Download MAME (32-bit)
MAME, full-formed as Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, is a free, open-source game emulator designed to recreate the hardware of different kind of arcade game systems in software which can be run on modern personal computers and other gaming platforms. The software was released in February 1997, and the intention of this software was to preserve gaming history by helping the vintage games from being lost or forgotten by emulating the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines which give users the ability to actually play the games. This emulation is considered "a nice side effect" by both critics and gamers all over. Video gaming blog Joystiq has listed MAME as an application that every Windows and Mac gamer should have.
Features of MAME
Architecture: The software’s architecture has been extensively improved over the years with full support for both raster and vector displays, as well as multiple CPUs and sound chips which are added to the software in the first six months of the project. An implementation for a flexible timer system to coordinate the synchronization between multiple emulated CPU cores and ROM images that have started to load according to them CRC32 hash in the ZIP files were stored in. The software has pioneered the reverse engineering of many undocumented system architectures, various CPUs (such as the M6809-derivative custom Konami CPU with new instructions) and sound chips (for example the Yamaha FM sound chips), and MAME developers have been instrumental in the reverse engineering of many proprietary encryption algorithms utilized in arcade games.
Interface: The software consists of a rudimentary user interface, that when the user is in arcade game cabinets and home theaters necessitates special launcher applications called front ends with more advanced user interfaces. Front ends of these provide varying degrees of customization – allowing the user to see images of the cabinets, history of the games and tips on how to play, and even video of the gameplay or attract mode of the game.
Cabinets: The software has allowed a lot of enthusiasts building their own arcade game cabinets to relive the old games and with the help of companies producing illegal derivative works of the software to be installed in arcades. Cabinets can be built either from scratch by the user or by taking apart and modifying a genuine arcade game cabinet that was once used with the real hardware inside. These cabinets inspired by classic arcade games can also be purchased separately and assembled (with optional and MAME preinstalled) help a lot of enthusiasts in building a better version of the software or install them on their arcades for running these vintage games.
Installation Requirements for MAME
To install the MAME on PC, make sure that the following requirements are met by the user in the PC desktop.
PC – Make sure that your PC is on Windows 7 or higher with at least 4 GB of RAM.
Compatibility Mode is enabled.
How to Download MAME on Windows
Follow the below steps to download and install the MAME on your PC:
Go to MAME’s website, and go to Downloads.
Click on Download Now.
Select ‘Save’ to download the program. The file will be saved in the Downloads folder.
If you want to save in a specified folder on your desktop, then click on ‘Save As’ and select the folder you want the program to be saved.
After the download is complete click on the .exe file.
The installation process will start.
Run the installation package.
Wait until the update completes
Follow the Windows installation instructions and select options accordingly.
Click on Finish to complete the installation.
The program icon will appear on the desktop.
Select the icon to start the application.