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Portable arcade cabinets and multi-cade cabinets built from scratch, completely by hand, using original designs, from the ground up.

 

These cabinets are commonly referred to as "MAME"s- Multiple Arcade Machine Emulators or "Multi-cades"; capable of emulating various consoles and arcade cabinets with their respective games.

 

I started doing this because, well, I wanted one for my personal entertainment. I needed to play any and all of the retro games I grew up with. 

So I built one. A very ugly one. Now-a-days I build better ones.

 

In 2008 I had this idea; build a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. Simply put- an arcade cabinet.

 

I was 20-something, in college and knew It had to be done. So with a less than stellar college-like-budget and some perseverance, MAME Cabinet#1 emerged.

Built from scratch with a $3.00 garage sale computer, $40 in plywood, a donated CRT monitor, and some stuff from my Dad's garage, I designed the ugliest, heaviest retro game abomination ever to see this world. It was amazing.

 

From that day forward I've been building these shrines to better days of arcades. 

 

 

 

About Me

Got a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. I'm more of a mechatronic engineer now-a-days. I love video games and their respective hardware.  I grew up gaming on a PC (MSDos - Windows XP). Favorite console is the PS1.

I am employed full-time and run this web business on the side. 

 

The best games ever are (in no particular order):
Duke Nukem 3D - PC

Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Wii 

Super Mario 64 - N64

System Shock 2 - PC

Fallout 1/2/3 - PC, X360

Sonic 3 & Knuckles - Genesis

Sonic 2 - Genesis
Sonic Generations- X360

Half-Life 2 - PC

Crash Bandicoot 2/3 - PS1

TOMBA- PS1 

Crash Team Racing - PS1

Halo - PC

Day of the Tentacle -PC

Jack and Daxter (all of them) - PS2

Ratched and Clank (most of them) PS2 / PS3
Psychonauts (I LOVE THIS GAME DEARLY) - PC / xbox 

Deus Ex - PC

GTA V - X360

Beyond Good and Evil - PS2

Hotline Miami - PC

Resident Evil 4 (Wii edition has some decent motion controls ..except for the QT events)

Tetris DS - NDS

Fzero GX - Gamecube

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistance HD- PS3 (wayyyyyyy better camera than the orig release)


 

 

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 Things I know how to do.

  • Electronics, PCB layout, controls, automation, bunches o' stuff
  • Programming: Python, C/C++ Arduino 
  • Fabrication: Woodshop type stuff
  • Metal fab: Manual mill and lathe
  • CAD:Inkscape, Solidworks, AutoCAD Fusion/Inventor
  • I can paint and make graphics "pretty alright"
  • Skills for running a business/product development I guess.
  • Website design: obviously not.
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