What is the meaning of MAME? It is the abbreviation of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. It is actually a programme which can display the old arcade games, developed between 1980-1996 on the ordinary personel computer.
These arcade games, of course, could not be compared in
terms of grafic to the present games, because the former hardware was not
grafically so efficient as these days. Do you ask why these game should be
played today? The answer is simple. The old arcade games had its spirit. It was
a constant flow of actions and the player completely coalesced with the game he
played. Today's games are programmed in high definition, but it often happens
that after a few days we get tired of its play and therefore choose another
game. This will not happened with the old arcade game. Whenever
you start playing arcade game you're sitting at the game and play till the end
of it. Player always makes time to return to his favorite game and never get
An old arcade games were not originally on the PC. It was a kind of jukebox, where the player had to throw small coins and bought credits for each game.
Nowdays you do not need to pay for anything. The only you need is your own PC and Mame Emulator installed. Then you need your own game, known as "rom" and play. These games are old, approximately about five thousand pieces. Of course, the best are only about a few tens.
Who had created these old games? They were mostly big game producers who are working till today. We can name the most famoust ones as is Sega, Capcom, SNK, Atari Games, Data East USA, and many others.
Who actually invented and programmed this great emulator? The project has launched Italian programmer Nicola Salmoria. The first version of this emulator was released in 1997. In 1997, this project took over his colleague Mirko Buffon, and in 2003 he started the project umbrella, David Haywood. Since 2005, it was then Aaron Giles in 2011, then Angelo Sales. All over the world, the project received hundreds of developers and thousands of contributors.
The first version of the emulator to work only for MS-DOS, as well as on the Macintosh, and of course on Windows. There are even versions for PDAs and mobile phones.