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Old 09 November 2008, 13:41   #7
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Originally Posted by Brutal DLX View Post
I know there's a bootleg version that allegedly works, but I've never had any luck getting it to run. From memory, it gets to the first screen of the game and freezes.

When I first got into MAME, I had a smiliar problem with Xevious. I ended up downloading an earlier version of MAME and it actually worked. I've tried the same thing with Choplifter, but no luck so far.

While I'm quite fond of the C64, I have to say that the C64 version of Choplifter isn't exactly brilliant. I've been so desperate to play the arcade version of the game, I've even resorted to running FreezeSMS and playing the old Sega version.
The best version is reported to be Apple II version. Arcade version is too difficult.

The problem with MAME is that they're integrists when it comes to the ROMS. At some point your ROM is OK, and the next moment it does not work anymore because some hardcoded stuff has been removed and now is in the new romset that 2 or 3 people only own legally but are not able to dump them anyway So you have to juggle between 2 or 3 versions of MAME to play all your games, or try to get them from ROM world or ROM nation (both excellent ROM providers).

OT: The most ridiculous MAME affair is with Marble Madness II : Marble Man.
Only 3 people have working cabinets and the ROMs are nowhere to be found.
A MAME driver has allegedly been written but is not available. Do you think the guy who wrote the driver deleted the ROMs afterwards (because it's very unlikely that one of the owners has the skills to write a MAME driver, even if one of them is particularly good at electronics and could repair his board himself) ?
Such an hypocrisy... and this for a 1991 game noone could sell now...
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