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This isn't a deliberate animation, it's an accident of the way the screen is being photographed, combined with the fact that a Donkey Kong arcade machine uses a CRT turned on its side. A typical CRT draws an image by drawing many successive horizontal lines, starting at the top and working towards the bottom. The "refresh rate" indicates how many times ...


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Ken's answer is close but not quite right. On the real arcade hardware the signal sent to the CRT monitor is read directly from RAM as the electron beam scans over the screen. That means that whatever is shown on screen is whatever is in RAM at the moment the beam passes that area. The game's CPU takes a few frames to draw the entire play area (the girders, ...


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You can get information about command line options from the manpage, by using -showusage or -showconfig (which is explained to you after typing mame -?, mame -h or mame -help), or from the online documentation. So, from the commandline, mame -listslots shows the available slots per system, together with available options. What is not documented (yet) in ...


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