MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) can be very intimidating to a first time user, thus
the purpose of this guide. This wll teach you the basics of MAME 32k .64, the most commonly
used MAME for online gaming.
The first thing to do is to find and download MAME 32k .64. You can do this by going here http://www.darktemplarz.com/downloads.php
Make a folder and unzip MAME into it. You will see that there are folders and such all included in the zip. Keep everything in the folder. For the most part, you can ignore most of them, but leave them all there.
The first thing to do in MAME is to set your options. Open MAME, go to options, and select the default options. pic 2 You will see a tabbed menu. pic 3 Select the Rendering tab and check the Adjust Aspect Ratio box. pic 4 This will prevent the screen in games from being too rectangular and look lots better in general. Check the 2x zoom or the 2x Scale box to double size the games window. Note that some games run badly on anything but a smallish window unless you have a beefy PC.
Next, go to the Controllers tab and check the Use Joystick box. pic 5 Do this even if you do not have a joystick, as you never know when you will have one. In
fact, if you have a Radioshack in town, go out and buy this
This handy little accessory allows you to use your PS1 or PS2 pads on your PC for only 11
Apply and close the options as well as MAME. This saves your settings.
Next thing to do is find some roms to play. This I will not assist with. However, there are
some things you should know about your basic roms.
For Neo-Geo games, you will need the NeoGeo Bios. It’s small, and easy to find. Just place it into your roms folder and you will be able to play Neo Geo games. Without it, you cannot.
Some games have parent rom requirements. Think of it like a computer game with an
expansion to it, kind of like Diablo 2 and Diablo 2, Lord of Destruction. You cannot play LOD without the actual D2 game. An example is Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. You must have MK3, the parent, to run UMK3, the expansion. Same thing goes for Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. You MUST have SSF2, The New Challengers to run ST.
Before you find any roms, check the Availible selection on the left hand side. pic 6 There will be no games availible at first. After you download a rom, place the ZIPPED rom into your roms folder that came with MAME. pic 7
Go back to the MAME main screen and press F5. This rescans your roms folder and places any working games on the list. [URL=“http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v102/fatherbrain/scanning.gif”]pic 8 pic 9 To play the game, simply double click the name you wish to play. Type OK if it asks you to. You need to hit F5 whenever you add roms to the folder to play them.
As the game is running, you will need to set your controls and option keys. There are two
ways to do this. First, hit TAB. You will see a list of options on the screen. You can do two
things here if you like.
Set the controls for the game you are playing with Input (this game) ONLY. This does not affect any other games in your list.
Set a general set of controls for every game to have as its default configuration. This is
done through Input (general) This option is good for those of you who like to have a standard config for Street Fighter or other games. You can still change them on a game by game basis thru Input (this game)
To change your buttons around, simply go to the one you wish to change, hit enter, and then the button you wish to map it to.
When finished playing, simply hit Escape to exit the game.
Next thing to learn is the online capability of MAME .64 All you need to do is right click on any game name, and select play network game http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v102/fatherbrain/networkgame.gif. This will bring up the server select screen. pic 10
Allow it ping thru all the servers, then select the one with the lowest ping (usually located at the top) As it is pinging up the servers, put in a username at the bottom of the screen. To save time later, once you’ve found a server you like, just go to the Recent tab and you will see every server you’ve ever been in.
A few pointers.
Midway games, like Mortal Kombat, etc. sometimes run badly on slower computers. You can speed up a lot of games by disabling sound and making the window as small as possible.
Some games simply do not work with some versions of MAME. Suffer or find a version that will.
Use the PSX to USB adaptor I linked to previously. You won’t regret it.
Do NOT play on kaillera (online) full screened. This causes you to desynch.
NEVER rename or unzip the roms. They will not work.