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Welcome to The Official Site of the MAME Development Team

What is MAME

MAME is a multi-purpose emulation framework.

MAME's purpose is to preserve decades of software history. As electronic technology continues to rush forward, MAME prevents this important "vintage" software from being lost and forgotten. This is achieved by documenting the hardware and how it functions. The source code to MAME serves as this documentation. The fact that the software is usable serves primarily to validate the accuracy of the documentation (how else can you prove that you have recreated the hardware faithfully?). Over time, MAME (originally stood for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) absorbed the sister-project MESS (Multi Emulator Super System), so MAME now documents a wide variety of (mostly vintage) computers, video game consoles and calculators, in addition to the arcade video games that were its initial focus.

License

The MAME project as a whole is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, 2 (GPL-2.0), since it contains code made available under multiple GPL-compatible licenses. A great majority of files (over 90% including core files) are under the BSD-3-Clause License and we would encourage new contributors to distribute files under this license.
Please note that MAME is a registered trademark of Gregory Ember, and permission is required to use the "MAME" name, logo or wordmark.

MAME 0.148u1

11 Feb 2013

MAME 0.148u1 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME and MESS 0.148

11 Jan 2013

MAME and MESS 0.148 are now available.

MAME 0.147u4

17 Dec 2012

MAME 0.147u4 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

Note that you need to update to new tools

New tools

07 Dec 2012

We introduce a new toolchain which contains mingw tools based on GCC 4.6.3 + QT4 + Python
Obtain these new packages from the Development Tools page.

Note that in new tools there is Python support and also QT4 libraries

After unpacking start setup-Qt.bat to create needed config file for QT4
and also use setup-Python.bat to setup Python support

MAME 0.147u3

19 Nov 2012

MAME 0.147u3 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.147u2

30 Oct 2012

MAME 0.147u2 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.147u1

08 Oct 2012

MAME 0.147u1 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.