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Work is being done on a MAME port for the iPhone. MAME is the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator that allows you to run old arcade games (provided you have the proper ROM)


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The project appears to remain very much a work-in-progress:
Project to port SDL MAME to the iPhone. The main cool feature I want to add is configurable layouts for touchscreen controls and crazy gesture based inputs. Whether MAME will actually be playable from a performance and control perspective remains to be seen.

Unfortunately, at this time, while it appears to have been built, controls don't work yet.

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crees!

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This is truly a sign from heaven. Galaga is my favorite arcade game of all time. 4 years ago, before I bought my Powerbook, I had MAME on my PC and played it all the time.

Rock on.

Now I just need an iPhone.
 

needthephone

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Imagine playing Robotron or Defender (THE best games ever conceived) on an iphone, I can see a touch screen being great for Robotron especially !
 

mkrishnan

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Very impressive.

I was trying to get some perspective from Geekbench... the iPhone Geekbench scores generally place the iPhone around the 80-100 range. For reference, a P4/1.5GHz is about 500 and the iBook G4/800 is about 430. The oldest G3 Macs listed performs at 177 (400MHz G3).

I know MAME was able to play 80s arcade games on my Pentium 150MHz notebook circa 1997. I would guess that its Geekbench, were it available, would also put it around the high double digits.

The iPhone might just be able to play one or two games.
 

aristobrat

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This is truly a sign from heaven. Galaga is my favorite arcade game of all time. 4 years ago, before I bought my Powerbook, I had MAME on my PC and played it all the time.
Same here. I LOVE GALAGA! :) It's about the only video game I can play. :)
 

HiRez

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This is awesome news, I can't wait for Donkey Kong Jr.! Anyway, what's up with the performance issues? Does SDL not use OpenGL? Seing Cover Flow in action on the iPhone I find it hard to believe it would have a problem with a few sprites on these old games (most of which could be done in < 24-bit color). Or is it the CPU running code that's the bottleneck?
 

rickbdotcom

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This is awesome news, I can't wait for Donkey Kong Jr.! Anyway, what's up with the performance issues? Does SDL not use OpenGL? Seing Cover Flow in action on the iPhone I find it hard to believe it would have a problem with a few sprites on these old games (most of which could be done in < 24-bit color). Or is it the CPU running code that's the bottleneck?

http://www.mamedev.org/devwiki/index.php?title=FAQ:Performance
 

yoman

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This looks promising. Hopefully, we'll see more optimization to make it more feasable.
 

0098386

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this is truely amazing!!!!

bring on metal slug!!!

LOL.

Metal Slug is a powerhouse, it'd be like running a 2D N64/PSX game compared to a NES game (Galaga).

I commend all these efforts to get games on the iPhone. But there's a line between playable and ¨it sorta runs¨. I'm more interested in seeing new games developed for the iPhone that are built for the limitations and benefits of such a system.
 

DoFoT9

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LOL.

Metal Slug is a powerhouse, it'd be like running a 2D N64/PSX game compared to a NES game (Galaga).

I commend all these efforts to get games on the iPhone. But there's a line between playable and ¨it sorta runs¨. I'm more interested in seeing new games developed for the iPhone that are built for the limitations and benefits of such a system.

hahaha a man can dream cant he??? i thout iphone had a 800mhz processor...... u could get somewhere close i spose.
 

donlphi

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WOW, NOW I CAN PLAY AMAZING GAMES ON MY IPHONE. I just can't imagine installing something like that into my $600 phone :rolleyes:

Anybody get a version of OPEN OFFICE working yet?
 
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