Hey, i just woke up and was thinking about it, considering i just downloaded the Arcade game house of the dead 3 to PC.. this is a direct conversion from the Arcade machines, and it makes me wonder:
what kinda Specs do arcade machines, such as the one housing House of the dead 3 have?
i wonder this, since even on my Gaming rig, sometimes i hit some laggy parts on the demo, maybe its a bad conversion, but still.. makes me wonder what kinda powerhouse an arcade machine has, specifically since they have to play on giant 32-40" monitors...
hmm, that does make sense, considering making a specialized "computer" just for arcades could get kinda pricey... it seems like the most logical bet, and the only info i can find on these arcade machines is "that they contain an on/off switch on the backside", so it could be a console, since they work in the same way, except the menus are removed so that inserting a coin works as the start button...
I'm not saying you could rip off the exterior and find a perfectly normal console in the center. It would most likely be a version of a console that is designed to be coin fed and play only one game--basically a steel or aluminum case with a small hard drive (with an image of the game to play and capacity to store high scores) and a few circuit boards. Then again, it could be some custom jobbie built by IBM (or a similar company) that makes arcade units buy the hundreds. It's hard to say for certain but I doubt they have much in common with what we would consider a PC.
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As far as I know they're very similar to Pcs but are mainly just built as an Arcade, the reason is I once saw an Arcade game with the big chair wheel and pedals that had a BSOD and it If I remember it said something about kernel memory or something about Windows XP.
I've seen many people that built or buy the Arcade cabinet, stick a PC inside it and connect it to an old tv. Then buy quality hoysticks and edit some windows files with new intros and games menus and you basically have an Arcade Emulator or a quality Arcade machine, the only thing is that I think not all games are emulatable (Is that the correct word?) I still haven't seen many fighting games like the glorious Marvel vs Capcom 2 in a downloadable working condition, only the console versions and they play very slowly.
Here's an excellent guide on how to build your own Arcade machine, it's a little outdated since some companies don't exist anymore but it's a very good guide.