Today I stumbled across an old CD I have full of MAME ROMs. I thought I’d see if you could play them in OS X, and sure enough it’s actually quite straight forward. This brief tutorial will guide you in playing MAME games in OS X.
- To get started, download and install MAME OS X. Once installed, launch it from your Applications folder.
- The first time you run MAME OS X, it will ‘audit’ several hundred (thousand?) ROMs (games). This can take upwards of half an hour to complete. If you don’t want to import/audit all of these games …
- …select File -> Abort Audit.
- Otherwise, once the audit has completed, you’ll be presented with a huge list of games.
- To actually play a game, drag the ROM (as a zip file) to the Your Username -> Library -> Application Support -> MAME OS X -> ROMs folder. PS. you can find lots of ROMs here.
- Then start the game by double-clicking it from the massive list of games in MAME OS X. NOTE: if you have trouble getting games to launch, please see this comment by Joshua Pierce. Thanks Josh!
- Something you may want to take a look at is MAME Library, a free program that makes organizing, finding and launching games even easier. If you’ve ever used iPhoto, you’ll be very familiar with the interface. When you launch MAME Library for the first time, it will import the database from MAME OS X. This only takes a minute or two.
- MAME Library organizes your games/ROMs via screenshots (which you can take by hitting F12 while playing a game).