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mame.dk - the end

By bani in News
Mon Feb 25, 2002 at 08:30:10 PM EST
Tags: News (all tags)

mame.dk has shut down. They received a notice from a copyright holder and instead of litigating, they simply ended their ROM download service.

This is significant because mame.dk was the clearinghouse for ROMs for arcade emulators, especially for MAME. There are other ROM sites, but none were anywhere as comprehensive as mame.dk.

The site and online databases are still running, minus the ROM downloads.

From their site:

"The roms of [mame.dk] was removed 3 days ago. [mame.dk] has recieved a notice from a copyright holder forcing us to shut down our service.

We are sorry for keeping you in the dark for a few days, but we used the weekend to discuss how to handle this sad incident, trying to develop new ideas on how to provide our old service. The conclusion is unfortunatly: no rom downloads.

[mame.dk] is a hobby project, and we do not want to put our personal economy in jeopardy on this, and we do NOT want to go into legal matters. The [mame.dk] project has grown rather large lately, and despite many and generous donations, we had to throw in the banners to pay for bandwidth costs at the last release. So maybe we just got too popular.

We will continue to provide the database services at [mame.dk], as well as the supporting files (emulator mirror, screenshots, artwork, samples etc.), and we will consider adding new "features" to the system.

Kind regards, the [mame.dk] team Bombjack, Mr.Do and DigDug"


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mame.dk - the end | 17 comments (11 topical, 6 editorial, 0 hidden)
MAME on Freenet (4.75 / 4) (#3)
by Vs on Mon Feb 25, 2002 at 04:27:11 PM EST

Somebody has been mirroring MAME ROMs (an insane amount) in Freenet here for quite a while now...
Where are the immoderate submissions?
Link (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by rajivvarma on Mon Feb 25, 2002 at 04:42:18 PM EST

Your first link is botched.
Rajiv Varma
Mirror of DeCSS.

[ Parent ]
http://freenet.sourceforge.net (3.00 / 1) (#12)
by Vs on Tue Feb 26, 2002 at 05:30:33 AM EST


By the way, DeCSS-stuff is mirrored in Freenet as well.
Where are the immoderate submissions?
[ Parent ]

Thank God! (4.00 / 2) (#5)
by jimb0b on Mon Feb 25, 2002 at 05:01:00 PM EST

Do you have any idea how much time I have "invested" in downloading these ROMs from the good ol' days? Most of them turned out to be not quite as good as I remembered them. Rootbeer Tapper was pretty close though...

Now I will be able to use my time for much more productive tasks like reading and posting comments on kuro5hin.

man this sucks... (none / 0) (#8)
by naru on Mon Feb 25, 2002 at 06:30:36 PM EST

.. these guys ran one of the few projects that got a donation from me. I'm sad to see them go.

Well... (none / 0) (#10)
by delmoi on Mon Feb 25, 2002 at 09:11:25 PM EST

They didn't really have much of a legal footing for serving up those ROMs. Although they could probably have kept the ones up from companies that didn't mail them.

Oh well. It's not like it's going to be difficult to find these things online or anything. The worst that'll happen is you'll have to use morphious or something.
"'argumentation' is not a word, idiot." -- thelizman
Read the FAQ (4.00 / 1) (#13)
by mpawlo on Tue Feb 26, 2002 at 07:27:35 AM EST

I think the new initiative Chilling Effects might serve a purpose.

Read Slashdot story on Chilling Effects.

Visit Chilling Effects.



Damn, damn, damn! (none / 0) (#14)
by dasunt on Tue Feb 26, 2002 at 10:00:50 AM EST

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm one of the people who downloads old games (NES, SNES, Genesis, C64, Arcade, etc), and plays them, while infrequently buying any new game. Why? I'm not willing to spend money on crap, and most new games, are, sadly enough, crap. Oh, and there is the issue of games never reaching the US. (Did you know, for example, that Tenchi Muyo was made into a game in Japan on the Super Famicom (SNES) platform? Some very nice fans have a Japanese->English patch out there).

So, having these games out there do decrease sales for everyone but Capcom (who will sell you a CD of their roms for a reasonable price, last time I checked. -- Never mind, just looked, they have bundled it with a joystick and is selling it for US$199.) *Sigh*

Does this mean I'll start buying new games now? No. I have my collection, and, although not complete, it includes most of the early eighty's arcade games. Plus, even if I manage to lose all of that, I still have nethack. The world's still good.

I don't buy it. (2.00 / 3) (#15)
by Ken Arromdee on Tue Feb 26, 2002 at 11:45:53 AM EST

Yes, distributing ROMs is illegal. But consider that a couple of weeks before this announcement, mame.dk switched to registration-only because there was too mcuh demand.

I suspect that what really happened is that they just didn't want to pay to continue the site any more, and they're claiming the site is shut down as an excuse so that nobody gets mad at them for voluntarily shutting the site down.

Bullshit (none / 0) (#16)
by DarkZero on Wed Feb 27, 2002 at 01:11:44 PM EST

Mame.dk has always been in a constant state of financial trouble. They have been accepting donations for a really long time and they have had a policy of making downloads available only to registered users whenever a new version of MAME comes out for almost as long. Their bandwidth jumps something like 300% whenever a new version of MAME comes out because everyone has to download new versions of some ROMs, and the last few releases have included revisions of Neo-Geo ROMs that include several 40MB files (Garou: MotW Set 1, Garou: MotW Set 2, Garou: MotW Prototype) and a few 80-100MB files (King of Fighters '99, King of Fighters 2000, Prehistoric Isle 2). With thousands of people downloading so many 80-100MB files at the same time that people of lesser download speeds are downloading 40MB files, the only way to both keep bandwidth down and to make sure that the files didn't take five days each to transfer was to make downloads available only to registered users.

This wasn't done "two weeks ago". This has been their method of operation for months, and the donations have been getting larger and larger to accompany the larger ROMs. You're making bullshit accusations.

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You can still get them on CD-R (none / 0) (#17)
by Raunchola on Sat Mar 16, 2002 at 01:41:26 PM EST

Looks like their burning team is still offering CD-R copies of the MAME.DK archive.

I am an American, not a "USian." Get it right.
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