> > > That's terrible to see rare systems like this at the hands of the arcade > collector. > > > He runs the site called safestuff where he hoards a ton of rare Atari games not > in > > > MAME such as Marble Madness 2 ( a game that no one has ever played except the > Atari > > > guys, the Atari horder, or even the people at CAX). Oh well, I guess this is > > > something we'll have to live for a while. > > > > I went to CAX 10 years ago and played Marble Man for about ten seconds before > getting > > bored and moving on. You're not missing much, it was cancelled for a good reason. > > > > safestuff has helped with some rare dumps. The problem with Marble Man is that he > had > > to promise that he wouldn't dump the roms before he could get the board. Due to the > > attacks he's had since, it wouldn't surprise me if he'd never allow anyone to dump > > anything he has. Aaron did a lot of work to get him on board, which you've all > > destroyed with your outrage. > > A promise is a wonderful thing, but are we talking a promise or a legally binding > contract? > > Because he's had some of those protos for years and if he isn't careful they will die > on him and thus be lost forever. It's time to dump em.
In my opinion, it would be stupid to think that any of these "unshared" items have not been preserved, copied, duplicated or dumped and live in multiple places, safe boxes and/or data centers under his control. Just because that person hasn't released them doesn't mean they are lost forever. I would even assume that arrangements have been made in case of accident/death to pass on the information. I agree, though, public outrage and constant requests to share do nothing but degrade the situation.
Emulation interests many different people yet I get the feeling I myself am in a minority of people just being thankful for what has been provided over the years to the MAME project. MAME is more than getting games you all would like to play - it's a living preservation document.