Welcome to arcadeparadise.org
- 2006 January 02: Where did the Google ads go??
First off, Happy New Year, everybody!
Regarding the topic at hand: I decided to ditch Google's AdSense program and just move to a straight "donations" model. To read more, please visit the Donation Page.
My fascination with classic arcade games goes back to the early- to mid-80s, when the technology was still new - something people hadn't really been exposed to. The buzz that surrounded the entire industry was incredible, and I haven't seen a phenomenon quite like it since. I obviously got caught up in that buzz myself as a wide-eyed kid, and it has remained to this day.
I discovered MAME around the beginning of 1998 or so. I had already purchased retrogaming CDs like Microsoft's "Return of Arcade" and William's "Arcade Classics" collections, but with MAME I was able to play practically every game - even the more obscure ones - that I remembered and loved as a kid. I downloaded and played a ton of ROMs for MAME and had a blast.
Fast-forward to about a year later: I found a fledgling little group of people at the Build Your Own Arcade Controls FAQ page - a group of people who had actually built actual upright arcade cabinets which housed a PC that was running emulators, all interfaced through genuine arcade controls! After reading every word of that site, and reading the dozens of examples of people who had done this, I knew that I had to do the same!
A lot of blood, sweat and tears has gone into the gaming creations here, but it has always paid off in the end. I want to use this site not only to showcase my utter dorkiness in my affinity for this hobby, but also to hopefully help people along the way who might be thinking about taking a similar journey down Memory Lane themselves.
So enjoy your stay at arcadeparadise.org. Look around, let me know what you think of it all, and have fun!
- 2005 November 01: New Hosting
If you can read this, then arcadeparadise.org has successfully moved to it's new host! The site is now being hosted by Richmond Internet Technology hosting.
- 2005 February 25: YDKJ Controllers v2 are done!
I revamped and rebuilt the You Don't Know Jack Controllers. Check out version 2 of the YDKJ Controllers!
- 2005 January 08: FAQ Added
Since I get some of the same questions asked repeatedly, I figured that would make them, y'know, "Frequently-Asked Questions". So there is now a FAQ on arcadeparadise.org. Yay!
- 2004 June 23: Styleswitcher is Up
The CSS Styleswitcher is up and operational, so please feel free to play around with it (the buttons are underneath the nav menu on the left). I've also put together a page that explains what the Styleswitcher is, why it's here, and how it works.
- 2004 June 14: Bandwidth Increased!
I got a warning last month from my webhosting provider that I exceeded my bandwidth allotment for the month of May. I figured it was a one-time shot (since the AP3 cabinet writeup just went online), but I'm already about to exceed my allotment for June, and the month isn't even half over. Whoops! I just ponied up to increase both my bandwidth and disk usage allowance, so all should be well.
- 2004 June 04: Errors in the AP3 downloads!
Errors found in the AP3_RevC_cuts.* files!! (Thanks to WTFPWND, who pointed out the measurement anomalies in the plans.) All files - .PSD, .GIF, and .VSD formats - have been corrected and in the Downloads section.
- 2004 May 28: AP3 Plans Available for Download
Cabinet / control panel dimensions and plans for the Arcade Paradise 3 cabinet are uploaded and are in the Downloads section.
- 2004 May 23: AP3 Writeup
The writeup for the Arcade Paradise 3 cabinet is up! Hooray!
- 2004 March 28: Website Overhaul
All pages at arcadeparadise.org now conform to the XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2 standards of the W3C. For more information please see the Compatibility and Accessibility page. And please do let me know if you see any anomolies or problems with the site.