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Mame (Multiple machine arcade emultator) is the best emulator on the net, as the name says it emulates many old arcade games, if you like you can now replay a games you played near 5 o 10 years ago on your pc with no cost at all. At the moment the list of games supported by mame is composed by 3400 games(some of the games aren't fully functional so you must watch the mame site for the full list to see which of them is fully supported) (remember that many of them are clones, but the original games anyway are about 1800-1900 games), the last full version is the 0.60 but mame comes updated with beta version nearly once every month. This emulator is being developed for many different system, from dos/windows to Linux, from Dreamcast to Xbox, for every system the number of emulated games is different so you must watch for your own system version to see which games are fully emulated. If you like to use this emulator you need only the binary mame archive for your system and the "rom" of the game you like to play, if is emulated, you need only to put the rom in the mame rom directory, start the program and select the game you like to play from a list (it's better if you download a front end for windows and choose the game from there) and now you can play your favourite game in front of your pc monitor (if you note some slowness problems you need to set a fast framerate skip, this option is used for slow pc instead of drawing every frame of the games the games skip one or two frame for every cycle, for example if you select 1 the game will skip 1 frame every 2, if you select 2 it will skip 2 every 3 and so on). If you would like to play this emulator over the net, for the windows version you can download the kaillera client from www.kaillera.com, this is a special client that allows you to play mame on the net, there are server made for the online game, or you can start your own personal server and give access to your
friends for play only with them. I have tried online games and even if mame is not studied for online games the playability is not bad, but all depends from your/opponent connection.
Do you have any fond memories of any arcade games? Perhaps you can remember wasting away time when you were younger by blasting a few space invaders, or any of the other hundreds of games that would be found in Arcades up and down the country. If by any chance you do have an urge to play an old arcade machine, chances are you can do this now, just by owning a PC (or other supported platform), this piece of software and some ROM images for the games you wish to play (which can be downloaded from many sites). What is MAME? ============ MAME, is an emulator that emulates many different arcade machines, hence the name which stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. A brief history of MAME ================== The following text is quoted from the MAME Support document that is included with the emulator: 1997.02.05 - In the beginning there was Mame, the DOS text based program authored by Italian programmer Nicola Salmoria in 1996 and released on Feb. 05 ~Quote ends~ MAME as you can see has been in development for years upon years. This development was not inspired by an urge of to commit piracy to avoid having to pay to play the games. Instead it was started as a project to archive and keep playable games that have long since become extinct from Arcades. The same basic premise is around today, no currently viable Arcade Machine (i.e. one that is still amassing money) will be emulated until that status changes. As luck would have it though, the ones that fit into that criteria are the games that would be incredibly difficult to emulate, or ones that require specialized hardware peripherals in order to play. How has MAME evolved? =================== From humble beginnings where it emulated perhaps a few hundred games, the latest release emulates over 3,200 games (most of them perfectly). The first release of MAME, was *Disk Operating System on
ly. This made it appear user un-friendly to someone who was unfamiliar with DOS. This review will be centering on the MAME32 version of MAME. This is basically identical in most aspects to the DOS version, but is ever so slightly slower. However nowadays the speed cost is not worth considering as a disadvantage. Computers are much faster now, and as such are more than capable of running MAME with an easy to use front end. MAME32 ======= This is the Windows user-friendly version of MAME. It runs over 3200 games, ranging from 1975 up to and including the year 2000. MAME is constantly evolving though, with new updates a regular occurrence. As of this review it is on version 0.59. Just how well does it play games then? ============================ Of course this all depends on which game you play, however the vast majority of games have near 100% perfect emulation. Some games don't have sound, some will have graphical glitches ? but for the most part you won't experience these problems. Examples of some games it can play, and the diversity between each game: Space Invaders (Do I need to say more? 1978 shooting game) Star Wars original (Vector graphics shoot-em-up Star Wars game from 1983) Ghosts 'N' Goblins (Popular game made by Capcom in 1985) Street Fighter 2 (Fighting game made by Capcom in 1991) Wrestlefest (A wrestling game that I am sure will be familiar to many; 1991) The Simpsons (Scrolling beat-em-up game based on everyones favourite family; 1991) Metal Slug3 (Platform, shooting action. Very funny, and well worth playing; 2000) Features of MAME32 ================ MAME32, has a user friendly frontend allowing for a large amount of configuration. Here I list some of those features: Filters ~~~~~ The games list which is present in MAME runs at over 3200 games. Findi
ng the game you want in this list even though it is sorted alphabetically can still be quite a task. Filters can be used to narrow down your search they include, year, manufacturer and whether you have the game currently available for use. There is also a filter for Originals ~~~~~~~ This can be used to narrow down the search substantially. This is because some games have many different variants, be they slightly revised versions, foreign versions, or user hacked versions. Sometimes these hacks etc can make it tougher for you to find the game you actually want to run. This filter will ensure that only the originals are shown. Perhaps the best example I can think of, in which a game was hacked was for Street Fighter 2. If you are a gamer and are familiar with this Arcade machine, you may have seen several different versions of it floating around in Arcades. Some of the variants are official ones, but others are hacked versions that include amongst other things the ability to change the character you are using mid-game, this was a random change though! Screenshot support ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you so desired you could download pictures of every single game present in MAME (or create your own). These can then be displayed every time you highlight the games name in the MAME browser. This is a pretty superficial option, but is nice to have all the same. It can also be handy if you have a complete set of ROMS, so you can browse through the games and pick one if you like the look of it from the picture. There are that many games, you can't have possibly heard of, or seen them all before. Save States ~~~~~~~~~~~ Simply press the designated button usually F5 and you can save at any point during a game. F9 (by default) will then load that state in, this enables you to play the game in short stretches. This makes it an ideal stress buster :-) Hi-Score saving ~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~ To give those older games even more purpose you can save your High Score in many of the games. This is good to: a) Challenge yourself b) Show off c) Challenge your friends Other options ========== There are many other options in MAME, options such as ability to change display settings, sound quality settings, and input support. These options can be configured on a per game basis, or by on a universal basis. You can also if you so wished record AVI files of yourself playing the games, this is more of a novelty though rather than anything genuinely useful. Still it's a nice option to have! Another option that is available in game, is the ability to change various settings that were present on the Arcade machine. By pressing tab you get a menu up, it's all self explanatory - the best option being Dip Switches. Simply select this and you adjust the difficulty, amount of lives, amount of continues etc for the game. Summary ======= As I hope this review has conveyed, this emulator has compatibility with a lot of games. I could have gone into a lot more detail, but that is not what this review has been about. There is a comprehensive instruction manual that can be downloaded with MAME, as well as an FAQ that goes into more depth about it. If you have a desire to play old Arcade games, then MAME is for you. Recommended for children! ========================= MAME is also something that would be good to get if you have children, who constantly want a new game to play. There are sure to be many games that they will like, and thus could end up saving you a substantial amount of money :-) However it is advisable not to let Children on the Internet to search for Rom files. This is because some sites try to lure you to porn sites by including keywords like MAME, and Roms in the search criteria. System specif
ications needed ============================ This all depends on the game to be played, however for the most part a P2-300 with 64mb of ram will be more than enough. Certain games require better specifications, though the majority will work fine on a low specification. This emulator is also available for other systems such as the Apple Mac, as well as other Operating Systems. Availability of ROMS (these are the game files you need) ========================================= This is a slight grey area, technically these files are illegal. However many of the Arcade machine makers don't seem to mind as the machines themselves are no longer profitable. For this reason I am unable to give out locations for Rom files in this review. ~~ If there is anything else you wish to know then please let me know in the comments section, where I will be happy to help out. Availability of the Emulator + other files you may need ======================================== This emulator can be downloaded from many sites, the sites I would recommend are: Emulator + other files (Such as sampled sounds needed for a few games such as Donkey Kong and Space Invaders) http://www.mame.net http://www.mame.dk Emulator sites http://www.arcadeathome.com http://www.retrogames.com Jargon buster ========== DOS ~~~ DOS is an operating system that runs purely from a command line. For example to run the program from a dos prompt would have involved typing lines such as: Mame32.exe dkong -r 1024x768x32 -refresh 85 ?effect That would have been the command to run the game Donkey Kong at the resolution of 1024x768x32 bit colour with a refresh rate of 85. As you can no doubt appreciate, the Windows version makes all of this a lot easier for beginners.
Emulation is huge in PC gaming - How else can you play all those classics of yesteryear? MAME (short for Multi Arcade Machine Emulator) is about the only way to play almost all the arcade classics from when you were young, without trying to buy the original arcade machines themselves. Whilst all the ROM's state that to legally play any of the games you must own an original copy of the ROM for the arcade machine. However, this is merely a formality, and is widely ignored by most MAME users. In addition to all of the old arcade games, MAME also supports emulations of a wide range of home console systems - too many to list from memory. Generally, the actual emulator is quite forgiving, although it is a lot easier to find inaccurate replicated ROM's on the web, and as a result find games that do not run like the original arcade games. In terms of the games available, finding ROM's requires a little hunting around, but once you find a good resource, you'll be set. All you need to do then is to prepare to lose a lot of sleep - trust me, you will.
MAME is the Ultimate games emulator for the PC and other platforms. It allows you to play all the old arcade machines that you can fondly remember playing at those salty seaside resorts and many many more, using ROMS which contain all the game information from the arcade boards so that the games are more or less identical to their arcade counterparts. The great thing about MAME is that it's updated all the time and many programmers are writing bootleg versions to support more games and options, which eventually find their way on to the official version. I first came across MAME about 6 years ago, when it was only supported in DOS and had about 400 odd games to play, ranging from the great Donkey Kong and Space Invaders to such classics as Tetris. Nowadays, it supports many more games, thousands in fact, plus alternative versions and US/Japanese games. You can still play all the 70's and 80's classics but there have been some stunning additions like X-Men and The Simpsons and it just continues to grow at an extraordinary rate as the programmers find more and more ways of emulating new games. The other great thing about the emulator is that besides the multi-platform ability, it can be played on older spec PCs. This means that if you still have that old 486 or early pentium, you can play all the older games with no noticable slow-down, but as the spec of your PC goes up, you have a wider choice of fabulous games to try out. MAME really is a great piece of software and it's free to download and use. Downloading arcade machine roms that you don't own is dubious on the legal front, but the choice is there and there are many sites offering the whole mame arcade collection (which would take months to download on a standard 56l internet connection!) Try it out and visit your past today!
Not just retro, but authentically retro... Most of us have probably wanted to play all those old games, the FOUNDING games, at one point or another. We hear of how important Space Invaders, Asteroids and Pac-Man were to videogaming, and we try to find them. Some adults might even be old enough to remember playing them in the arcade twenty years ago. No doubt most of you have played copies and clones that only hold your interest for five minutes. MAME is the real thing. It is a way to play the genuine arcade games on your PC, and most of the classics are supported. There are many versions of MAME and DOS is supported well. However, I think most people will want to use MAME32 for Windows. The program is fairly small and efficient, considering how much it does. There are no ROMs supplied with the MAME download, because it is technically illegal to own ROMS. You can download all the supported ROMS on a "sister" website, www.mame.dk. The latest version of MAME supports over 4000 ROMS, though a lot of these are clones and variations of games, so perhaps the list is more like 2500. All the old classics and important games are supported, and for some reason they are much more enjoyable when you know they are the GENUINE versions. You might think Space Invaders gets boring after five minutes... extend that to thirty or forty minutes when you play the real version here. You might find yourself playing all the old games like Asteroids and Frogger for a lot longer than you thought possible. It's still just a diversion for a few hours, but that's great value when it's free. Most people think MAME is only for these very old games, but it also supports a lot of arcade games from the 80's and early 90's. Games like Out Run, Golden Axe, Strider and The Simpsons make you feel like you're standing in an early 90's arcade. Be warned though, the newer the game, the more RAM and processing power you need.
An older PC can't handle them. MAME32 does lots of cool things. You can record avi files of your games during play, you can re-assign all the buttons, you can play around with the graphics, and you can take snapshots. The interface takes a while to get used to because of the way it sorts all your ROMS into lists. Conveniently, MAME uses the ROMs zip files, so you don't even need to unzip them. Dooyoo opinions are supposed to balance positive and negative points, but I'm sorry, MAME is almost impossible to fault. If you have a fairly good PC and an urge to re-live the glory days of gaming, MAME is excellent.
I am not going to go on and on about how fantastic Mame is, that has been stated very well many times already and frankly if you are not convinced now you never will be. NOW JUST CONSIDER THIS AS PERVERSE LOGIC..... Like many other people I own hundreds if not thousands of pounds worth of games software with many of the latest titles in my posession, yet since discovering Mame I have temporarily lost interest in all of these and instead I choose to spend hour upon hour playing Moon Cresta (an early eighties space shoot em up)It's sad I know but there it is. You see that is what Mame is all about it allows saddo twenty and thirty somethings like me to get all nostalgic about how gaming used to be when we were kids spending hours feeding 10p's into arcade machines. For me just the sound of Moon Cresta brings all the memories flooding back of when I used to be respected by my peers not because of me but because of the high scores I could get playing this particular game (I only wish I was that good now). We all have certain songs that take us back to a particular time or holiday or remind us of a certain girlfriend/boyfriend, well mame is the gaming equivalent of that. So all I would add is, if you are the right age to remember playing such games then Mame is a must, forget Lara Croft (well for now anyway)and get on Space Invaders, Pac Man and Defender that's where it's all happening.
MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is a project that has been running since 1997. Basically, it emulates practically all the arcade machines you can remember from when you were a kid. If you’re old like me, and spent any time at all in the arcades, this will suit you down to the ground! In fact, the only game it doesn’t seem to emulate from that era (i.e. early/mid 1980’s) is Dragons’ Lair; any other arcade machine you can think of is probably catered for! Depending on what platform you want to run it on (there are DOS, Windows, Amiga, Mac and Linux ports to the best of my knowledge) you can download it from a number of sources (www.classicgaming.com for the Windows version, and www.mame.net for the DOS version) and it’s currently standing at version 0.36 for both DOS and Windows versions. If you like you can run the 0.37 BETA, but they don’t recommend it. For the purposes of this opinion, I shall be referring to the 0.36 Windows version. It’s a 2.7Mb download, which isn’t bad given how powerful the program is, and the ROM files come zipped and range from 30k to 1Mb plus (the older games like Asteroids, Pac Man etc. are the smallest, but the more recent games are bigger), but these are available from separate web sites which can be found by searching in a web search engine. **Note** There is a legal position with the ROMS where you need to own originals in order to be able to use the zipped ones with MAME legally. This means if you own something like the Namco arcade collection for the Playstation, then legally you can use the zipped ROMS with MAME, although it’s a bit of a grey area. When I first saw how small the ROMs were I was very surprised, in the later versions, you don’t need to unzip the ROMS to use them, you just drop them into the ROM folder, and run MAME. With earlier versions however, you had to unzip them, but even then they were ridiculously small. So, after a painless installation (simply a matter of unzipping the file to your required directory), and making sure the ROMS are in the correct place, it’s just a matter of starting up MAME, and selecting a game from the list of ROMs (filters are available to make filing your ROMs easier) then settle back, “insert coins” via a few key presses, then be amazed at the accuracy of your favourite arcade games appearing on your very own home computer.
MAME (the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is a program which allows people to play old arcade classics on a PC. All the old classics are emulated, such as 'The Main Event', 'Street Fighter II', 'Robocop', 'Track and Field'. Games from as far back as 1979, and also as recent as 1998. Obviosly there are legal implications for this software. Technically, most of the games are still covered by copyright, and hence shouldn't be played unless you own an original arcade board. However, in reality most of these games are so old that this copyright issue is really only relevant for the newest of the games. Oh, the nostalgia!!! I've wasted countless hours playing the old classic I remember from my younger days. All the games emulated in MAME can be downloaded from the web (if you know where to look!) MAME is a great piece of software. Technically brilliant, it plays most games perfectly, and with MAME32 (which runs under windows) is easy to get up and running in no time. Try it, and watch the spare hours of your days vanish!
MAME32 is a arcade emulator which can be used on my computer. Mame32 is a Windows based emulator. It was to be the best arcade emulator you can have. The games that are available are endless, around 4000 which include Simpsons (4 player), Pacman, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Break-Out and tons of other cool classics. If you can remember playing Space Invaders and Pacman this emulator is for. Although some of the game don't work but the majority do. The Roms vary in size from a few kb for Pacman and Space Invaders and a few mb's for Simpsons but it is definately worth the download as I spend a few days to complete this game. The emulator is very easy to use and the sound quality is amazing. There is Joystick compatibility with this windows based emulator as some don't offer this facility to the gamer. This emulator really gives you the real arcade experience and it's all free. Remember how much you would of lost if they were the real machines!!! Tons I recommend wwww.emusanet.com as they have aroung 2500 MAME Rom titles to choose from and www.emuunlim.com for the emulator to play the games on. It is not ilegal to download the games but you should only keep the ROMS on your computer for 24 hours unless you own the orginal cartridge but I don't think anybody cares. So what you waiting for!!! Download it now!!!
When I was first told about M.A.M.E. - Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator a couple of years ago, like most people I did not really understand. I heard people rattle off names of arcade games from my childhood - Galaxian, Galaga, Moon Patrol, Donkey Kong, Pac Mac, Defender you name it. All the games which entranced me as a young lad. Games which I would religiously pump my weekly pocket money (allowance) into and never regret it for a single moment. As a kid I lived and breathed arcade games and that made me little different from many other young boys growing up in the early 1980's. When I say that I "Didn't understand", I mean that when people would say "Mame actually lets you play all those games on your very own computer at home!", I instantly thought we were talking about arcade conversions. Arcade conversions had regularly been disappointing shadows of their coin-op parents. Of course, when it was explained to me that Mame actually allows you to run the original rom-sets from real arcade machines on your home computer - essentially giving me all the arcade games from my childhood - the ACTUAL games, I understood and became excited! Mame is the result of years of work and is continually being updated. The present build supports 2411 arcade games (some are variants of the same game, so it probably works out to be closer to 1500 unique games. The program itself contains no games. The original ROMS must be downloaded from the Internet before you are able to use the emulator to run them on your computer. One of the better sites where Mame (which is a free download), other emulators and the required ROMS (Many of which are files smaller than 10K) may be downloaded is http://www.emux.com/ It should be remembered that most ROMs are copyrighted and downloading them carries similar restrictions as the downloading of MP3's with Napster. Many argue that Emulators such as Mame and ROM websites are doing a val
uable job ensuring that these classics - the fore-fathers of computer games as we know them, are preserved for all-time rather than being destroyed and lost forever. Of course, the corporate giants who created these discarded games up to 20 years ago do not quite see the altruism involved. Mame allows for the supported arcade games to be run smoothly on a modest system, but a Pentium II is preferable to ensure no slow-downs during some of the more demanding games. (Remember that Emulation costs a lot of resources, even if the games do not). The emulator is highly configurable, allowing you to select your control input device and various sound and graphical settings for running the game. Once you have the game up and running, you have access to a simulated layout of the particular games "Dip-switches", which allow you to toggle elements within the games themselves, such as difficulty, number of lives and anything the original machine cabinet could perform. (Unless we are talking about a game like Afterburner *grin*) The Windows version of Mame (there is also a DOS version, as well as versions for other computer formats) is slick and simple to use, looking almost like a pseudo Windows Explorer, with neat folders in which the ROMS of both available un unavailable (ones you have not downloaded yet) are sorted. Games are initiated with a quick click and away you go! At this stage, Mame mostly emulates arcade games from the years before 1990, but with every new build more and more recent games are appearing, with titles such as The Simpsons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles both being fully emulated. A few games do not quite work properly, Gauntlet for example seems to run just fine for a while, but crashes completely around the 20th level. With each release of Mame the emulation of some of the more unstable games is perfected, so there is always something to look forward to. I am part of the school of thought that believes tha
t Mame and the emulation scene is providing a valuable archival service to ensure that relics of the past remain available for future generations of gamers. There is nothing quite like early games, which made up for what they lacked in whiz-bang graphics and sound with sheer playability and ingenuity. These jewels from the past should never be lost and with Mame, your personal arcade of nostalgia is only a short download away!
Am I wrong top say most classic games should be available to download and play for free on MAME etc? Am I underestimating what the original game (not the idea or licence) is worth to the author early in the new millennium? Here's where I start to argue against everything I've said above though - because I do respect the author's copyright. I've been both author of copyrighted games and music in the past. I've allowed free distribution of some of both - but not all. It's all about realising a product has come to the end of it's feasible earning potential. Afterall you are not actually releasing copyright, just allowing it to be distributed non-commercially. In the unlikely event that someone approaches you to re-use the idea or game itself, then you are still in a position to benefit to the full.
Mame is an emulator for old arcade games. This means that you can play exact copies of the games you used to play in arcades when you were young, but for free and on your PC. To do this you need to download files called ROM`s, which are just copies of the original microchips found in the arcade games. MAME allows you to play well over 2000 different games in the latest versions, and all run very well on any reasonably specified PC. Don`t bother wasting your time if you`re still running an old 486, but almost any pentium or better PC will run most of these games like a dream. One advantage MAME has over many other emulators isthe small files that most games come in. Because a lot of the games are very old (going all the way back to Space invader and before) they can take as little as a couple of kilobytes to download - this would take seconds over a normal modem connection. The actual emulator is a different matter, it is a few megs to download but well worth the 10-15 minutes this will take. There are some games that aren`t quite this small (the largest I`ve found so far was 13 megs, which would take almost an hour to download over an average modem), but they are well worth the download. Because MAME is so popular there are sites all over the web with games on offer, making it relatively easy to get a full set of games if you are willing to put the effort in. The whole MAME project has gone from just beign a way to play old games to a way to find out almost anything about old games. You can get screenshots for each game, pictures of the cabinets the games used to come in, even scans of the fliers used to advertise the original arcade cabinets. Even if you don`t want every game it runs, I`m sure you can think of some old arcade games that you would love to play again. I know that my friends and I have had great fun with this, coming home from the pub and sitting in front of the PC for hours playing old games we used to
play when we were little kids. And if you are too young to remember the games frm the first time round - thats no excuse. This is your chance to learn about how the videogames industry started, and where games like Quake 3 and Tomb Raider came from.
This is one of those pieces of software that you cannot do without if you are past 25, but what is it. MAME is the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator and is one of a number of pieces of FREE software that you can use to play REAL arcade games. Yes not the poor implementations that appear on the Sinclair Spectrum, but copies of the ROMS from real arcade machines. Ah you may have notice I used the words “Sinclair Spectrum” as these are not your latest games, but those from way back when a good game would fit into 64K and have excellent playability. Think of Space Invaders, Battle-zone and my all time favourite Gauntlet. Now technically you must own a ROM before you can download the game, but in real life most of the manufacturers of the original games don’t mind. The MAME program and the games or ROMS will be found on completely separate web sites and you must never mix them, as copyright lawyers will start to get in touch with you. I have downloaded all my favourites and have more fun with these than most modern games. If you are interested I got MAME from http://www.classicgaming.com/mame32/index.htm and the games from http://www.emux.com/. EMUX is one of the major sites for all emulation ROMS so if you want a game they will probably have it.
Oh think back and remember how you felt playing all of those long forgotten arcade games. Remember the feeling of dropping the 10p pieces and starting up another round of bionic commando!?! (Loved that game more than any other!) You cna bring all of those old feelings back by leaving the door to the loo open so that sort of odd smell can waft into the computer room after a few hours of not flushing. Fire up a fully stacked copy of mame and start dropping 10p pieces onto your desk. The experience from the emulator is completely amazing. It's like you've got that old arcade sitting on your desk. The games look as crisp as they did the day they were launched. You'll probably not respect the amazing GFX or sounds any more but you'll remember how you felt and no doubt will end the experience by going back to your parents house expecting them to bitch about you wasting cash at those 'damned arcades' again. Loved the old games? Love this!
If you want to play old arcade games on your computer then Mame (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is what you need. Mame is an emulator that will allow you to play games which were originally either on old arcade machines, or on the neo-geo games console. The latest version of Mame can run over 1000 games. Obviously, you have to supply the ROM's - image of the game data. But these are not hard to find on the internet, though you should read the usual legal disclaimers. The program is not particularly user-friendly, it has no easy to use front-end, you run it and load a game via the command line. Though, there are front-ends available as add-on's. The official home of Mame is www.mame.net