MAME 0.166 is now available.
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.
MAME 0.162 is now
MESS is now integral part of MAME and will be distributed as such.
Thanks to everyone that contacted us regarding licenses for their part of project
we have managed to cover more then 96% of source to be under some of open source license.
We are still in the process of contacting past contributors in order to sort this out.
If you have contributed and we have not contacted you yet, please contact us
Note that output XML is changed so rom managers and frontends need to get updated too.
After lot of years being under MAME own license (prohibiting any commercial use) and therefore not open source, we are finally moving towards becoming officially open source project. Idea is to keep core under BSD3 license and rest is up to developers that created code (drivers and devices emulation). (options are BSD3, LGPL2 or GPL2)
Hopefully this will bring more new developers to MAME project and give more life to project itself.
Please note that MAME trademark is still valid the "MAME" name and MAME logo may not be used without first obtaining permission of the trademark holder.
If you have contributed in past and we still did not contact you please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.