MAME (an acronym of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is an emulator application designed to recreate the
hardware of arcade game systems in software on modern personal computers and
other platforms. The intention is to preserve gaming history by preventing
vintage games from being lost or forgotten. The aim of MAME is to be a
reference to the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines; the ability to
actually play the games is considered "a nice side effect".
The first public MAME release (0.1)
was on February 5, 1997, by Nicola Salmoria. The emulator now supports over
seven thousand unique games and ten thousand actual ROM image sets, though not
all of the supported games are playable.
Multi Emulator Super System (MESS) is an emulator for many game consoles and computer systems,
based on the MAME core. MESS emulates portable and console gaming systems,
computer platforms, and calculators. The project strives for accuracy and
portability and therefore is not always the fastest emulator for any one
particular system. However, its accuracy makes it useful for homebrew game
MESS supports 668 unique systems with 1748 total system