> If you interviewed most teens around, most couldn't even tell you what an emulator or > MAME even is nowadays. I have tried to get my son and his friends to play MAME or > other emulators ( Hyperspin, GameEX setups with all the bells and whistles) and they > simply aren't interested. They would rather jump on 360, ps3, facebook, youtube, > cellphones, netflix, etc.
Hehe, this goes back to a previous discussion we had about a month or so ago.
If it's 5, 10 or later years down the line, a mobile device version of MAME could be MAME's saviour in the future (that is official latest versions, not old ones). H/w will improve and things like virtual keyboards will probably become common place eventually, which would make MAME easier to use on such devices.
Anyway, not going to happen with the limitation of current mobile device h/w (not talking about laptops), as discussed in length before.
Oldskool type gaming on the move is all vogue right now. Just like the C64, ZX Spectrum and SNES was vogue in the 80's.
Unfortunately, i don't think that will ever change now or in the future. I'm talking about in the main, not just hardcore hobbyists.
THE "MAIN STREAM" FUTURE?
On the move with MAME, get home, plug the mobile device into your TV, use a virtual or wired controller, and away you go. I bet there's some guys on here that do this already with an older version of MAME, hehe (coughs) :P
I'd love to see a convenient size mobile device that has ample storage, good h/w specs to be able to run latest MAME, and would allow me to plug an arcade gaming controller into it (such as the x-arcade). Now that would be cool, not just for me, but for introducing MAME to next generation gamers too