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That won't stop them. The old source and builds out there. Plus out of date roms. lol


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It certainly happened in the earlier days, but it was nowhere near as pronounced as today.

In the 2000s people with crappy PCs (e.g. Pentium 3s or AMD Athlons/Durons of the same era) were holding onto 0.73 or thereabouts because it was the last version that somewhat ran Mortal Kombat games without being too laggy (the Midway DCS speed hacks were removed in the 0.7x era). In the mid/late 2000s people were going even further backwards to MAME thirty two kay 0.64 because of the hacky netplay.

Usually when someone was going out of their way to run something really old like 0.3x it was because they were trying to get it to run on a weak device like a 486 or an iPod or a mid-2000s 144p 'filmed with a toaster' smartphone for shits and giggles - it was more of a case of "will it run MAME" in the same vein as "will it run Doom" rather than the device being a serious alternative to a PC. The Pi scene is just a continuation of that, except that the later models are considered "good enough" to actually replace home game consoles, even if the emulation is imperfect (not-quite-right emulation of real arcade games still beats inferior 80s/90s console/home computer ports of arcade games).

Eventually people will start ditching their old stuff when more capable devices come out, and 0.37b5 and 0.78 can be put back to rest and then we can complain about everyone flocking to MAME 0.139 instead.

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Yeah, people ran out versions before, the phenomenon we're discussing however is people thinking the old versions are the latest...

There is one point this happened before to memory, and that was when MAME32 rebranded as MAMEUI. For the longest time nobody picked up on that, and still searched for MAME32, and assumed a very old version was the current / latest version because they were so used to looking for MAME32 and thought the project just stopped when that stopped being updated. I didn't mention it though, as MAME32/MAMEUI are forks anyway..

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