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    What are folks using for emulation these days? Is it still MAME? Emulation Station? Or a dedicated OS? I've got a nice dual USB arcade stick that I'll be plugging into a PC, so just wondering what the best software was to facilitate its use? TIA

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    I haven't used MAME in years. I remember having a huge stack of DVDs with the whole catalogue.

    Not done much gaming of late, sad times

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    I haven't used MAME in years. I remember having a huge stack of DVDs with the whole catalogue.

    Not done much gaming of late, sad times
    Same here, that's why I'm asking. Saw a youtube video and it turns out Tekken 3 is now available on MAME, prompting me to get back into it.
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    MAME was great for a nostalgic mess around with old arcade games, but for a lot of games, it could never replace the experience of playing them on arcade machines. Missile Command without the big heavy ball and three buttons, and Track and Field without the act of hammering utter f**k out of the buttons was just not the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TestMangler View Post
    MAME was great for a nostalgic mess around with old arcade games, but for a lot of games, it could never replace the experience of playing them on arcade machines. Missile Command without the big heavy ball and three buttons, and Track and Field without the act of hammering utter f**k out of the buttons was just not the same.
    I don't plan on building a car to play Sega Rally or modding a set of handlebars to play Paperboy or Return of the Jedi. I've always preferred the more traditional joystick-based games from Green Beret and Double Dragon through to Mortal Kombat, Tekken and even Puzzle Bobble. As such, that's not an issue; as I said, I've got a decent arcade-style 2 player set up. It's the software, not the hardware that I'm interested in at the moment. Looks a bit like a couple of Linux distros are dedicated to it, albeit they're pushing a Raspberry Pi setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonManc View Post
    I don't plan on building a car to play Sega Rally or modding a set of handlebars to play Paperboy or Return of the Jedi. I've always preferred the more traditional joystick-based games from Green Beret and Double Dragon through to Mortal Kombat, Tekken and even Puzzle Bobble. As such, that's not an issue; as I said, I've got a decent arcade-style 2 player set up. It's the software, not the hardware that I'm interested in at the moment. Looks a bit like a couple of Linux distros are dedicated to it, albeit they're pushing a Raspberry Pi setup.
    I have RetroPie running on a Pi 3 B+. The interface is actually quite good although the performance of some of the games is patchy. It would probably benefit from a bit of overclocking... and me taking the time to find better ROMs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonManc View Post
    I don't plan on building a car to play Sega Rally...
    I'm actually toying with the idea of building a gaming seat for drive/flight games. There are loads of plans on line for this sort of thing and it would be a fun thing to do with the boy some week-end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wattaj View Post
    I'm actually toying with the idea of building a gaming seat for drive/flight games. There are loads of plans on line for this sort of thing and it would be a fun thing to do with the boy some week-end.
    Sounds good.
    You could be even more ambitious and get a two-car set up that allows you to play:
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    Sega Rally 1 & 2
    Ridge Racer and sequels
    Power Drift
    Outrun and sequels.
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    N64 Mario Kart
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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonManc View Post
    Sounds good.
    You could be even more ambitious and get a two-car set up that allows you to play:
    Daytona USA
    Sega Rally 1 & 2
    Ridge Racer and sequels
    Power Drift
    Outrun and sequels.
    SNES Super Mario Kart
    N64 Mario Kart
    Yeah, but I'd probably use the Xbox in order to have it up on a 4k wide-screen.
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    Arcade Club - Europe's Largest Free Play Video & Pinball Arcade in Bury & Leeds. More than 300 modern and classic arcades. - good place in Bury (North Manchester) for an evening of retro gaming - £16 to get in then all games are on freeplay mode so can play as much as you want

    All the old retro arcade machines plus newer stuff like racing chairs with VR and VR red dead redemption etc.

    Great for a night of re-living younger years

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