Roms For Macmame

Written by Adam Blau
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If you have installed MacMAME (the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) software for your Macintosh operating system, chances are you're ready to begin downloading games to play. These games come in the form of ROMs, the Read-Only Memory code that was implanted on arcade game chips or home game cartridges. These ROMs have been dumped from the cartridges into raw code that is downloadable off of the Internet.

Hard-to-Find MacMAME ROMs

If you've performed a search on the Web for game ROMs, you've likely noticed several distinguishing factors about arcade game ROMs. For starters, you may have noticed that some of your favorite arcade games are unavailable for download as ROMs. There are several reasons for this.

First of all, the game might be too new to have been dumped into a ROM that is usable by the most recent MAMEs. MAMEs are constantly updated to support the latest operating systems and the most recent technological developments in arcade game design. While these updates and revisions often happen quickly, they do take time. Be patient, and your dream game may appear on the list of downloadable ROMs soon enough.

Another reason for the unavailability of ROMs for MacMAME (and other emulators) may be that the games are tied up over licensing issues. In order to legally download ROMs for emulators, the games must be properly licensed, and the developers or distributors must consent to making the game available in this form. If such consent has not been given, the only option for gamers is to download pirated copies of these games--a process which is definitely illegal. For the sake of game developers and your own legal record, stick to downloading legal ROMs from video game libraries, and wait for those unavailable games to navigate through their licensing woes.


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