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Mug Shot


Born in 1966, I was in my prime video game playing years during the so-called "Golden Age" of video arcade games.

My favorites back then included Ripoff, Galaga, Time Pilot, Robotron, Space Duel, and Joust.

In 1983, some games started charging 50 cents per play. I boycotted these games, including Dragon's Lair.

With the notable exception of Rygar, which is the only game I ever beat on one quarter, I pretty much quit playing video games at the arcade after that. Mortal Kombat and similar games were interesting, but I refused to play them due to my 50 cent game boycott.

I have a degree in electrical engineering, but my career has mainly focused on computer programming. My degree did prove useful in designing my LED controller.

I am married and have two kids. My daughter Claire was born in 1991 and my son Philip was born in 1992. Phil enjoys video games a lot and plays every day. Claire will play once in a while.

My Game Room

My family owns the following consoles, some of which work. Atari Jaguar NES Sega Dreamcast Sega Genesis Super Nintendo Nintendo 64 Nintendo Gamecube PS2 PS3 X-Box Wii 2 X-Box 360s

In my game room I currently have a Galaga arcade game, a Stargate pinball machine (I did a playfield replacement on it) and a MAME cabinet. There is some room in the "man cave" for expansion, though a bigger TV is a higher priority.

My Interests

I am the maintainer of BuddaMAME, which is a MAME build dedicated to running my projects. The home page for BuddaMAME is at I have also made minor contributions to MAME and Daphne.

I play bridge fairly well and I play once a week at the local bridge club, plus some tournaments. I have about 1400 masterpoints.

My email address is cakemeister AT att DOT net