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Re: Where do I go for basic arcade ROMs these days? by Ice Cream Jonsey 12/09/2019, 11:31am PST
Chillum wrote:

I want to make a RetroPie for Christmas with some arcade classics like Pac-Man, Centipede, Tempest, Crystal Castles, etc. Should I buy a $59.00 SD card full of roms off Amazon, or is there a good old fashioned torrenting community I should go to?



Individually, I have been using this for ROMs: https://ia800106.us.archive.org/view_archive.php?archive=/35/items/MAME_0.193_ROMs_non-merged/MAME_0.193_ROMs_non-merged.zip&file=&ext=

But of course that demands you download them one at a time and get to play with the ridiculous decision the MAME dev team made, which was to have a parent and child relationship with boards, like how you need puckman.zip to play the US version of Pac-Man. But that's not all bad for reasons I hope I now explain.

I bought this a while ago. It's great, but overwhelming. It has 5,000 games. We are not a 5,000 game family. We are a 10 game family, and I am a 50 game man. It's much less overwhelming to grab the top 100 games on a list like this and put them on your RetroPie. I have a RetroPie as well in the house and I have been just using sftp to move ROMs over to it as I have wanted to play games. There's a couple dozen on it and it works out a lot better than this overwhelming list, 400 of which are Mahjong.

I realize none of this answers your question about where to best get the ROMs - if you do want all the games, then maybe that deal for an SD card makes sense, especially if it's exactly the same version of the romset that your RetroPie will be using.


ICJ
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Where do I go for basic arcade ROMs these days? by Chillum 12/09/2019, 10:09am PST
    Re: Where do I go for basic arcade ROMs these days? by Ice Cream Jonsey 12/09/2019, 11:31am PST
        Thank you, this is excellent by Chillum 12/09/2019, 7:03pm PST
 
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