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Latest update: 07/16/2017
The MAME Artworks are * backdrops: specify the attributes of elements that are drawn first and which cover the background of the screen areas; they are rendered against each other using regular alpha blending, so they can have cut-out areas and other effects * screens: specify the attributes of the various screens that make up a game; they are referenced by index, and are rendered on top of the backdrop layer using additive blending (alpha values applied to the source but not the destination) * overlays: specify the attributes of elements that are drawn over top of the screens and backdrops; they are rendered on top of the screens and backdrops using RGB multiplicative blending (the RGB values of the overlays are multiplied by the RGB values of the destination) * bezels: specify the attributes of elements that are drawn last, over all the other elements; they are rendered using regular alpha blending, like the backdrops were.
MESS looks into this folder to find artworks: as for MAME artworks, these are overlay files which can make easier or more satisfactory the emulation. Typical examples are images of calculators, pocket computers and chess computers which allow a much more faithful experience than the simple LED display. MESS also supports clickable artworks which are very useful for calculators, pocket computers and chess computers: by clicking on the keys shown in the artwork, you will pass the corresponding inputs to the emulated system! (source: http://www.mess.org/artwork).
The artwork-packs can be downloaded into individual zip files on this page: Here!
Artwork Packs (Official) (1,050 zips) - Latest dat here.
Artwork Packs (Other) (183 zips) - Latest dat here.
Or download it directly from the web page of Mr. Do, the link is here.
Artwork Packs (Alternate, Various authors) (40 zips) - Latest dat here.
Artwork Packs (16:9 WideScreen, Various authors) (575 zips) - Latest dat here.