Originally posted by mrjeff:
I just aquired a mac, and am tempted to start trying to poke at macMAME a little (no promises mind you!) The only thing that is confusing me a little is it looks like there are at least two, if not more, development platforms being used.. out of interest, is there some reason everyone isn't just using the same one?
Wow, what a question!
Unless I misunderstand the question, I believe the reason would be obvious... Some people use PC's, Some use Macs. Some even have Amigas and so on. Some have only X-Box consoles. Some PC users use Unix, some use Windows. That's just the way of the world. In the final analysis, everyone wants to use M.A.M.E. but not everyone has/uses the platform it was originally developed for which is the PC. For this reason, M.A.M.E. was developed for multiple platforms.
It's the same reason you can't take a Playstation 2 DVD and use it in an X-Box machine. And MAME is too complex for it to be used cross-platform (anyone from the MAMEDev team, feel free to jump in and correct me if I have the terminology wrong).