This update is quite delayed, as I temporarily loaned the build camera to someone. I got it back, here’s another update. I ordered a custom bezel and marquee for the Quasicade from http://www.gameongrafix.com/ I had a mixed experience.
MAME is amazing at what it does, Emulation. But by itself it doesn’t quite give you that “arcade machine” feel. It’s designed to be operated using a keyboard and mouse. This is where the Front End comes in. There are several options for front ends online: Maximus Arcade MameWAH GameEX […]
I spent a bit more time bringing the pieces of the cabinet together. The monitor support with the flat panel mount was installed to a 3/4 inch piece of plywood, and attached to the original CRT mounting bracket.
This weekend was tasked with mapping the controls from the I-Pac interface to the MAME emulator itself.
The most important part of this project is the control panel. While MAME is able to emulate all of the major controllers, like Wheels, pedals, flight sticks, trackballs, spinners, and joysticks. I’ve decided to build a 2 player fighter/shooter/scroller configuration.
The Atari primal rage cabinet featured Atari CAGE: Total Immersion Audio. This meant it had 4″ stereo speakers above the screen and a sub-woofer in the lower cabinet next to the coin doors.
One of the major flaws in using a widescreen monitor to play vertical classic games is the wasted screen space. MAME is able to push graphics to that empty space.
This cabinet will run MAME with a front end. Typically MAME can run on fairly wimpy hardware. I happened upon a salvageable HP DV9700 series entertainment laptop. I think it’ll do nicely. Here are some details: Manufacturer Hewlett Packard Model DV9700 Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5550 @ 1.83GHz Memory […]
This cabinet was fairly massive, as it originally had a full size CRT in it. Arcade purists will say its the only way to go to get the “feel” of an arcade game.
Project: Quasicade This is the first post of many, I’m building a chronicle of a conversion of a 1994 Atari Primal Rage cabinet into a slimline Multi-Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) cabinet. A few months ago I took my old project, a restored 1977 Bally Eight Ball pinball machine to a […]