I am going to roll with the 50" 1080p Panasonic. I went to several stores today and stood very close to some monitors. I think it can be managed; and, if not, I will have a new plasma in the bedroom. If I go with the 42, I will always looks at it and wonder....hmmmm I bet I could have gone with the 50.
I ordered my PC/PS3 Cthulhu boards today (they convert the microswitch arcade controls to USB for the PC and PS3). I also ordered all new IL controllers and the extra buttons since I need 8 per joystick and also the select button. I am redoing the entire control panel. I am going to mount a single 4-way joystick and two buttons centered and above the two 8-way sticks. This way I can play the older classics better since they were designed with 2/4 way sticks. Nothing worse than hitting a diagonal input when playing Ms Pacman....lol
As I progress, I will post more pictures. I have hacked the cabinet down, and I have a woodworking/cabinet maker coming over this week to level things out and make some adjustments. I have also been pouring over Craigslist buying fighter games for the PS3. I am fortunate to have one of the original 60gb PS3's that play all the PS1 and PS2 games. This will be a lot of fun when I get it finished.
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