Dan's MAME Diary







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June 19, 2002 - The Obligatory Intro

Like many of the other people who've gone down this path, I grew up in the 70s and 80s and found an inordinate amount of my time was spent playing video games. I fondly recall playing with the Atari 2600, friend's ColecoVisions and Commodore 64s, and finally getting a TI-99 where I could type in code listings from magazines and play games all night. When I had a few dollars however, I would go to "The Galaxy", a neighborhood arcade housing no less than fifty video games and pinball machines.

Fast forward to 1998. I discover MAME. I don't even know how I found it. Maybe I was browsing the web, maybe a friend tipped me off to it, but I was hooked. Here were my favorite arcade games in all their splendor, and I could play them on my PC! I was impressed enough that I spent the next few years contenting myself with playing these games with a keyboard. I always felt like the experience was missing something, even if I chose to hook up a joystick or a gamepad. It just wasn't the same.

Again, fate steps in and I'm introduced to the concept of a MAME cabinet. Epiphany - bigtime.

I sat on the idea for a little bit. I joked that it was completely over the top - a task fit for those people with too much time on their hands - but I couldn't get it out of my head. I knew that I was going to make my own mame cabinet.

Contact me a dshookowsky at comcast dot net