> > The Raspberry Pi was cheap, easy to set up, fits in my small cab, requires no
> > cooling, and plays all of the games I'm interested in with aplomb.
> > Surely the definition of 'decent hardware' is hardware that meets your use-case
> > requirements?
> > Why would I want to replace it with a honking great pc that sucks in power and
> > out hot air, just to play the exact same games?
> Don't use a 12V-heavy Prescott system with a shitty Chinese power supply designed for
> a Pentium 3, problem solved. PCs have changed this side of 2004. As for power
> consumption, I'm sure changing out those incandescent bulbs for CFLs or LEDs have
> already paid for your energy bill.
> > The Raspberry Pi is an elegant solution to my particular requirements.
> Not elegant or cheap. Just a glorified, oversized cellphone with the power of a
> Williamette-era Pentium 4 (if that).
That would still make it faster than the computer I used when I first tried MAME, that was a Pentium 75, in 1997, the version was .1 but I liked a different Emulator back then more than MAME, it would run Pacman at full speed which MAME wouldn't do on a P75 but it do come close. The RPi was cheap for was I used it for, though it NOT for playing MAME, but works for what I want it to do.