MAME emulator found tucked away in Gridlee iOS app

first_imgLast month, a fully-functional MAME emulator was released for, and then quickly pulled from, Apple’s App Store. The app, MAME4iOS, was put on death watch as soon as it launched, but thanks to some eagle-eyed gamers, there is actually still a workaround to get MAME4iOS working on your iDevice, and Apple doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it.Access is granted via the app Gridlee, which is an arcade game from 1982 that was actually never released. It only lives on today because of emulation tools like MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator).Thus, when you launch the Gridlee app, you’re actually launching a copy of the banned MAME4iOS app, but with a ROM of Gridlee automatically loading on top of it. And just as you might expect, users have already figured out how to extract the emulation tool from the app.It is believed that Gridlee, which was released to the App Store shortly after MAME4iOS, is essentially just being used as a ploy to skirt around the Apple censors. And it appears to be working, since it’s been more than two weeks and the app is still available.There is nothing technically illegal about owning, selling, or sharing an emulator. Of course, it’s also not illegal to own a file-sharing software client. But that’s just a technicality because it’s what they can do that causes the legal problems.This puts Apple in a tricky spot, as an emulator by itself is just baiting illegal activity, but an app that seemingly functions as a legitimate and legal arcade game is a different story. It will be interesting to see what Apple ends up doing. For now, though, you might want to grab the Gridlee app just in case.last_img read more