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Tour of My Basement Arcade


Dave Neuman

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I found a video my wife shot of our basement arcade a year or so ago. Pole Position was giving me some trouble at the time so the screen is a blank raster. I moved a few more games down there since then and will make another video this week of my current setup.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVvBUWFPKgoArcade Tour 11/16/2009 below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwACFWJ59cU

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I'm green with envy. Star Wars sitdown, droool. And you rescued a Space War, bonus!

 

One of these years I'm going to have to finish my MAME in a Tempest Cabinet and finish building my MAME cocktail cab.

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The Space Wars was sitting on the side of the road waiting for the garbage collectors. I had to rebuild the power supply, the vector monitor, and the control panel, but the game board was OK. The cabinet was water damaged and I had to replace some of the particle board too. It's a huge cabinet and I have thought of selling it to make room. I did have a minty Donkey Kong once, but sold it ... kicking myself now for letting it go. Probably the most fun though was a Mortal Kombat that I once had. It was a blast playing and finally beating it. The Star Wars was a pain to get in the basement. My brother and I were in the process of moving it down to the basement and it got wedged between the steps and the ceiling of the basement. I was stuck downstairs and had to make a sizable cut in the ceiling to get it unstuck. I have made a few changes since this movie was made. One addition is a Mame cocktail cabinet ... probably similar to the one you are building.

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Wow Dave very awesome!Love your whole set-up in there i hope to be able to do something like that someday.

 

Question...How hard was it to get everything down there and set-up to play?

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Thanks! I have been collecting games for about 25 years. The first one was Galaxian ... I signed over my paycheck to a bar owner after a long night of drinking. We live in a quad level house and with the exception of the Star Wars cockpit, I moved them all down two short flights of stairs by myself. I dolly them into the house and then slide em down the carpeted stairs on their backs. Gets a little dicey with some of the heavier games, but I would get below them on the stairs and muscle them down. Actually, it's easier to push them up the stairs. I have Teflon sliders on the bottoms of the leg levelers and they slide around the carpeted floor pretty easily. I have two 20 amp circuits to supply power and it seems to be sufficient. My setup now is a little more crowded as I moved two other games down that were in my family room.

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One addition is a Mame cocktail cabinet ... probably similar to the one you are building.

Heh, probably not. If you check out my profile on BYOAC (although I haven't been there in years), IIRC my avatar is a POV render of the concept. It's a 3 sided cocktail with modular control panels entirely made out of maple & maple ply. I have a lot of it cut out, but I'm stymied by two things: 1. staining maple & how to mount the monitor PCB to the bottom of the top.

 

Hmm... I just realized that I've got an IEC male to female extension cord at work which would be great for the project...

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Heh, probably not. If you check out my profile on BYOAC (although I haven't been there in years), IIRC my avatar is a POV render of the concept. It's a 3 sided cocktail with modular control panels entirely made out of maple & maple ply. I have a lot of it cut out, but I'm stymied by two things: 1. staining maple & how to mount the monitor PCB to the bottom of the top
This is very cool. Ideal for playing virtually every game. Although I have done some woodworking, I opted for a cocktail kit to assemble. I'm very limited in what I can play with only one joystick and two buttons. I made a few end tables out of pine and did some limited woodworking with oak (hard and brittle wood but sure stains nice), but never worked with cherry although it is a beautiful species. These will probably not work for your application, but I used them to mount an arcade monitor in my cocktail.
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Wow... that's a very cool arcade! Man, I'd love to have a setup like that. For that matter, I'd love to even have a basement. :)

 

Congrats on rescuing Space Wars - that (along with Starship 1) was one of the first video games I ever got hooked on.

 

If I were setting one up for myself, I'd have to get at least these five:

  • Battlezone
  • Bosconian
  • Gorf
  • Tron
  • Tempest

 

After that, maybe Armor Attack, Joust, Mad Planets, Vs. Golf...

 

This could get expensive. :)

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Tempest, StarWars sitdown and Tron.. Dang.. My envy increases even more

 

That Tempest was really a mess when I got it ... rats nest in the bottom with old rat skeletons. Had to rebuild monitor and then spent weeks troubleshooting and finally fixing the Game PCB. I first played the game on a o'scope. I traded a PacMan upright for the Tron. It worked OK, but I gutted it stripped the cab and resprayed it in my garage with an automotive spray gun. I remember sending all the contol panel parts out for powder coating and buying sideart from Phoenix Arcade.

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Thanks! I have been collecting games for about 25 years. The first one was Galaxian ... I signed over my paycheck to a bar owner after a long night of drinking. We live in a quad level house and with the exception of the Star Wars cockpit, I moved them all down two short flights of stairs by myself. I dolly them into the house and then slide em down the carpeted stairs on their backs. Gets a little dicey with some of the heavier games, but I would get below them on the stairs and muscle them down. Actually, it's easier to push them up the stairs. I have Teflon sliders on the bottoms of the leg levelers and they slide around the carpeted floor pretty easily. I have two 20 amp circuits to supply power and it seems to be sufficient. My setup now is a little more crowded as I moved two other games down that were in my family room.

 

Cool i was wondering how you were able to get everything down there. :)

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Wow... that's a very cool arcade! Man, I'd love to have a setup like that

 

Thanks!!

 

If I were setting one up for myself, I'd have to get at least these five:

•Battlezone

 

•Bosconian

 

•Gorf

 

•Tron

 

•Tempest

 

 

After that, maybe Armor Attack, Joust, Mad Planets, Vs. Golf...

 

This could get expensive.

 

I have come close to getting a Battlezone, but always just missed. Gorf is sweet also with its speech synthesis. I've always wanted a Joust ... groundbreaking in its style of play. There was a time when you could get arcade games for a good price. I recall paying $50 for a non-working Donkey Kong and $100 for 2 non-working Pole Positions from a local operator. Man those days are gone. Did you notice artwork on the wall by the Baby Pacman game. :)

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