Thursday, September 15, 2005

MAME arcade machine

Remember the days before Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube??? Well maybe I am dating myself by saying I spent hours and hours as a kid dropping quarters into Ms. Pacman :) Get your mind out of the gutter........Well now you can play all those old arcade classics on any standard PC using an application called MAME. In fact MAME is a perfect application to breathe new life into an old computer you have kicking around in the closet. What is MAME you ask???

MAME is an Arcade emulator, which means it is capable of making an ordinary P.C. run games which were designed for another computer system. The project aims to make a perfect reproduction of many historical arcade machines which users can play on their home P.C.s. Supported games include such classics as Space Invaders, Pacman and Donkey-Kong as well as many lesser-known titles. You can find the old classic roms on Bittorrent or other sites across the net.
Here is one good ROM site. People have even made cabinets to house the old PC and turned it into the perfect arcade machine for their game room or den. You can check out some DIY cabinets at this site or the arcade@home website.


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