Your option to add additional JAMMA printed circuit game boards (PCBs) to almost any arcade video game machine that you purchase from us.
What does this mean? In short, it means that you could play even more games than before on your dedicated original or multicade game machine.
Before we get into our exclusive option's details, here are a few basics to help you understand the option:
1. JAMMA. JAMMA is an industry standard for the manufacture of arcade video game PCBs. The result of the standard allows for the interchangeability of JAMMA PCBs between JAMMA wired arcade video game cabinets.
And, in the case of pre-JAMMA machines, JAMMA adapters are available. Meaning that there are greatly expanded opportunities for play of JAMMA PCBs.
2. PCB. The printed circuit board (PCB) is the brains of the game. No PCB, no game.
3. Multicade. A multicade is an arcade video game system that features multiple games in one cabinet. Typically, the multicade system is a JAMMA PCB, whose game list cannot be modified to add more games.
4. Plug-and-Play. The term plug-and-play, as applied to a JAMMA PCB, describes the capability to plug any JAMMA PCB into any JAMMA wired or JAMMA adapted cabinet and play the game.
The purpose, then, of plug-and-play is to extend the game play capability of as many game machines as possible.
But, there are two important limitations regarding plug-and-play capability:
1. Monitor orientation. Most of the classic arcade video games were designed to be played on a vertically oriented monitor (for example, Donkey Kong). While, most of the more modern games were designed to be played on a horizontally oriented monitor (for example, Street Fighter).
So, if your multicade has a vertical monitor, your cabinet is limited to playing only vertical games. And, depending on the game image orientation, you can only play horizontal games on a horizontally oriented monitor. There are a few multicade systems that can play vertical games on a horizontal monitor.
2. Game controls. The size of the machine's control panel somewhat limits the number and type of controls used to play any particular game. Consequently, the absence of necessary controls will limit the games that can be played using any particular cabinet.
Actually, the matter of limitations can become a bit more complex than the above simplified explanations. For example, additional controls will mean additional control panel work and additional wiring. And, additional game PCBs will mean finding convenient mounting methods and locations inside the cabinet.
But, by matching the additional game play requirements to the cabinet limitations, it is possible to add several PCBs to a cabinet. I once installed 10 additional PCBs into a customer's machine.
How does plug-and-play work?
Okay, now for the details of our exclusive option. Let us say, that you have ordered a custom built multicade. Modern multicade PCBs are all JAMMA based, and compatible for JAMMA plug-and-play operation.
But, you also would very much like to be able to play another game not offered in your multicade system.
All is not lost. Because, it is a simple procedure to plug-and-play one PCB, or the other, into a JAMMA wiring harness.
This is a photo of a JAMMA wiring harness. The edge connector is the black bar to which the wiring is attached. The edge connector plugs onto the PCB.
The price of this exclusive option is determined by the cost of the additional PCB(s), plus any additional required game controls, plus a $75 installation fee for the first PCB and $25 for each additional PCB, and, if required, a JAMMA PCB adapter.
There are also available switching devices, which bypass the plug-and-play procedure. If you are interested in this convenient method, ask for a quote.
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