> MAME, no longer filling people's hard drives with impunity, but filling junkyards
> with desktop PCs which can no longer run MAME properly!
I think more concerning is that it's just handing users over to RetroArch, and in the end that's going to come back to haunt anybody who actually cares about preservation.
I know that response isn't going to be popular, but it's exactly what we're seeing, one of the reasons people are starting to favour RetroArch is that the interface runs anywhere, even on the crappiest of chipsets. MAME *used* to have the crown, it was thrown away, by choice.
Retroarch and the userbase that supports it have absolutely no interest in preservation (or any interest beyond playing games) so if it becomes the primary goto in the scene then everybody with deeper interests and such loses out big time as MAME is no longer in a position where anybody is going to take note of the real needs. Historically MAME has always been in a strong position to put a message across and dictate the proper way to do things because it has been the first choice emulator. Look at the state of the arcade scene outside of MAME (Type X loaders etc.) to see what a mess you get otherwise due to it having people and projects that couldn't care less about preservation leading the way (the console scene is just as bad, it's only in recent years people have started even trying to make note of proper labels, cart content etc. but that's been an uphill struggle)