Hello and welcome to my Minicade blog.
I'm a huge fan of emulation projects, and have been following MAME (http://mamedev.org/) since it began. At first we were a small community of hackers nostalgic for the dimly lit arcade on an English seafront. In fact at the time MAME first came out I was still putting 10 pence peices into a Mr. Do arcade in my home town.
I once owned an arcade machine. It was a generic Jamma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamma) cabinet which had seen much better days. I picked it up in Bournemouth for under £100. A TV repair man was happy to replace the capacitors on the original monitor and before long I had a fully working arcade cabinet powered by a standard PC running MAME. It's a really great combination and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the time or inclination to build one themselves.
The problem however, was that this machine was very big and very heavy. After a house move I found it just wouldn't fit into my new place and sold it to a very happy gamer.
So how can I go about getting that authentic big arcade experience once again, but without losing a room to a huge wooden cabinet?
Why not build a mini arcade?