It took a while, but BAED3 is here. I went through the entire MAME
set to pick out the non-working games and lame porno games. I may
have made a mistake or two, and there are also cases of non-working
parent ROMs having to stay on the disc to enable their working clones to
function, but I think it's safe to say that 99% of the games on the MAME
disc work. After pulling all those out, I was left with about 6GB.
From that, I took out all the CPS1/2/Neo Geo stuff and was left with 3.4GB.
That's Disc A.
Disc B is FBA-XXX, which is the CPS1/2/Neo Geo stuff, including the newer
"banned" ROMs that aren't in the regular MAME set, like Metal Slug 5 and King of
Fighters 2003. Unlike the MAME disc, I didn't go through the games on here
with a fine-toothed comb, so there may be some games that don't work on the
FBA-XXX disc. All the files on here have been verified with a ROM auditing
tool, though, so hopefully there should be very few games that don't work. I
did successfully test (test = goof around and play) the majority of the
most popular games.
Arcade ROMs use the old 8+3 naming convention, so that means that both
discs of BAED3 can be easily put on your Xbox hard drive as-is, unlike
BAED1 and 2, which required extensive renaming.
Disc A (MAME):
The first time you use it, it automatically will scan the disc for ROM files
and place that list into a gamesave file so it doesn't have to be done again.
After this, you'll have your list of games. Press A to launch a game. It'll
ask you to type OK to indicate you legally own the game. Just push the left
analog stick Left, then Right, to do this.
To "insert a coin" press Back.
To pause your game, press Back+Black at the same time.
To exit from a game back to the menu, press Back+Start at the same time.
For other configuration options and details, see Help section in the game and
explore the options and mess around.
Disc B (FBA-XXX)
The games here are split into different menus by system. You've got CPS1, CPS2,
Neo-Geo, and Other. To cycle between the different menus, press the triggers.
Like in MAME, you press A to launch the game and Back to insert a coin. Unlike
MAME, you don't have to "type OK." When playing, press the right control stick
in like a button to pause the game and bring up a menu that will allow you to
change a lot of options, and also exit back to the game menu.
There are several people and groups without whom BAED3 wouldn't have been possible:
The MAMEoX team
Xport, who updated MAMEoX
The FBA-XXX team
PRican25, for the FBA-XXX build with banned ROM support, and for helping me
out with several files and some good tips
Thraxen, for maintaining the MAMEoX vm.txt, and also helping me out with some files
ZL1 and Glitch for a couple other hard-to-find files
Everyone on the forums at 1emulation.com and xbox-scene.com (never ask about banned ROMs
Countless posters to the alt.binaries.emulators.neogeo, a.b.e.mame., and a.b.e.misc groups