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Obligatory backstory:

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!


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