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 Post subject: Mame 3 or 4 buttons or more?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:29 pm 
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I'm planning a Mame. I don't really like fighting games so I don't think I need 6 buttons. I' m thinking a 3 buttons configuration will play most game I like. Accept fighting games, will I miss great classics who need 4-5-6 buttons to play?

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 Post subject: Re: Mame 3 or 4 buttons or more?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:37 pm 
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I have 6 for each player on my cab, it's nice to have extra buttons to use to scroll through games, switch views in pinmame, stuff like that. I also have 4 flipper buttons on each side for playing Future Pinball/Visual Pinball.

It also depends on the size of your control panel..2 or 3 buttons looks cleaner for sure..

I had less buttons on my first couple mame cabs though and it worked fine, you just assign shift functions for pause, volume, whatever you want...for instance, hold player 1 button and push up = pause...



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:01 pm 
Get 6 buttons. Makes it easier to upgrade later if you want to.


  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:32 pm 
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I don't care for the fighting games that much, however most of the people I have over like them. If you want to get the most 'use' out of it, then you should make it appeal to the widest audience you can.


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I created a 4 player where the first two are 6 button and the others are 4 button. I wanted to make sure I didn't limit my mame machine.



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Here are a bunch of neat mame cabs: viewtopic.php?f=26&t=2386

If you're looking for more inspiration, check out BYOAC: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.p ... ,10.0.html


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Don't think I've ever posted mine before here. I use it for a jukebox more than anything lately. I'm much more of a pinball fan than videogame fan. I got it hooked up to a couple big tower speakers to blast the tunes while we play pin. These are older pictures, it's in a different room now...


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:08 pm 
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Don't underestimate the value of dedicated system buttons on a control panel. Yes, it may not be as authentic, but I've found them to be insanely useful, especially the pause button. If you've got room for the buttons, go for 6 each. Buttons are cheap, and as long as you have room on the panel and inputs on the encoder, you might as well use them.


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Mine have 6 button for player 1-2 and 6 admin button (coin 1, coin 2, pause, exit, enter, menu) very usefull to navigated, or change the configuration. I also have the mouse button to work with my trackball and I don't need anything else when I have to make some change in the configuration or had or deleted game etc..



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What's neat about the Ultimarc's Ultrastik is that it comes with a built-in 8-button interface. The cool thing about this is, I'm pretty sure that one of the buttons can be used as a 'shift' button doubling the programmable buttons to 14 functions. This would allow you to hide admin buttons such as pause, credit, esc, etc.

http://www.ultimarc.com/ultrastik_info.html


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The cool thing about this is, I'm pretty sure that one of the buttons can be used as a 'shift' button doubling the programmable buttons to 14 functions


Yes, they can be set up like this. I didn't bother with it, but I did use the built in gamepad interface to free up some ipac inputs for use as system buttons. I actually have 8 buttons per player (6 game buttons, plus coin and start for each person), plus esc, tab, enter, and pause as system buttons (using the extra p1 inputs that the ultrastik saved me). I also have the ultrastik programmed as a mouse in windows, which is OK, but not as good as a real trackball.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:40 pm 
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Defender/Stargate: 5 buttons
Asteroids: 5 Buttons


Think about it, mine has 6 buttons per player.



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This is mine for reference. 6 button for player one and two and 4 buttons for player three and four. Each player has a dedicated coin button and start button. Also have pause, tab and escape buttons. I use the ball for the mouse and have a right click and left click buttons and I have a shift button so I can assign secondary commands to buttons
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 Post subject: Re: Mame 3 or 4 buttons or more?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:46 pm 
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Mine is compact to standard width.

It's my opinion but I really don't like those huge CP with too much stuff on it, too much space and I don't like the look and feel.

My joysticks are adjustable from 4 to 8 ways by a quarter turn of the actuator under the CP (accessible any time). This is a must IMO.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:58 pm 
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if you're to put 3 or 4, you might as well put only 2 IMHO. Particularly if you have a 4-way stick (as opposed to an 8-way)

I made my daughter's cabaret with 4-buttons, but honestly I almost never use the 3rd and 4th - except for admin tasks.

Best way for YOU to know if you want it, look at your configuratiosn on MAWS and see what games you'd be mising.
http://maws.mameworld.info/maws/

there's not many 4-way 4-buttons games. 5 buttons (for defender) would be better...



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