May 2004 News Archive
If you've got a mobile phone that supports custom ringtones, and you want some
of that old-skool arcade goodness, check out ArcadeTones,
a site with ringtones ranging from Pac-Man to Grand Theft Auto 3.
Classic Arcade Games
What should show up in my mailbox yesterday but a copy of the BrookStone
mail order catalog, and right there on the back cover was a row of nice,
shiny new arcade machines for sale.
They've got new "cabaret" cabinet-style combo
remakes of classic games such as Ms. PacMan/Galaga, Robotron/Joust, and
Space Invaders/Qix. (oh, yeah, and a brand-spankin' new Golden Tee 2005
machine if you want it ;-) It may not compare to a well-crafted MAME-machine,
but it's nice to see the classics continuing to be built and sold.
Great Retrogaming Story
Read this amazing story, entitled "My
Best Find." Shed a tear, smile, and share it with someone else.
Yes, you too can build your own arcade — in paper, at least. Behold the Paper
Arcade, a collection of paper templates that allow you to create your own
miniature arcade cabinets. Templates are available for a variety of arcade
games, including my favorite, Robotron.
Print out a template or two, cut them out, put them together,
and you've got your own "desktop arcade."
Happ Controls to be Acquired
Hot off the RePlay
news page, it seems that Happ
Controls is about to be bought by an outside group of investors. I have
no idea what this could mean for the future of the company, but it'll be interesting
to see if this leads to any changes in the company.
Hamster Ball Review
as promised I've just posted the Hamster
Ball written review to the RetroBlast
Software Reviews page. I take a detailed look at this ambitious update
of the arcade classic Marble Madness.
Does it have the same "feel" as Marble Madness,
and how does it improve on its inspiration? All this and much more is awaiting
you in the review (yeah, yeah, I've had too much coffee today...how'd you
II, Now With The OmniStik Prodigy
There's a new joystick option for the Devastator
II controller from Treyonics: the OmniStik
Prodigy from GroovyGameGear.
The OmniStik Prodigy is a top-switchable 8/4 way short-throw
joystick (soon to be reviewed), and it looks to be a nice addition to the
Devastator II layout, especially for those who want a quick and easy way
to switch between normal 8-way joystick games and 4-way games such as Pac-Man.
Betson Imperial 27" Multisync
In my quest to find an arcade monitor to replace the troubled WG D9200 on my
recommendations list, I just found the Betson
Imperial 27" Multisync arcade monitor (page 84, part 44-4070-40).
This one looks to be a real contender — like the
D9200, it's a true multisync, meaning no switches have to be thrown to
use different video modes. And topping the D9200 in the specs department,
the Betson Imperial monitor supports video modes from 15Khz to 40Khz, meaning
it officially supports 800x600 mode. More details when I know them...
Science Builds a MAME Cab
Hey, is this mainstream or what? The June 2004 Popular Science includes a
short article on building a MAME cab! Nothing new, and I have to laugh
at their "keyboard encoder", but it's still nice to see retrogaming
popping up everywhere all of a sudden.
On the Web — It's a Site, It's a Mission,
If you're a computer gaming enthusiast with young children (as I am), check
out GamerDad, a site
tailor-made for those of us who have kids and are still kids ourselves. They've
got reviews of children's software, and nice forums to help you pick the best
game for your children.
Arcade Gaming Goes Full Circle
More proof that what's old is new again, especially with arcade gaming. Behold
a PC-based arcade gaming system that allows PC game developers to easily
convert their PC games into an arcade-based system. In other words, that
cool retro-styled PC game that was inspired by an old arcade classic may
just show up in an actual arcade!
Ball Video Review
Okay, after a few production mistakes forced me to restart the project twice,
the video review of Raptisoft's most excellent Hamster
Ball is now online. Scurry on over to the Video
Reviews page and check out this modern take on the arcade classic Marble
Madness. The written review will follow in a day or so.
A warning: it's addictive — trust me,
it was hard enough pulling myself away long enough to do the review!
Maybe it's just me, but I think this is unbeliveably cool: coffee tables made
from old pinball playfields. After Steve Schukei posted news of his custom-built
table on the rec.games.pinball newsgroup, several people expressed interest
in buying one. The good news? You can! Borden's
Pinball Furniture sells custom tables built around pinball playfields or
backglasses. Now if they could only figure out a way to make it playable...
Operation "Token Operation" Underway
in preparation for the upcoming BYOAC
Tokens, I've converted both the MAMEframe2 and my pinball machine
over to token operation, installing .984 token mechs and I even got a
deal on a bunch of Chuck E. Cheese tokens, so I already have a fishbowl
full of tokens! I've still got to wire up the coin door in the MAME cab
to the IPAC, but after that both machines will be completely token operated.
I'll be documenting all the steps I took to covert over to token operation,
so look for an article/video combo sometime in the future.
NeoTec Monitor: Some Good News, and Some Bad
I've got a couple of additional tidbits about the NeoTec
Graphic NT-500DXB7 monitor.
First, the good news — according to reader Godot
Gutierre, the monitor is available direct from NeoTec
Graphic for $440 + shipping, much less than the $499 quoted at Wico.
And now the bad news — apparently, it seems that
the monitor cannot auto-switch between 15Khz and 31Khz video modes like
the D9200. There's still a little bit of confusion about this fact, however,
and I'll see if I can't nail this down a bit more.
Yup, if you've got a copy of Half-Life and have installed Steam,
Valve's online content delivery system, you now have access to "Codename:
Gordon", a side-scrolling platform jumper based on the Half-Life world.
Control Gordon Freeman as he climbs, crawls, and jumps through an exciting
all new adventure, and see what Half-Life would have been like in glorious
2D instead of that old, boring 3D!
Cab Kits Now Available!
Exciting news for those of you who want to build your own cabs, but are intimidated
by woodworking: MAMERoom.com has
announced new "DIY
Cab Kits", starting at $399.00 (pre-order and it's only $299, but
I think the offer ends today!). Some details direct from MAMERoom.com:
The "Basic" kit will be available before the end of May
2004 and includes professional milled (CNC) cabinet panels made from 5/8" MDF,
pre-drilled countersunk holes and pilot holes, and assembling hardware.
The basic kit comes "unfinished". Future add-on options will include a
choice of finish (color laminate). The basic kit does not include a control
panel. Currently, only the 25" wide version of this cabinet will be available.
This will fit up to a 27" WG D9200.
Currently, the basic kit is only available for pre-orders. Future "add-on" options
will include a choice of finish (laminate), monitor/marquee bezels, coin-doors,
pre-cut slots for t-molding, control panels, etc...
The Ultimate Arcade II cabinet kit is based off of the step-by-step construction
manual available here: http://www.mameroom.com/order_uaII.asp.
Pre-order a "Basic" kit for the introductory price of $299.00 +
Shipping & handling. To reserve a kit at this introductory price, send
an email to email@example.com.
MAME Command Line Information Extractor
something handy, especially if you're curious about the results of command
line options in MAME. Cerian
Knight (aka Christopher Rutz) has released Mame32Info,
a utility to view, capture, and save the command line output from nearly
any version of MAME. A drop-down list gives you a number of command line
flags, including a variety of game listings and even a couple of benchmarking
tests. Now you can get to know MAME up close and personal...
What is Eugene Up To?
As a devoted "Disciple of Robotron," I have always had an ongoing
interest in everything that Eugene Jarvis, the creator of Robotron, has been
up to. Thanks to a post in Alt.Games.MAME by the
Pinny Parlour, I now know that Eugene has formed a new game studio, Raw
Thrills Inc. The site has some details about their upcoming games and some
nice interviews with Eugene as well.
Monitor News Update
I've heard back from represenatives at both Hanatrex and NeoTec Graphics about
their arcade monitors.
Unfortunately for those of us in the USA, Hantarex does
not have a US distributor, althought their Polo Star monitor is probably
a great choice for those in the UK or Europe.
Graphics' primary US distributor is Wico — they
have the NT-500DXB7 available
for $499.99 (no word on shipping costs). Unfortunately, I did not get
any more detailed specifications on their monitor, but it does look to
be a "drop-in" replacement for the D9200.
Update: It appears you can get the NeoTec NT-500DXB7
with a Phillips tube instead of the standard RCA one. Straight from "infinitearcades" over
in the SlikStik
Just ordered one of the Neotec monitors. Will post review
once we get it in. Used quite a few 9200's and only had video problems
with one, but had light gun problems with all of them. Talked to the support
at neotec and they assured me the act labs light gun works properly. Plus
the neotec monitors supports 800x600 and will also run at 1024x768 according
to the tech support. There are two versions of the 27" neotec monitor.
Website only list the RCA model but they have a Phillips model also which
has a flatter screen and according the to tech support has a better picture.
Replace the "B" in the part number with a "P". NT-500DXP7.
Twice-Weekly (?) Joystick of the Week Review
Okay, so shoot me — I got a joystick review done early for once. Now
available over on the RetroBlast Reviews page is
one more piece of the Joystick Roundup puzzle, namely a review of the Happ
Controls Competition Joystick. I've also updated the Joystick
Comparison Chart with a new measurement, the range of motion in which diagonals
are possible. By the way, don't expect two joystick reviews every week, as
I still fear "The Joystick Roundup Curse"!
Possible D9200 Replacement
Thanks to an email from Gibson Lanier, I now have news of another possible
D9200-equivalent arcade monitor to report on. The
Hantarex Polo Star monitor looks to have similar
specs to the Wells-Gardner D9200, which means hopefully it may prove to
be a viable replacement for the versatile but trouble-plauged D9200 monitor.
Once again, I'm looking into it, and I'll report back once I've gotten some
Roberta the Robot Does MAMEWAH
And now for something completely different — Stuzza, king of the Screenshot
Archive, has released a MAMEWAH
Demo video, narrated by "Roberta the Robot" (yes, it's as eccentric
as it sounds!) It's a good overview of what MAMEWAH is and what it's capable
of, and you even get a few computer jokes compliments of Roberta. Good information,
served with a smile...
Final BYOAC Token Design Now Taking Pre-Orders
Well, after many polls and some last-minute changes due to copyright concerns,
the final Build Your Own Arcade Controls token design is now ready:
are being taken — they're being sold in lots of 200 for $35
($6.50 shipping), and are available in both brass and nickel-plated finishes.
This is something that is very unique and I'm excited enough about this
that I've bought token coin mechs for both my arcade cab and pinball
machine. The Game is Never Over...
A Possible Alternative to the WG D9200
I've been getting an increasing number of emails from distraught Wells-Gardner
D9200 owners, recounting their tales of shipping damage and early failures
(I myself experienced a board failure two weeks after I got my D9200, but it's
been very reliable since then).
the D9200 works it's a great monitor for MAME cabs, as there aren't many
monitors out there that can handle the 15Khz video put out by video games
and the 31-38Khz video used by PC video cards. But that's the rub: when it
works — there have been far too many D9200 problems for me to dismiss
them as a one-time fluke.
Thanks to reader Tony Papa, I may have another monitor
to recommend: the NeoTec
Graphic NT-500DXB7. It's a 27" arcade monitor (they have sizes
ranging from 19"-36") with the same specs as the D9200, except
that it is also able to support 800x600 officially (the D9200's official
max is 640x480). I don't have any more details, but I'm going to look into
this a bit further and I'll report back what I find.
Note: Some readers suggesed the Happ
Vision Pro monitor as a D9200 replacement, but the specs do not mention
15Khz or 25Khz video modes, two modes that are (in my opinion) critical
for good MAME video output. The Ultimarc
ArcadeVGA card, for example, defaults to 15Khz video.
Yes, yet another insanely addictive modern remake of a classic, Hamster
Ball by Raptisoft is an extremely slick remake of Marble Madness, with
lots and lots of 3D graphic goodness. I've just started playing around with
the demo, and I'm already hopelessly hooked. This is a great update to a favorite
classic, and worth checking out if you enjoyed Marble Madness "back in
the day." Special thanks to Greg Thorpe for pointing it out!
Time to Help a Fellow Gamer
I got a very interesting email yesterday from Steven Dent, who suffers from
Cerebral Palsy. He's trying to find a way to use larger analog joysticks
with his PS-2 game system, and...well, he can explain it better than I:
My name is Steven Dent. My disability is Cerebral Palsy.
I am in a wheelchair and my hands don't work. I enjoy playing video games.
I send a e-mail to Sony and I ask them, can they make me a big analog joystick
controller but I got the run around. They said, they can't help me. I can't
use the small analog controller that comes with the video game system because
I can't hit those little buttons with my wrist and elbows. I use a digital
Shadowblade joystick controller for Playstation 2 but 90% of video games
are analog now. It is very frustrating for me. Can you put 2 analog sticks
in the Shadowblade joystick controller? Can you help me? Please!! You are
my last hope.
I'm going to try and do some research on this, but I
don't have any answers yet. If you have any suggestions or solutions, please let
me know and I'll forward our findings to Steven. Don't let a fellow
of the Week News
Another joystick review is now ready on the RetroBlast
Reviews page, and I've also updated the Joystick
Roundup Chart with the results from my latest round of testing.
More joystick testing is underway, so there may be more
joystick reviews just around the corner if I can find a bit more time to
polish everything up. I've also got some video of my test procedures, just
so you know what I'm doing to get my results.
A Slogan, Any Slogan...
If you've been following the custom token project over at the BYOAC forums,
now's the time to vote on the both the front artwork, the "functional
text," and the slogan on the back of the token.
Update: The polls have closed, and the final
design chosen. Check this
BYOAC thread for the winning results. Visit
this thread for details on ordering yours.
Yes, another update to my favorite front end, MAMEWAH,
has been released. For such as small increment in version numbers, it's got
an incredible number of new features, including support for up to fifty (yes, 50)
emulators. It's also got extensive support for the controls.dat project.
If you haven't heard of the controls.dat project yet, let me explain. It's
an ambitious effort by the MAME community to create controller definition
files that document what the specific controller layout was for a particular
game (i.e., what button does what).
The controls.dat file can be used by MAME front ends
to display the controller layout for a game when that game is launched,
or even light up the buttons used (such as the now M.I.A. LAME Arcade project).
If you're interested, be sure to check out the Controls.Dat
New Version of MAMEWAH Setup
Version 0.7.7 of David Butler's great MAMEWAH
Setup utility is now available on both David's web site and the RetroBlast
File Downloads page. This version brings MAMEWAH Setup in line with MAMEWAH
0.97. If you use MAMEWAH, you owe it to yourself to check out this program
for quickly setting up multiple emulators and artwork.
Saturn "Pacman" Commercial Video Update
By pure coinidence, I happened to stumble across the Saturn "Pacman" commercial
I mentioned in the recent RetroBlast article on Retrogaming
and TV Commercials while watching a show last night on my ReplayTV.
Since I've got the amazing (and free) DVArchive
program handy, I easily pulled the commercial off the ReplayTV to my PC
over my home network and have now output it as a high-quality video file. If
you'd like a higher-resolution look, please feel free to jump
to the article and have a peek.
I've just updated the Knob Comparison Page from
the RetroBlast Spinner Roundup with additional
information about two new knobs from SlikStik, the Duo-Tone and the O-Grip
knobs. They're both great knobs (i.e., both knobs work great in Tempest!)
I'm always impressed with the knob designs that keep
coming out from SlikStik — their knobs are unique, and the designs
always seem to balance style and gameplay.
Ultimate Portable MAME Solution?
Here's some very intriguing
E3 news from ExtremeTech about a new portable gaming console called "Eve" that
uses Windows XP embedded, and according to it's creators it will be able to
play regular PC games! My first thought (as well as, I'm sure, many of you
reading this) was "that would make a great MAME platform!" It's a
bit pricey ($500), but it certainly seems worth watching to see how this develops.
Joystick Review Delayed (Again?)
Sorry, we've had a stomach bug run through the family, and everyone's just
starting to feel better. That's a problem with having small children around — they
manage to pick up every germ that comes along and are more than willing to
share it! Anyway, I'll see if I can't get this week's joystick review out
this weekend. The curse continues...
is THAT? (Part 2)
Yes, another weird light. But what is it for? Why am I pointing it out? What
is your favorite color? ;-)
If you saw my mysterious post last
month, I had plans for another strange looking light system. Well,
it didn't work out. Hopefully this one will, but it looks like it will
take a lot of work. I'm going to remain cryptic until I see if I can
get everything working. If it all works out, I'll be putting up an article
documenting what I did and why.
If it doesn't work...well, stay tuned...
Top-quality Vector Arcade Art?
Be sure and check out the Arcade
Art Library, a great collection of artwork, most of it in vector format
for perfect scaling to any size. All of the artwork is by contributors, and
it looks to be a great resource for MAME cab builders and restoration projects.
The Arcade Art Library has fonts, character art, bezels,
sideart, instruction cards — you name it, if it's arcade related,
it's probably in there. Stop by and browse through all the pretty pictures!
and Advertising Collide...
And the results aren't half bad! I've just finished up an article about the
new wave of commercials with a retrogaming
theme, everything from Asteroids to Pac-Man, even pinball. I've even got
videos of all the commercials mentioned.
I guess I've managed to fall into a favorable advertising
demographic, and I'm lovin' it. (ack! McDonald's vocabulary — I've
got to stop watching TV and get back to playing video games!)
The excellent design work continues over in the BYOAC forums on a custom token
design. When these are finished, they'll be available for $35 per 200 tokens.
The designs are fantastic so far, and if you'd like to contribute a new token
design or just some suggestions, feel free to drop
in on the discussion and and add your 25 cents. ;-)
Welcome a New MAME Cab Into the World
(And it's from Steve Lilley-Hopkins, author of MAMEWAH!)
Steve's been in contact with me for quite a while about
the design of his custom "System
1M" cab, which is based on the Atari System 1 cabinet design (which
is the same cab I used for my original MAMEframe
cab). His cab is almost finished, and it looks like Steve's made some
really great refinements to the original Atari design — it looks
fabulous. Congrats, Steve, on your new baby!
Speaking of MAMEWAH...
Steve is going to be working on a new update, and is actually taking suggestions
for new features you'd like to see added. If you've got a great idea for
a feature, be sure to drop in on this
BYOAC thread and let him know what you would like to see.
Joystick Roundup Changes
delays can be a good thing (well, not really, but...)
In this case, I just got some wonderful feedback and
suggestions from John Laur about the joystick roundup reviews, including
a request for another test, the "diagonal degrees" test
(my terminology, not his) Basically, I'm going to try and chart out what
portion of a joystick's range of motion engages the diagonals.
It's a great test suggestion, and I''ll be adding this
test to the mix this week. Thanks, John!
The Ultimarc MiniPAC is incredible...and that's all I have to say about that.
(for now ;-)
some MAME Tokens?
If the thought of having some custom game tokens for your arcade cabinet sounds
interesting, be sure to check out this token
discussion thread over on the BYOAC
forums. A group of enthusiasts is working to get enought people together
to order custom artwork game tokens.
I've thought about switching my machines over to token
use, as I could then use the MAMEframe2 as a "reward" for my
kids (you know, do a chore, get a token). If it'd get them to clean up
their rooms, it'd be worth it.
RetroBlast Video Review: Storm Angel
Well, better late than never! After video capture problems and a month delay
due to back surgery, the long-promised Storm Angel
Video Review companion to the written
Storm Angel Review is now finished.
If you're looking for a great side-scrolling shooter
that also happens to feature great 3D-accellerated graphics, this is your
game. I've had a blast playing it, so be warned: the "addiction factor" is
high on this one!
Fraps to the Rescue
The Storm Angel video footage was grabbed using Fraps,
a great tool for capturing screenshots and video of games in action. It's a
great tool for MAME users, as well, as it provides an on-screen frame rate
display. The built-in FPS (Frames Per Second) display in MAME isn't reliable
in my experience, as games sometimes actually slow down when the FPS display
is turned on. Fraps does not cause any slowdown and provides a more accurate
John's Retro Arcade
John Lundy keeps on creating neat new MAME cab add-ons — this time it's
Knocker, just like in the original Q-Bert cab. There are a lot of great
electronics for MAME cabs documented on his site, so if you haven't visited John's
Retro Arcade site before, be sure to drop in for a visit.
The Fish Scale Has Arrived...
And I'll be updating the Joystick of the Week review tomorrow with the test
results. Let's hope this works out the way I hope it does!
of the Week Review
Okay, the first "joystick of the week" review (complete with video "snippets")
on the main Reviews page. I take a look at the
Wico Leaf Switch joystick, a classic joystick that is no longer in production.
Note: The review is only "semi-complete",
as I'm still waiting on my digital fish scale to finalize some tests. I'll
update it with the test results just as soon as the scale arrives. It's
going to be fun videotaping those tests! (gawd, how I can
write any of this with a straight face?)
Front Page 404 Errors, Revisited
Just a friendly reminder — if you're still using a bookmark of the front
page of RetroBlast made before 4/14/04, you're probably still getting the 404
Error Page when you visit. Just click on the link in the error page message
and then re-bookmark RetroBlast, and all will be well.
MAME .82 Released
You know it, you love it, all good things flow from its source...okay, enough
with the hyperbole!
MAME 0.82 has been released — hop on over to MAME.net for
the regular versions, or over to the official MAME32
site for the Windows-GUIfied version.
on earth is that for?
Some of you may recognize what it is, but if you don't already know, it's a
digital fishing scale. To jump ahead and answer your next question: "It's
for the joystick review, of course." (pause) "To measure the force
needed to engage each of the joysticks" (another pause) "Because
a real linear scale would have cost nearly $400!"
I just ordered one of these digital fish scales to add
to the ever-growing arsenal of RetroBlast Labs Test Equipment™. While
I obviously will spare some expense in providing you with thorough
gaming equipment reviews, a little creativity can go a long way in covering
up a limited research budget. I'll be sure and document the entire "fish
scale testing procedure" for the reviews, just in case anyone is crazy
enough to want to reproduce my findings on their own...
If you're looking for a 3D update on the vertical-scrolling shoot'em-up genre,
check out AirStrike3D.
I've spent a couple of days trying out the demo, and it's got a good "arcade
vibe" (not to mention it works great with the arcade controllers on my
MAME cabinet!) Between this game and Juno
Remix, it's a wonder I'm getting any work done at all. A special thanks
to Greg Thorpe for pointing it out!
(Click on the picture for a larger view)
This Week's "Joystick of the Week"
I'm going to kick off the Joystick of the Week reviews with an "oldie
but a goodie," the original Wico 8-way leaf-switch. I'm currently doing
the testing and photography, so look for the review (with video snippets) in
the next day or so.
PinMAME, PinMAME32 and Visual PinMAME 1.32.001
Over at Pinmame.com you
can now get a bugfixed version of 1.32, which fixes the following:
Williams System 7 games had some solenoid issues.
Also fixed WMS Sys. 9 displays (digits ordering and comma segments)
No new download links - use the same as before. The files are updated!
RetroBlast Is Growing!
like the infamous
Kudzu vine, RetroBlast is now out of control and growing rapidly
in all directions. I've just made some arrangements to more than double
RetroBlast's bandwidth and site storage allotments, meaning that there
is now more room for new videos (and the site will be able to survive
a mention in Slashdot without bandwidth usage alarms going off! ;-)
Tired of using a joystick to play video games? Want something more aerobic?
Check out the PacManhattan
game recently played in New York City. It's cool and pathetically geeky
in the same breath.
The Power of Slashdot
I've heard stories about a site getting "taken down" accidently by
a flood of hits after being mentioned on Slashdot,
but this is the first time I've seen it in action (and it's my own site!).
received some excessive bandwidth usage warnings this morning (strange
for the third day of the month), and sure enough, tracking down the cause
I discovered that RetroBlast's video clip of
Seinfeld's "The Frogger" episode is being hit hard, thanks to
discussion link about "PacManhattan" (see news above). Hopefully
demand for the clip will fade soon, or I'll have to pull the clip from
the site temporarily to avoid exceeding my monthly bandwidth allotment!
(Beware the power of Slashdot... ;-)
A new variant of MAME32 has just been released, "MadeInMAME32." It
consists primarily of UI enhancements, such as:
- password to prevent kids from playing special games
- system tray icon with popup to play "at office"
- MASH's PCB infos support
- and more...
MAMEbench 1.2 Released
News direct from the author, "Cerian
V1.2 is an easy to use tool for automating benchmarks without messing
up your existing configs. It creates results both with and without D3D.
After it completes, look in the BENCHMRK directory for the output.
Now is called mamebnch.bat (was mamebench.bat)
Output directory is benchmrk (was benchmark)
Now (probably) compatible with all MS OSes >= DOS5.0.
Supports all (tested) MAME builds and versions (including DMAME).
Manual cleanup of output files is required for all non-32 builds.
Up a MAME Cab Sound System
The article on adding sound to
your arcade cabinet (to accompany the Sound
System video I released a couple of days ago) is now ready. More
details on how I added sound to my MAMEframe2 arcade cabinet.
Killer sound makes for a killer gaming experience — after
all, arcade games just aren't the same without a good "thump" of
bass in the chest each time you kill an attacking space alien!
Door LED Lights
I realized that I had never posted a picture of how the coindoor on my cabinet
looks now that I've finally gotten some 4-LED red lamps from SuperBrightLEDs to
install. The result is exactly what I wanted — a bright, red glow, just
like the old coin door lights in the 80's. I've updated the Hardware
Section of the MAMEframe2 Construction
Diary and the SuperBrightLEDs review with
New Version of PinMAME!
Yes, version 1.32 of PinMAME has
just been released. If you're a fan of the Visual Pinball/PinMAME programs,
check it out. I've found VPinMAME to be a great way to "try out" pinball
machines and help me decide what my next pinball acquisition target should
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