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The full cabinet, in all its vinyl-art glory.

The MAME Cabinet project's purpose is to plan, build, and enjoy a fully-functional arcade machine running MAME (Mulitple Arcade Machine Emulator), and a suitable front-end. Once the project is complete, the arcade may be enjoyed by all.

Enhancement Ideas

  • Incorporate older PC games/other emulators into frontend
  • Incorporate jukebox functionality, serve as house music control
  • Build a "High Scores" screensaver, using live data from doorsystem
  • Include cupholders (Like the old arcades) to prevent damage to the control panel


Player control panel, laserbats included.

Project History

  • 10/07/2010: Cabinet(s) sourced.
  • 10/12/2010: Permission to store cabinet at space granted by membership.
  • 01/04/2011: Arranged for inspection and pickup of cabinets.
  • 01/05/2011: Acquired cabinets! Beginning inspection.
  • 01/06/2011: Gutted most old cabinet hardware. Mounted monitor!
  • 01/08/2011: Testing 2-player I-PAC interface and audio: OK!
  • 01/24/2011: Designing and routing logic boards and cable...
  • 02/08/2011: Redesigning UI/controller panel.
  • 02/24/2011: Re-routing cable. Beginning aesthetics
  • 03/10/2011: Cabinet complete with vinyl artwork and playable games!
  • 03/11/2011: Displayed cabinet at SXSW Interactive. Huge success.
  • 03/12/2011: Installed and configured MaLa frontend.


  • There MUST be only one cabinet.
  • The cabinet MUST NOT be too deep. (Space limitations)
    • Halving a cabinet depth-wise would probably work, as long as it remains stable.
  • The cabinet MUST NOT be too heavy. (Easier mobility)
    • The CRT forms a significant portion of weight.
    • Casters should be used to make moving easier.
  • The MAME host MUST only run legitimate ROMs (Legality issues)
    • Only ROMs whose board you own, or are able to dump, will be permitted.
Can't wait for the cabinet to be done!

Equipment Available

  • 19 inch LCD Monitor, care of Jonathan L. and Sharon C.
  • 17 inch CRT with amazing color, care of Jon K.
  • Gigabyte 7VT600P-RZ (rev 1.0), care of Doug P.
  • 4/8 Joysticks, Buttons, Coin mech. care of Tim F.
  • I-PAC 2 interface board, care of Tim F.
  • Cabinet, care of Ted (via Marshall V.)