So anyone that knows me knows that while I rock at computers, my wood and metal crafting skills are less than stellar. I enjoy doing stuff like that but just struggle to make it look good. Anyway, after some inspiration from a friend, I’ve decided that the best use for the Raspberry Pi I bought a couple weeks ago is a MAME Cabinet! For those who don’t know what that is, MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. It is similar to those large timber gaming cabinets from the 80’s and are still used in Arcades today! Thanks to MAME, you can get a lot of awesome old games running using more modern hardware.
I still don’t know if I want to build a full size unit or go for something that can sit on a desk. I am contemplating a smaller one just because of my somewhat dodgy skills and this is a good way to blood me before going onto a larger project. While wanting to remain true to the Cabinets of old, I also know that fitting an old CRT screen is just going to be more trouble than its worth, so my machine will run some old LCD I scrounge from ebay or something. I will also buy some proper Arcade controls to mount in the front, install a speaker for sound, probably cover the LCD with Perspex for that more authentic look and install some power into it. Configuring the software and the wiring will be the hardest bit I think, but I am hopeful it won’t be too bad! And all that for very minimal money! The MDF won’t cost much, the controls will be $100 max, the LCD I should be able to pick up for free or next to it, speaker will be cheap and I already own the Raspberry Pi. My only issue is that I’ll have to buy some power tools as well as I currently don’t own any.
So treat this post as Part 1 of my journey to old school gaming heaven! Hopefully I don’t screw it up.