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Old 01-06-2017, 09:12 AM   #1
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My Arcade MAME Cabinet - UPDATED for 2017!


We recently upgraded the computer, software, joystick controller and monitor plus other physical aspects of our standup MAME arcade emulator cabinet for the game room.

Get Launchbox: https://www.launchbox-app.com

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Do you prefer LCD or CRT for retro gaming?
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Old 01-06-2017, 02:33 PM   #2
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lcd vs crt

I prefer the way those crts create the old feeling of the game with scanlines. However, LCD is becoming much better these days. Might actually get a build going after seeing that launchbox app.
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Old 01-06-2017, 04:57 PM   #3
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I prefer the look of an LCD even though it doesn't have that authentic memory inducing nostalgia.
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Old 01-06-2017, 06:18 PM   #4
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I prefer the look of an LCD even though it doesn't have that authentic memory inducing nostalgia.
I'm getting a little beat up in the YouTube comments for preferring LCD graphics too. The clarity is amazing... even though I understand the nostalgia
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Old 01-06-2017, 06:28 PM   #5
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I'm getting a little beat up in the YouTube comments for preferring LCD graphics too. The clarity is amazing... even though I understand the nostalgia
doesn't surprise me, CRT fans are some of the most hateful people I've ever come across on the net. Which is odd since chances are they're not your typical 12y/o troll.

LCD's are crisp, vibrant and pleasing to the eye. I bought one of the first 'gaming' LCD's way back when... still have it, has a terrible response time like 20ms or something, but the blacks were deeper and the colors far more vivid than any of the CRT monitors I had, and that was 15+ years ago. LCD has only gotten better (so long as you ignore those TN panels... uhg) over the years.
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Old 01-06-2017, 07:38 PM   #6
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While it might not be *exactly* like was back in the day, many emulators now support filters to simulate a CRT effect (even effects like curving the corners).

Personally I care more about making sure my aspect ratio is correct (something that my current Raspberry Pi setup fumbles with at times depending on the game) that CRT effects.

Combine that with the general weight and heat of a CRT or god forbid one of the deathtrap old tube arcane monitors that you had to be sure to discharge so you didn't fry yourself....then it's easy to see why a lot of people would go the LCD route.

MJ - did you use the free version of LaunchBox, or is it the paid Premium version? I'm going to have to try it out as it looks pretty nice in your setup.
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Glad I'm not the only one who got shocked by their monitor lol
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I'm getting a little beat up in the YouTube comments for preferring LCD graphics too. The clarity is amazing... even though I understand the nostalgia
I'm a CRT snob but LCD really is better in many ways. Ill probably end up using an LCD when i do a mame cab.
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CRT. Because you can't use a light gun on an LCD. That's the only reason I still have a CRT TV in fact. Stupid Dreamcast guns...
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CRT. Because you can't use a light gun on an LCD. That's the only reason I still have a CRT TV in fact. Stupid Dreamcast guns...
And another reason to emulate
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:48 AM   #11
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I saw someone else mention going the RetroPie route in another thread.

I have been building a bunch of custom Pi Zero and Pi 3 builds lately. If you're not familiar and are interested in any retro/Mame games, you should check it out. Dove into this due to the lack of availability of the NES Classic - now I'll never go back
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MJ - did you use the free version of LaunchBox, or is it the paid Premium version?
I am using Big Box mode exclusively, so that requires the Premium edition. Worth it IMHO.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:01 PM   #13
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MJ, are you happy with the foam bezel or would you think about doing a wood bezel in the future to match the cabinet? IMHO the foam one looks temporary and I bet the whole cabinet would look much sharper with a proper bezel.
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