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News from February 1999

Sunday, February 28th, 1999
MAME v0.35 Beta 4 Released!
MAME v0.34 beta 4 has been released. This version supports 30 new games and new -triple and -quadra video options which allows you to triple or quadruple the pixels instead of just doubling. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Ultra.ini v1.0.08 Released:
A new version of the Ultra.ini file is released that supports the following features:
  • Rumble Edition of Super Mario 64 playable (Zlayer)
  • Bio Freaks playable: wait 25 sec on Midway logo to play (-Max-)
  • Added comments to additional games (Adderly, Zlayer, Vector, Pan, Gecko)
  • Added Flying Dragon WIP (-Max-)
  • Added 1280x1024 & 1600x1200 resultions: see notes (RetardJay)
  • Gave credit to ^SeiGGy^ for his Zelda cheats (^SeiGGy^)
Download it from the above link.

Last Chance to Win an Arcade Spinner!
Win an Arcade Spinner! Tomorrow, instead of giving away $20 cash to a random mailing list subscriber, I'm giving away a arcade spinner (Twisty-Spinner $49.95 retail value). This spinner gives you a true arcade feel for games like Tempest, Arkanoid, Tron and more. With the correct weighting and knob size, you'll be able to spin that Tempest "claw" around like you did in the arcade. This spinner is made by the same people that brought you the Twisty-Grip. Join The Arcade@Home Mailing list today to participate in tomorrow's drawing!

EMU News Service is Back Online:
EMU News service is back online on their new server and their new URL. Please bookmark www.emunews.net.

Saturday, February 27th, 1999
UltraHLE to Continue?
There's a rumor floating around that UltraHLE will continue. It appears that this rumor could be true. Also, I've heard that there are one or two other N64 emulators that are getting close to running commercial games at similar speeds.

bleem! to be Released Within a Week:
It seems that bleem! (The Playstation emulator for the PC) will finally be released in the very short term. I've heard a rumor that it will be released tomorrow, but their page doesn't confirm this. Stay tuned.

Thurdsay, February 25th, 1999
3 Million Visitors!
Arcade@Home just busted through the 3 million visitor mark! And just before its first birthday (March 2rd)! Dave's Classics only got 150,000 visitors in its first year. But, of course, he did get 20 million in same time I got 3 =)   That one was for you Dave.

Ultra.ini v1.0.07 Released:
This version includes the following additions:
  • Inclusion of all other INI files (Gecko)
  • Games listed alphabetically within each category (Gecko)
  • Added comments to almost every game (Gecko & Ego Master & ReACt0rZ)
  • Smash Brothers WIP now displays the 3Dfx logo (JC)
  • Ganbake Goemon WIP now plays sound on start (Gecko)
  • Added several games that are almost playable or show intro (Gecko & ReACt0rZ)
  • Added cheats for War Gods (CrJack)
  • Added cheats for BattleTanx (CrJack)
  • Added cheats for Mario Kart 64 (Doofus & GuANu)
  • Added cheats for Duke Nukem 64 (Krewlness & Waveform2)
  • Added cheats for Rampage World Tour (Krewlness, Waveform2 & CrJack)
  • Added cheats for Mortal Kombat Trilogy (CrJack, Krewlness & Waveform2)
  • Added TONS of cheats for Super Mario 64 (Doofus, GuANu & Flybird)
  • Added TONS of cheats for Doom 64 (Doofus, Krewlness & Waveform2)
  • Added TONS of cheats for Zelda (Lt.Cmdr. Data & ThuGLifE & ???)
  • Added some stability to Diddy Kong Racing (-Rogue5-)
  • Corrected Virtual Chess 64 in listing (-fluX)
Download it from the above link.

KBMAME Updated:
This Neo-Geo only version allows you to add new games without needing a new exe file. Just modify the file to add new games! Also, this is the version with the Assembly core for fast game play. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 1999
Video Games on a US Stamp?
That's right. The US postal service is allowing you to vote for what stamps will be featured in the 1980's series. Votes cast through Feb. 17 put video games in first place with 133,942 ballots, followed by the Berlin Wall at 132,190. Voting continues through the end of the month. Ballots are available at post offices or on the Internet at http://www.stampvote.msn.com (go to this site, click on the "lifestyle" graphic on the left, then vote for video games). The 1980s stamps, are to be released next year. Everyone do your part and vote for the video games stamp! Thanks to Tom Baggett for the news.

Monday, February 22nd, 1999
ArcadeOS v2.02 Released:
ArcadeOS, the DOS front-end for MAME, has been updated to version 2.02. This version includes:
  • 2 types of Mouse Support - Standard and Trackball.
  • 3 Custom List per emulator.
  • NeoGeo games (optionally) automatically put into NeoGeo custom list.
  • monchrome,16 and 256 Colour PCX support
  • All MAME's config items now configurable.
  • If MAME returns a 'Press Return' error during game load, ArcadeOS
  • automatically presses return.
  • Backdrop (optionally) changes to Screen shot as you move through the list.
  • Real game names for Callus, System16 and Raine.
  • Screen shot support for Callus and System16.
  • Games can now be marked as disabled.
  • 'Random Pick' button.
  • Checks for presence of DPMI server.
  • Reduced memory overhead.
Download it from the Front-Ends section.

Updated MAME Cheats:
Pugsy has updated his MAME cheat file to include new MAME v0.35 beta 3 games. Also, additional Neo-Geo cheats have been added. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

EMU News Service Moves:
EMU News Service, one of the oldest and most popular emulation news services has moved because of problems with their host ClassicGayming. If your site is hosted by them, I'd grab your ankles and assume the position. Because your probably next. Please bookmark the link above for this fine new service.

Sunday, February 21st, 1999
AMAME & PMAME have been updated to v0.35 beta 3a which includes assembly cores. Also, KBMAME has also been released which includes Neo-Geo only support, an assembly core, and additional features like combo moves. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Get Notified When a New Ultra.ini File is Released:
There's a new mailing list designed specifically for the release of new Ultra.ini files! Join this mailing list and be notified the instant there's a new version. You will NOT receive any junk e-mail when you join this list, ONLY new release notifications.

Win an Arcade Spinner! (Twisty-Spin)
Win an Arcade Spinner! This month, instead of giving away $20 cash to a random mailing list subscriber, I'm giving away a arcade spinner (Twisty-Spinner $49.95 retail value). This spinner gives you a true arcade feel for games like Tempest, Arkanoid, Tron and more. With the correct weighting and knob size, you'll be able to spin that Tempest "claw" around like you did in the arcade. This spinner is made by the same people that brought you the Twisty-Grip. Join The Arcade@Home Mailing list now to participate in the March 1st drawing!

Friday, February 19th, 1999
Ultra.ini v1.0.06 Released!
This version included the following enhancements:
  • Added support for War Gods (ReACt0rZ)
  • Chopper Attack US and EUR now work with one patch (Code_Master)
  • Top Gear Rally almost playable, graphics are messed up (pendec)
  • Added many GoldenEye 007 cheats (Ben)
  • Added Chopper Attack cheats (^SeiGGy & ArcMaster)
  • Added Bomberman Hero cheats (^SeiGGy & ArcMaster)
  • Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey 98 Extra Teams cheat (^SeiGGy^)
  • More Super Mario 64 cheats (Lt.Cmdr. Data)
  • Added several works in process (myzar, Cyber, finatic, RuDe DuDe & pendec)
  • Reorganized games into groups (Gecko)
  • Added more game comments (ReACt0rZ, Gecko & Vector)
Download it from the above link.

Prepare to Qualify:
Look what I just purchased! I'm arranging transportation now and it should be here sometime next week. I just got sick of waiting for this game to be emulated so I took matters into my own hands ;)

Thursday, February 18th, 1999
Official MAME32 v0.35 Beta 3 Released!
The official MAME32 v0.35 beta 3 has been released (Windows 9x/NT version of MAME). This brings it up to date with the DOS version. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Arcade ROM Heaven RIP:
Guru-Choc has closed Arcade ROM Heaven due to filespace and bandwith problems :( This it too bad because his site was always a good source of files. Read all the details from his site at the above link.

Tuesday, February 16th, 1999
MAME Going to the Arcades?!?
I've received information that the MAME team is in the preliminary stages of talks with a game company to put MAME into arcade machines! This machine would contain licensed games and allow you to play your favorite retro games in the arcade. Please note that this is in the very very preliminary stages and noting has been determined for sure. Please don't contact me wanting more information about this, I can't disclose it.

ULTRA.INI v1.0.05 Released!
This version includes the following additions:
  • Added support for Chopper Attack EUR (pendec)
  • Diddy Kong Racing runs faster (-Rogue5-)
  • Mischief Makers runs faster (ReACt0rZ)
  • Super Mario 64 infinite lives cheat (Fanming Jen)
  • Added comments for other supported games (ReACt0rZ)
Download it from the above link.

AMAME & PMAME v0.35 Beta 3 Released:
Rodimus Prime has released his unofficial AMD and Pentium optimized versions of MAME v0.35 beta 3. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Monday, February 15th, 1999
MAME Samples On-Line:
The new MAME samples for Cosmic Guerilla and Tac Scan are available for download on the M.A.M.E. section.

Retrocade v1.2 Beta 1:
The private beta 1 release of Retrocade v1.2 was released last night. It supports the already announced Toobin', Mr. Do, and Mario Brothers. Other enhancements include sound for Donkey Kong, Space Wars, and Star Castle. No word as to when a public release will be made.

Sunday, February 14th, 1999
MAME v0.35 Beta 3 Released!
This version supports 41 new games! Please note that the file names of some games need to be changed. Download from the M.A.M.E. section.

Happy Valentine's Day:
Just wanted to make a public Valentine's wish to my wife, Jenny. Because of this site, I haven't spent as much time with her as I should have ;(

ULTRA.INI v1.0.04 Released!
This version includes the following:
  • Added support for Battletanx (pendec),
  • Added support for Aero Gauge: sound is off (Code_Master),
  • Added support for Wild Choppers (Locke),
  • Added cheats for version 1.0 and 1.1 of Starfox 64 (WaTeRPiPe),
  • Added cheats for Star Soldier (WaTeRPiPe),
  • Added cheats for Mace: The Dark Age (WaTeRPiPe),
  • Added cheats for Quake 64 (WaTeRPiPe), and
  • Changed Mace EUR patch to avoid lock-ups (Code_Master).
PMAME and AMAME Updated:
PMAME and AMAME, the Pentium and AMD optimized versions of MAME, have been updated. This release supports the newly dumped NeoGeo game Stakes Winner 2 and the Shock Troppers sound fix. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Friday, February 12th, 1999
Retrocade News:
Toobin' is working and running VERY fast at 140-160fps on a PII/350. That's almost twice as fast as in MAME. The thought is that another 10-20fps can be squeezed out of it before its release. What's next? Marble Madness and other System 1 games! Also, a beta version should be released this weekend so I'll keep you posted.

Nintendo to Sue UltraHLE Authors:
Nintendo's PR manager Beth Llewelyn said: "Nintendo is very disturbed that Reality Man and Epsilon have widely distributed a product designed solely to play infringing copies of copyrighted works developed by Nintendo and its third-party licensees," Is Beth serious? First off, they are suing to handles? If anyone out there is about to release another N64 emulator, please change your handle to Road Runner, Grover, Bugs Bunny, Elmo, so something really stupid like that. I'd love to see the case of Nintendo vs. Cookie Monster. Also, UltraHLE is not designed to play infringing copies of copyrighted works, it's designed to play legal copies. If people choose to pirate copyrighted software, go after them not the legal emulator authors. It's just like gun manufacture. Companies make guns for legal use. However, some people choose to use guns for illegal purposes. Should guns be illegal because they can be used for illegal purposes? No! The same goes for other things like CD recorders. CD recorders aren't illegal, if people choose to use them illegally, they THEY are the ones to go after, not the technology. Nintendo is playing an all or nothing game here. If they loose, it will authorize emulation and cartridge archival devices. Nintendo, heed my warning: Let it go, you have a lot to loose and nothing to gain.

Happy Birthday to Me:
Okay, I'm 30, now lets drop it.

Thursday, February 11th, 1999
NeoMAME v0.35 Beta 2b Released:
Apollo69 has released NeoMAME v0.35 beta 2b. It adds support for Stakes Winner 2. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Wednesday, February 10th, 1999
ULTRA.INI v1.0.03 Released!
Another unofficial ULTRA.INI file was released! It one adds complete playability to Chopper Attack, preliminary support for Diddy Kong Racing and Cruis'n USA, a Super Mario 64 all level patch and more. Just download and copy over your existing ULTRA.INI file.

Small Site Changes:
Got rid of the graphics on the left navigation frame because it slowed the site down. Load times should be nice and speedy now. Tell me if there are any problems.

Tuesday, February 9th, 1999
Emulation can Save Your Life!
There's another good reason to use an emulator instead of buying the console hardware. Seems that Sony's Playstation has had some problems where kids are getting electrocuted! Sony and the Consumer Product Safety Commission call it a "potential shock hazard". Seems that Sony could reduce it's liability if they'd go with software emulation instead of that nasty shocking hardware. Read all the details on Sony's site from the above link. Thanks to StoneNT for this "shocking" news.

Ultimate Patchers Cheat Database Updated:
The Ultimate Patchers cheat database has been updated to version 6.4E. This version "includes many codes for the CPS1 games that weren't correctly emulated in previous releases of MAME". Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Monday, February 8th, 1999
Win an Arcade Spinner! (Twisty-Spin)
Win an Arcade Spinner! This month, instead of giving away $20 cash to a random mailing list subscriber, I'm giving away a arcade spinner (Twisty-Spinner $49.95 retail value). This spinner gives you a true arcade feel for games like Tempest, Arkanoid, Tron and more. With the correct weighting and knob size, you'll be able to spin that Tempest "claw" around like you did in the arcade. This spinner is made by the same people that brought you the Twisty-Grip. Join The Arcade@Home Mailing list now to participate in the March 1st drawing!

Sunday, February 7th, 1999
Mailing List Winner:
The mailing list winner for February is David from California. Join the Arcade@Home mailing list this month to win even a bigger prize. Details to be announced later today!

Retrocade News:
Retrocade 1.2 to include sound in Star Castle and Space Wars. Other Cinematronics hardware (including Armor Attack) are also being worked on to include sound sometime down the road.

Friday, February 5th, 1999
New ULTRA.INI File Released!
An unofficial ULTRA.INI file was released! It allows Mace: The Dark Age to play without hitting the F5 key, speeds up Mortal Kombat Trilogy, and adds comments to all playable games! Also, be assured that this is not some trojan. Extract the ZIP and you'll only find only the ULTRA.INI file and nothing else. Just copy over your existing ULTRA.INI file and have fun!

Judge Rejects Sony's Request to Block Connectix Emulator!
This is HUGE news! ZDNet has reported that a federal district court has rejected Sony's request to block shipments of Connectix's Playstation emulator. Maybe this will pave the way for Bleem being released and UltraHLE being worked on again! I'm glad that Connectix has the balls to release this emulator and not to fold when a giant like Sony files a lawsuit. Connectix is fighting our battle. Support them in anyway possible.

Thursday, February 4th, 1999
AMAME & PMAME v0.35 Beta 2a Released:
These two unofficial versions of MAME have been released. Both support the new Neo-Geo games dumped recently. Download from the M.A.M.E. section.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 1999
UltraHLE Playable Guide:
For those of you using this emulator, here's a great guide for games that are playable using UltraHLE. The current count is 31! It even shows screen shots and details for each playable game. Check it out!

Nintendo Considering Lawsuit Against UltraHLE:
Nintendo's spokeswoman Beth Llewelyn said yesterday that Nintendo is looking into filing a lawsuit against the UltraHLE authors. Nintendo really doesn't have any option but to file a lawsuit. If they didn't, it would send the message that emulation is okay with them. What's interesting is a quote from Ms. Llewelyn:

"They obviously had to circumvent our security chip. It promotes continued piracy."

Reading between the lines this statement reads: "Emulation is LEGAL and we know we can't win an emulation case in court. However, circumventing security chips hasn't been tested in court and we believe this is illegal." I see where they're going with this, but they will still fail to win this type of case because circumventing a security chip isn't illegal either. For example: remember when software came on floppy disks and the manufactures created security technology so you couldn't make a backup copy? This practice was ruled illegal because it infringed upon the user's rights to make a legal archive copy. If Nintendo dares to bring up this issue in court, they risk their security chip being named illegal instead. How many times have you had a CD or CD-ROM go bad? I have. I've also had Atari 2600 cartridges go bad as well. This is the reason it's LEGAL to make an archive copy.

What's Nintendo to do? They know emulation is LEGAL. They also know that if they start pushing the security chip issue in court, it could backfire and actually allow N64 backup devices like the Z64 and others to be named LEGAL. Here's what I think they plan on doing. First, file a lawsuit against the UltraHLE authors as well as sites that carry the emulator (which, by the way, I don't). It will scare the Hell out of would-be emulation authors and site ops. Then, never actually take the case to trial. This way, Nintendo gets what they want and, at the same time, don't risk anything. Just my take on how things will pan out, time will tell...

Ultimate Patchers Cheat Database v6.4B:
The Ultimate Patchers have updated their cheat database to include MAME v0.35 beta 2 games. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section under Utilities.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 1999
UltraHLE Fix v0.1 Will Delete Your System Directory!
The utility UltraHLE Fix v0.1 (supposed to enhance UltraHLE) is a trojan that deletes your Windows\System directory (and a bunch of other directories as well)! Whatever you do DON'T download or run this file! I'm appalled that Zophar's Domain would post this type file on their site. And it doesn't make a difference if they didn't know, they should have tested it first. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!!

NeoMAME v0.35 Beta 2a Released:
NeoMAME (the Neo-Geo only version of MAME) has been updated to include support for the latest dumped game: Breakers. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Monday, February 1st, 1999
Screen Shots for MAME v0.35 Beta 2:
The screen shots for MAME v0.35 beta 2 have been updated. The Arcade@Home screen shot update file and complete package are up to date as are the on-line Game Screen Shots. Download them from the Front-Ends section.

PMAME v0.35 Beta 2 Released:
PMAME by Rodimus Prime has released PMAME v0.35 beta 2 to be up to date with the latest MAME beta. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

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