MAME :-(an acronym of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is a free and open source emulator designed to recreate the hardware of arcade game systems in software on modern personal computers and other platforms. The intention is to preserve gaming history by preventing vintage games from being lost or forgotten. MAME aims to be a reference to the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines; the ability to play the games is considered “a nice side effect”. Joystick has listed MAME as an application that every Windows and Mac gamer should have.
The first public release (0.1) was on February 5, 1997, by Nicola Salmoria. The emulator now supports over seven thousand unique games and ten thousand actual ROM image sets, though not all of the supported games are playable. MESS, an emulator for many video game consoles and computer systems, based on the core, MAME was integrated upstream in 2015.
|Original author(s)||Nicola Salmoria|
|Developer(s)||Nicola Salmoria and the MAME Team|
|Written in||C++ (C and Python for some drivers)|
|Operating system||Windows, macOS, Linux, BSD, Amiga, etc|
|License||New BSD, GNU GPL v2 or later|
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