> > > > Will MESS and MAME be merging soon?
> > >
> > > Let's hope that will never happen !
> > WHY NOT???
> Creating a mastodon of a project/program would lead to a dilution of it. I hope that
> in the near future MAME team will realize how wrong is adding mechanical games to
> MAME and will make decision to remove that ballast from emulator.
> I am taking the opportunity to thank Kale for all His work in leading the project and
> all my best to Miodrag Milanovic for taking the torch. (hot one, I suppose)
While I can agree with that on paper... in real life it doesn't make much sense. MAME and MESS are essentially the same program at this point, they share so much code it isn't even funny. And this is a GOOD thing. There isn't any point in inventing the wheel twice and many arcade systems are offshoots of consoles and vice versa. The only thing the seperate compiles does is make it easier for the end user to manage their romz. That isn't a bad thing, but let's not kid ourselves, that is the only benefit.
I also think that adding the mechanical games into mame was a very smart decision. How long has age mame been around? How long has it been stalled? Addding it to mame does two things.... it gets those ancient games back in the public eye and it preserves them by putting them in an active project.
I honestly don't know why everybody and their brother complains about them really. Their is a very blatent "ismechanical" flag in mame's listxml that any front-end or any rommanger wroth two cents can use to filter them out.