> Well then Illvelo was sold for a couple of weeks? And I guess you are talking about > manufacturer sales instead of distributor. Anyway, I don't dump stuff that new anyway > so it's not my headache.
But you have heard from a previous Arcade Op manager and the woes to the business, and still there is ignorance to the fact.
Why is it so hard to embrace that Mame revolutionized the arcade business strategy and move on. If these roms didn't get leaked to the internet, Mame would still be here, just the nice side effect of playing them would not.
Again why would that be an issue, if the game was properly documented including the hardware? Mame is just a platform. If archiving is so important, why the reluctance to submit the project to the Library of Congress?
Better to have five images of the game ROM, stored, locked away than to have millions floating around the globe.
Restraint to release and rom security was lost years ago, so I guess it is all unfortunate history. Nothing is stopping the devs into implementing this new strategy.
Besides most people I come across only have collections based on pre 106 anyway.
I applaud the efforts, but isn't the project nearing the end with the inclusion of MESS as MESS is a more challenging and interesting enterprise?