> > MESS however is another story. What a bizarrely user-unfriendly application.
Haha. You get used to it. I don't use a front-end usually. If you can get all your stuff set up to use the softlist feature, then you can avoid a lot of the pain in the ass stuff and use it like mame e.g. "mess nes smb1" instead of "mess nes -cart c:\ALL_MY_ROMZZZ\smario1.nes". That makes it easier.