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News from December 1998|
PMAME & AMAME v0.34rc2 Released:
Wednesday, December 30th, 1998
The Pentium and AMD optimized versions of MAME v0.34 release candidate
2 have been released. Download then from the M.A.M.E. section.
Only 3 Days Left to Win $20!
Tuesday, December 29th, 1998
There's only three days left for you're chance to win $20 by
joining the [email protected] mailing list. I'll be picking an active
mailing list member at random on the first of January (and the first
of every month) and award $20 (US) in cash. Remember, there's no junk
mail with this mailing list and you will only recieve e-mails when a
new version of MAME, Retrocade, or [email protected] is released. Join today!
Want to Help out [email protected]?
Saturday, December 26th, 1998
Have you ever wanted to know how to help out [email protected]? Well, I've
made special arrangements with Fortune City to not only advertise for
them, but to also ask you to sign up for their free web services.
Normally, it's frowned upon to ask visitors to click on banners. For
this reason, I've never done this at [email protected] However, this
arrangement is different in that they want me to ask everyone to
click on their banner and sign up. Just click on the small Fortune City
banner next to the "What's New" title. Make sure you complete the play
and actually sign up for a free account for me to get credit. Thanks!
New Console Site (EmuSphere):
A new emulation site opened a few days ago called EmuSphere. It
specializes in console emulation and is run by an associate of mine.
Check it out.
Sorry for the lack of site updates. With all of the holiday activities,
I've had little time. Nothing has really happened the last few days
having to do with arcade emulation, so nothing was missed. I do know
that Bob from Arcade Emulation is uploading another of the updated
Neo-Geo ROMs that fixes the sound problems. Keep checking back, it'll
be up shortly.
Small Site Changes:
Tuesday, December 22nd, 1998
I made some small changes to the site's look and feel yesterday. The
goal was to increase the space on the main frame, reduce the number of
frames, and to speed up the download time. To accomplish this, I did
need to go with a new logo image (I hope you like it). I also hope
that the changes make a more enjoyable visit. Please give feedback if
something doesn't work.
MAME V0.34 Release Candidate 2:
Monday, December 21st, 1998
MAME v0.34 release candidate 2 has been released. This will probably
be the last beta before v0.34 final is released. Download it from the
New MAME Arcade Cabinet Conversion:
Sunday, December 20th, 1998
It's been a while since I've added a new arcade cabinet conversion.
This one is a Donkey Kong Jr. conversion done by Jerry. Take a look at
it in the Cabinet Pics section.
PMAME & AMAME Updated for New Neo-Geo Dumps:
Saturday, December 19th, 1998
PMAME and AMAME (the Pentium and AMD optimized versions of MAME) have
been updated to include the checksum and ROM length changes on the
newly dumped Neo-Geo ROMs. The new version is called v0.34rc1a.
Download from the M.A.M.E. section.
More Retrocade News:
Friday, December 18th, 1998
Neil Bradley posted another message that stated the following:
added in 2151 support last night, and now Blasteroids has sound! This
paves the way for the System 1 games as you may have seen on the various
news services. I need to add scrolling layer support to Retrocade's core
(which it currently does not have), and once that happens, it's Toobin'
time! That's the most difficult of the 3 layer scrollers, so
if that works well, the others will be easier (Well, at least Marble
Thursday, December 17th, 1998
Neil Bradley reported today that he's working on the next version of
Retrocade. To quote his e-mail:
"Space Invaders now has kickass sound,
Several bugs fixed so far, Added Mario Brothers, Brian Stern is working
on an 8039 emulator which will bring sound to Donkey Kong, DK Jr., and
Mario Brothers, Brian Peek is working on the Win32 port, I've added
2151 emulation so now Blasteroids will have voice (and make way for
newer Atari games such as Gauntlet, Toobin' and Marble Madness). I'm
also working on the C based 6502 core as well so that the Mac side of
things can be happy."
Flatland: Easy 3D Publishing for the Web:
Tuesday, December 15th, 1998
This is not emulation related, but I thought it was so cool I formed
a partnership with them. It's called Flatland Rover. It's a free
plug-in that lets you surf the net in 3D. You're probably saying,
"Isn't that called VRML?". No, it's much better because it allows you
to create these 3D web sites (called spots) using a simple HTML type
text based language. What makes creating these 3DML spots even easier
is their great online tutor on their web site. Finally, the plug-in is
not some huge 10MB file (like VRML can be) it's only about 700K. I'm
so excited about this new technology that I'm creating a 3DML spot for
[email protected]! Download Flatland Rover now to be ready for [email protected]'s
PMAME & AMAME Updated to V0.34RC1:
Monday, December 14th, 1998
PMAME and AMAME (the Pentium and AMD optimized versions of MAME) have
been updated to the v0.34rc1 source code. Download them from the
MAME v0.34 Release Candidate 1:
Sunday, December 13th, 1998
MAME v0.34 release candidate 1 has been released. Download it from
the M.A.M.E. section.
Astro Fighter Sound Samples:
Sound samples for Astro Fighter have been released. Download them from
the M.A.M.E. section.
Changes to Site:
Friday, December 11th, 1998
I made some changes to the site today (the ads were getting difficult
to manage on so many pages). I'm still not happy with the amount of
window space the ads take up and I'll be working on making this work
better in the next few days. If anyone is not seeing the ads, gets an
error, or wants to make a comment, please e-mail me with the details
(OS, broswer, version, error code, etc.).
Gorf and Red Baron Sound Samples Updated:
Radioman sent me an e-mail that he's created new sound sample sets for
Gorf and Red Baron that includes ALL missing samples. Download them
from the M.A.M.E. section.
ArcadeOS v1.2 Released:
Tuesday, December 8th, 1998
ArcadeOS, the front-end by Brian Lewis, has been updated to version 1.2.
This version includes the following features: Merged ROM support,
executable selectable for each game, additional arcade monitor mode (if
people have sync problems with the default one), ArcadeOS config items
editable from frontend, screen shots now scaled rather than clipped,
and improved semi-transparency. Download it from the Front-Ends section.
[email protected] Screen Shots for MAME v0.34 Beta 8:
Monday, December 7th, 1998
The screen shots for [email protected] have been updated to include all MAME
v0.34 beta 8 games. Download them from the Front-Ends page.
All Screen Shots On-Line:
The MAME screen shot page has been updated to include every MAME screen
shot. I've also changed the screen shot listing to not include the
350+ clones (this makes the page load 50% quicker and it's easier to
navigate). Also, thanks to everyone who sent me the Super Sidekick 3
picture! I will be updating the [email protected] screen shot collection
Both Cheat Files Updated:
Both MAME cheat files (Pugsy's and the Ultimate Patches) have been
updated to include MAME v0.34 beta 8 games. Also, they include an
updated cheat database for 68000 games and Neo-Geo cheating. Download
it from the M.A.M.E. section.
Retrocade v1.1 Released!
Saturday, December 5th, 1998
Retrocade v1.1 has been released! New games include Galaga, Dig Dug,
Bosconain, Max RPM, Power Drive, and Missile Command. Download Retrocade
and all the support files from the Retrocade section.
Retrocade v1.1 to be Released Shortly!
Friday, December 4th, 1998
Retrocade v1.1 will be released either this evening or tomorrow. Come
back soon as I will have the new PAK and support files on-line before
the release of the executable.
Mailing List Winner:
The mailing list winner for December is "Targy" from Florida. Remember,
every first of the month an active subscriber will be selected at
random to win $20 cash (US). Join the [email protected] mailing list for
your chance to win next month!
PMAME and AMAME v0.34 beta 8:
PMAME and AMAME, the Pentium and AMD optimized versions of M.A.M.E.,
have been updated to v0.34 beta 8. Download from the M.A.M.E. section.
Mailing List Winner Selected:
Wednesday, December 2nd, 1998
The [email protected] mailing list winner for December has been selected to
receive the prize of $20! I've sent out a confirmation e-mail and once
I get a reply, I'll let everyone know who the winner is...
ArcadeOS Front-End Updated:
Brian Lewis has updated his DOS front-end ArcadeOS to v1.1. This
version features: Virtual Memory - Supports 3000 games per emulator,
Real Game names rather than zip/dir names, Screenshots, ROM/Sample
Check, Default Config can now be changed as well as 'per game' config,
Better UI, and finally, a smaller EXE and memory footprint. Download
if from the Front-Ends section.
Ultimate Patches Cheats Updated:
The MAME cheat file by the Ultimate Patches has been updated to version
6.0c. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.