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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 0.127u6

01 Oct 2008

Ok, we're up to 6 updates this go-around. I expect a u7 next week and then hopefully we can move on to 0.128.

MAME 0.127u5

26 Sep 2008

On Latest Updates. Have fun!

MAME 0.127u4

18 Sep 2008

It's time to grab the latest MAME source update from the Source Updates page. Go on, you know you want to.

MAME 0.127u3

11 Sep 2008

Time for another MAME update. Grab it from the Source Updates page.

MAME 0.127u2

04 Sep 2008

Time for the latest update to MAME, over at the Source Updates page.

MAME 0.127u1

28 Aug 2008

Now available over at the Source Updates page.

MAME 0.127

19 Aug 2008

After a large amount of internal changes and restructuring, release day is finally here. Grab the final MAME 0.127 release from our Latest Release page.

This release marks a new "first" in MAME history: the first officially supported laserdisc game, Cube Quest, is now up and running. This was definitely one of the more obscure and challenging games to emulate, so special kudos to Philip Bennett, Joe Magiera, and Warren Ondras for figuring it all out!