By: Thom Davis - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emulator has got some good points and some bad ones, let start with the good
stuff and we'll talk about it like we already know what we are doing, cause it's
really that easy to use. First off, grab a game or 2 from the M.A.M.E. site (for
testing purposes only), put it in a SUBdirectory under the MAME for OS/2 program,
we'll work with this later. Your then ready to fire it up
Another few selections are GAME, this is where you can set a few extra options
like using a mouse, keyboard or Joystick you can use the cheat option (I haven't
tried this, no need, YET!) DISPLAY, where you can set the frame rate and timing
methods and finally, the Proverbial ABOUT, nuf' said about that :)
The program in my opinion is good and very playable, not totally finished, but
far enough along that I will be including it on our Centari Select CD. This brings
us to the other side of the coin, I'm going to be nice about this, after all, it
is a FREE program and it is still being worked on.
Some of the games we played in the arcades were pretty complicated, this fact
was not overlooked when running a certain few on my Centari G'Kar System with a
300mhz AMD with 64meg of ram, 8.4gig HDD and a 4meg Video card, Elevator Action
was REALLY slowwwww, but try to remember, the program is FREE!
You can flip the program into the background and it will automatically pause,
nice feature for the BOSS, also when you load a game, it will take use of the mouse
if you are using it in a game, but when you pause it will give it up right away,
this is also very nice.
Some games have MAJOR problems when it comes to them running with sounds, such
as"1942", which had my machine doing some fantastic actions with the mouse,
it was everywhere but where it should have been, when I informed Marty of this,
he told me to adjust the frequency of the sounds, Boom! Works fine now, so I little
bit of tweaking has to be done, but this is also a fault of the DOS and WinDOS versions
so I do not hold him responsible for it, he just did the port :)
Like I said, this is really a FANTASTIC piece of software for the price we pay
for it. It brings a lot of GOOD, Quality games to the OS/2 platform and a lot of
nostalgia too, but hey, us Old guys like to re-live our childhood sometimes, that's
not to say that the games won't appeal to the younger set, but when you think back
to actually dropping a ton of quarters into those machines and now you can just
hit the button and run Tron through his paces for as many times as you can without
having to run to the dollar changer every five minutes or so, this is just too Cool!
We'll be providing a link to MAME for OS/2 on the Centari Computers Support page
so that you can always get the latest version, so link in, grab a copy and get down
to kicking some Galaxian tails
Editor's note: As of October 15th, there is a new version of MAME for OS/2 available.
For a complete list of changes check the MAME for OS/2 page!