Well it’s been ages since I posted here. The last post here was made in March of 2010! Since then I’ve only had that single Neo25 MVS candy cab. I’d been wanting to build a new MAME cab for a while, but never got around to it. Then a couple of weeks ago, someone posted an ad on Craigslist selling a Candy Cab. I’d never seen one like it before. Here’s a picture:
Apparently it’s made by a company called Samducksa in Korea. Though the cab has the name “Crowin Case” on it. That’s not a typo. CROWIN, lol. Anyway, while most Candy cabs are made of plastic and metal, this one has a plastic front with the rest of the body being made from wood. It’s still decently light though. The monitor needs a degaussing, but I dont have a degaussing coil yet. It’s got 3 ‘green’ corners because of this. It came with the Alien Vs Predator CPS2 arcade board in it, but I’ve owned that one before, so I just sold it for $100 and bought two more boards for it. One of them is X-Men vs Street Fighter (also CPS2) and one of my arcade ‘grails’, Primal Rage. Primal Rage isn’t emulated properly in MAME, and none – I repeat – NONE of the ports are arcade perfect. Not even the release that is on some Arcade Classics compilation for the Gamecube. The reason for this is that the code was encrypted in such a way that it hasn’t been broken. The same thing happened with CPS2 emulation in the past, but it was eventually cracked and now we have emulation of CPS2 games. Part of what helped CPS2 encryptions to be cracked was the sheer popularity of the games. Unfortunately, this is not the case with Rage. It was it’s own beast (no pun intended) at the arcade, and while it was popular, it wasn’t nearly as popular as the Capcom or SNK games. According to Wikipedia, the programmers/designers of the game have zero interest in explaining the encryption to facilitate perfect emulation, so MAME users and all ports are shoddy, glitchy messes.
I wanted to play Rage how I played it in the arcades after school/work, so I decided to track down a Primal Rage board. It was only $45 or so including shipping. Poor guy that sold it to me lost out though, the shipping cost about $25 so I pretty much got the game for $20. It plays exactly as it did in the arcades. I had to rig up a JAMMA adapter to play it properly in my cab. The game uses a different button configuration than most fighters. If you’ve never played it, I’ll explain. Imagine Mortal Kombat 1, 2 and 3. The game used 5 buttons. 2 high, 2 low, and one block button. This game is similar, but without a block button. The other difference is that Primal Rage has no “start” button. No Player 1 or Player 2 button. In this game, the high quick button (i.e. the one on the top left) is also used as the start button. Because of this, I had to wire up a little adapter that I found on Youtube. You can view the video here.
As you can see on the picture of the cab, it only has 4 buttons. In truth, there are 6 slots for buttons on each side, but the two buttons per-player aren’t punched out. Im in the process of adding new buttons. I had to order some specifically for this cab, and they’re on their way from Korea at this time. I’ll post some pictures when I’ve added the rest of the buttons.