arcade ROM hacking lesson 1: Workstation Setup
This is lesson 1 of a  multi-part lesson teaching ANYONE that can use a computer the fundamental information needed to hack arcade ROMS. These lessons will teach one at a time the individual skills needed to hack arcade ROMS and ultimately bring all these steps together to do some hacks such as adding a free play option. While we focus on 1980s arcade games, these same concepts can be used for console based systems such as Nintendo etc.


Lesson 1 includes very very basic information needed to get the development environment setup on your PC using Windows 10: Additional lessons will get into more depth about the MAME debugger, the hexadecimal number system, ASCII and non-ASCII strings,  z80 assembly etc, but this lesson is just a very basic lesson showing you how to download and install the necessary software.