If you're not trying to make it look like an actual arcade, why bother? You can play the games on your computer monitor if you only want to play them. Also if you make it look decent, you might have a good shot some day of actually selling it for what you have in it.
if you have no moral qualms about selling games that you don't own the rights to.
Nope, you are crazy about Madcatz. That is for Japanese fighting games, it uses Sanwa, delicate and precise ball-top (not bat-type) joysticks, which are great for smaller hands to perform fighting combinations. Sanwa sticks are not good at all for classic games and they are very delicate. Anyone using those for 6 months will tell you they are so precise (which is great for winning), but like a baby-girl.
American parts (bat-top) are more rugged and authentic for the classic arcade games. You will see this joystick on the original Midway, Galaga, and most classical 80's arcade machines.
Different products for different people..
Played arcade games in the 80s--buy this.
Play fighting games like Street Fighter competitively, get Sanwa-parts. (hori or qanba are both better than your suggestion of Madcatz)
If you have moral qualms, you should be buying the actual arcade pcb. Just because you don't sell the games, doesn't mean those roms are legal.
That's true (for most ROMS -- there are free ones out there). However, for most people (I would think), it's one thing to have personal benefit (playing the games) without a license and another thing entirely to profit from it (selling your MAME machine). Both are stealing, but to different degrees.
From reading the posts in here, it seems like this would not be a good buy if I am just looking for an input controller for playing street fighter iii with some friends (ie, something better than the xbox360 controllers)?
the game gets really old very fast when the xbox controllers don't take in the inputs the way you want, so I wanted to buy some fight sticks to make the experience better, but not more than 60 dollars... any advice is much appreciated.
These arcade sticks are notorious for their absolutely terrible quality. They are the Natty Ice of arcade sticks.
I remember this being said many a times on the SRK forums. Building your own is more fun (and cost a wee bit more and is time consuming) but well worth it. Plus I don't want my buddies too close to me.
How much does it cost you to build the Street fighter arcade?
I forget how much it cost me, its been about 3-4 yrs, maybe 200-250
Awesome price. Have the tankstick in my MAME cab. Can't beat the deal, but I couldn't deal without the trackball.
buy the buttons you like and install them. You can mod the controller however you want without voiding the warranty.
where'd you get the sweet artwork?
I got the artwork from a website called Mame Marquees, I believe they are called gameongrafix.com now
Beautiful. I'm having a growing inkling to build one for my basement. Did you use plans from a website? Or have a step by step? Seems to be a daunting task, and if I were to do it I'd want to do it the right way.
I got all my info from arcadecontrols.com The control panel was a template that I downloaded. I have since modified the control panel to include a 4 way joy stick and an apache spinner
If I can be of any help to you guys building LMK
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nice setup. where do you buy your box and controller. can you give more detail on how to build the one you just have? do you just buy a cheap box and buy a controller? please advise i want to build one myself with all the app. do you use a computer to host the game and use mame? please advise again
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