MAME (acronym of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is an emulator application 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. 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".
The official website is http://mamedev.org/ where binaries and sources of all versions can be found. The website also has documentation and a Wiki.
For more information see MAME Release Dates.
MAME is for Windows since version 0.37b15 (released on 24 May 2001). Previous versions were for DOS.
Here are links to ports for other operating systems:
|http://sdlmame.lngn.net/||Mac OS X|
For Macs, this is an important information source: https://mameonmacs.blogspot.com/
Some of the most important emulators strongly based on MAME's source code:
|AdvanceMAME||for arcade monitors and TVs|
|ARCADE||arcade games only; formerly MAMEUIFX|
|GroovyMAME||for CRT monitors|
|HBMAME||hacks, homebrews and simulations that are not in MAME (formerly known as MisfitMAME)|
|HqMAME||xBRZ and HQx high quality image scaling|
|MAMEUI||uses Windows' graphical interface|
|RacerMAME||for racing cabinets|
|WolfMAME||for score competitions|
Derivatives with netplay
Allows people playing together through the internet.
|MAME Plus! Plus Kaillera||dead; old binaries at http://www.emucr.com/search/label/MAMEPPK|
|MAME32 More!||with Kaillera; doesn't have an official website (Google it!)|
|MAME32K||with Kaillera; doesn't have an official website (Google it!)|
|MAMEHub||not with Kaillera|
Resources and Guides
Many resources are available on the MAME EXTRAs torrent.
Command-line information is here: mamedev.org - MAME Documentation - Universal Commandline Options. Additional information on MAME XML.