It's clear everyone want's to keep Chris's legacy intact and it's important for us to uphold what we know his wishes would be. But if we continue on our current trajectory then where are we going? Yes we'll all be here for years doing the odd new machine or updating when source material becomes available, we might even get a few hundred more members.
On the other hand look at the potential this project can do bringing our hobby to a whole new audience. My other hobby other than FME is retro gaming and I'm sure the same can be said of a lot of people here, I've been heavily into MAME and other emulators for over two decades now ever since I discovered Nesticle.
Instead of growing our numbers by a couple of hundred over the next 5yrs imagine a couple hundred thousand instead, although I'm not sure Reg would like policing that influx.
I would personally 100% prefer MFME used as would most here, it's an amazing peice of software and ahead of MAME in terms of FME by a country mile, but I'm open to all suggestions.
@johnparker007 forgive me for not fully understanding the technical side of your work but is there a way for FME designers to convert their work themselves? For me as a designer converting my own work into 3D running via MFME would be the utopic solution and I think a lot of designers would be onboard also.
Then in the arcade there's a separate room with a sign like 'OVER 18's ONLY'. It directs you to DIF and won't let you enter that room to access the machines unless you have MFME installed. Imaging the same scenario with VP.
I know those last two sentences are a bit of a pipe dream but there is potential here, I want to help, I want to see FME grow. I don't want FME to peter out, but on the other hand I don't want to feel that my work and FME in general is just being 'bolted on' to another project.
Hope that makes sense.