My cab has red illuminated buttons with red leds on the back and underneath.  My only wish is that I had concave buttons.

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #56 on: January 20, 2018, 07:45:10 am »
Order some concave buttons? :dunno

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« Reply #57 on: February 18, 2018, 09:40:37 pm »
So the cabinet is about 85% complete.  I just finished sorting out the software side of things.  Had to learn a lot.  I am using Hyperspin, and MAME.  Took me several days to get the video snaps and bezels working, and figuring out key mapping.  I still haven't made a decision on the finish.  I go back and forth between inkjet to wood transfers, or just painting it. 

I would like to get the Marquee sign done now.  Unless anyone has a suggestion on making my own quality sign, I will just look into ordering one. 

And now that the cabinet is put together, and I have had a chance to play some games standing in front of it, I am in agreement on the comments about the tank stick.  I will soon be making my own controls. 

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #58 on: March 04, 2018, 02:19:02 pm »
very cool...and weird :applaud:

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Re: First Arcade Cabinet - Pedestal style?
« Reply #59 on: March 05, 2018, 08:26:15 am »
Nice concept and build - thanks for posting your progress.
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