Did you know that it is possible to turn your computer into a classic style gaming console or an arcade machine? You probably knew that there were tons of games available for your home computer, but did you know that many of your favorite games for older machines like the Atari 2600 could be read by your home computer? With the assistance of MAME software, you can be playing all your old favorites in no time.
MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. This is a piece of software that effectively turns your home computer into a base for receiving the code for arcade games or home gaming console cartridges. MAME software is available for most major operating systems, including Windows, Macintosh OS, and Unix-based operating systems.
Once you download the MAME emulator, you can download individual game ROMs to load into the MAME’s memory. The ROMs are, essentially, the Read-Only Memory information that is encoded onto a game cartridge or an arcade game’s chip. The ROM information is dumped from the original chip into pure code, then translated by the MAME into a format that is understood by the native operating system.
Which MAME for Me?
MAME software, by the way, is free of charge to download. If somebody tries to charge you, then they are doing some shady business. The MAME program for Windows is called MAME32. For Macintosh systems, it’s called MacMAME. On Linux and other Unix-based systems, XMAME will be the emulator of choice.