When we decided to pursue the idea of actually building an arcade machine, we started off doing some research. I have a little experience with the insides of stand up arcade machines, having owned a Ms. Pac-Man and a Spy Hunter machine purchased from an auction. Of course, buying is slightly different from building.
There are two prevailing thoughts within our team. First, it would be amazingly cool to build the machine totally from scratch. Second, if we build from scratch, there’s probably no way we’ll have something ready by MAX 2009.
So we’ve decided to take a few shortcuts for this first cabinet and buy a custom built cabinet and controller. We’ll still do all side art, marquee and controller art ourselves, but this will get us started so we can concentrate on things like the software.