When I was looking at some of the pictures we were sent from IAAPA, I noticed that some of the IT cabinets followed a different design than the ‘official pedestal’ cabinet followed. I liked these other cabinets more in all honesty and as it turns out, we’ve talked a little bit about the company that makes these cabinets before as they are actually involved in creating cabinets for Sega, GlobalVR, Namco and Konami, with the recent Rambo cabinet being an example of their work. Known as Fun Company, they have been making arcade cabinets in some form since the 90’s starting with cabinets for 8-liners and they wanted us to pass along some of their work so operators know of some alternatives out there for cabinets. Who knows, if anyone out there is building their own arcade game and want to know who they might contact about making cabinets (I know a few of you have asked before), then this could also be helpful in showing you what is out there (since not many companies make arcade cabinets for purposes other than MAME).
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All of the cabinets they produce are made to be “dual kitted” or i.e. you can throw two kits into one cabinet to increase the potential revenue from the unit while saving on space.
Here’s the re-designed IT pedestal cabinet I mentioned called FunGlo. These were at IAAPA and when in a low-light location they look very cool and thus quite eye-catching. According to the company “You can provide your own display or projector and in mid-January we are going to start shipping a display stand with monitor attachment. We have two different color schemes available for the FunGlo, blue and green. We also have a chrome version which features chrome t-molding and diamond plate finish on the base. And like all of our current cabinets, this one is able to be dual kitted, so your favorite two Incredible Technologies games all in one!”
Next up are the 26″ 16:9 LCD cabinets, which were popular enough last year that they have begun producing the same style cabinet in 32″ versions as well. It’s a nice design with a footprint that won’t tax you for space and since they are made to take IT and GVR kits, several games can use them as well. FC also stated that they make “Midway style” and cocktail JAMMA cabinets in case an operator is looking to replace any aging cabs they might have laying around.
Here is also something I liked to read about the cabinets from Fun Company, especially with my recent experience with a certain game having something to do with stopping movies, whose power supply burnt out right not too long after the six month warranty was up and now I have to pay a ridiculous $120 to replace it since it’s a ‘unique design’. Sorry to rant about that but FC offers lifetime warranties on the power supplies in their cabinets and a 1 year advanced replacement warranty on the LCD screens. You do not find lifetime warranties in the arcade industry very often so when they appear they are worth noting.
Fun Company has several employees with years of experience in cabinet design working on new designs that will probably be ready by AMOA/ASI. To see more, visit http://www.funcomfg.com/