The Meme Cabinet, as it is eloquently called, is a project to build a Mame Cabinet oriented around internet culture.
The project is currently in the halted phase, but is not far from completion. This document covers what has been completed, and what remains.
It is possible to resume work on the project with this data. The only limit is yourself!
The inception of the project
An ex-member gifted two working Sega Zilog Z80 arcade machines to Freeside, along with a computer full of MAME ROMs and a controller. We decided to sacrifice the Shadow Dancer cabinet in a glorious ritual (not unlike the goat ritual) and give birth to a meme-oriented arcade machine to relieve all those classic arcade and console hits!
The current status of the project is that is functional with a LCD monitor and external game controllers. Unfortunately, nobody has interest in finishing it to full functionality. Unless...
Install a CRT Screen.
- The current LCD screen (w/ VESA mount) is not sufficient for standing gaming and is very impractical. A CRT would maximize visibility and assure a genuine appearance
- Most effective CRT mount would be to build supports around a 12 diagonal screen and support it from the side supports (diagram forthcoming)
Decorate with memes
- Nyan Cat is still popular, right?
Install and fine-tune controls
- Located on top of the cabinet, connect with and are configured using two PS/2 sockets. Rightmost cable to mouse, leftmost to keyboard.
- Most labor-intensive given the modifications needed to be made to the cabinet in its current form to support this control
Expose interface sockets
- Give moulding to USB ports on the front
- Expose a IEC-60320 C13 outlet and ethernet adapter on the back
- Basically move the power supply out of the case onto a supporting wall (the back, ideally), make it pretty with moulding
- Tie all electronics to a core power switch on the case
- One such switch exists on the top, ready to be rewired.
- Add Wifi if possible
- Unknown i686 System
- VGA Output 1024x768
- AC97-compatible sound board (unconfigured in ALSA)
- Unknown version of Ubuntu Linux LTS
- yaocade (or some Python-based XMAME launcher)
- XMAME or SDL MAME
- Tons of MAME arcade images, SNES, NES, Genesis roms
TBD. I have them written down somewhere. Most of the pertinent ones are in the Sketchup diagram
- Sketchup diagram of lower cabinet innards -- this contains a 1:1 scale render of the lower portion of the cabinet, outlining the best places for mounting the hardware inside of the cabinet for operations
- SketchUp Ergonomics Measurement Data Analysis -- Ideal seating arrangements Based on BIFMA and ANSUR data. Originally planned for a mech simulation cabinet.
- Trello board for the project. Considered out of date, but may be useful
- A collection of Crap MAME cabinets What not to duplicate