I thought it meant "MAME is A Multi-Emulator" or something along those lines :-D
ore than A
rcade - M
mulation". (IMO not precise enough. This sounds like an ad.)
It was not meant as a rant. I am only fed up with the hypocrisy with that official media treat MAME. When computer magazines e.g. report about a home arcade cabinet DIY project (again the cliche...), in best case they mention that MAME exists "because" a dozen of legal roms can be played on it (and warn not to try out anything else). In worse case they will instead refer to a homebrew pacman clone in python as the purpose this cabinet was built for. This is like reviewing a vibrator as "facial massage rod", and despite its special shape with clitoral stimulation mechanism, nobody dares to mention such features nor that a clitoris even exists.
Culture (like a pot plant) is not preserved by locking away into a safe for some 100 years until copyright expires. It's the same lordly attitude with that colonial museums locked away first nation's artifacts without ever minding to ask the natives. Culture belongs to the people those live it, not those sell it! For the human right of culture preservation we need at minimum clear and unambiguous abandonware laws.
When the Duchess Anna Amalia Library burned (leaving thousand ancient books burnt, scorched and soaked with quench water), everybody screamed about the irreplaceable loss of cultural goods, and how badly the nation needs document emergency task forces with scientific specialists to handle archive disasters.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchess_Anna_Amalia_Library
Same kind of uproar when islamists destroyed archeological sites and museums and blasted Palmyra to pieces. But about the ongoing silent culturocide by bitrot and daily disposal of electronic artifacts as e-waste nobody seems to care. May be this is partially result of new-goods lobbyists trying hard to distract from anything "outdated" to push sale of new products. Of course you unlikely get jailed just for reviewing historical MAME games on Youtube, but to official culture ambassadors, talking about emulators still has the embarrassing smell like decades ago graffiti was argued that something that relies on vandalism and hence formally crime can not be art or culture. Who fights to change this? MAME does not have found its Banksy yet.
For culture preservation in cyberage, MAME is as essential and necessary as the existence of national libraries and museums. Emulation of abandonware needs the same kind of officially respected visibility like the LGBT-something community. Talk in social media is not enough to escape the closet (or arcade cabinet?). That's why I appeal for a better acronym to stress the scientific and archeological nature of the project.