MAMEHub is an emulator system that emulates different gaming platforms, and allows us to play online games of those platforms.
The goal of this program is to emulate a large number of systems and to be able to play online with other players to any of the video games of the systems emulated.
MAMEHub is based on the system of emulation UME (Universal Machine Emulator). UME is the union of two well known emulators: MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) and MESS (Multi Emulator Super System). These are two of the most popular emulators that allow us to play old video games on our Computers.
MAME specializes in the emulation of arcade systems. The machines emulated by MAME ranging from the legendary Capcom CPS-1, up to the most modern NAOMI system, based on the technology of Sega's Dreamcast. This allows us to play a wide variety of video games that were in the arcades, such as: Pacman, Space Invaders, Final Fight, Street Figther 2, ghosts'n Goblins, Snow Bros, Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja, Metal Slug, Art of Fighting, Mortal Combat, Crazy Taxi, etc.
MESS however specializes in the emulation of home systems such as game consoles and computers. Among other systems, MESS emulates: Atari 400/800, Sinclair ZX-81, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Nintendo NES, Master System, Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Sony Play Station, Chintendo Vii, etc. Being able to play classic video games like Super Mario Bros, Sonic, Legend of Zelda, Alex Kid, etc.
Therefore, because MAMEHub make use of UME, we will be able to play arcade games and video console games. In order to play these games, we must download the game's ROM.
Once the program is installed, we will have to register to use the program. We can create a new account or use a Facebook or Google account to log in.
The program's interface is austere and consists of: a list of active games, roms list, online chat and players lists. To play we can join a game in progress, or load the game we want to play. Other players will be able to join our game at any time. If we don't have the ROM of the game needed to join a game, we will be able to download it directly from the program itself, as it allows users to share ROMs with other users.
Despite the fact that the interface can be improved, because it's not very intuitive, the program offers a quick and easy way to be able to play any video game online, both of arcade machines, such as video consoles. It's a great software for those who want to play some classic video games from the 80s and 90s, enjoying with one or several players thanks to the Online mode.
MAMEHub has been developed in Java and is cross-platform, so we can run on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
It is important to know that it is necessary to open router's port 6805 for installing and using the program.