> Since Ciro's goal in doing so is to prevent his users from ever seeing about half the
> work I (and many others) have put into the combined project, it *should* incur some
> pain. They'll never know how good the GBA driver is now, or be able to play hap's
...or enjoy the work many others have put into helping MAME emulate tons of other systems as good as or better than any other emu, which up until now has been all but hidden from so many. Beyond that, it's a historically-significant piece of work and to deny people a "window" to that history would be a disservice and a shame.
I would expect/hope that for every FE going in the direction of Emu Loader in short-term denial, we'll see two more adding full support for all MAME features including softwarelists. I would think a systemtype tag would help in the long run anyway - once people start understanding "wow, I can get Genesis too?" they won't want it any other way, so efforts to FE around them won't have much of an impact.