>Afterall, preservation aspect aside, how many
>developers are willing to add support for a game
>that they won't be able to play for more than 10
it seems to me that some developer do not care too much such things (the possibility to play games they emulate): anyone said aaron giles?
>And assuming they don't, when the time does
>come that PCs catch up will the then "old" pcbs
>still be available.
new pcb hardly can be lost since now there are arcade collectors, while in the mid 80s when a cabinet stopped to gain it was simply threw away (or used for a new pcb...)
imho you missed a point: mame is for preservation, not for gaming (for gaming there exist other emus as zinc
) take a look to http://www.mame.net/readme.html
especially the first point...