(Thanks to Michael Louie for the tip)
Way back in 2007, G4TV created what was then called “The World’s Largest Arcade Machine”. Now with the upcoming release of the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records, Jason Camberis has developed his own, slightly larger arcade cabinet to take the alleged record called Arcade Deluxe. It wasn’t designed to play a specific game but is more of a huge MAME/game console cabinet that you need something like a tall stool or ladder to play. I do imagine that putting together was not a very fun task as working with odd shaped and large materials like that can be a challenge. Here is the story at Yahoo! Tech.
I hate to rain on everyone’s parade here (I see people going a bit crazy about it on social media) but I do doubt that this takes the cake as the “largest arcade machine“. Of course like many things with Guinness, it often has to be oddly specific to achieve the record. In this case it would have to be ‘tallest JAMMA style arcade cabinet’ or the ‘largest arcade cabinet made for emulators’, as there have been larger creations than this made for the public to use in an arcade facility.
First is the Sega Super Circuit (1988; pictured) which featured several sit down cabinets linked together but a huge track that actual player controlled RC cars raced on. As far as I am aware, this attraction would take the cake for the largest arcade machine ever developed. Then there was the massive Galaxian 3 theater arcade game that was released in 1990. It was followed up by the slightly more compact (but still huge) Galaxian 3 Project Dragoon which was roughly 16’x16’x8′ in size and it housed dual 110″ screens. Then you have newer games like Simuline’s Valkyrie Shooting Ride which is essentially an 8 player light gun game and features two 170″ screens; then there is UNIS’s upcoming Galactic Force which also handles 8-players but features a large dome screen. There isn’t much stretching needed to consider these arcade games. Of course if those wouldn’t be considered arcade games for some reason, you have Cyber Dome or the OutRun 2 Super Deluxe or House of the Dead 4 Special, Ridge Racer Full Scale, Indy 500, all of which would have larger overall dimensions/weight that the Arcade Deluxe. can’t forget the Super Deluxe for Transformers Human Alliance either. Just sayin’.
To stress the point further, apart from making buildings temporary arcade games, we’ve had an enormous UFO Catcher crane machine and recently in Germany there was a gigantic pinball machine called Galactic Dimension that far outsizes these cabinets. Again, it all depends on how you want to define it and how specific you get. As JAMMA style cabinets go though, Arcade Deluxe is quite the cabinet to look at. What are your thoughts about it?