MAME 0.130 has been released! Thanks to everyone who tested and fixed bugs.
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.
Ok, we are on the home stretch now. Thanks to Phil Bennett, most of the major problems of the last few versions have been cleaned up. This should be the last update before we release 0.130, so make sure you get your bug reports into MAMETesters as soon as you can to help ensure this is a good release!
Still cleaning up the big device-ification mess from last version. Most all reported bugs are fixed now, so hopefully we are on the home stretch. Please grab the latest 0.129u5 update and verify that everything you care about is working fine and playing sounds as expected. And while you're at it, try out a few games you don't care about. Who knows, you might discover something new!
Once again, please report all issues over at MAMETesters to ensure they get proper attention. You will notice the large list of fixed bugs at the top of the whatsnew.txt. If it's not reported, don't assume we know about it!
After a bit of a hiatus, due to Real Life issues and a major change being in progress, we now have the 0.129u4 update. Please take some time to test this build and be on the lookout for audio problems or crashes that may result from converting the sound chips into proper devices. Report issues over at MAMETesters to ensure they get fixed as we wind down the 0.129 development cycle.
A new update to MAME 0.129 is now available on the Source Updates page. Have fun!