The Software

The greatest thing about building your own arcade cabinet is you can put whatever game you want on it. You can find online "roms" for nearly every arcade game ever made and play them using a program called an "emulator". I used the emulators "MAME" and "DAPHNE" to play the 80 or so games installed in my cabinet. I used a windows machine, but both have MAC support. See the "links" section for more details.

Since the machine can play so many games, it seemed like a good idea to put in a menu system so you could choose which game to play using the controllers. I used a program called "Glaunch".

A nice thing about GLaunch is that you can choose an image to be displayed in the background when you highlight a game. Also you can give it a list of mp3s to play while the menu is running.