Softpedia Editor's Review for MAME
Arcade Machine Emulator that recognizes over six thousand game ROM sets
Written by Sorin Cirneala on October 1st, 2012
MAME or the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator application intends to help you emulate an arcade machine on your computer. You can use it to amuse yourself or your friends with some classic arcade games used in video arcades from the 1970's until the modern computer era.
In order to use the application you need a ROM image with the game data. Most of the game images that are available on the Internet cannot be used unless you also own the arcade machine or a license. Fortunately, the developers can provide you with a few game ROMs that can get you started and help you understand the interface.
The application can be run in command line mode in order to view the list of available commands and to enter the command arguments. This allows you to customize the display brightness, the input devices and the video options applied to the emulator.
If you have at least an installed game you can launch the application interface from the executable and play the game. The interface is very simple and allows you to select the game from the list or to customize the player controls before starting to play. You can also use the mouse to move the cursor in order to quickly navigate through the options.
The emulator replicates the arcade machines in great detail and allows you to change the display settings or the player controls. It is capable of capturing snapshots of the video games in order to save the funny or interesting moments.
Each game has specific requirements that are displayed when launching the application. However, it should accommodate any computer since they are designed to be used on machines with less processing power. In or tests, the program ran smoothly and required an insignificant amount of memory.
Overall, MAME is a good solution for the users that want to play a video arcade game without buying an entertainment machine.
· Intel Celeron / AMD Duron 1000 MHz
· 128 - 256 MB RAM
· a varying amount of hard drive space (a complete MAME ROM set would take over forty gigabytes, but most individual ROM sets are quite small)
· DirectX (Windows version) or VESA 2.0+ (DOS version) compatible graphics card
· Any sound card that works in Windows (Windows version) or Sound Blaster compatible sound card (DOS version)
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
MAMETesters Bugs Fixed:
· 04323: mjflove, rongrongg, rongrongj: [debug] Crash after exit
· 05001: [Crash/Freeze] (bfm_sc4.c) Many sets in bfm_sc4.c: [debug] Assert after OK
· 05000: [Crash/Freeze] (gcpinbal.c) gcpinbal: [debug] Crash before OK
· 04998: [Crash/Freeze] All/Most sets in superchs.c, gunbustr.c, groundfx.c, galastrm.c, taitojc.c, undrfire.c, taito_f3.c, macrossp.c: [debug] assert: src/emu/attotime.h:146: frequency > 0
· 04999: [Crash/Freeze] (pong.c) All sets in pong.c: [debug] Crash after OK
· 04997: [Crash/Freeze] (namcos23.c) crszoneb: [debug] Crash before OK
· 04060: [Crash/Freeze] (taitogn.c) All sets in taitogn.c: NVRAM written incorrectly - games never start.
· 04831: [Crash/Freeze] (galaga.c) All sets in galaga.c: [debug] Crash immedately after OK (debug)
· 04994: [Crash/Freeze] (segas16b.c) tetrbx, shinfz, isgam : Black screen
· 04978: [Sound] (scregg.c) dommy: Sound effects seem to be incomplete/missing
· 03398: [Graphics] (nss.c) nss_rob3: Unable to see enemies