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Ar­cade gaming ex­pert Andy Pick­er­ill gives his tips for as­pir­ing Flat­pac-Men and Kings of Kong 1/ Mon­i­tor maketh the man – Both open frame and CRT dis­plays con­nect eas­ily to PCs. If us­ing an open frame, at­tach a cou­ple of wooden ba­tons to your cab­i­net to bolt it on to; if it’s a CRT, make a shelf, as it will be much heav­ier. But re­mem­ber: while hor­i­zon­tal mount­ing suits most games, if you like shoot­ers such as Galaga, you’ll want it ver­ti­cal. 2/ Joy­stick-gate – Your han­dle aes­thetic is a mat­ter of pref­er­ence, but the gate is key: it con­trols how you can con­trol the stick. A four-way lets you move up, down, left and right, for some­thing as sim­ple as Pac-Man, but if you’re play­ing some­thing a lit­tle more mod­ern, par­tic­u­larly three-di­men­sional fight­ers like Tekken, an eight-way is es­sen­tial. 3/ But­ton bash­ing – The main choice is be­tween con­cave and con­vex styles. The for­mer were used in many clas­sic 80s ma­chines, but again, con­vex but­tons are usu­ally pre­ferred by mod­ern fight­ing fans. Another im­por­tant fac­tor is the mi­croswitch: high-ac­tu­a­tion switches sound quite clicky, whereas Cherry mi­croswitches are the qui­etest. 4/ Key­board en­cod­ing – If the lazy man in you can’t re­sist us­ing MAME em­u­la­tion rather than orig­i­nal JAMMA boards, the I-PAC2 (In­ter­face for PC to Ar­cade Con­trols) will trans­late but­ton and stick moves so your PC can un­der­stand them.

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