My Desktop Arcade Revival - part 1
Shocking as it may seem when you consider the urbane pinnacle of sophistication your humble author appears today, but I was once a snot-nosed punk kid running around wasting his youth in quarter arcades. The 80's were like that; for the price of a quarter you could get the latest and greatest in computer gaming, but machines in the home were these primitive stone age coal-fired devices where the best you could get was something you programmed yourself in BASIC. So, to the arcades I went whenever I got the chance. How did I ever turn out level?
I was recently thrilled to discover XMAME. XMAME is the Unix/Linux port of MAME, the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. It installs and runs without a hitch on an average Linux setup, and may even have a package ready for your system. But getting XMAME isn't enough; you need ROMs. Some ROMs come with the software in packages that I've tried.
ROMs are the machine code from the original games.