Ms. Pac cabinet w/ Multi-PCB Jamma Board + Multicade Controls
I bought my arcade in November, 2005 and I absolutely love it. It's a multi-pcb jamma board that you can snag from arcadeshop.com, which is a truely great board. This board has been shoved into an original Ms. Pacman cabinet, and the control panel replaced on the cabinet to provide support for a trackball, and buttons for any games that need them.
for Arcadeshop's Multi-PCB JAMMA Board
The Arcadeshop.com Multi-PCB JAMMA board is a great emulation board with support for 54 vertical and 21 horizontal classic arcade games. You are required to secure your own licensing for each of the roms, but then then you can enjoy all the classics with a great menu.
You can download an easy installer for all available games:
Included Vertical Games (last update: 2010-01-26)Arkanoid, Bagman, Burgertime, Carnival, Crash, Crystal Castles, Centipede, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, Donkey Kong 3, Frogger, Galaga, Galaga 2000, Galaga: Enduring Freedom, Galaxian, Galaxian Part X, Gorf, Gridlee, Jr. Pac-Man, Liberator, Mappy, Mario Bros, Millipede, Missle Command, Moon Cresta, Moon Patrol, Mr. Do, Mr. Do's Castle, Ms. PacMan, New Rally-X (new), Pac & Pal, PacMan, PacMan Plus, Pengo, Phoenix, Pooyan, Qix, Rally-X, Space Invaders, Space Invaders Deluxe, Sinistar, Star Luster, Stroke and Match Golf, Super Bagman, Super Breakout, Super PacMan, Super Zaxxon, Tetris, VS Pinball, VS Soccer, ZaxxonIncluded Horizontal Games (last update: 2009-12-23)
You can not legally use these roms unless you are licensed to do so. If you are licensed to use them then you can use these roms with your multi-pcb jamma board or using an emulator such as MAME.
Links to Various Sites I've Come Across
First, the king of arcade emulation, MAME. MAME is software that has been ported to just about every computer platform that exists out there, and it can play thousands of arcade games. This software is awesome. On a normal PC, it's the closest thing you can get to the real games, since it uses the actual rom dumps of the actual games. You just can't get any closer, without the real arcade.Escape Pod Online
This is the site I picked up an excellent new Ms. Pac-Man multi-cade control panel overlay. Now my control panel with trackball and buttons for other games matches the Ms. Pac-Man cabinet. It's lovely :) They offer a full restore kit using their high quality prints. I'll order the full set one day to restore my well weathered cabinet, but for now the control panel is looking sharp. :DGameOnGrafix (MAME Marquees)
A nice site to get your custom art printed, or pick from some of their existing art that is available. I really like their DK/Pac Side Art, A nice side art set for a multi-game cabinet.ArcadeShop.com
Looks like a good site for games, parts and some art as well. These are the folks that sold the awesome multi-pcb jamma board that I have in my cabinet. Sadly they have ended production and sales of the units. They have a lot of other great arcade parts and boards, head on over!RGVAC Newsgroup
rec.games.video.arcade.collecting -- a nice usenet newsgroup with tons of info about arcade collecting. buy, sell, trade, parts, recomendations, you name it. This link uses google groups, but you can just load the newsgroup in any news reader you want.Dream Arcades
Looks like a decent place to get a custom built cabinet for use with MAME for a good pc based system. The pictures of the way they bezel the monitor don't look the best, but I would have to see it in person before I judge it TOO harshly.Dream Authentics
An even nicer MAME cabinet, although a bit more expensive. I went ahead and picked one of the Excaliber cabinets up years ago and I love it! The software setup is a bit weak, but if you are up for rebuilding that yourself it's a pretty good system. This looks much higher quality than the Dream Arcades system listed above.