Ok, from an emotional point of view, relicensing for me feels like MAME is giving up the position of being "The Protectors of Good" and that has always been a large part of it's appeal to me. Accuracy and preservation were two words set in high regard and now It feels like dev's are saying: Fuck it, we give up, take our shit and rape it, We don't care anymore.
I personally don't see the whole "Museum" thing being a point of issue, because there only are a few, and I seriously can't see how it would benefit them: If You're a Museum, acquire the boards and the cabs, unless you want to open a MAME-Museum ie. set up 150 pc-based cabinets running V0.01 to V0.150 pac-man to see how that evolved emulation-wise.
Question is: Didn't MAME already die? Sure as hell feels like it. Of course there's some work done here and there, but to me it feels/seems (note those words! it's a feeling) that nearly every dev moved on to MESS to leave the boatload of work left to do in MAME to some 'insignificant f*ck', because it is way 'beneath' them. The condescending tone in that sentence being the main drive, because at times that how this forum feels towards new people or people that have less experience or brainpower than certain people (Ever spent the day looking at barrister.org shoutbox?). But I digress
Back to the subject at hand. Protectors of the Good! It's kind of an abstract concept, but what I basically mean is how MAME got handled. It's for preservation, It's for doing things 'the right way' (which, undoubtedly is open to discussion), and re-licensing (did some reading and as I understand it) feels to me like it opens SO MANY DOORS to doing things 'the wrong way"...
But I don't know Jack, this is how I feel!
EDIT: Reading back... Man I'm an emotional Wreck No harm intended to anyone!
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