March 17, 2006

Spiff's Bob-clock on MAKE Magazine's blog...

Category: Site News

On a non-MAME related note... Spiff's project for making what he calls the "Bob Clock" (check his site for the amusing backstory on that name) was profiled today on MAKE Magazine's blog:

HOW TO: Make a Bob-clock

Congrats, Mikkel. :)

February 23, 2006

MAME'd Millipede in Chinese

Category: Site News

Links from the 2003 Scientific American article on my MAME'd Millipede keep cropping up in my server logs. I find this one especially amusing since it's translated into Chinese with little sprinkles of English and western characters where required.

Also, this site still has a larger copy of the great mad scientist illustration SA did for the piece with a very accurate rendition of the machine right down to the side art. A friend of mine from here in Sweet Briar who now lives in Beijing got a great kick out of reading this some time ago and assures me it's an accurate translation. :)

I'd love to know how active the emulation and MAME community is in China and if many people there are inclined or have the resources to build MAME arcades. I'll try to get my friend, Wiley, to put this copy of the article in context by looking at the larger site (which is obviously emu related to some extent based on the western words I can pick out).

- Aaron

February 21, 2006

Welcome to the New Site

Category: Site News

The time has finally come for - the original website documenting my MAME'd Millipede - to finally get a complete overhaul. This new blog represents the beginning of that process as well as laying the groundwork for adding a significant amount of new content on lots of classic gaming and emulation topics.

First off, I've migrated virtually all of the articles and images from the original site and woven them into the more dynamic structure of a blog. This preserves all of the original information both for historical and reference purposes. I can now expand on that information with new entries that document changes to the original machine and illustrate its evolution.

Since the old site had a more static sidebar that allowed for quick, topical navigation, I've attempted to re-establish that by making a MAME'd Millipede Project Index that links to all of the same articles as before within the new site. The categories on the right sidebar will also take you to any sub-section of the project.

The last entries on the old site - almost two years old - alluded to the beginnings of a second MAME arcade based on a Marble Madness. I've finished that system in recent months but haven't documented the project yet. I wanted to get this new blog in place before doing the new write-up, so I'm pleased to say that will be coming over the next few days now that I've migrated all the old writing. The advances I made in that system led to some fundamental changes to my original machine, so I'll add follow-up pieces to show that upgrade process.

I'll be adding a lot of content to the site as time goes on and probably changing around a few things as I get settled with the new structure. I think the blog format will make adding content a far more fluid process compared to the monolithic, static nature of the previous site. The presence of a comment system also starts to open the door to more reader interaction. Depending on traffic, I might also add a forum system in the near future (though this is somewhat unlikely since there are so many good quality MAME forums already well established).

Finally, I hope to have some co-authors joining me here soon starting with a good friend of mine that lives nearby. Adding his project(s) will make the site more dynamic since we have two very different approaches to cabinet design, button layout and gaming preferences. Hopefully the site can gain some momentum and possibly pick up other authors with various viewpoints over time...

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and I hope you find what's here useful. If you have any suggestions, spot problems or just have general feedback, don't hesitate to leave a comment or drop me an email.

February 20, 2006

Building out content... gonna be messy for a bit...

Category: Site News

I just started hammering this blog together yesterday afternoon and evening, so I'm currently in the process of altering templates, fiddling with the structure and trying to find the most sensible way to migrate the old MAME'd Millipede content into a compatible and sensible blog structure. I think I might have come up with a good method, but until I have time to get it all in here and massage the dates to establish the order, the main page is going to be filling up with "old" articles.

Just ignore it all for the moment... it'll all make more sense once I'm doing futzing around. :)

- Aaron