> > Back in the day, running with -nosound caused MAME to specifically exclude certain
> > driver hardware when running the game. More recently, the decision was made for
> > to always emulate the sound hardware - mostly to reduce bug reports from people
> > running with -nosound.
> Anyone know when this was?
The whatsnew.txt shows it officially happened in MAME 0.102, not exactly recently, but the idea of disabling cpu cores and not loading sound roms never was a great idea.