Here is another update on my arcade, The Game Grid Arcade, sorry about the delays as I have been so busy trying to get everything put together that I easily forget to do a video or take pictures.
I have received almost all of my games now – I received Big Buck Safari tonight (so it is not in the video which I made last night) and got a chance to set it up and play it and earlier today I received the coin mechs for most of the games. The only game I am waiting on now is Chase HQ 2, which was scheduled to arrive today but it didn’t so I guess it will show up on Monday. I also am waiting on a few small things to patch up some games – some newly cut plexiglass panels for The Act and Namco Classics and replacement guns for Carnevil. I also need to get something into Mighty Pang, that game just won’t do well so I’d prefer to convert it to something else but every JAMMA board I throw in there seems to have a problem of some kind. I also need to decide on something to put into the Golden Tee cabinet I got.
As you will see in the video I also have received Movie Stop (I just need to stock up on movies and games), the Tokyo Drift kits for Crusin’ USA, Blazing Angels and House of the Dead 4 Super Deluxe. It is such a mammoth game and I love it as no other arcade in the area has it and it certainly stands out in my small arcade. I thought that Blazing Angels looks big before but sitting next to this it looks small.
The Tokyo Drifts are having a strange issue. Everything is connected correctly on both cabs but they are both displaying a symptom of where the image on the screen constantly scrolls up and what imagery you can see is tilted to the right. By tinkering with the controls to the monitor you can slow it down but not stop it so without a stable image you can’t play. I hooked a monitor up to the Dell PC that came with it and the image is fine there at least but I am baffled as to why the image will not sit still no matter what you do with the resolution settings or the controls to the monitor and the exact same thing is happening with two different cabinets.
I also have received everything for my PCs and we got those put together today and Vista 64 loaded on all of them but no I have to figure out the networking side of it and how to go about the games. One thing that I should have spent more time on was researching how game cafés work – they obviously use disk images or something like that for the games they have as there is no way you can have a CD/DVD in a drive for every game but I don’t know if they just use a game server with all the images on it for each system or store the images on each system or if it’s something entirely different. I am looking into some PC LAN controlling software that cafés use so perhaps once I finally get that I will figure it out. The PCs look nice and I got them for a good price. The specs are AMD X2 5000+ CPUs, 2GB of RAM, an nVidia 8800GS with motherboards that use Hybrid SLi. I think the SLi is working but there is nothing that says it is but both the onboard card and the separate card show up in device manager without conflicts and COD4 worked (for the most part, it did crash at one point). I have to thank Josh, a friend of mine from Utah that came down and helped out with the PCs. I also should thank my brother Ben and my sister Lacey for coming down almost every day of the week to help me out.
Anyways, onto the video (which cuts out at the end as my battery ran out)