The Black X Arcade was my first project to work with. It was a hard task but worth it. If you going to start a project on arcade than I would recommend buying used arcade cabinet that isn’t working or worth restoring. If you going to build the cabinet than recommend buying the good Plywood. I would like to say thank to my cousin Mike for being part of this project. He was the one who custom arcade cabinet. I recommend install wheels in the bottom make life easy when moving the arcade to different location.
I was tested out different frontends. One of them was Maximus Arcade (Not Free) It is nice GUI interface and easy to work with but it was not what I was looking for. Maximus Arcade will be nice for custom computer gamer. Mala was other software I tested out and it free. I love the frontend of Mala and layout custom you can do with it. I will provide some info in the bottom.
Specs what I use to build this arcade:
- AMD Athlon X2 2.4Ghz
- 3Gb DDR2 of Ram
- 500Gb Hard Drive
- Windows XP SP2
- Geforce 9600 512MB
- X-Arcade Joystick (Purchase Here)
- USB Speaker
- MaLa 1.74 Software
- LCD monitor 22inch
Links for software and equipment:
Mala 1.74 Software and info how to use it: http://malafe.net/
How to shell any front end or program in Windows: Click Here!
Allows users to change their Windows boot screens: Click Here!
Setup coin slots to work with X-Arcade Joystick (Read below part): Click Here!
NOTE: If you going to use Bootskin & InstantSheller READ!!!!!
First install Bootskin restart and see if work once you do than install instandSheller uncheck the following:
Replace Boot Screen
Disable Windows animations
Also bit of advise make sure you test everything before install those. If any question just comment below and I try to answer your questions or provide you with link better results.