> Absolute cancer on the industry these things, in so many legitimate establishments
> too because they're not even sold as bootlegs. Not sure why nobody believes me when I
> say somebody is making an absolute killing on them, and it's disgusting.
I've seen these machines on sale at some fairly odd venues - county fairs spring to mind. Prices are as high as $5k for vinyl-wrapped (yes, really) 'deluxe' models.
> One interesting thing that did come up recently is a Kyle Hodgetts game running on
> the same hardware, makes me wonder who actually worked on the software they're
Fair point, but by the same token Hodgetts has never (to the best of my knowledge) ever developed his own hardware platform. Tweaked others' hardware, sure, but I can't think of anything that's 100% his.
> The general presentation they have never felt very Chinese to me (choice of
> fonts etc.) so it could be all the development was outsourced although I imagine the
> software side of them is a very different business to these cab sales.
I've seen some x-in-1 boards running Chinese, Korean, and English UI versions side-by-side. Visually, they were virtually indistinguishable with the exception of localisation changes to the text; for all I know, there was either a soft or physical switch to change between the appropriate region.
None of them exactly oozed a feeling of high-quality development having been put into the UI, however - they felt more that they were designed to appeal to the hardcore PC / console gamer crowd who are impressed more by visuals than actual content, or, alternatively, cranked out to be as sparsely-functional as necessary in as many markets as possible.