Gamerator, Arcade Cabinet with Beer Tap

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The Gamerator has been the first successful technology to combine our two favorite pastimes: video games and binge drinking. Because while it initially appears to be a drool-worthy 24-inch flat screen MAME arcade cabinet with 180 preloaded titles, the Gamerator's alter ego is that of a kegerator, keeping a pony keg chilled and on tap for your enjoyment at all times. Sounds like heaven? That's not all, my friends!

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The Gamerator can also be customized to fit your console of choice or even a fully functional PC. Browse the web with a beer, and when you need a break in the chugging, just store your glass in one of the two built-in cupholders. You know, just like when you're cruising the strip in the minivan.

Remember the old days when you were stuffing more quarters into machines before time ran out? Well this is the new, over 21 and way more awesome version—though no one can predict just how many glasses will fall victim to "slip and shatter" as we try to booze up before putting the finishing whoop ass on M. Bison. And the $2,000 pricetag really isn't that bad when you consider...uhh...yeah, it's a bit pricey, even for a MAME cabinet. But we're sure it's worth every penny. [ebay via technabob]

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Bleh; I can tell you already this thing is not going to be all it's cracked up to be. The main problem is the faucet is in a bad place and the drip tray will really get in the way of anyone standing there trying to play it. I have built a number of both Mame Cabinets and Kegerators so I feel I have a little bit of authroity on this topic... There are a couple items of note: First is that by "Pony Keg" I assume they actually mean that it holds quarter barrels which SEVERELY limits your selection of beers. A lot of better domestic beers are moving from the quarter barrels to 1/6 barrels which are actually as tall as half-barrels. Second is the use of a TV instead of an arcade monitor. It's a lot cheaper and it can be better if youre going to use a console, but if you are going to hook a PC up to it the arcade monitor is a far better option.

However if you can win it for $2K that's really not that bad since it includes a display and the keg equipment. The build quality looks pretty good but it's yet another modification of the widely used "LuCiD's Arcade Cabinet" plans which I think are ugly. It says it comes pre-loaded with (the normal make-it-a-legal-ebay-auction) games, but I have no idea what that means since it doesn't seem to include the computer???