> > Old fan here, from the very first version.
> > It's quite simple, there are 3 things to do:
> > * 3D GPU acceleration
> > * android port
> > * stop working on all these useless TV consoles or gambling games.
> > Then Mame will be the king again.
> > My 2 cents.
> There we go, exactly what Tafoid was saying happens.
THIS IS MY OPINION, Please do not take it personally:
I am also an old MAME user and have used it since its beginning back in 1997. And I agree with some of the arguments above from Tafoid. For me, what is preventing MAME from being the most popular emulator today is the great effort of developers on extremely obscure computers and gambling/fruit machines (which let's be honest, almost nobody cares anymore). Though, I understand this as being the preservation side of things, which is the focus of the project since its creation. Unfortunately, preserving these obscure systems is not of the interest of the majority who uses MAME nowadays, so these users think about it as a "big waste of time".
Putting much less or no effort at all on an Android port (which is a huge O.S. nowadays and cannot be ignored anymore) and also in numerous arcade drivers/consoles that still have bugs to work on or protections to be unveiled is not good at all and won't help the situation to get any better. On the other hand, recent netlist improvements and growing decapping projects are very positive movements!
I am not saying that this is an easy thing, in fact perhaps the migration of most of the developers to emulate old obscure computers and peripherals is a movement of the type "we can no longer unveil these protections for the arcade game" X "or" Y "or "We no longer have the means to advance in this arcade driver or that for sheer lack of documentation or without decapping protected MCUs."
And so, most users (players) who want an update in the drivers of their favorite games/systems (being these arcade or console), simply will stop following MAME development up close and will keep moving on to other alternatives that do these updates more frequently. For the most part, I understand that emulator users nowadays only want to PLAY games, they do not care that much about preservation of old obscure things they never knew existed to begin with.
Edited by R.Coltrane (10/29/20 11:04 AM)