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Old 04-28-2019, 08:52 PM   #1
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Default Did a vigilante ROM leaker go too far to preserve a lost ROM?

Long hoarded by collectors, Akka Arrh prototype is now part of MAME.

Earlier this month, the digital preservationists at The Dumping Union made an important announcement in the world of arcade game emulation.

The collective had gotten its hands on a ROM image of Akka Arrh, an extremely rare Atari arcade prototype and one of the most prominent remaining cabinets that had, to that point, never been available through emulation on MAME (the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator).

That alone would have been notable news in the world of gaming history—the Dumping Union suggested as much by titling their forum announcement "Sit down on the toilet before reading this or else you will shit your pants."

But the story might require another round of toilet sitting, because what started as a rare game reveal has turned into a credible "heist" tale, perpetrated by an alleged MAME vigilante, no less.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/04/after-a-lost-atari-rom-leaks-retro-fans-ask-was-it-stolen/
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