Just starting phase 2 of my build.
In case you are not aware, MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator and is used for just that. Phase 1 was getting the PC built and setup for operations with all the software and roms and such. Now on to phase 2, which deals with the cabinet. This was my first step of MANY to come today for this phase, but I think I did a pretty good job. I laid out the general design of the build. Note in this program, Gmax, I just have a general idea of the measurements after modifying the polygons and such. So I don't know the exact dimensions, but it's around 6.5' tall, 3.5' wide (at the control panel), and 3.5' deep.
After this I'll probably use a better modeling program for dimensions such as SolidEdge or maybe even Google sketchup if it can pull it off, and recreate the shape and see what it comes out with. I'm also probably going to change the MAME marquee on top to something more original later, but I'm not sure what I'll do with that just yet.
After this is done, I need to build the cabinet, hook up a TV, get the sticks and buttons, and figure out a way to hack them into a PC component so I can actually use them as inputs. Should be a challenge.
I'm going to document the rest of the build on here probably as soon as I get into the nitty gritty of it, so stay tuned if you're interested.