For many, the prospect of downloading a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) for their home computers is incredibly exciting. For avid gamers and non-gamers alike, the idea of playing classic arcade favorites like Centipede and Asteroids is both nostalgia-inducing and just plain fun. By downloading ROMs dumped from different games onto their computers, fans of classic video games can be up and running in virtually no time.
Requirements for MAME
For the most part, classic arcade games used comparatively simple sound and graphics features. Because of this, it isn’t necessary to have the most up-to-date features on your computer in order to run the MAME software. In fact, your old, obsolete CPU may serve as a wonderful designated classic gaming machine.
For Windows-based machines, you could get by playing most of the games using a low-powered 700 MHz chip. Some of the more basic games could even work on a Pentium 166 chip. For the most part, you could also get away with a 2D graphics card rather than a more modern (and expensive) one that renders 3-dimensional graphics. Generally speaking, virtually any cheap sound card can provide ample sound quality to faithfully reproduce the classic game sounds.
For users of Macintosh computers, there is a version of the MAME emulator called MacMAME. Any G3-or-higher machine should be able to run the software without a problem. As with any type of software, the more recent and fully-featured the hardware, the more smoothly the emulator will run. MAME is available in other forms for Linux, Amiga, and other platforms as well.