There's a bunch of people out there who want to
all of those
old arcade games which I dropped many a quarter into in days past.
Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to get one representative of every
coin-op game ever played because when newer games came out, they reused
the cabinets and a bunch of the circuitry. Basically, the upgraded the
box to play a new game.
Anyway, a number of programmers are working together to make
MAME, the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.
It's cool. It currently emulates around
250 games. These are true emulations, not ports. Someone
dumped the ROMs
from the original machines which are then read be the emulator and run.
This is so cool that Craig, Mike and I are building an arcade machine box to
house it. Joust, Moon Patrol, Tutankham, Space Duel.
(MAME will support it soon, too.)
Yes, we're geeks.
Since this flotsam page was getting a bit long, I've had it magically split
up by month. You can look at previous months by using the Aged Flotsam
links over on the left.