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  1. UNDER CONSTRUCTION Well; here it is so far, my very first build! Since first discovering HyperSpin about a year ago this moment feels like a sort of coming of age. For those of you I haven't had the opportunity to become acquainted with; I'm a 27 year old stay-at-home dad from Las Vegas. Before I met the wife I worked freelance doing Flash based web design, 'teaching' computer animated art to local schools, and restoring old pictures in Photoshop. I'm also more or less able to build a computer and set everything up. I consider myself pretty adept in these respective areas; albeit with an outdated skill set. Everything else is pretty much all new to me. I think I maybe failed myself a woodworking class in middle school, and I've replaced a few power sockets over the years, mostly without electrocuting myself. What I've accomplished here is thanks to an exorbitant degree of studying what others have made available. Over the years I've been stockpiling old-school games like a crazy person. I only buy at pawn shops due to being on a tight budget, but I imagine I'm closing in on the 2,000 game mark. My wife is also a pretty big gamer so I've had the pleasure of keeping most of my collection on display. The thing is; I have a little four year old girl, and she is bound to have friends, and both have sticky fingers. Most these old titles were lucky to survive one generation. One day I stumbled across the ArchAngel Arcade by RidicRick and fell in love at first sight. After toying around with the free copy of HyperSpin and looking at the various builds floating around out there, I somehow managed to convince the wife to fund it. After all, building a kick ass arcade cabinet will make the kids want to play at our house where we can keep a good eye on them. . . My setup is actually built as an extension to my collection. I'm only emulating games I have a hard copy of on the shelves next to it. I think I might be building the first ever 100% LEGAL HyperSpin cabinet. lol So, from the beginning it was very clear that I was on a budget. The problem is I absolutely LOVE all the bells and whistles. The extra level of polish is worth a dozen other cabinets. So I took what little I had and slowly started saving. If I was going to do this I wanted to do it right. Every time we went out to eat I might hold out till we got home for something cheaper to add a dollar here and there. I even started picking up cheap games I already owned at local pawn shops just to resell on eBay. A huge step came late last year when I got to know H4CK3R. Since he too lives in Vegas I got to see my first actual HyperSpin cabinet, complete with said bells and whistles. Truth be told, up to this point I was intimidated by the sheer volume of work involved, and my inexperience. It was just dreaming that someday I might have a HyperSpin cabinet, but seeing it all in person made me take the plunge. . . we started buying the parts. I was committed now.
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