The Arcade1UP Riser is a great, well-made product. So here's the deal, without it, the arcade machines are 4' tall, and you pretty much HAVE to play sitting down. Honestly, that's the way you'll want to play these games. So even with the riser, your machine is about 59" tall (just shy of 5'). For an average height person, this works out well. It's just tall enough to stand and play, but what I did was buy a couple of 25" barstools, and that made all the difference. The riser makes the machine tall enough to where when you walk in the room your first thought is "this is so awesome, I have an arcade in my house" and then you can sit, play, and have fun. The risers aren't very expensive and, in my opinion, a necessity. If you bought a Arcade1UP machine for your child, and they're short enough to enjoy the game standing up, then don't bother, but if you bought it for yourself (my son is 2, what's he gonna do on a game like Final Fight?) then get the riser, get a barstool, grab a drink, and play play play.