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It's not a simulator. Al least the main parts of the machine aren't simulated. Although some machine offer floppy sounds and other "ear candy" which are done by simulation.
Although the newest versions have a graphical user interface (GUI) built-in you might want to hunt for front ends offering more convenience.
I am 53 years old. Many years have passed since I discovered MAME in late 1997. When video game files for arcade games spread over several other fan pages I also decided to create this page in the year 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 the games I gather here. This collection is my personal preference. Games I used to play when they came out to the arcades back in the day. Thus only a fraction of the games available for M.A.M.E.
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.
In the second half of the 2010s relativly cheap made mini cab consoles popped up at electronic retailers and even Walmart or Kmart if available in your country. These mini cabinets are usually made of plastic and use emulation. Next to classic video games they often also emulate the (Super) Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as NES and SNES, the SEGA Dreamcast, Game Gear, Master System, SONY Playstation and other consoles. Take a tour at some local retailers on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Boxing Day and snap one for a good price. But if you are looking for software for home computers like the C64, Atari 8Bit, Amstrad CPC or the Sinclair XZ81 or Spectrum, you are in the wrong place. This website only covers coin operated systems found in pizza parlours, arcades and amusement parks back in the day.
Some games need audio samples. The games will run without samples but then miss certain or all sounds. Samples are kept in another directory than the roms-images. Keep that in mind because otherwise you might overwrite a rom-image with its sample.
Files here are (sometimes modified) original dumps from hardware chips of the machines with most being considered abandonware. This collection focuses on the golden era from around 1978 to 1990. The newest file here is from 1997 with only few files from the 1990s. If the 1980s was your decade when you discovered electronic gaming in your town you should enjoy going through the suggestions. You might rediscover long forgotten memories.
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|Asteroids De Luxe||1980|
|Astro Blaster (you might want an external sample file)||1981|
|Astro Fighter (you might want an external sample file)||1980|
|Berzerk (you might want an external sample file)||1980|
|Buck Roger: Planet Of Zoom (you might want an external sample file)||1982|
|Cosmic Guerilla (you might want an external sample file)||1979|
|Crazy Kong (bootleg of Donkey Kong)||1981|
|Depthcharge (you might want an external sample file)||1977|
|Disks of Tron||1983|
|Dodonpachi Misses other rom to work||1997|
|Dig Dug Needs namco51 and namco52 and namco53||1982|