Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 04:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Quick - name the most important personal computer of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those of you who mentioned the legendary Apple II - that's fine. I respect your decision. Forced to think objectively in 2012, I may even agree. But if you just named Radio Shack's TRS-80, you made me smile. Your choice is entirely defensible. And back in the TRS-80's heyday, I not only would have agreed with it but would have vehemently opposed any other candidate."
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RE[6]: Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Sun 5th Aug 2012 00:34 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Morgan"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

I actually haven't had a chance to do any gaming on the Pi yet; I've been working more hours at the part time job to make up for time lost to a schedule rearrangement at the full time job. But from what I've been following in the forums, the experience so far is good to excellent on a lot of ROMs, fair to middling on a lot more, and a few are unplayable.

The consensus seems to be that since AdvanceMAME uses SDL, once we get a form of 2D GPU support for SDL the performance will be more inline with modern x86 hardware. As to when or if that will ever happen, I have no clue. I know it depends on what Broadcom feels like doing in regard to releasing 2D acceleration support for the GPU.

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RE[7]: Comment by Morgan
by zima on Sun 5th Aug 2012 15:49 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Morgan"
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2005-07-06

The consensus seems to be that since AdvanceMAME uses SDL, once we get a form of 2D GPU support for SDL the performance will be more inline with modern x86 hardware.

Kinda doubtful. Well sure, if the output display is completely unaccelerated now, VESA-style, proper drivers should somewhat help... but, ultimately, MAME is almost exclusively about the CPU.

And the RPi CPU is presumably comparable to "a 300MHz Pentium 2" ( http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs ) - considering what MAME strives for (accuracy and code elegance more than speed; it even tends to slow down over time, with improvements in accuracy), even a bit weird that only a few are unplayable (unless there's some pre-selection going on, focusing mostly on games which are perceived to have any chance at all in the first place)

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