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Old 10-29-2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/10/arkeg/

I'm not sure if this has seen the rounds here or not but Wired has a video and write-up on the ArKeg which is an arcade cabinet (running MAME, I'd wager) with a kegerator built into the side. Their two major qualms, no cupholders and no drip tray, could be solved quite easily I imagine. They do call the 1/6 bbl keg a corny keg, which as I understand it, is not correct but it could be modified for homebrew fairly easily. So what's the verdict. Anyone gonna drop the $4k or build their own? Looks awesome to me...
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
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If I'm going to be drinking and playing video games I think I'd rather be sitting down rather than standing at a machine.

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Old 10-29-2009, 06:54 PM   #3
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I'd pass.

Give me a sofa, a big screen, a 6 tap keezer, and a console system and I am a happy man.

Oh. Wait. I have that already.

Haven't actually turned on the console in 3 years tho'.

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Old 10-29-2009, 07:00 PM   #4
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A friend of mine homebrews sometimes and he has a vintage Astroids machine in his house. Not sure if it's working ATM, but his brother is very good with electronics and from what I hear, it's not too hard to replace a few caps and resistors to get them running again.

He has mentioned making it into a kegerator and either run Astroids, or install a MAME system so he can choose from tons of classic games.

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Old 10-29-2009, 07:01 PM   #5
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Really, you guys? There is something magical about playing arcade games with the correct equipment. Playing Street Fighter with anything less than a full arcade joystick is missing out... Maybe it's just me

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Old 10-29-2009, 07:08 PM   #6
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I built a MAME arcade a few years ago. It's right next to the arcade in the game room. I don't really see an advantage to having the kegerator in the arcade except for bragging rights.

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Old 10-29-2009, 09:03 PM   #7
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I do a lot of arcade stuff. I have a few machines I've collected and quite a few boards. But honestly, I tend to end up just playing MAME using my joysticks:

They're just hacked up $10 USB gamepads.

On the rare occasion I do need a stand up setup (like for a Street Fighter IV tournament), I cobble this together:

I'm working right now on getting some Wireless 360 joysticks together. There's a place near me that does cash tournaments for SFIV and I'd love to be able to use a proper joystick instead of a gamepad (especially since I use charge characters like Blanka and Balrog).

But never have I had the desire to put a kegerator in the MAME cab. A kegerator's footprint is perfect to live side-by-side with the arcade machines. That's good enough for me.

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Old 10-29-2009, 11:30 PM   #8
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I do a lot of arcade stuff. I have a few machines I've collected and quite a few boards. But honestly, I tend to end up just playing MAME using my joysticks:

They're just hacked up $10 USB gamepads.

On the rare occasion I do need a stand up setup (like for a Street Fighter IV tournament), I cobble this together:

I'm working right now on getting some Wireless 360 joysticks together. There's a place near me that does cash tournaments for SFIV and I'd love to be able to use a proper joystick instead of a gamepad (especially since I use charge characters like Blanka and Balrog).

But never have I had the desire to put a kegerator in the MAME cab. A kegerator's footprint is perfect to live side-by-side with the arcade machines. That's good enough for me.
You appear quite young in that picture. I bet you get carded a lot!
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:49 AM   #9
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Yeah, that was one of the neighbor kids. Funny how this sort of thing will bring them out of the woodwork.

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Old 10-30-2009, 02:34 AM   #10
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If I'm going to be drinking and playing video games I think I'd rather be sitting down rather than standing at a machine.
Yeah, if I ever get around to building a MAME cabinet (I've had the buttons and encoder for a couple years now!) it's going to be a cocktail cabinet.
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