MAME roms download - Arcade video game emulator
I am 49 years old. Quite some years passed since I discovered the MAME emulator in late 1997. When video game roms for arcade games spread over several other fan pages I also decided to create this page in about 2000. Because I couldn't find any fan page having screenshots or photos of the games at this time.
Nicola Salmoria and The MAME Team had the great idea on December 24th 1996 to create an emulator for the famous arcade games found in arcades in the mid to late 70's to today, making it possible to now re-play vintage and retro games. This page contains photos (screen shots) of all games.
The idea behind MAME is educational purposes and to prevent many historical games from sinking into oblivion once the hardware they run on stops working. Of course to preserve the games, you must also be able to actually play them; you can consider that a nice side effect." (taken from the readme.txt file).
If you really like playing these games then you might like the authentic feeling that playing on an arcade machine can bring that can't be reproduced on your PC. Standing at the cabinet, using the microswitch joystick and buttons, looking at the arcade monitor. Nothing beats this.
You can actually build your own, using woodworking skills or you can buy from companies the various parts that you need, like the marquees that display the name of the game to the sideart that is displayed on the side. These cabinets can contain either an original Jamma harness (for attaching real arcade boards) or a computer so you can run MAME on the cabinet.