> > That decision at the end of the day is upto the "users" they'll make an informed
> > choice
> > around which builds they want to use on their own devices.
> It's been clear where you stand after years of your posts, but I should be equally
> clear: By and large, users don't make anything even remotely resembling an "informed
> In actual fact, users go for what they perceive as the path of both least resistance
> and maximal ignorance. In most cases, that seems to be ancient versions of MAME
> bundled with ROMs that they find on this or that torrent site, or whatever combo is
> being peddled by the latest and not-so-greatest fly-by-night websites that post
> individual ROM sets up for download.
> These users neither know nor care about the overall aims of the MAME project
> throughout the years, nor about the development process, nor the rationale behind the
> decisions made. They care about one thing, being able to play old games for free.
> In fact, you can see it all over Reddit release threads and right here at home on
> MAMEWorld: If you actually try to inform users as to the overall lay of the land,
> what they stand to benefit by upgrading, and what they're missing out on by using a
> decades-old build, not only do they not care, they quite often react with outward
> hostility to the person trying to educate them: The person laboring to help them be
> truly capable of making the "informed decision" that you refer to.
> At the end of the day, it's not my business to judge what version of MAME a user
> happens to find most appropriate for their use case. But when those users become not
> just hostile, but openly abusive, towards the people who actually make things happen,
> the people who actually enable these users to relive their childhoods, for simply
> having the downright audacity to educate and inform them, then I will happily judge
> the lot.
> So many of you on here love to clutch at your pearls when MAMEdevs lash back after
> brooking years upon years of abuse for having the temerity to not do exactly what you
> want, it's nauseating. At times I feel like an abused wife, being expected to bow and
> scrape in obsequiousness, to cook and clean exactly to the husband's liking, while
> getting a slap or a black eye for the apparent injustice of serving him a steak
> that's two degrees too hot, or god forbid, two degrees too cold. It's sick.
Well actually it might not be clear where i stand as funny enough i do not disagree with
anything you said above, i just feel legal action to enforce a GPL licence in instances
where no one is seeking to profit from the work of MAME DEV might be not the best course
So that and another bee i have in my bonnet which i will not air on here are the only two
areas i might have a differing opinion from the dev team and general users on here per say.
Anyway take care of yourself and keep well.