Antiriad2097 wrote:Yes. Witchfinder built himself a racing MAME cab.
Gah! Don't remind me...
Let's just say if you've never done a MAME Cab before, don't start with a driving one. The cab is one thing but setting up the games/emulators is a nightmare.
Some things to consider:
- If you like more recent games like Sega Rally, Ridge Racer etc then MAME is (as far as I know) still incapable of running these games and you'll need alternative emulators like Model 2 and Vivanonno. You'll also need a high spec PC and a 3D card if you're using those emulators. If you're sticking with MAME then you'll still need a decent PC to run anything more recent than Turbo Outrun believe it or not!
- What kind of steering wheel do you want? A 270 degree rotation auto-centreing wheel will allow you to play OutRun, Chase HQ but not Pole Position or Super Sprint for example. A 360 degree wheel is even harder to configure as it has no 'centre' point.
- Do you have potentiometers in the pedals as well? My cab had one on the accelerator which was a pain in the arse to configure smoothly, but had a button in the brake which was easy.
- What kind of gear shift will you use? A 2-way shifter will work for OutRun and Chase HQ but many games need a 4-way shifter. Also the way MAME interprets the input for the shifter varies from game to game (for example Outrun recognises it as one button that changes the gear each time it's pressed, others need a 'button' for each gear). There's a special version of MAME to deal with these inconsistencies called ShifterMAME, but it doesn't support everything.
I'm not trying to put you off... Actually, I am! It's damn hard work and after spending 6-9 months trying to get mine done with limited success I never wanted to see the damn thing again and ended up selling it at a £200 loss!
You can visit JAMMA+ for more advice, examples of past projects and maybe even find a donor cab there - www.jammaplus.co.uk