>> If you want better service, you'll need to start paying $69.95 each time there's a
>> version bump.
> People have asked nicely for features, and offered to pay for them... and have been
> turned down.
you don't know what sarcasm is, do you?
however, the point is that MAME is an hobbyist project and as such no devs want money to work on it (e.g. because, among other reasons, the devs which do programming for work could not contribute anymore if MAME was a commercial software)
if you want to donate, you can send money to the dumping project (which is completely separate, in the sense that no money sent to DU goes in devs' pockets)
if you want exotic controllers to be supported, you just have to study the source and send a diff (as Howard Casto did for lightguns output)
everything else is just blah blah blah