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News from August 1998|
MAME v0.34 beta 2 released:
Sunday, August 30th, 1998
MAME v0.34 beta 2 has been released! It includes 64 new games including
20+ new Neo-Geo games.
Arcade@Home v0.34d released:
Arcade@Home v0.34d has also been released. This fixes the
"Invalid Procedure call or argument" error that occurs when trying to
search for new games in MAME v0.34 beta 2.
Pugsy MAME Cheats Updated:
Pugsy has released a new version of his cheat file. Now includes MAME
v0.34 beta 1 games.
Small changes to site:
I made a small change the the site that may cause some people's
navigation frame (the one on the left) to show something strange.
Please reload or refresh your browser or change your cache settings to
get the updated frame.
Arcade Emulation has the complete set of games!
Arcade@Home will be breaking the half million mark in the next day or
so! As always, if you're the one, e-mail me and include a screen shot
if possible. Thanks for all your support.
JAW from Western Australia has converted an arcade cabinet into his
MAME Arcade Machine. Take a look at it on the
Cabinet Pics page.
Great arcade video game site
If you love arcade video games as much as I do, you'll love
The Basement Arcade.
This site has it all: arcade auction schedules, arcade manuals, arcade
overlays (great for making your own controller), tech tips on games,
links to other arcade specific sites that sell games or just show
their collection. It's a monster page, but worth the wait!
If you haven't already heard. MAME is going to support SmashTV in the
near future. Some work still needs to be done, but this highly
requested game should be emulated soon.
Screen shots updated to MAME v0.34 beta 1
The screen shots for Arcade@Home have been updated to MAME's 702 games
for v0.34 beta 1. Because of all the ROM name changes and ROM merges,
I'm not offering an upgrade set for this revision. You may want to
delete your current screen shots before installing the new ones if you
wish to cleanup unneeded pictures. You can download it from the
PROMFIX adds color PROMS to 106 games!
A utility I wrote called PROMFIX will automatically add the color PROMS
to 106 games! No need to download them all over again. Follow the
simple instructions and you'll be done in less than a minute. Designed
to work with merged or unmerged ROMs. Download it from the
I'm having server problems from all fronts this morning. The front-end
and MAME links should all be working now. However, the links to the
Arcade Emulation site that contains the Sound and ROM Files is
completely down. I'm talking with them to get this working again as
soon as possible.
Found out that the server is being updated, and that's the reason for
the broken links. Should be back up soon.
Found a great site on how to make plexiglas control panel covers.
Working with Plexiglas
has details on tools needed, instructions, tips and a bunch of pictures.
Arcade@Home v0.34c released!
MAME32 v0.34 beta 1 has been released. You can download it from the
Arcade@Home v0.34c is released to fix some problems with international
versions of Windows 98 (or non-English regional settings). Most visible
problems include game list font turning bold & italic and the window
size changing. Download Arcade@Home v0.34c and read about more of the
fixes in this release on the
Broke a new record on the 17th for the maximum number of hits in one day:
Arcade@Home v0.34b released!
Arcade@Home v0.34b is released to fix a problem with the default
-romdir command. Download the v0.34b upgrade, then "Save Default
Settings" to resolve this problem.
Arcade@Home v0.34a has been released! Many new requested features have
been added, but it still retains its classic interface. Download it from the
Sick of all the PROM changes in MAME v0.34 beta 1? Download the
(172KB) utility to automatically add PROMS to 106 MAME ROMs (merged or
not)! To use, you must have your ROMs ZIPped in one directory. Just
extract to your \MAME\ROMS directory, then go to a DOS shell and
execute \MAME\ROMS\PROMFIX\PROMFIX.EXE. It will create a directory
\MAME\ROMS\OLD that contains the backup ROM files (just in case there
are any problems).
I'm in the process of updating the screen shots to v0.34 beta 1 and
should be complete in another day. Check back soon...
MAME v0.34 beta 1 released!
MAME v0.34 beta 1 has been released! It supports 702 games including
many Neo-Geo! I will be releasing the new screen shots and other
support files shortly. Download it from the
Insert Coin to drop MAME, and Dave's Classics possibly down for good!
In one day Insert Coin has decided to drop MAME and Dave from Dave's
Classics is going to have eye surgery and possibly won't return to the
emulation scene. This is a huge setback for MAME. I, however, plan to
support MAME till someone rips it from my cold dead hands.
Great new ROM site with merged ROMs!
Mike Gratton converted a Rygar cabinet into an Arcade@Home. He
connected the R,G,B,Vsync,Hsync & Gnd from the VGA port to the standard
arcade monitor in the cabinet. It works perfectly with MAME's NTSC
option. But BEWARE: The other video modes will blow the arcade monitor!
Check out some pictures out on the
Cabinet Pics page.
Arcade@Home v0.33g beta update
The beta testing for Arcade@Home v0.33g is going great! If no major problems are
found, expect a release this weekend. To be notified when it's release,
make sure you subscribe to the Arcadd@Home
Arcade@Home broke another record yesterday receiving 5,424 hits on just
the home page! Seems like the word about Arcade@Home is getting out.
I'm going to make a major addition to the Arcade@Home site in a few
days so stay tuned...
MAME32 v0.33 Final Released!
MAME32 v0.33 final for Windows has been released! Download it from the
M.A.M.E. page. I've
ran it and it seems quite slow when detecting ROMs. I'll have to do more
testing to see if it's a long-lasting problem.
Most popular day ever!
Seems like MAME is more popular then ever. Arcade@Home received 4,516
hits yesterday (a new record).
MAME v0.33 Final Released!
MAME v0.33 final has been released! Download it from the
Jeff Harrison converted a 1943 cabinet, which was converted from a
Red Alert cabinet, to play MAME. His machine features interchangeable
control panel components including a spinner! Check it out on the
Cabinet Pics page.
New features included in Arcade@Home v0.33g
As promised, here's a listing of features included in Arcade@Home
v0.33g which is going to beta within a day or two. If the beta goes as
expected, look for a release within 7 to 10 days. If you want to be
notified when it's released, join the Arcade@Home
Tom Soulsby from the UK has built his own M.A.M.E. Monster using a
Zaxxon cabinet. He also has two dead cabinets that he's interested in
converting to run MAME. If you're in the UK, and want someone to build
you an Arcade@Home, this may be the place to look. Take a look at his
creation on the Cabinet Pics page.
- Supports MAME v0.33 ROM merging.
- Clean-up tools. *Top Secret*
- Changes in the way default settings work. *Top Secret*
- Records and displays times played, last played date, and number of
minutes played for each game.
- Easy recording and playback of joystick/keyboard/mouse input files.
- Searches MAME.CFG file for ROMPATH, PCX, INP, CFG, & HI directories.
It will find your ROMs just as MAME does.
- Ability to change the game list font, style, and size.
- For custom game lists (MWR files) you can now list Installed ROMs,
Uninstalled ROMs, as well as All ROMs.
- Supports the MAME v0.33 GAMELIST.TXT file for game help.
- Work around for International Windows 98 bug (error 13 when starting).
- Creates backup of Arcade.rom & Arcade.hlp file before searching
for new games. If the search fails, the backup is automatically restored.
- Tools to delete hi scores, config files, and PCX (screen shot)
- Automatically builds NOCLONES.MWR file while searching for new
- *Doesn't* change the look and feel of the program
(works and looks too good to change).
- A bunch of other small changes and speed-ups.
Also, Edward Powers was Arcade@Home's 400,000 visitor. As before, the
award is *FREE BEER*! If you know Edward, buy him a beer or two :)
Pugsy has updated his MAME cheats
Pugsy's MAME cheats now includes MAME beta 7 and release candidate 1
games. Download it from the M.A.M.E. page
under the Utilities section.