> > It has one of the best vector shaders I have seen, a thing that i am
> > missing in MAME or MESS in general.
> I think Jezze can fix this :-)
> And we *do* feel that the overlays are important (I own a working hardware Vectrex,
> I'm fully aware of the difference those make), it's just a matter of finding someone
> who can bring them up to modern MAME standards where all the artwork is scanned at
> 3000 DPI or so. (I have like 2 overlays and one of them isn't in great condition, so
> I can't do it).
> > The frontends: I think my definition for it, differs from yours. QMC2 is for me a
> > advanced GUI for MAME. It is not cab-friendly and it is MAME (+MESS) exclusive
> > IMHO not excellent enough. I cant tell about any exclusive feature that QMC2
> > seems pretty basic to me.
> QMC2 is the only frontend that exposes all of the power of MAME/MESS. For example,
> you can place arbitrary emulated cards into the slots of an Apple II or PC or 68030
> Mac. This is something of a hassle from the command line (to put it mildly), but in
> QMC2 it's dead easy.
> QMC2 *does* have a simplified cabinet mode where you can control it with joysticks
> and theme it however you'd like, by the way. The default theme it comes with was
> user-submitted even.
> > If it had be introduced with small steps, i.e. starting with the option that you
> > only compile yourself such a version, developers would have time to look into it
> > have the time to react for further upcoming things. At least many companys are
> > it that way. This would be a fair approach and it would help more to guarantee a
> > succesfull start, as the fontends would be working properly .
> We tried that, exactly how you describe. UME was a non-default option in MAME for 3+
> years, with a very prominent dev (Haze) advocating for it loudly (and providing
> canned binaries that frontend authors could test with). Only QMC2 added full support
> for it, as far as I'm aware. I'm not entirely sure why; playing console and even
> computer games on MAME cabinets is not exactly a fringe activity.
> So while I'm sorry the FEs are now in a bad place, it's not like they didn't have a
> lot of time in advance to get ready.