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Arcade cabinet emulation.


#1 Metalsocks   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   29 Posts   Joined 5.3 Years Ago  

Metalsocks

Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:27 AM

I recently purchased and Area 51: Site 4 arcade cabinet thinking it was a regular Area 51 cabinet. Is there a way I could emulate Area 51 on it?

#2 Richard Kain   The Kaiser CAGiversary!   1459 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

Richard Kain

Posted 12 September 2012 - 03:56 PM

Well, the options for emulation are pretty extensive these days. I haven't checked the MAME compatibility list lately, but that would be the first place to start. The chances are good that a title like Area 51 would work with MAME.

You would also need to rig up a minimalist PC in your cabinet in order to facilitate the emulation. If you have the know-how, you should be able to get the necessary components for around $300, maybe less. The biggest issue you will run into will be connecting a PC to the arcade monitor in your cabinet. Some manner of adapter will probably be necessary. Arcade monitors are designed to run at a lower horizontal frequency than the average computer monitor. (or even television, for that matter)