In early 1998 I stumbled upon MAME. Since then I’d dreamt of building a cabinet dedicated to the nostalgia of my childhood. It is the ultimate time machine. Turning it on instantly brings you back to your misspent youth.
In 1999 I convinced the owner of an amusement company to let me have three of his old non functional (and badly water damaged) cabinets for $50 CAD (Gunsmoke, Wizard of Wor and Kung-Fu Master). The process of restoring and mame-ifying these began my love affair with retrogaming. To the untrained eye the Markade looks, sounds and acts just like a normal arcade machine, except for the fact that your quarter is always returned to you.