I had left the MAME scene for a while but recently a few older computers fell into my lap and I decided to turn them into arcade/jukebox machines.
Turn an older computer (Pentium III 1.0ghz 380meg ram) into an an arcade style video game machine with jukebox program. The game has to look commercial with a commercial front end. (This right away rules out Game EX. Even though that front end is popular, I DON'T like the look).
My jukebox program of choice is DWJukebox (formerly known as WinCab) and I want to use this with MAME and a front end. The operating system will be Windows 98SE.
In the past, I have used MameWah as my front end and I was very happy with that. I ONLY used MameWah with MAME and never attempted to use another emulator or jukebox program with it. I do remember that it took a while to setup MameWah, but once it was running it was a pretty solid program that had a very arcade/commercial quality to it. So in essence MameWah is still my benchmark.
However, I have heard about MALA and went to the official website. When I looked at the screenshots, my jaw dropped. Looks wise, MALA seems to have the edge on MameWah. It also has many more options, including a system that chases LED lights on your controls!! Needless to say I am wondering if this extra power comes with it's price. Can MALA run on a Windows 98SE OS? Is it easy to set up?
So the bottom line question is this: Out of the two front ends, which one do you like better? Do list the pro's and con's of each. I am mostly after responses from those that have used BOTH front ends on a older machine (Pentium III with Windows 98SE).