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News from June 1998|
Sorry for the lack of updates over the past few days. I'm on vacation
and I don't have a phone :) I'm at a modem friendly pay phone making
this update from my laptop. I've been busy working on Arcade@Home v0.33g and
have already incorporated a few new features like recording and playback
of MAME input files (joystick & keystroke recordings), and the ability
to change the font of the game listing. There are several more things
that will make it into Arcade@Home v0.33g so stay tuned...
MAME32 v0.33 (Beta 6) released!
After a long wait the Windows 95 version of MAME (MAME32) is now up
to date with the DOS MAME (v0.33 beta 6). Download it from the
The Real Art Archive has found a permanent home at
Arcade@Home. The Real Art Archive is a collection of pictures of actual
arcade machines, marquees, and side art. You can extract these images
directly into your PCX directory for viewing with Arcade@Home or MAME/W.
You can find the Real Art Archive on the
Front-End page (it's listed with the screen
Thanks go out to "The ToX" for the WinZip Self-Extractor! Thanks to
everyone else who sent me e-mails as well... What a great bunch of
people visit this site!
WinZip Self-Extractor donation
I'm looking for a WinZip Self-Extractor donation (not the trial
version). I plan on using it for easy distribution of Arcade@Home.
I can't bring myself to spend $50 on it for this freeware project.
DONATED: see above...
200,000th visitor and beyond...
Passed the 200,000th mark last night. Broke a new record for number of
hits in one day as well: 4,141 (WebSideStory). I hope the additional
bandwidth has stopped the slow-downs that have happened in the past.
New Arcade@Home Web Site!
Well, as you already know, Arcade@Home has a new home. Please change
your bookmarks to http://www.ArcadeAtHome.com.
Besides the new name and URL, I also have 5 times the bandwidth! Thanks
to everyone who has clicked on my sponsor's banner, YOU made this
The new joystick options didn't quite work correctly in Arcade@Home
v0.33e. v0.33f correct this problem. Sorry to everyone. This release was
supposed to be just a MAME v0.33 Beta 6 update, but I was in the middle
of several enhancements. Therefore, all the testing that could have been
done, wasn't. Download if from the
Arcade@Home version 0.33e released!
Something happened when I compiled v0.33d. v0.33e fixes the locked
fields problem people were experiencing. Sorry, don't know what
New features include full support for MAME v0.33 Beta 6 joysticks,
supports loading *.MWR files for custom game listings, sizeable window,
random game, better screen shot viewing, and no more need for the
Arcade@Home version 0.33e can be downloaded from the
Big change in the next few days!
There's going to be a big change in the next few days for the Ultimate
MAME Machine! Because of the recent high number of visitors (3,665
yesterday according to WebSideStory) I'm going to be making a change
for the better. Stay tuned!!!
We're getting close to that 200,000 visitor mark. If you're the
200,000th visitor, let me know and I'll give you a link on my What's New
page! If you don't have a web site, at least you'll be famous :)
Because MAME Beta 6 changed the joystick parameter, I'll be releasing
a new version of Arcade@Home sooner than I had figured. Because of this,
it will not contain everything I had promised. Expect the next release
to contain all promised features.
MAME v0.33 (Beta 6) released!
MAME now supports 604 games!
Download it from the M.A.M.E. page.
New games include:
Nova 2001, Super Bond, Avalanche, Gladiator, Lazer Command, Dead Eye
Gypsy Juggler (prelim), Fax, Heli Fire, Space Fever, Birdie King 2
(prelim), Lizard Wizard, 3 new TMNT, Fighting Fantasy, 1941 (Jp),
Nemo (Jp), Ghouls'n Ghosts (Jp), Magic Sword (Jp), 1942 (alt).
I believe that Beta 6 has also broken some games, namely the 194*
series. I've heard that others are broke as well. But, I don't know
for sure. Remember; it's Beta. If it doesn't work, use MAME v0.31
(the release version).
Arcade@Home version 0.33c released!
Now supports many new features including being able verify the ROMs and
samples for one or all games, supports GIF and JPG screen shots, pop-up
tool tip help for all options, and much much more. Download it from
the Front-End page.
Arcade@Home version 0.33beta5a released
The initial release of Arcade@Home had a few problems. There is now a
patch file available that will upgrade you from v0.33beta5 to
v0.33beta5a. It's available on the
Version 0.33beta5a should correct the following problems:
Keep sending in those problem reports! I'm dedicating any amount of
time to resolve ALL problems as quickly as possible.
- Fixed problem were wrong game was run when installed or uninstalled games were selected.
- Fixed another (similar) problem where typing game name didn't work when installed or uninstalled games were selected.
- I think I fixed the stack overflow problem when running Arcade@Home. If it's still not fixed, get back with me.
- Fixed problem where Arcade@Home's window became invisible when configure default settings was selected.
- Doesn't crash and burn if it can't find the ROMS directory.
Arcade@Home front-end & MAME v0.33 (beta 5)!
Arcade@Home v0.33b5 is now released. Includes pics for all games
through v0.33 beta 5 of MAME. Download from the
FINALLY!!! A Windows 95 front-end for MAME v0.33 beta 5! This front-end
has more features than MAME/W did! Download Arcade@Home
Front-End page and
MAME v0.33 beta 5 from the
Following is a list of Arcade@Home's features:
I want to make Arcade@Home the replacement for MAME/W and the standard
front-end for MAME. If you feel that features are missing or you have
any problems, drop me an e-mail.
- Supports pictures for all games
- Graphical interface for every MAME option
- Help for each game directly from MAME's readme.txt file (exclusive!)
- Each game can have it's own settings
- Loads faster than MAME/W
- Special default settings: "Fastest", "Best", "Vector", & "Factory Default"
- "Vector" default turns on flicker and boosts gamma for more accurate play
- Shows All Games, Installed Games, & Uninstalled Games
- Detects games and updates help when new version of MAME is released
- You can specify an alternate MAME version to run for particular game(s)
Yet another arcade cabinet converted
Zinc has converted an arcade cabinet into a PC Arcade Machine. Pictures
and a link to his web site are available on the
Cabinet Pics page.
Another Arcade@Home cabinet built
John Biehler has built his own Arcade@Home cabinet (called the
Plastic Cactus). Check it out on the Cabinet Pics