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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 0.102u5

22 Dec 2005

Now available. Get it while it's fresh!

MAME 0.102u3

09 Dec 2005

Now available on the Source Code page.

MAME 0.102u2

01 Dec 2005

Now available on the Source Code page.

MAME 0.102u1

21 Nov 2005

Latest update now available from the Latest Release page.

MAME 0.102

13 Nov 2005

It's finally here.

MAME 0.101u5

04 Nov 2005

All known problems caused by the memory system changes in u1 are fixed, so if you've been waiting for a release to play with, this is the one.

MAME 0.101u4

30 Oct 2005

Things should be almost fully back to normal now. Grab the latest update and check it out.