Newbies... I started with the first version of MAME for Mac, version 0.4 in 1997
And now I'm using it on my new MacBook, too, and never cease to be amazed by reliving childhood memories wherever I feel to.
I don't know my first version but I know it was in 97, so it's probably around there. I was doing a thesis for an assembly language class and decided to do it on emulation. Funny enough that's what got me into this whole scene.