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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.


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 0.146u5

20 Aug 2012

MAME 0.146u5 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.146u4

30 Jul 2012

MAME 0.146u4 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.146u3

15 Jul 2012

MAME 0.146u3 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.146u2

02 Jul 2012

MAME 0.146u2 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.146u1

11 Jun 2012

MAME 0.146u1 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

Interview with the developer of Looping

21 May 2012

An interview with the original author of Video Games GmbH's "Looping" arcade game is available on this site, thanks to Corrado Tomaselli and Antonio Gerli. Head on over to the English translation of the interview, or the original Italian language version.

Looping is available as a ROM download for free, non-commercial use here.

MAME 0.146

21 May 2012

MAME 0.146 is now available.