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Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month
02/07/17 04:31 AM


>Happy birthday, MAME, and thanks to everyone who's helped make it what it is today! Let's
>keep the dream alive for another 20 years!


This one.



*a gregf mode lengthy post reading material*

I have posted a few times in the past about how eventually coming across MAME.

I was somewhat aware of retrogaming because of first seeing Digital Eclipse's products of arcade games that was created for Macs in 1995. I was envious of Mac users then and was not really online (Internet) yet. It had to have been about 1997 when I had seen Digital Eclipse finally release the same product for Windows users and immediately purchase a copy. And next year, they released a dedicated version of Atari Games and another for Midway games and I was a happy camper playing those. I then wondered why there was no support for 1970s era videogames so I visited Digital Eclipse web site and read the list of explanations of why other games could not be supported.

It was around second or third month (2000 AD) while I was visiting a web site (Bianca's web site....but forget the exact name) and would usually visit various forums to see what topics were being discussed. Bianca's site had many different forums (political/music/movies/entertainment/computer programming etc) It was by chance someone had posted in one of the forums (iirc it was an odd forum on Bianca's site of all places) that was one of many forums that used to exist on Bianca's web site.

The poster was asking visitors to visit his web page to see if the web page was working and provide feedback if web page was working. The poster was explaining that his web page was not working correctly when users visit the web page after visiting Tim Eckels Arcade@Home web site. Yes....Timmy's site. LOL.

Knowing I liked arcades myself, maybe I should visit A@H and see what is going on there. None of it made sense. I was seeing a lot if interesting images on A@H, but wasn't how it was possible to make these images. :-)

I then stumble across Vintage Gaming web site, linked from A@H iirc, and saw plenty more game screen image captures of arcade games such as Gremlin's Carnival and other familiar 1980s games. I telephoned my cousin, also a huge arcade fan himself, and mentioned the web pages I had visited. He already figured it out by the following day and was already playing a bunch of the games himself. It was another day or two later that I ran across JoseQ's Emuviews and then grabbed MAME .36 final and some roms of Gremlin's Frogs and Gremlin/Sega Carnival. After it took about 5 to 10 minutes to figure things out, I was playing Frogs (March or April 2000) for first time in 21 years. We are talking 1979 to 2000 was last and first time span of being able to play Frogs once again. That long. It's crazy thinking it is almost same time span of when MAME first started to this present day of 2017. I am sure the Raiden II fans had/have that same time span feeling like I did with Frogs....when Raiden II finally became playable.



As for MAME, the memorable events imo.

Keith Wilkins centralized discrete audio emulation was added in November 2000 and Derrick Renaud drastically improved it in years 2004 through 2009.

CPS-2 emulated in 2001, but encryption finally figured out by Nicola and Andreas Naive in spring 2007 and later in summer 2007 Andreas figuring out CPS-3 protection.

DECO cassette being emulated in spring 2001.

Aaron's artwork support overhaul in summer 2006 in which artwork support greatly expanded.

Micko merging MESS source code and MAME source in 2011.

MESS being supported into MAME and everything repackaged altogether as MAME.

MAME supporting a truckload of handheld games in late 2014 and continuing to this date.

And my own favorite moment 06/11/12 (June 11, 2012) MASH posts "Pong is back in MAME..."

I hope others get to see their favorite item (whatever hardware....handheld game/calculator/computer/console/upright cab/cocktail table/CNC machine/teletype/printer etc) emulated and preserved.







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Subject Posted by Posted on
* February is MAME's 20th anniversary month Vas Crabb 02/05/17 03:44 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month gregf  02/07/17 04:31 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month swm3rd  02/16/17 08:18 PM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month Qun Mang  02/06/17 07:04 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month casm  02/06/17 02:02 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month gregf  02/07/17 03:29 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month Vas Crabb  02/06/17 02:24 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month Haze  02/06/17 06:13 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month Roman  02/05/17 07:09 PM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month Ashura-X  02/05/17 01:47 PM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month Haze  02/05/17 12:50 PM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month CTOJAH  02/05/17 10:53 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month Rygar9  02/05/17 09:45 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month TknoMncr  02/05/17 07:47 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month grog  02/05/17 05:26 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month gregf  02/07/17 03:18 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month BIOS-D  02/05/17 05:09 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month BIOS-D  02/05/17 05:20 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month StilettoAdministrator  02/05/17 08:27 AM
. * Re: February is MAME's 20th anniversary month Brian Deuel  02/05/17 03:55 AM

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