Quoted from sataneatscheese:
So my 8Tb hard drive full of emulators came in last night. After following the detailed instructions for about an hour I have literally every game made for every system and the arcade before PS3. Controls work natively out of the box with my USB XBOX controller. Hyperspin is amazing. I could literally play a new game every hour of every day for the rest of my life... a good one every day. I am totally going to go forward with converting my Golden Tee now. I am looking to add a couple of 4/8 way servo sticks to my cabinet, 7 button fighting game layouts, and a small spinner on the side.
I've gotten some favorites I couldn't run on my Pi to run like San Francisco Rush, NFL Blitz, Gauntlet Legends and more.
I have a GoldenTee Fore Complete conversion with a huge CRT that is going to be undergoing some surgery. Depending on how this goes and how much I use it I may look into building my own cabinet down the line. Super fun.
Long story short, if you've done the emulator thing in the past and been frustrated by mapping controls for each game individually, there are solutions that get past that now.
A couple of thoughts... Servo sticks sound cool, but may be frustrating. You may want to purchase one and test it before you commit.
Not every game works with a 4/8 way joystick and a set of six buttons. You will need to plan accordingly.
I highly recommend purchasing a control panel with everything configured on it, you will spend the next 200 hours of your life configuring everything to work with your controls. It’s a process that I have worked through for years to get things just right with emulation. I hope it’s a ton of fun!