For a moment I was thinking 'wow Haze is so cool' and then;
> We're not, for the most part, dealing with ultra-intelligent people here, if anything a lot of our userbase seems to be of significantly below average intelligence (but often with good practical skills instead)
Nevermind, it's not just mamedev that gives the petty user a feeling they're monkeys, all software devs are like that. I remember it was the same at my old job, they didn't even hide how much they despised everyone outside of their team, and usually only did help us after the boss got pissed off because nobody could use their new uncalled feature/version/patch whatever.
The fact they never considered that people outside of their field of expertise and knowledge are not necessarily retards never crossed their minds, not one of them, ever.
And from what I've heard from my business contacts, developers adopt the same posture and mentality practically everywhere they're found.
Ok that's at work and regards paid workers, still in any case what seems to be the most unexplicable, impossible thing to fathom in the mind of a dev, is that even if it's voluntary work he does in his free time, the moment he makes it public, sharing with the world, he's actually not making software for just himself or his buddies anymore, nor exclusively people of his/her 'species' like other devs or same-field professionals, he's now doing software also for possibly masses who are completely different, each indiviual having his own interests and knowledge and just want to use that program for its obvious primary use.
It's normal for users to have a simple utilitarian vision, this what technology is for almost every human. In this case MAME = PLAYING GAMES period.
But that's not everything. I know you guys look down on people who use MAME to play games (what the !?), but that's because you're developers and hobbyists, your vision is twisted in regards to what MAME is for 99% of people who come to it and who are not 'in'.
Apparently it comes as a surprise to some that so many users praise MAME and your great achievements, but still complain about many things.
I believe that's because you won't admit that people can enjoy and even love games, admire what you all do and your mission, while at the same time not giving a fuck in their whole life about computers, code, chips and whatever is your personal interest in addition to gaming.
- What the hell do games have to do with code ? Are you talking about morse ?
- Aren't computer programs just like phone pps only you use with a mouse and keyboard ?
I know lots of people with impressive academic record and fine cultivated minds who speak like that.
Maybe basement dwellers are all Einstein-level, dunno, but Personally I've never met any that gave that kind of vibe, and certainly not the aura (considering the traditional contemptuous attitude).
That's why consoles sell well, and computer nerds traditionally get kicked by the cool kids during recess.
PS: you know the solution for you is to cut off communication with users, right ? or do you like coming here to get pissed and/or bash ?
People will always come to complain, to criticize and demand.
> MAME isn't about playing the games anyway.