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Spotlight on Open Source Arcade Game Software Developers

Open source software touches nearly every aspect of our lives, from our daily business dealings to the hobbies that we enjoy at home. Now, even arcade games have gone open source with the recent announcement by Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) who revealed that it is making its source code open to the public.thumb 365364mame logo1

MAME is now able to continue development of classic gaming software thanks to its nonprofit support organization, MAMEdev.org. Older console or arcade games are becoming increasingly difficult to find which leads many to turn to emulators to fashion their own arcade experiences. With MAME, the emulator platform is now open to modification and contributions from the greater public after some 18 years of being closed to the open source community.

Indeed, beloved arcade games from MAME can now be accessed and enjoyed on a more meaningful level by their players. MAME’s goal is to aid in the distribution of their platform games and allow developers to learn through working on the boards. Now, open source developers who grew up playing these types of arcade games can gain entry to the inner workings of the MAME platform and contribute their own custom code to its infrastructure.

Despite the excitement surrounding MAME’s new open source code, some hefty issues around intellectual property rights still exist. While the emulator’s code has been opened to expansion by avid players at large, contributing developers must ensure that each new modification abides by the code’s original licensing agreement.

Preserving the intellectual founding rights of MAME will enable vintage gamers to continue giving life to this emulator’s classic arcade games. As such, when open source coders decide to contribute modifications to these games, they should make use of intellectual property software audit services. In doing so, they can extract important information about the requirements for modifying the software, such as licensing and code guidelines to which they must adhere in order to contribute in way that is legally sound.

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More Stories By Lacey Thoms

Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.