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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 0.144

13 Nov 2011

MAME 0.144 is now available.

MAME 0.143u9

27 Oct 2011

MAME 0.143u9 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.
This is just a minor release, at the clear attempt to get rid of any annoyance over the input system changes. If you encounter anything wrong with it please post a bug report on MAMEtesters.
We hopefully will be ready for 0.144 as the next scheduled MAME release.

MAME 0.143u8

23 Oct 2011

MAME 0.143u8 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.143u7

11 Oct 2011

MAME 0.143u7 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.143u6

20 Sep 2011

MAME 0.143u6 is now posted to the Latest Updates page. Hopefully there will be 1 or 2 intermediate updates then we will be ready for 0.144.

MAME 0.143u5

06 Sep 2011

MAME 0.143u5 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.143u4

25 Aug 2011

MAME 0.143u4 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.