> > > A judgement call will be made on a case-by-case basis. > > > > That's the problem. While we're on the (exact) subject, this Strider hack has been > > used in arcades, so what exactly is the reason it isn't in MAME when other games I > > mentioned are? > > > > has it?
I thought all the Capcom/Sega fix roms saw a little light of day in Tokyo after they were put together but I could be wrong. I don't hold proof. I can ask Shoutime if he has seen it on location. He's probably put it on location himself.
> > > > There are other things in MAME that were probably never operated outside of one > > > arcade back in the day, things that were sold as conversion kits that ultimately > > > nobody wanted so got tossed in the garbage instead, but 30 years later one that > > > survived ends up being sold. You wouldn't argue those don't belong in MAME, > > typically > > > they end up selling for quite a lot of money now too. I wouldn't say it was > double > > > standards, it's just trying to make a sensible call in each case. > > > > That's a paragraph of guesswork. > > Educated guesswork tho. Look at some of the things that have shown up that not a > single person remembers playing. Kyle Hodgetts junk like "The Masters of Kin" where > to this day we've not even seen a 2nd PCB to dump the colour PROMs. It's essentially > a commercial homebrew game from back in the day and I'm not sure anybody in their > right mind would have bothered converting a Track and Field to run it. > > I'd almost be willing to bet there's only 1 PCB of it at most, and that if it ended > up in an arcade they converted it back within a week.
How's that any more educated than saying there were probably 20 of them and because we know operators threw old unprofitable PCBs away all the time and only 1 survived that we know of? This game and situation type aren't in question at all, we've drifted off.