starroms.gif Over at RetroBlast!, they've spotted that legal ROM site StarROMs is closing its doors, after a couple of years of selling Atari-licensed MAME-compatible game ROMs like Asteroids, Tempest, Quantum, and many others.

The farewell message on the StarROMs site simply reads: "Since October 2003, StarROMs has provided a legal source of game ROMs for classic arcade enthusiasts. Unfortunately, we will no longer be licensing or distributing game roms. Without further notice, this site will go away in the near future."

StarROMs was trying to do an admirable thing - an interview with the site's Frank Leibly in 2004 explains more on their philosophy - but in the end, it seems like lack of diversity and ease of PC ROM-copying may have done them in. If so, that's a shame.