Written by Adam Blau
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Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) software is not just the plaything of PC users anymore. It is possible for Macintosh users to avail themselves of emulator software so they, too, can enjoy playing classic arcade games on their home computers. Not all Macintosh MAMEs run on the same operating system, though, so it is important to make sure that you are using the appropriate program for your machine.

MAME for the Mac

MAME software essentially emulates the machinery of arcade games and home gaming systems. Individual game ROMs can be loaded into the MAME system and interpreted for game play on the home computer operating system. For the Mac, the name of the specific program that performs this translation is MacMAME.

As of this writing, the most recent version of MacMAME will only work on Mac's OS X. For those running older operating systems, you can find earlier versions of MacMAME that will be appropriate and run correctly. The various versions of the MacMAME program can easily be found on the Web on several sites.

The MacMAME program itself is free--if someone tries to charge you for it, take your business elsewhere. The game ROMs, on the other hand, usually carry a small licensing fee. These fees are usually in the form of royalties that are owed to the developers and distributors of the games, and are rarely very costly.

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