suite for Arcade Games
. The project (full name "Multi Arcade Machine Emulator") aims to faithfully reproduce the games using the original game data, while emulating the hardware on a general-purpose PC. MAME has spawned a sister project, MESS
, which targets emulation of game consoles and old computers, and which shares significant portions of the MAME source code and uses the MAME distribution license.
The MAME developers focus on accurate emulation so MAME can archive the arcade gaming era from the 1970s to the present. The source code also doubles as documentation for the hardware of these old systems. To date, MAME supports nearly 4,000 unique games.
MAME updates roughly every couple of months, and sometimes has "in-between" releases that fix critical bugs. The program can be downloaded from the official website.