> > That's the thing I'm concerned about right there, joking aside. With a free, > > ready-made emulator made available what is stopping someone from, say, buying the > > rights to all the konami games and essentially selling mame as the "Konami > > collection" Mind you that might not be a bad thing considering the current state of > > "official" releases by companies, I just wonder about legal ramifications. > > Konami did that on the PS2 in Japan, but they did it disc-per-game as a budget line > where for like $10 or $15 you get the game, a soundtrack CD, and a DVD of someone > demolishing it. I have the Haunted Castle one (of course) and it's obviously based on > MAME. > > Regarding bootleggers, have you not noticed the proliferation of "XXX-in-1" PCBs? The > horse not only got out of the barn, it's been doing a nude victory lap in our faces. > Emulating the 39-in-1 was my small way of taking a shot back at that scene. > > > The other thing I worry about is now that you can sell mame, people might not > contribute source code to the > > main build and will make a custom build of mame and sell it. > > You mean as opposed to now, when that already routinely happens?
I'm well aware of the xx-in-1 boards...that come from China...where EVERYTHING is pirated. But it's still been a largely underground affair. Yup they show up in arcades... all 8 or 9 remaining arcades in the US. ;-) That wasn't what I was referring to. Expect to see plug-n-play mame machines at your local mall kiosk soon.