"Games particularly tend not to be archived because they are seen as disposable, pulp cultural artefacts, but they represent a really important part of our recent cultural history."
What? A load of tosh, since a myriad of projects are preserving games on many platforms!!
A hardware MAME tihngie will surely be a load of work,having in mind all the different PCB layouts and processors running on each different machine... This project sounds vapourwareish...