Introducing Negatron, an intuitive front-end for MAME, the well known video game emulator.
You've heard that MAME can emulate arcade games but also video game consoles and even personal computers. However, you don't understand how to launch any games? Fear not, Negatron's here to help! Get it now for free.
Latest Version: 0.98.3u2
File Size: 91.6 MB
All-in-one pack (Windows 64-bit only):
Already including the portable versions of Java 8.0.92 and VLC Media Player 2.2.4
File Size: 23.1 MB
Cross platform pack (any 32- and 64-bit OSes):
Requiring the latest versions of Java and VLC (see below for further instructions)
- Computer with a 2 GHz processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 20MB of available disk space
- Keyboard, mouse and gamepad
- MAME v0.162 or later (previous versions of MAME and MESS may also work)
- Java v8.60 or later
- VLC media player v2.2.0 or later
- Any Java compatible desktop OS:
- Linux (Suse 10 SP2, Red Hat 6, Ubuntu 12.04 or later),
- Mac OS X (Mountain Lion 10.8.3 or later),
- Windows (Vista SP2, 7 SP1 or later)
Installation & Configuration
For lay persons, step by step instructions are given in the Getting Started section.
Those that are already familiar with MAME, MAME EXTRAs and related front-ends can consider Negatron as a derivative work of MAME32/MAMEUI. Indeed, MAMEUI is a very old application that shows its age. Negatron is an attempt to modernize the concept by focusing on the most useful options. Simply follow this 4-step procedure to get started:
- Download and install the latest version of Java,
- Download and install the latest version of VLC media player (be careful to get versions of both Java and VLC with matching bitness, be it 32-bit or 64-bit),
- Download and unpack the latest version of Negatron,
- Launch Negatron as follows:
- On Linux, launch Negatron.sh,
- On Mac OS X, launch Negatron.command,
- On Windows, launch Negatron.exe.
Negatron is yet another front-end for MAME, the well-known multi-system emulator.
Negatron has been first engineered to assist users in managing the huge list of machines available in MAME as intuitively as possible, them being arcade machines, consoles or computers. It has been developed in order to be as much hassle-free as possible, checking for any changed or updated resources automatically.
Video Game History
Moreover, Negatron's second objective is to ease the creation of a complete information set dealing with those video games emulated by MAME, using drag and drop operations, and display it in a convenient way. This information set should archive a whole breadth of resources, helping in preserving what is known as the video game history.
If you don't want to start from scratch, Negatron can directly use any MAME EXTRAs sets, the normative information set for Negatron being the MAME EXTRAs set available at the Pleasuredome, a website about retrogaming resources.
So, Negatron is a smart application that do its outmost to automate anything that can be:
- from just 2 parameters, it tries to determine the entire required configuration,
- it automatically checks for added, modified or deleted files,
- it displays timely visual cues when interesting new actions can be performed.
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