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MAME's main menu and the MAME Team Initial release 5 February 1997; 20 years ago ( 1997-02-05) 0.192 (November 29, 2017; 28 days ago ( 2017-11-29)) Written in ( and for some drivers) Windows, macOS, Linux, BSD, Amiga, etc, Website MAME (originally an of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is a designed to recreate the hardware of systems in on modern personal computers and other platforms. The intention is to preserve gaming history by preventing vintage games from being lost or forgotten. The aim of MAME is to be a reference to the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines; the ability to actually play the games is considered 'a nice side effect'. Has listed MAME as an application that every gamer should have. The first public MAME release (0.1) was on February 5, 1997,. The emulator now supports over seven thousand unique games and ten thousand actual sets, though not all of the supported games are playable., an emulator for many and computer systems, based on the MAME core, was integrated upstream into MAME in 2015.

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— Aaron Giles, California Extreme 2008 MAME emulates well over a thousand different, a majority of which are completely undocumented and custom designed to run either a single game or a very small number of them. The approach MAME takes with regards to accuracy is an incremental one; systems are emulated as accurately as they reasonably can be. Bootleg copies of games are often the first to be emulated, with proper (and copy protected) versions emulated later. Besides encryption, arcade games were usually protected with custom (MCUs) that implemented a part of the game logic or some other important functions. Emulation of these chips is preferred even when they have little or no immediately visible effect on the game itself. For example, the monster behavior in was not perfected until the code and data contained with the custom MCU was dumped through the of the chip. This results in the ROM set requirements changing as the games are emulated to a more and more accurate degree.

Portability and genericity are also important to MAME. Combined with the uncompromising stance on accuracy, this often results in high system requirements. Although a 2 GHz processor is enough to run almost all 2D games, more recent systems and particularly systems with 3D graphics can be unplayably slow even on the fastest computers. MAME does not currently take advantage of hardware acceleration to speed up the rendering of 3D graphics, in part because of the lack of a stable cross-platform 3D API, [ ] and in part because software rendering can in theory be an exact reproduction of the various custom 3D rendering approaches that were used in the arcade games. Legal status [ ] Owning and distributing MAME itself is legal in most countries, as it is merely an emulator. Companies such as have attempted in court to prevent other software such as, a emulator from being sold, but they have been ultimately unsuccessful. MAME itself has thus far not been the subject of any court cases.

Early coverage of MAME tended to be sensationalist, such as highlighting the use of MAME among console pirates. Most arcade games are still covered by copyright. Downloading or distributing copyrighted ROMs without permission from copyright holders is almost always a violation of copyright laws.

However, some countries (including the US) allow the owner of a board to transfer data contained in its ROM chips to a personal computer or other device they own. Some copyright holders have explored making arcade game ROMs available to the public through licensing. For example, in 2003 made MAME-compatible ROMs for 27 of its arcade games available on the internet site Star ROMs. However, by 2006 the ROMs were no longer being sold there.

At one point, various games were sold with the HotRod arcade joystick manufactured by, but this arrangement was discontinued as well. Other copyright holders have released games which are no longer commercially viable free of charge to the public under licenses that prohibit commercial use of the games. Many of these games may be downloaded legally from the official MAME web site. The Spanish arcade game developer has also released World Rally for non-commercial use on their website. The MAME community has distanced itself from other groups redistributing ROMs via the internet or physical media, claiming they are blatantly infringing copyright and harm the project by potentially bringing it into disrepute. Despite this, illegal distributions of ROMs are widespread on the internet. Original MAME-license [ ] MAME was formerly distributed under a custom own-written, called 'MAME license' or 'MAME-like license', which was adopted also by other projects, e.g..

This old 'MAME license' ensures the source code availability, while the redistribution in commercial activities is prohibited. Due to this clause, the license is incompatible with the 's and the 's. The non-commercial clause was designed to prevent arcade operators from installing MAME cabinets and profiting from the works of the original manufacturers of the games. The ambiguity of the definition 'commercial' lead to legal problems with the license. In March 2016 with version 0.172 MAME itself to common, the and. See also [ ]. Retrieved 2013-07-03.

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MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with images of the original arcade game's ROM and disk data, MAME attempts to reproduce that game as faithfully as possible on a more modern general-purpose computer. MAME can currently emulate several thousand different classic arcade video games from the late 1970s through the modern era. REDDIT'S ARCADE COMMUNITY • - a multireddit for retro gaming! • - All things Arcade.

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