> > Because he's had some of those protos for years and if he isn't careful they will
> > on him and thus be lost forever. It's time to dump em.
> They've all been dumped and multiple copies exist in multiple physical locations (the
> same is true of the data we're discussing here today, by the way). Scott isn't
Well that's even more ridiculous then. If they've been dumped already then any risk to his pcbs is over, they won't be damaged because they've already been dumped.
It makes no sense to hide them.
And with all due respect do the "multiple physical locations" number in the thousands? Because if they don't then it isn't backed up.
I know some mame devs don't like to hear this, but the rampant rom piracy associated with MAME does just as much to preserve these old games as the emulation of their systems do. Let's say the copyright police knock down MAME's door tomorrow, they cease the site, the source and arrest every single person that ever submitted a driver.
MAME still survives, and the games it preserved survives. Why? Because there are thousands upon thousands of compiled exes, and source copies lying on computers and servers around the world. So many copies have been downloaded not because these people are interested in preservation, but because they could play arcade games on their pc. It doesn't matter their reason, but the end result is that MAME is forever preserved. Likewise when a rom is supported by MAME it is instantly preserved. All the rom kiddiez dl it to their computer, making a source of near infinate backups.
So the rom collectors and such can get annoying, but they serve as a crucial part of the preservation system. Their reasons for wanting MM2 or similar titles into mame is a selfish one, but they do have a point. MAMEing a game is the best way to ensure that it doesn't get lost to time.
And in the guy's defense, he absolutely has the right to keep it to himself, the only problem is he doesn't. He dangles it above the surface of the water like bait for a fish and then pulls it back at the last second. If he wants a private collection and doesn't want to come off as a jerk, maybe he should actually keep it private.