is creating MAME updates and working on other software preservation.

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Helping preserve old software (and Firehawke's health!)




IMPORTANT NOTE: This Patreon does NOT fund MAME Development or MAME's administrative functions. It is to support a contributor to the MAME and related projects. Your support goes to a single person who will use these funds to pay medical and personal bills, while dedicating his time to the MAME project's needs. If you have any questions or need clarification, please mail me at [email protected]

My name is John Peasley. I'm a game and computer historian. I'm in my early 40s and have been working with computers and games all my life. My love of computers and games extends to contributing what and where I can to the MAME project. Additionally, I'm the founder of Sanctuary Crew, a group of gamers and streaming enthusiasts as well..

Unfortunately, as I hit my 40s, some parts of my life have been less fun; it’d be completely fair to say they’ve been a complete nightmare, in fact.

I’m lucky to live in a home I’ve inherited from my father, which does help with my living situation and some of the costs-- but I’ve also inherited some far worse things from my father: a number of medical conditions that are directly related to his exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam. These conditions include spinal damage, nervous system damage, weakened immune system, sleep apnea, and hearing loss among other issues. Lately these problems (particularly in the nervous system) have amplified into extreme pain and cognition loss, making it very difficult to go through what average people would consider a normal workday.

As it stands, I’m also negotiating through a complicated, frustrating, and often extremely disappointing medical system. I’ll spare you the details except to say that it’s about as bad as you could imagine. In fact, if it wasn’t for the help I was getting from my friends, I don’t think I would have made it this far in one piece.

Frankly, I don’t know when or even IF it will get better.

There is, however, still the one thing I can get into my schedule between the relentless march of doctor appointments, insurance phone calls, and fighting pain and brain fog: I put time into the MAME project wherever I’m needed. In particular, I tackle the intense and boring tasks that detract from the focus of the extremely skilled programmers on the team. I work on the documentation (which was actually twelve years out of date when I started and likely will need a long time more to get completely fixed) and various other tasks like maintaining the Apple II softlists.

Verifying thousands of previously lost software packages, quality checking, and providing support where the MAME team needs me has been a diversion from the frustration and depression. In fact, if I COULD do it full time, I actually would because I absolutely believe in what the MAME team is working to accomplish.

Thus, at the suggestion of my friends, I’ve set up this Patreon to assist me with continuing my work on MAME and improving it to the best of my ability.

I will, at least once a month, be able to discuss what I’m working on in MAME. This doesn’t mean I’ll have the energy to produce full blogs, video updates, or conference calls-- it’s difficult enough to get in the hours I need to in-between the doctor visits, medical transportation, and medication I need to be taking. I do promise you that any contributions you offer will go towards keeping my focus on preservation, and especially MAME, and less on my daily concerns.

Thank you.

  • What will funds be spent on?
Groceries, bills, basic survival.
  • What changes if this isn’t funded?
It will be increasingly difficult for me to make my ends meet and to be able to devote the time to MAME that I’d like to put in.
  • Can I fund a specific development goal?
No, this is not a way to fund or influence MAME. MAME development happens when people with the necessary skills have time and motivation to work on it.
  • What if this is wildly successful?
I’ll be able to work on MAME as close to a full time job as my body allows, and I’ll be eternally grateful to the people that make it possible for me to help preserve our history for the future.
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At this level, I can actually cover the monthly bills and start to  focus on my MAME and other software preservation work at a reasonably full time level (health providing) but I'm still dealing with the debt issue.
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