Arcade Reboot

The finished cabinet

The finished cabinet

Ever since I tried MAME (Multi Arcade Machine Emulator) and found that I could play all the classic arcade games of my youth, I have wanted to have an arcade style machine at home. I noticed after doing some research on the web that thousands of other people have had the same dream and hundreds of them have taken the time to document their efforts. This site isn’t going to go into fine details of my project. It is simply an online journal of the steps required to make it happen and links to good resources. I will also make my cabinet design and some artwork available in the hopes that it helps someone else.

If you want to make a cabinet exactly like this one, let me point out one significant fact – It is HUGE! Total height is 6’5″. I didn’t want a small cabinet because I am tall so I designed this cabinet specifically for me. If you use my plans, look them over to see if you really want a cabinet this big. You could easily change things to make this cabinet a foot shorter, a few inches thinner, and a little less deep. If you are tall like me or just want to feel like a little kid again playing a big machine, then this is for you.

I can honestly say it was well worth the effort. I took my time so that nothing was rushed and I am 100% satisfied with the results. The excitement during the process was as enjoyable as having the finished machine. Now I know why many people build more than one, or help their friends build arcade machines.This was a project of passion. If you share my passion for classic video games and are contemplating a project like this, I highly recommend it!

The following is my original article and may contain a few broken links at the moment. Bear with me. Updates coming soon including the Arcade Reboot-Reboot after moving it 1500 miles.

Phase I – Planning – and Assembling the Guts

Phase II – Cabinet Design & Building

Phase III – Putting it all together and Finishing touches


  1. Sam says:

    Wow, your custom built arcade machine looks awesome. What was the total cost? to build something like this? What sort of computer did you use? Is it coin operated? What size is the screen?

  2. Bob says:

    Thanks. Total cost was probably around $2000-$2500. Some of that had to do with moving it via truck and replacing the PC that got fried when the neon tube backfired. The screen is 20″. It’s an old NEC Multisync monitor. It does a great job of running all the various game resolutions full screen.

  3. Newgel says:

    Nice side art!!! It may be exactly what I was looking for. However, I’m unable to find a download link…. maybe I’m blind after all MAME Cabinet sites I read so far, but.. where is it? 🙂

  4. Bob says:

    Thanks. I have been lazy in getting the rest of the content up. I will have all my created art available for free download. The side art is actually not created by me, but available from blik. Here’s the link: You can buy it from resellers out on the web too. Blik also makes some really nice Nintendo stick-on graphics (and lots other non-arcade related wall art).

  5. Socket Set : says:

    wall arts are nice addtion to a great home too. my kids love to see wall arts. .

  6. The arcade reboot cabinet is a great design. I’m glad that I’ve finally searched this post.

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