I discovered some secrets in a recent conversation with my friend and expert arcade machine builder, Emily, that had previously stopped me from building an arcade machine and also from thinking I could afford to do so. Emily shared with me some key tips for people just getting started with the process and these days they have broken some common myths related to arcade machines.Learn more at Arcade Machine Hire
First of all, I was entirely unfamiliar with what was used in the design of a computer and, more significantly, what the machines might really do these days, going into the discussion. So I took out my notebook while Emily and I were talking and jotted down some notes that I would like to share as they could prove to be useful to you.
The first step is to better understand what games you plan to play while creating an arcade machine. First off, I didn’t even know that arcade machines today would play hundreds of games on the same console. I was just thinking about Street Fighter 2: Turbo, and I was able to play that and some other games on the same arcade machine, as Emily pointed out. What powers today’s arcade machines that people build, however, are mostly Windows-based PCs. On an old Pentium 2 with 64 Megs of RAM, games from PlayStation and before can typically be played. It is possible to move just about every game to the PC, but if you are going to run new games, you would have to start using higher-level hardware components on the computer itself.
Begin with a system that is clean. When programming the arcade machine, one of the first things Emily does is reformat the hard drive and instal a fresh copy of Windows as the operating system. After that, since these will be the only programmes running on Windows on the arcade machine, you’ll want to learn how to customise Windows for optimum game play. For all game play, doing so will make for a smoother process. During the formatting process, partitioning the hard drive can also be helpful.