MAME means Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. This is an emulator that you can use in a combination with the data files of an arcade game, like CHDs or ROMs. Then, the software reproduces the game so that you can use it.
- Size: 71.9
- Version: 0.221b
- License: Freeware
- Release Date: 19-05-2020
- Operating System: All Windows
MAME tries to reproduce the arcade game as close to its original state as possible while you use a modern machine. At the moment, literally thousands of classic video games from arcades of the eighties, nineties, and beyond work with MAME.
CHD and ROM images are the ones that are dumped from the original circuit-board ROM chips, CD-ROMs, and hard disks of arcade games. Basically, MAME becomes the hardware you use to play the games. The freeware software replaces the hardware of the original games. Due to this, the games are not rewrites or ports. This means that you get to play the game just as it appeared in the arcades, together with glitches, slowdowns, bugs, and subtleties.
The purpose of this software is to preserve the history of the video-game industry. Gaming technology evolves and MAME stops the vintage games from becoming forgotten and lost. Hardware is documented and archived, together with how it should work. MAME has a source code that is the documentation. Simply put, you get to play the games as the original, just like in the arcade.