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MAMEd to death
Member Name: TimothyC
Date: 09/08/00, updated on 09/08/00 (124 review reads)
Advantages: Classic free games
Disadvantages: Only older games
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.