Actually, you made a excellent point, not totally refute my claim. I think a combination of both our ideas makes for bandwith problems.
On one hand we have a lesser number of people downloading a massive database of files (TOSEC Amiga, Atari ST, NES, SNES, Megadrive etc) that easily dwarves the combined MAME and GBA database. This is my contention.
On the other hand, there is a massive amount of people taking up bandwith accessing a relatively tiny database. this is your arguement. Both would result in server problems. But where you make both arguements redundant is your point that the ISP went out of business. That makes both situations moot.
And we both agree the TOSEC craze is....