So I've been creating a MAME cab for the past 9 months. I'm almost finished with it, but I wanted to tap the knowledge of high level arcade players before I finalized my controls. I was wondering if you guys could have a look and pass along some advice if I'm forgetting to include anything.
My experience with MAME is fairly limited, so I would like to get simplified controls with shortcuts to essential features right the first time while not being pulled into doing something foolish by someone inexperienced at shmups forum. Hence, why I'm asking here.
The cabinet is a rebuild from a busted Centipede machine. My focus is 3 things:
-1CCing Vertical STGs
(large image is large)http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6811279/IMG_20110920_003518.jpg
On the main 1Player side, using a combination of the small pushbutton and/or the P1 Start button, I would have access to the following MAME features:
-Exit Game (Back)
-Add P1 Credit
Is there any regular MAME feature I'm forgetting that I should be making a shortcut for? For example, I am to understand the autofire feature is only accessible in the MAME main menu except for some games accept a toggle autofire options, so I can't design an easy shortcut for it. Is that accurate?
What about cheats and odd button combination for accessing secret features?
For example, I know that Armed Police Batrider lets you hold Start and A or C for raising and lowering autofire, which is why I put the accessible Start button where it is. Are there any other quirks I need to know about for vertical STGs? Probably for Taoplan stuff? I don't know anything about Taoplan games.
I heard I need dedicated pushbuttons for:
I have not drilled these yet. I think I'm going to put Left Click near the trackball (evac logo) and hide Right Click and Enter underneath, but is there a good reason I should keep either of these buttons on top? Is there other dedicated mouse or keyboard buttons you think I would absolutely need to add new pushbuttons for?
I am trying to eliminate every situation where I would need to whip out a USB keyboard to clear some sort of error message or access an option in MAME or possibly a particular PC doujin.
Your science is appreciated. Thank you for your time.