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Post by can622 » December 31st, 2008, 12:01 am

Sorry for this nubbish question and everything but all of this mame stuff has been unloaded on me in about 5 minutes... What I mean is I've been using mame as a computer emulator for about a week to play donkey kong daily, I had no idea tha it was actually meant for anything else. Then,today, I found that people made things called mame "cabinets" which,if I've got my information right, are bassicaly arcade machines that run multiple arcade games, and there are 3 types of cabinets,which are regular,big,arcade machine remakes,cocktail cabinets,and bar top cabinets. What I want to know is 1)were can you buy mame machines (I'm particularly interested in a bartop one) 2) how much do they normaly cost? 3) do they come with all roms in them already? 4) how do you pick/navigate between roms?
thanks, it's just a little overwhelming because recently I had been looking for retro gameing things like arcades (which there are none of in my entire area besides in the childrens hospital...)
and then I found out about mame cabinets :shock: .
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Re: Ok, so lemme get this straight...

Post by suits00 » December 31st, 2008, 1:33 pm

can622 wrote:Sorry for this nubbish question and everything but all of this mame stuff has been unloaded on me in about 5 minutes... What I mean is I've been using mame as a computer emulator for about a week to play donkey kong daily, I had no idea tha it was actually meant for anything else. Then,today, I found that people made things called mame "cabinets" which,if I've got my information right, are bassicaly arcade machines that run multiple arcade games, and there are 3 types of cabinets,which are regular,big,arcade machine remakes,cocktail cabinets,and bar top cabinets. What I want to know is 1)were can you buy mame machines (I'm particularly interested in a bartop one) 2) how much do they normaly cost? 3) do they come with all roms in them already? 4) how do you pick/navigate between roms?
thanks, it's just a little overwhelming because recently I had been looking for retro gameing things like arcades (which there are none of in my entire area besides in the childrens hospital...)
and then I found out about mame cabinets :shock: .
Hello and welcome to mameaddicts,
Yes you are right, mame machines are just custom built home arcades with computers inside. There are countless games that you can run on there, about 4000+, just think of an arcade game and you can probably find it in mame. Now, I don't know a whole lot about bartops, but I will try and answer your questions.
1) You can get them on ebay, craigslist, http://www.mameroom.com/ProductDetail.a ... ABARTOPKIT (non preloaded, just the kit)
2) it depends if you are looking to buy from a company or a fellow mamer. The ones sold by companies range from $149 to $2000+(the cheaper you go the less stacked the bartop, the one at 149 is just a kit, no computer or games). It depends on specs, etc. The ones sold by fellow mamers can range from $200 to $1000+. Again it depends on specs, if it comes with a computer inside, etc. Most companies usually have some games already loaded, but I haven't seen one with a complete Mame collection. Of course there is another option of building one yourself :mrgreen:. My bartop arcade didn't cost that much to make, about $150 (already had a spare cpu).
3)If its just a kit (meaning you get the wood and all precut, just no computer or software, etc), then no. If you get one stacked, it will usually have a couple hundred licensed games, and then it will say you can add the rest (download I presume). If you get one from a fellow mamer, it should come with all the games preinstalled or they will tell you where to download the full set.
4) Most mame arcade usually have a frontend (or a graphical user interface). If you buy one from a company it will usually be a long list of games that you can scroll through and press a button to play. If you buy one from a fellow mamer, it will be the same but with more options because there are countless frontends out there and it depends on the individual mamer. It usually is a one button thing though, really easy once everything is setup.

Hope this helps,
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Re: Ok, so lemme get this straight...

Post by can622 » January 1st, 2009, 3:29 pm

sorry about the last post,made an accident.
what i meant to say was "Ok, 2 more questions, 1) could you list a few companies that sell mames? 2) What are these installation cd things I keep hearing about?"
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Post by suits00 » January 1st, 2009, 5:03 pm

1) Here the ones I know that sell Mame Ready Cabinets:
http://www.dreamarcades.com (Dreamarcades)
http://www.xgaming.com/index.shtml (X-Arcade)
http://www.lizardlick.com
Not Mame Ready, Regular Arcade Machines:
http://www.moneymachines.com/
http://eagled.com/index.htm
http://www.vintagearcade.net/
Kits (No computer or screen included)
http://www.mameroom.com
HERE is also a website that has lots of places:
http://www.arcade-machine.com/
2) As for the installation cds, I haven't used any of those. But all it is, is a cd with all the roms, mame emulator, mame extras already downloaded for you. See normally you would have to download mame, the games, artwork, flyers, cabinet pics, snapshots, movie previews, etc manually either through torrents or direct download. The cds basically give you a short cut with all that stuff already downloaded for you. All you have to do is copy/install the stuff on the cd on your computer. Just saves you the time of downloading and setting up the stuff yourself.

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Post by Incito » January 6th, 2009, 10:55 pm

suits00 wrote:1) Here the ones I know that sell Mame Ready Cabinets:
http://www.dreamarcades.com (Dreamarcades)
http://www.xgaming.com/index.shtml (X-Arcade)
http://www.lizardlick.com
Not Mame Ready, Regular Arcade Machines:
http://www.moneymachines.com/
http://eagled.com/index.htm
http://www.vintagearcade.net/
Kits (No computer or screen included)
http://www.mameroom.com
HERE is also a website that has lots of places:
http://www.arcade-machine.com/
2) As for the installation cds, I haven't used any of those. But all it is, is a cd with all the roms, mame emulator, mame extras already downloaded for you. See normally you would have to download mame, the games, artwork, flyers, cabinet pics, snapshots, movie previews, etc manually either through torrents or direct download. The cds basically give you a short cut with all that stuff already downloaded for you. All you have to do is copy/install the stuff on the cd on your computer. Just saves you the time of downloading and setting up the stuff yourself.
I will add these to the links area, good resources here. I'll try and do it this week. :roll:

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Re: Ok, so lemme get this straight...

Post by Incito » January 6th, 2009, 10:56 pm

can622 wrote:sorry about the last post,made an accident.
what i meant to say was "Ok, 2 more questions, 1) could you list a few companies that sell mames? 2) What are these installation cd things I keep hearing about?"
No problem I remove it. No one will ever know LOL.

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Post by Maxrage » January 7th, 2009, 7:24 pm

you will pay out the rear but if ya have the money and dont have the time then buy a premade system if ya want the satisfaction every time yur buddies come over of them going WHATS THAT!! then build yur own ya can get empty cabinets off craigslist for like 50 to a 100 bucks and then use the pc ya got and get an x-arcade stick or any other plug and play stick and yur done

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