> I dunno. The whole point of merging is the put forward the idea that MAME is more
> than arcade - everyone seems to be trying to determine quick ways to separate the
> figurative wheat from the chaff much like they have done with
> gambling/redemption/fruit machines/pinballs.
Make no mistake - this isn't suggesting separation of "wheat from chaff", just adding further perspective on efforts to categorize all of it. Nothing is necessarily "wheat" OR "chaff"; this is purely objective.
> There are front-ends with more than enough capability to use .ini lists to determine
> what in MAME is an arcade, computer, chess machine, calculator, or any other
> classification one can come up with. I'm not saying that the MAME project won't ever
> come up with an internal solution, but it is not in the immediate short term roadmap
> for the project.
Ah, that's too bad as it's going to lead to fragmentation in ways to handle it, among other things. I'm not sure it's clear why that position was taken, it seemed like a good time to capitalize on the issue, but so be it.