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  • #16
    It would be interesting to see how it panned out, that's for sure. Selling ROMS like this is totally illegal, but not heavily policed. However, if more and more people keep getting burnt, such as in the Digital Hype fisaco, maybe the policing will become more robust.

    To the OP, just so you know, with machines like this, you can expect the following if the machine has been built and configured properly.

    1) All console games up until N64/Dreamcast era will work flawlessly. There should be no errors, no slowdowns in emulation and every game will work as it should 100%. When you get to N64 era, Dreamcast and beyond, the level of emulation will depend heavily on the PC running the emulator.

    2) Hyperspin will be setup with a complete artwork set for every game with videos, background images, wheel graphics etc etc. Basically, there should be no unpopulated artwork, or only very minimal stuff missing.

    3) MAME will emulate the MASSIVE majority of arcade ROMS with 2 joysticks and 6 buttons per player. Most everything up until the early 2000s should work perfectly with exceptions such as 3D games and games that require specific controls or hardware. There should be no nag screens telling you to hit left and right on the joystick and no screens saying this game may have errors. When you start the game, it should boot instantly.

    4) You should have an arcade games list that has duplicates removed so that you do not have to scroll through 10 000+ arcade games to find the game you want. You should have a complete romset, but that romset can have all the duplicates, non working games, or games that don't work with your control setup removed.

    I would keep pursuing the seller and document video evidence of the machine not working on all the games. Take videos, photos of errors etc and then email the seller with those videos/photos.

    Good luck.

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    • #17
      Thanks for all the replies guys, I might push this through consumer affairs, its clear hes doing it to more people as ive had a few friends pose as buyers and hes instantly blocked them from his page once they asked too many technical questions about the setup.

      Should be interesting to see what the outcome is.

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      • #18
        For "Sega Classics" emulation, along with other console emulation, they're probably just using MESS - it's built into MAME now, and tbh it's going to be just as good as Kega Fusion for a massive system setup like this one running an LCD.

        EDIT: My bad, the error does say Fusion 3.6 - it sounds like they've just grabbed an image from somewhere themselves and don't know what to do with it.

        Careful with consumer affairs. The use of most game roms and such falls into a grey area at best. How they can be selling these under an ABN i'm not sure. You might be able to argue that going in blind you expected the vendor to provide licensed software, and now you want your money back. Another problem might be that each install of windows technically needs it's own individual license key.

        I would follow Pat's suggestion and keep at them. We pretty much managed to hound another maker such as this out of business when other complaints were added to a thread like yours and it became the #1 hit on google for them. These guys need to up their game and, as Brad said, at least get a single stable software image to build from, and deliver what they advertise.

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          • #20
            2 posts in 2 years, both promoting the seller

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            • #21
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              • #22
                Meh, not much different than what I did myself 10 years ago with info anyone can get off the internet, its Mame with a front end.

                Legally they can sell the machine with the capability to run Mame, but illegal to sell it with Mame and the roms, bit of a grey area regarding the sellers responsibility when it comes to what is covered under consumer law, the original poster had a problem, At the time we were commenting on what had transpired with the buyer and the response he received from seller which was pretty much "too bad so sad" at the time, maybe they got wind of the thread ?

                Would like to hear from [MENTION=20724]snukeniz[/MENTION] to see how this went?

                Now 4 posts promoting the same seller

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                • #23


                  Since both the seller and [MENTION=20285]DavidM[/MENTION] both say it's a "good setup" it must be so.
                  Namco Starblade - Taito Cocktail 14" x 3, 20" x 2 - NZ SI PtII Upright - Chase HQ DX, Taito Top Speed - Taito Grand Champion - Taito Safari - LAI SI Head to Head Cocktail - SI Cocktail Clone x 2, Pong Clone x 3

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                  • #24
                    Interesting...

                    I was just about to buy an Ultra Custom Cab, but thought I would have a look at what reviews I could find, glad I stumbled across this forum!

                    They sound pretty dodgy - sadly they are making exactly what I am looking for - a 4 person upright machine with heaps of games.

                    Is there any other companies that people know of or know anywhere I can get something like that?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by murphaw View Post
                      I was just about to buy an Ultra Custom Cab, but thought I would have a look at what reviews I could find, glad I stumbled across this forum!

                      They sound pretty dodgy - sadly they are making exactly what I am looking for - a 4 person upright machine with heaps of games.

                      Is there any other companies that people know of or know anywhere I can get something like that?
                      Mate I would seriously consider building your own and learn a heap along the way, would probably set you back $800-1000 depending on what you would like to run inside your Cab, build it the way you want it.
                      Donkey Kong build - https://www.aussiearcade.com/showthr...-replica-build

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by -Slayer- View Post
                        Mate I would seriously consider building your own and learn a heap along the way, would probably set you back $800-1000 depending on what you would like to run inside your Cab, build it the way you want it.
                        Thanks for taking the time to reply Slayer.
                        Unfortunately a lack of time and skills makes that hard. But cheers for the suggestion.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by murphaw View Post
                          Thanks for taking the time to reply Slayer.
                          Unfortunately a lack of time and skills makes that hard. But cheers for the suggestion.
                          It's not too bad mate, get a pre cut cab ( check out arcadeworx sponsor) and build when you have some time, iv managed to finish of my mortal kombat style cab and a replica donkey kong cab just after my daughter was born, took a few months but early mornings was my friend �� or the other thing is buy someone else's project/finished project at a much better price ��
                          Donkey Kong build - https://www.aussiearcade.com/showthr...-replica-build

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by murphaw View Post
                            Thanks for taking the time to reply Slayer.
                            Unfortunately a lack of time and skills makes that hard. But cheers for the suggestion.
                            Ozstick used to make custom cabs and they have a great reputation. Not sure if they still make them, but it might be worth checking out.

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                            • #29
                              Arcadeworx have a good reputation, don't they? They also do pre-built systems. They're not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Or keep an eye on gumtree and the like for a used machine you can go and see locally, or donate to AA so you can see the for-sale section. (Sadly we've had problems giving open access to the for-sale section, and a small bar to entry helps weed out troublemakers and dickheads looking to dump and run or worse.)

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                              • #30
                                Awesome, cheers for the suggestions. I will look into all avenues I reckon see which is best for me.

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