OK, since no-one has yet said it, I'll do it:
Why should I pay for games which have been available for years through arcade emulators? And in this case, what's the plus-value if it's just simple "wrapped-up" emulation like some dosbox stuff on GOG?
OK, you can throw stones at me now :o)
(but hey, I'm honestly quite sceptical about this bundle, so I welcome answers)
Well, I'm in support of this bundle and am buying the $10 tier for these reasons:
1. I remember the time when legally owning a license for these games would have cost thousands of dollars.
2. Never has a legal license for these all these SNK games been this cheap before.
3. With a purchased license for arcade-perfect ROMs, you are legally allowed to use them on MAME without having to own and transfer the data from the arcade boards.
4. This bundle seems to be pretty unpopular in mainstream PC gaming crowds because it does not include Steam keys. Purchasing it gives support for the DRM-Free movement and lets HumbleBundle as well as SNK and other publishers know that things don't have to be tied to Steam to be profitable.
5. I, for one, do not mind paying a reasonable sum of money to legally own a license to forever play DRM-free perfect-arcade ports of games. If this could set a precedent for others to follow, and if other arcade classics were released in this manner, it could bring in some legal legitimacy to the world of MAME-based arcade emulation.
Just tested Metal Slug, I can't play the roms in either MAME or NeoRageX, both complain about missing rom components. Which wouldn't be so bad if the emulation itself in this version weren't so sluggish when there's multiple objects on-screen despite my computer being able to play modern games with all the works turned on. Even the Tages-infested retail Anthology version ran smoothly on my old Windows XP machine. =\
Hmmm, that's unfortunate to hear. What MAME version are you using?