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Arcade Control Panel... with Photos! - Jarrett Heather
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Arcade Control Panel... with Photos!
Queue up Also Sprach Zarathustra, please.

It's got 4 joysticks, a spinner, a 3" trackball, and no fewer than 33 buttons. Four of those buttons are on the sides of the panel, like pinball paddle controls (a $30 upgrade that I didn't pay for... I'm not a big pinball fan).


Fresh out of the box!



Posing with a PS2 Dualshock for size comparisons.



Ah, the humble beginning of my Arcade machine.

Current Mood: pleased pleased

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jarrett From: jarrett Date: October 5th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
No need to be jealous. All are welcome. Come over and play sometime.
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jarrett From: jarrett Date: October 7th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know of any version of MAME that has that online support.

I'm using ZSNES as my Super Nintendo emulator right now. I think it can go online, but that's not something I've tried. I'm more interested in playing against local friends who can also enjoy my toys.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 5th, 2004 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
The thing is HUGE!...TEH3
jarrett From: jarrett Date: October 5th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
It won't look as big when it's in front of a 27" arcade monitor.
particle_man From: particle_man Date: October 5th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I so want one. Does it use standard PC joystick connections or is it USB?
jarrett From: jarrett Date: October 5th, 2004 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, the guts of it are really three different devices. The buttons and joysticks are wired to an Ultimarc I-Pac4 keyboard encoder, which uses either a PS/2 keyboard or USB connection. The trackball its buttons have their own PS/2 mouse / USB connector, and the spinner has yet another USB connector.

It sounds complicated, but setting it up was very easy. MAME comes with a .ctrl setting for this very device.
particle_man From: particle_man Date: October 6th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having had some experience with MacMAME and being a (platform agnostic) hardware geek it actually doesn't sound complicated at all to me. I love the project and the updates you post about it. Can't wait to see what it looks like all together.

Now if I could just figure out how to do the same thing here and get the stuff shipped to Australia at a price that doesn't require me to take out a second mortgage on the house.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: October 6th, 2004 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, building one stateside almost requires a second mortgage. These are some pricey toys.
particle_man From: particle_man Date: October 9th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL, yeah, I chaecked a couple of web sites and can see that the components aren't cheap. If you want to do it right though there's no sense in going cheap.
yellzer From: yellzer Date: October 5th, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Look...that damn thing takes up as much room on the couch as my ass...it's huge
jarrett From: jarrett Date: October 6th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh heh... cute.
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