30 November 2016

MAME 0.180 is my first MacOS Sierra Compile

Both MAME and QMC2 compiled flawlessly. Another huge ChangeLog in this version.

  • Unfortunately the Metal backend is still broken, so I can stay only with OpenGL. This does not make me very optimistic about the future of Metal as far as MAME is concerned.
  • Otherwise everything works as it should be. Also QMC2 is another rock solid release.

Let's see further what's inside of this for me...

14 November 2016

Off Topic: Preparing Retropie from a Mac (with November 2017 update)

This is not much Mac-related, but I am currently spending all of my 'computer time' with preparing two Raspberry Pi 3Bs with Retropie as Christmas presents. I will collect my insights, and again like it was for MAME, my conclusion is that Macs and Raspberry Pis/Retropie are a good combination.

It is mostly a MAME 2003 romset. But Final Burn Alpha (then with different ROMs) seems to be a very good choice in case of performance problems on the Pi.

After having gone through some learning curve, I cannot give enough kudos to the Retropie project! What an impressive achievement - including some really good online documentation that is up to speed with the development. One thing is clear: You can hardly beat this system in the living room when it comes to a smooth retrogaming experience.

I will summarize my recommendations in the following: