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Welcome to my website!

 

 

 

I quickly built this website to share my completed MAME arcade cabinet with other arcade enthusiasts.  Have a look around and I hope you like what you see.  Send me an e-mail at TomnMindy@MSN.com if you have any questions or comments.

Here we go!

 

 

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It all started back in 1979...really!  I was 10 years old.  That's when the babysitter watching my brother & I took us to an arcade in Buffalo, NY called 'Deli Place'.  This is where I was first exposed to pinball & pong!  If I only knew...Not long after this, the pizzeria down the street boasted Asteroids, then Galaxian.  Forget pizza, we'd go there to play vid games!  I wonder if my high score is still up there...

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As I grew older, my appetite for arcade games grew.  I'm sure it could've been classified as an addiction.  Each Saturday when I was about 14, I'd go to the local Putt-Putt arcade to satisfy my cravings.  A friend & I rode our bikes 5 miles each way with $5 in our pocket, and a coupon in our other pocket that doubled our tokens at Putt-Putt.  We'd spend Saturday mornings by the glow of the likes of Dig-Dug, Tempest, Ms. Pac-Man and Tron, our pockets bulging full of tokens!

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We thought it would be so cool if we could have our own arcade game at our house - heck, we'd never leave.  But the closest we ever got at my house was Intellivision and Colecovision.  Thanks Mom!  I rememember sending in pics of the TV set when Intellivision had their 'Astrosmash' contest.  Colecovision was hard to beat for its ports of popular arcade games.

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Fast forward 20 years (yup, I'm 35 now, losing hair and getting thick around the middle).  Married with 3 kids.  Of course my wife is an arcade addict like myself (that was a pre-requisite for marriage!), and the kids (and Dad!) naturally have access to Super Nintendo, N64, Playstation, PS2, XBOX and computer gaming.  But something was still missing...

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Enter stage left a book called  'Project Arcade' by John St. Clair.  This book, in about 400 pages, shows virtually anyone how to build a classic arcade cabinet.  Huh?  You can build your very own arcade cabinet?  Send me the book now!  Where was this book 20 years ago!

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So I read the book a couple of times and I'm ready.  Since it's my first try at this, I decide to use the plans from the book with very minor modifications.  These are tried and true plans.  Off to Home Depot for supplies with grand visions of Pac-Man and Asteroids  in my head.

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Unfortunately, I didn't take many pictures over the course of the project, but there are hundreds of other sites that do a much better job at this then I ever could anyway.  Here are a few pics of my progress and the finished product. 

 

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GAME

ON!