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What is a MAME arcade cabinet?

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A MAME arcade cabinet is a cabinet holding a PC running the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. This program allows users to emulate the ROM chips that power arcade games. A single cabinet can house hundreds or even thousands of different arcade games, along with custom controllers for play.

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MAME is a program that simulates the hardware arcade games need to run, allowing one system to play a wide variety of different titles. While a few ROM sets have fallen into the public domain, as of 2014 most games require users to own a license to legally emulate arcade games using the MAME program. Users can scan ROMs of games they personally own, or they can purchase licenses from vendors authorized to sell them.

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