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About This Site

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 days the arcades. They continue to get more technical, atheistically articulate, customizable, powerful, feature filled, and full of character.

This site showcases those cabinets along with my passion for video games and technology. 


About Me

Got my bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. I'm more of a mechatronic engineer now-a-days. I love video games.


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


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)



Games I am currently playing:
Diablo III Reaper of Souls

Every PS1 game developed by SingleTrac



Top buyer's remorse items:






 Things I know how to do:



  • PCB layout
  • Arduino, Python, & some Linux programming
  • bunch of stuff


Draw 2D Vector & 3D Modeling

  • Corel Draw 
  • Inkscape 
  • AutoCAD 2014,
  • SolidWorks 2006 (you read that right, that's the version I have access to) 
  • lots of other CAD stuff


  • vCarve Pro 
  • Cut 3D 
  • FlowMaster
  • bunch of stuff



  • Shopbot Alpha (4'x8' cutting bed)
  • Trotect Speedy 300 80Watt Laser Cutter (17x29" cutting bed)
  • WaterJet
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computers
  • Bunch of tools



  • Lots
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