I stumbled on upon mame while shutting down for the evening today and have merged 2 of my fantasies.
When I have a non-NYC place to live, I want to create a decent fileserver/NAS for my home computers. I now also want to build my own arcade box. And why not have either the arcade machine be the fileserver or have the arcade machine look to the NAS for its ROMS?
As powerful as really cheap machines are these days, there’s no reason not to have one box fulfill both functions.