MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine emulator) is a recreational machine emulator that replicates the hardware of arcades in computers and other devices. MAME's goal is to preserve arcade games and machines, especially the oldest. To run a game in MAME, the corresponding ROM of the game is required (file with an image of the rom of the machine, which contains the game itself).
The first version of MAME was published on February 5, 1997 by Nicola Salmonia. To date MAME supports hundreds of games, although there is a small part that are not playable yet.