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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 13th Jul 18, 12:28 AM
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    Arcade game emulators for Linux
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    • 13th Jul 18, 12:28 AM
    Arcade game emulators for Linux 13th Jul 18 at 12:28 AM
    I have an old PC running GNU/Linux that I want to set up as a games machine.


    I want to play arcade games like Donkey Kong, Pacman, Arkanoid, Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario, and all the other classic games I've forgotten from the arcades and 8- and 16-bit consoles!


    Has anyone else done this? What are the best console emulators to use?
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    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 13th Jul 18, 2:21 AM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 2:21 AM
    Take a look at MAME.
    • teleaddict
    • By teleaddict 13th Jul 18, 12:41 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 12:41 PM
    another vote for MAME. I have it installed & it plays great
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    • S0litaire
    • By S0litaire 13th Jul 18, 1:11 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 1:11 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 1:11 PM
    here's a "step by step" for getting an arcade system up and running with few classic games...

    https://www.linux.org/threads/linux-arcade-system.4470/
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 13th Jul 18, 6:52 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 6:52 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 6:52 PM
    Thanks all.

    The system requirements for the latest version of MAME are quite beefy:
    • Intel Core series CPU or equivalent, at least 2.0 GHz
    • 4 GB RAM
    My system isn't up to that. I have:
    • AMD64 3700+ CPU
    • 2 GB RAM
    I got Donkey Kong running, but it's so slow that it's completely unplayable.

    The most modern console I want to emulate is probably the Sega Megadrive... which had a 7.61 MHz CPU and 64KB RAM! What does MAME do with all the extra processing power and memory?!

    Is my machine just too old, are there more lightweight emulators, or is it worth trying to get an older version of MAME working...? :-/

    Someone suggested trying MAME v0.106 (released 12 years ago) or earlier... but also warned that the new ROM images won't work with earlier versions of MAME... :-/
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 13th Jul 18, 7:49 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 7:49 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 7:49 PM
    I've just come across AdvanceMAME, which is based on MAME v0.106.

    https://www.advancemame.it/

    I'll give that a go when I get a chance... :-)
    • that
    • By that 13th Jul 18, 11:12 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 11:12 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 11:12 PM
    I never got the impression that linux was good at high speed graphics and great graphic hardware support, but I could be extremely wrong too. What is the chance that it is using cpu cycles rather than gpu to make it work?
    Last edited by that; 14-07-2018 at 2:37 AM.
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