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So the standup arcade machine I was drooling over in a previous post is apparently complete crap... (and available exclusively at Target, I might add. Go figure.)

What's wrong with it?

  1. The games are all running in emulation, badly. No original ROMs. It's like a crappy MAME knockoff without the ability to add new stuff.
  2. The monitor is TINY. As in, TEENY TINY. As in.... 13 INCHES (as in, damn that's tiny!)
  3. The monitor is NOT, in fact, a monitor at all... but a cheap (VERY CHEAP) color tv bolted into the cabinet with the emulator feeding into RCA input jacks. It's not even using S-Video.
  4. You can't use a bigger display because the cabinet is too small and you would have to cut out part of the overlay to see it.
  5. The full size arcade machine is not even remotely full size. It's approximately 64" high... as in 5' 4" high. (So not only will I go blind playing it on the crappy and oh so tiny display, but I'll also trash my back in the process.)
  6. The controls are junk. They are very lightweight, low quality controls. They feel awful and look awful.
  7. The sideart is horrific. I knew this beforehand, but it's worth mentioining again.
  8. There is some assembly required. As in, you have to put the stupid thing together yourself...
  9. The quality of materials used in the cabinet is abyssmal. It's basically very thin particle board that you bolt together (similar to those cheap bookshelves you find at Target. Oh riiiight....)

Looks like I'll be saving my pennies for an XBOX 360 instead. *sigh* While we're at it, does anybody know where I can find a lightly used D&D Shadow Over Mystara or D&D Tower of Doom arcade game? Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2005 11:00 AM General Interest | Back to top



Comments on this post: Unsurprisingly, it's junk...

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That's a damn shame, man. :-( Guess XBox360 is the way to go.
Left by Theo Moore on Dec 29, 2005 1:14 PM

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Kameo looks pretty awesome. So does DOA4
Left by Chris Williams on Dec 30, 2005 8:04 PM

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