The Internet and other mass media are replete with the advertisements for new games that are supposed to blow your mind with exceptionally cool graphics, non-trivial plotline, realistic characters, and stunning sound. Yes, modern games are sophisticated and elaborate, they are refined creations of the developers who know how to interest and what to offer the audience. Still, why are we longing for the old arcade games that were simplistic and naïve? Maybe, there was something genuine and inexplicably cute in helping Jumpman to save his girlfriend from Donkey Kong or collecting raptor eggs in Jurassic Park.
Fortunately, presently, anyone can relive the happy moments of playing old arcade games with the help of such programs as emulators. All you need to do to start playing is to install a nice tool and download your favorite games on your computer . In the given article, we’re going to tell you how to download and install one of the most popular arcade emulator, MAME, and how to start playing retro classic on it.
MAME, or Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, is a program that makes it possible for you to play arcade games on your Windows computer by emulating the hardware of the popular retro consoles. Now you can turn your comp into a time machine by visiting the MAME’s official website and downloading the emulator file onto your computer.
Beware of third-party online sources that claim they have the best versions of MAME and encourage you to install their software. Unfortunately, presently, lots of scamming website attempt to manipulate users into downloading malware by offering useful digital products. Therefore, make sure to use the official site only for getting MAME.
To download the emulator, select the latest file for your Windows system and save it to your desktop.
Once you’ve downloaded the file, go to your desktop and double-click on the saved file. By doing so you’ll start extracting the content of your emulator file to the appropriate folder. Not only your emulator software, but also the game you want to play will be stored in this folder. So, take care to create it prior to extracting the MAME software.
Searching for and Downloading ROM Files
Now you have your emulator installed on your PC. Can you start playing games on it? Not yet! You still lack something important, namely, the game you’ll be able to run on the new emulator. Therefore, you should start searching for the ROMs, which are images of the old games or cartridges, on the Internet. There are lots of online sources offering you the ROM files for the most popular retro games. Nonetheless, it’s quite difficult to choose between them. And what is even more difficult is to decide which one can be trusted. But don’t get upset! You can visit RomsMode and download your favorite arcade ROMs from there without fearing to install malware on your comp.
Once you find the desired ROMs on RomsMania, press the “Download” link next to the game. The download should start immediately after that.
When the download is finished, don’t forget to extract the ROM software to the “ROM” folder. You should worry about creating this folder. It was created automatically after you had extracted the emulator contents.
Using the Emulator
Next, you should hold down the Shift button. After that, click on the emulator folder.
Since the downloaded program is a command-line application, you’ll be required to use command prompt every time you want to load it. So, make sure to choose the “Open Command Window Here” option.
Your task will be to type “mame” and follow it up with the name of the directory containing your game file. For instance, if you got the Donkey Kong ROM, type “mame donkey kong.” Hit Enter, when you’re done.
Next, open the configuration menu in your MAME and familiarize yourself with the keys that control the game. If you’re unhappy with the default settings, feel free to remap the keys to your liking.
Now you can start playing terrific arcade games on your MAME!