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News from March 1999

Wednesday, March 31st, 1999
MAME32 v0.35 Beta 9 Released!
The official MAME32 v0.35 beta 9 has been released to bring it up to date with the DOS version of MAME. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Emulators Unlimited Not Shutting Down:
Looks like it was just an April Fool's joke. Didn't it just seem all to convenient? Looks like my offer to buy their domain won't be accepted after all =)

Just to Cheer Everyone Up:
Check out the news story at the above link. Seems like flushing "it" down the toilet equals permanent damage. Thanks to LesStoned for the news.

Unofficial MAME32 Beta 9 Released:
The unofficial MAME32 v0.35 beta 9 has been released. Remember, this is not the official version and don't bug the MAME team about it. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to CJC for the file.

Tuesday, March 30th, 1999
Dave's Classics Is Down?
I know as much as you do about this. The thing earlier about the sister sites he's starting was just a joke =)

ClrMame v1.30 Released:
ClrMame v1.30 (the MAME directory cleaner) has been upgraded. I don't use it because I don't trust any program with my ROM files =) However, I've heard many people say that it works great. Download it from their site at the above link.

Emulators Unlimited Shutting Down!
It seems that The Fox from Emulators Unlimited (emuunlim.com) has decided to shut down shop and become a member of retrogames.com! He says: "in the next week or so the site will be closing as I own the rights to it". What this means to the hosted sites like emusphere.com remains to be seen. Read all the details at the above link.

AMAME & PMAME v0.35 Beta 9 Updated:
Rodimus Prime has updated his AMAME & PMAME versions of MAME with both the asm and C cores. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Download MAME v0.35 Beta 9 Binary!
The binary is now on-line. This version includes support for 13 new games including Galaga 3, Gaplus, Sinbad, Super Burgertime, Super Locomotive, Van Van Car, and Yamato. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME v0.35 Beta 9 Source Released!
The source code for MAME v0.35 beta 9 has been release! I'm compiling the program now and it will be on-line shortly.

Monday, March 29th, 1999
cabMAME v0.35 Beta 8 Released:
This great version of MAME adds many additional video modes and switches that makes playing MAME on an arcade monitor easier and more compatible. It also uses the asm cores so play is fast. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Ultimate Patchers' MAME Cheats Updated Again:
The Ultimate Patchers cheat file for MAME has been updated to version 7.5e. This version now supports all new SNK games, even those that are not yet emulated. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

ArcadeOS Front-End v2.05 Released:
ArcadeOS, the best DOS based front-end, has been upgrade to v2.05. Download it from the Front-Ends section.

Another Lamer's Fake Emulator:
These fake emulators made by half-wits are just too funny. Remember the Reality2 fake emulator? Well, here comes a fake Dreamcast emulator. According to the manual, it plays all Dreamcast games almost perfectly. The manual also talks about loading your Dreamcast ROM. Where can I download those 1GB Dreamcast ROMs from? =) Another fake indicator is the "Black and white FMV" option, that sounds strangely like bleem! The biggest fake indicator is that the lamer who wrote it also runs a half-baked emulation web site. I ran it on my test system and it didn't seem to contain any virus or do anything destructive to my system, but use at your own risk (the link is at the top of this section). Don't forget to e-mail him on how lame the fake "emulator" is. Lets fill his mailbox with Dreamcast ROM requests. =) He wrote it to be popular, lets not disappoint him. Thanks to asong for the url.

KBMAME Driver Updated, Again:
I forgot to mention yesterday that the KBMAME driver has been fixed to support the correct Ninja Master's v2 ROM. Download it from next to the KBMAME file on the M.A.M.E. section.

The Hampster Blast (blast the night away):
If The Hampster Dance site drives you crazy, now's your chance to get back at the vermin. Visit the above link and take aim!

Sunday, March 28th, 1999
All PMAME & AMAME's Now Updated:
Rodimus Prime has now updated his PMAME (both the C and asm core versions) to include proper support for the new sound dumps of Pulstar & Ninja Master's. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME Cheats Updated:
The Ultimate Patchers cheat file for MAME has been updated to version 7.5b. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

X-Mame v0.35 Beta 8.1 Released:
X-Mame v0.35 beta 8.1 has been released. This is the X11/Unix port of MAME. Download it from their page at the above link.

Flyer and Poster Archive Updated:
The Flyer and Poster Archive has been updated to version 2.1. It supports 24 new pictures and 6 updates for a total of 507 pictures in the archive. Download it from their site at the above link.

AMAME Updated Again:
Rodimus Prime has updated his AMAME (both the C and asm core versions) to include proper support for the new sound dumps of Pulstar & Ninja Master's. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Saturday, March 27th, 1999
Ultra.ini v1.0.13 Released!
Ultra.ini v1.0.13 has been released with a new fully playable game, Showboard Kids! Silicon Valley is almost playable (missing key graphics), and many other games now have intros that work. Following is a listing of all the new features:
  • Snowboard Kids now fully playable (-Max-)
  • Silicon Valley now almost playable (missing graphics needed to play game) (-Max-)
  • F-Zero X intro now works: see notes! (Sardaukar)
  • San Francisco Rush intro now works (-Max-)
  • San Francisco Rush 2 intro now works (sound only) (-Max-)
  • Fighting Cup intro now works (-Max-)
  • Fighter's Destiny intro now works (-Max-)
  • Multi Racing Championship intro now works (-Max-)
  • Body Harvest intro works with the correct patch (CrJack)
  • Smash Brothers intro now works (sound only) (Lahma)
  • Wave Race 64: Rumble Edition works perfectly: JAP only (Redah)
  • Added WIP for the Europe version of Zelda (CrJack)
  • BioFreaks speedup and sound fixes (NINTENDA)
  • Milo's Astro Lanes speedup (NINTENDA)
  • Doom 64 speed up (NINTENDA)
  • Mario Kart 64 speed up (NINTENDA)
  • Mace: The Dark Age speed up (NINTENDA)
  • Rampage World Tour speed up (NINTENDA)
  • Added cheats to BioFreaks (glitchX & Seiko)
  • Added more cheats to Super Mario 64 (GreevY, JerSpi, DrDrax & Såsen)
  • Added more cheats to Zelda (DarkLord)
  • Added more cheats to GoldenEye 007 (crazybug)
  • Added comments to a few new games (ACIDream, Redah, BoyJohnny & -MAK-)
Download it from the N64 - UltraHLE section. Note that v1.0.12 was skipped because it was a leaked beta (that didn't fully work).

MAME32 v0.35 Beta 8 Released!
The official MAME32 v0.35 beta 8 has been released. It's now up to date with the DOS version. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

KBMAME Driver Updated:
The latest KBMAME driver with support for the new sound dumps for Pulstar & Ninja Master's has been updated. Download it from next to the KBMAME file on the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to Andrew Gow for the file.

Neo-Geo Game of the Day:
Bob from Arcade Emulation has updated his Neo-Geo game of the day to a just re-dumped game. If you're looking for this game in it's entirety, including the just released sound fix, this is the place to get it. Visit the link on the ROM Files section.

More AMAME & PMAME Updates:
Rodimus Prime has updated AMAME with the C core and PMAME with the C and the assebmly core. Download all of these unofficial versions from the M.A.M.E. section.

Friday, March 26th, 1999
Sound Fixes for Pulstar & Ninja Masters:
Neocharity has released redumps to fix sound problems in Pulstar & Ninja Master's! Download them from Neocharity's page at the above link. Thanks to Apollo69 for dumping these games.

MacMAME32 v0.35 Beta 8 Released:
MacMAME v0.35 beta 8 has been released (I missed this yesterday for some reason). Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Unofficial MAME32 v0.35 Beta 8:
An unofficial MAME32 v0.35 beta 8 has been released. Please note that this is not an official version and please don't report problems with it (it's not supported in any way). Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Fixes for MAME v0.35 Beta 8:
MAME v0.35 beta 8 had a few problems that are fixed in this interim beta release. Compiled by "Just Michael", it uses the 68k asm core and fixes a problem with scramble not passing the verify test (because it's listed as a clone of itself). Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

AMAME v0.35 Beta 8 Released:
Rodimus Prime has released his AMAME v0.35 beta 8 (C core version). This unofficial version of MAME is optimized for PII & AMD processors. Download it from the M.A.M.E section.

UltraHLP v2.31 Released:
UltraHLP v2.31 fixes a crashing problem when the 3Dfx logo is displayed. Download this N64 UltraHLE patcher from the N64 - UltraHLE section.

Thursday, March 25th, 1999
New bleem! Demo Released!
The second bleem! demo, build #21094, has been released. This new demo features improved compatibility with certain games like FF7 and Tekken 3, included newly optimized code for even faster performance and better compatibility. Also, by popular demand, color movie support! Download it from the bleem! section.

More Site Changes:
I've made some changes to the main page of [email protected], and more are to follow. Almost every page now has the new look and new features are to be added shortly. If there are any probblems, let me know.

Battle Zone Backdrop Added:
A backdrop for Battle Zone has been added by TheGuru. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME WIP Page Updated:
The MAME WIP page has been updated to include many pictures of newly supported games Gaplus and Super Burger Time. Thanks to Ernesto Corvi and Bryan McPhail for submitting the drivers for these games.

Back to T1 x 2:
The phone company got the second T1 line back up so the [email protected] site should be nice and fast again. :-) Good thing the T1s are from two different companies.

Site Seems Slow Today?
If the [email protected] site seems slow today, it's because one of my T1 lines died :-( The phone company is working on it now and they expect a resolution this afternoon. Being down from two to one T1 lines, we're at almost 100% utilization, so speed suffers. If you're on a 56K modem or less, you probably won't notice the difference. But, those on ISDN, cable modems, or higher, will just seem like you're on a 56K modem. Please note that this only effects the HTML pages. The file downloads are on a dedicated 10Mbps connection. :-)

Two Great Arcade Links:
If you're interested in rebuilding or repairing an arcade cabinet, check out the Arcade Restoration Workshop. It has great detailed information with picures and step-by-step instructions. Also take a look at Fabulous Fantasies. They are a retailer of just about anything Arcade related. Looking for a new overlay, artwork for your walls, furnature, a pinball machine or anything else? They probably have it. Thanks to Tom L. for the links.

Wednesday, March 24th, 1999
History.dat File for MAME:
The History.dat file was not included in the beta 8 archive. I've corrected the archive so it's now included. Also, you can download just the History.dat if you've already downloaded beta 8.

MAME v0.35 Beta 8 Released:
MAME v0.35 beta 8 has been released. This version adds 22 new games including: TNK3, ASO, Athena, Fighting Golf, Bermude Triangle, Psycho Soldier, Chopper I, Caveman Ninja, Tumble Pop, Speed Coin & Sky Chuter Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Flyer and Poster Archive Updated:
The flyer and poster archive has been updated with 26 new flyers and 4 replaced ones. Download the version 2.0 upgrade from the above link.

Windows Version of Retrocade Very Close:
Neil Bradley has reported that he has fixed the vector graphics problems with the Windows version and Brian Peek found the last sound bug so the sound is working 100%! Even better, a Windows beta could be released as soon as this weekend! No word if this will be a private or public beta release. Stay tuned.

bleem! is Now $24.95:
Well, if you didn't purchase bleem! at this point, it's going to cost you 5 additional bucks. But, that price will only last till the April 10th release date.

How to Compile MAME32:
For those of you wanting to compile MAME32 on your own, a web page has been setup with step by step instructions. I haven't tried it yet, but it comes from a reliable source. Thanks to John IV for the news.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 1999
[email protected]'s New Logo:
If you know how to use your browser, you should be seeing [email protected]'s new logo in the upper left corner. Otherwise, you'll be seeing it in a few days (or whenever your cache runs dry). In any case, it was created by Borg from HotRod. Besides designing stylish logos, he also designs stylish controllers. Expect to be seeing more of these HotRod Joysticks in the near future.

New On-Line Java Chat Channel:
The Forums link has been enhanced to allow you to join an on-line Java chat channel. This on-line channel is being backed by some of the biggest sites including Retrogames, Emulators Unlimited, and Zophar's Domain. Visit the Forums & Chat section and select the last link "Join the On-Line Java Chat on #ClassicEmu" to participate.

EMU News Service Closes Down:
Emu News World (formally known as EMU News Service) is closing down. Read all the details from their site at the above link. Thanks to Adrox for the news.

Monday, March 22nd, 1999
Pre-Order bleem!
You can now pre-order bleem! at the introductory price of $19.95 + $8.95 shipping & handling. Shipments are planned for April 10th via Airborne Express overnight delivery. It's also stated that updates will be free! To order bleem! visit the bleem! section.

bleem! Released!
You can now download the bleem! demo (PSX emulator for Windows) and you should be able to pre-order bleem! within a day! Download it from the new bleem! section.

Retrocade to Add 1942 & Vulgus Support:
Just got an e-mail from Neil Bradley that 1942 and Vulgus have been added to Retrocade. Expect to see them in the next public release.

Official UltraHLE Site Back On-Line:
The official UltraHLE site is back on-line. What could this mean? I've heard that it's just because an interview will be poster, but then again, maybe there are bigger things planned =)

UltraHLP v2.3 Adds 2 Player Support:
UltraHLP v2.3 adds 2 player support to UltraHLE! While I haven't confirmed this myself, I've heard from several people that it does indeed work. Download it from the UltraHLE section.

Sunday, March 21st, 1999
bleem! Gran Turismo Screen Shots:
Gran Turismo #1 Gran Turismo #2 Gran Turismo #3 The bleem! site has again been updated and this time includes pictures of the best racing game on any platform, Gran Turismo! Click on the thumbnails to see full screen shots in both software and D3D rendering. Read all the details on the bleem! site at the above link. Thanks to hyperX for the news.

MAME Cheats Updated:
The Ultimate Patchers cheat file for MAME has been updated to v0.35 beta 7. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Saturday, March 20th, 1999
MAME with ASM core, Galaga 88 & Pacmania Support:
Seems that Bike_Man has figured out how to compile MAME with the ASM cores (it was broke in the last release) and that Galaga 88 and Pacmania were in the source, just commented out! Get this great new version from the M.A.M.E. section. The description from Emulatronia's site translated using AltaVista's Systran yields some great information and a "bug" with the Systran software.
    SUCK 0,35 new beta 7: As many of you you have occasion to verify, the immense majority of the games of system NEOGEO does not work in last beta 7 of SUCKS, due to an intense remodeling of the code of the emulated PCUs. Nevertheless, here is this compiled special version with version ASM of the M68K with which the previous problem is solved. In addition, there is a pair of games extra surprise that had not been activated previously facing the public: PACMANIA and GALAGA 88. These two games require 16 bit color so it calls to emu with " sucks pacmania - depth 16 " or " sucks galaga88 - depth 16 " so that they are seen correctly. Thanks to Bike_Man for the file and thanks to Ernesto Corví to have done driver of those two games.
You can probably figure it out on your own that the "bug" is that Systran translates MAME to SUCK =) Is it a bug or a programmers idea of a joke? Thanks to Emulatronia for the news.

MAME Backdrop Art Updated:
The backdrop art for 4 MAME games has been updated. The games with new art are: Asteroids Deluxe, Lunar Lander, Solar Quest & Warrior. It appears that the Asteroids Deluxe art was replaced with a different backdrop (it's almost all blue). The other art packs are much sharper. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME to Include Game's History:
John Butler has added game history to a future version of MAME. This lists hisory (or trivia) about the games like Retrocade. They've also included Retrocade's history database as a starting point.

Retrocade Going to Public Betas!
It's basically been decided that Retrocade will be releasing public betas starting very soon. This is being done to find bugs quicker and to release versions more frequently (currently, releases are months apart). When I get the official word that it's a go, I'll let you know.

Friday, March 19th, 1999
bleem! Site Updated w/Screen Shots:
Bloody Roar Jet Moto 2 Tekken 3 The bleem! site has been updated and this time it includes pictures of bleem! running 3 different games! Click on the thumbnails to see the full screen shots in both software and D3D rendering modes. Read all the details on the bleem! site at the above link.



Thursday, March 18th, 1999
MAME v0.35 Beta 7 Released!
What? a new version and it's not Sunday? =) The binary is now available for download! This version includes 1219 games including a new game: The Battle-Road. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

The Flyer & Poster Archive Updated:
The Flyer and Poster Archive which is a collection of arcade art for front-ends like [email protected] has been updated. 23 new pictures were added and 3 were replaced. Download it from his site at the above link.

bleem! Site Updated:
The bleem! site has been updated with news about the bleem-a-thon's success. Also, it mentions that in a few days there will be a compatibility list posted. Three confirmed compatible games are Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, and Cool Boarders 3. Check out the bleem! site to read all the details.

Microsoft I.E. 5.0 Released:
Microsoft I.E. 5.0 final has been released. Use the above link to download the setup program. Forget about trying to download this today, the servers are so full it times out :( Thanks to BetaNews.com for the news.

KBMAME Neo-Geo Driver Updated:
The driver posted yesterday wasn't correct. Deimos has corrected the file and it's available on the M.A.M.E. section along side KBMAME. Also, Deimos has confirmed that his source will be available with the next release. This is a new requirement for having your MAME derivative on this site to insure that you didn't steal someone else's work. Also, it follows the MAME licensing agreement.

Wednesday, March 17th, 1999
KBMAME Neo-Geo Driver Updated:
This driver allows the Waku Waku 7 game to load correctly in KBMAME. This is another great feautre of KBMAME, you only need a small driver update to allow for additional game support or fixes. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section along side KBMAME. Thanks to Retrogames for the news.

Armor Attack Background Art Added:
The background art for Armor Attack has been added. This game is almost unplayable without this background. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to Michael Horton for the news.

MacMAME v0.35 Beta 6 Released:
MacMAME, the Mac Power PC version of MAME has been updated to MAME v0.35 beta 6 source. This is now available at [email protected]! Download from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to William Wolf for the news.

VRMAME and P3MAME Removed:
It seems that VRMAME was just a rouge. Read the above link to see where the "author" admits that he just took a hex editor to KBMAME to create VRMAME (and took full credit I might add). He also admits that he's not a programmer and doesn't compile the MAME source code. Well then, how was P3MAME created? I've removed both of these files and all links to his site. If you're using either of these I recommend that you delete them and use a difference version. Thanks to Retrogames for the news.

Tuesday, March 16th, 1999
[email protected] Logo Contest:
I need some aspiring graphic artist to create for me new [email protected] logos. The one for the main page needs to be about 125x50 and the same light yellow color. The other logo on the Front-Ends section can be up to 500x70 and the same blue hue (both non-animated). What will you win? Well, nothing except for your name as the creator in the alt text and a link as my graphics designer on my Site Links section.

Sound Fix for Waku Waku 7:
Neocharity '99 has released the sound fix for Waku Waku 7. Visit their site (at the above link) to download the new ROM images and merge into your existing Waku Waku 7 set.

Sinistar Unleashed Screen Shots:
Take a look at several preview screen shots of THQ's Sinistar Unleashed (based on the 1982 classic Sinistar). The game is scheduled for release in the 3rd quarter of 1999 and will run on a 3D accelerator enhanced PC. Thanks to Retrogames for the news.

bleem! Site Back Up:
Seems like the bandwidth problem yesterday with the bleem! site has been corrected. Let's hope this problem gets corrected before bleem! is released.

Monday, March 15th, 1999
AMAME & PMAME Update:
Rodimus Prime has updated AMAME and PMAME (the AMD/PII & Pentium unofficial versions of MAME) to v0.35 beta 6. Note that currently only the 'C' core versions are available. The assembly ones will follow when Rodimus compiles them. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

New Background Art Updated:
New background art for Solar Quest, Star Castle and Warrior have been posted to the M.A.M.E. section. Use the above link to download this new artwork.

X-MAME Updated to v0.35 Beta 6.1:
X-MAME updated (the X11/Unix port of MAME) to the latest source. Download it from their site at the above link.

Looks Like bleem! is Very Popular:
How popular is bleem! even before it's been released? Click on the above link to find out all the details from their site.

Sunday, March 14th, 1999
MAME v0.35 Beta 6 Released!
MAME v0.35 beta 6 is released! This version includes 31 new games which brings the total to 1217. New games include all the Cinematronics games like Space Wars, Star Hawk, Star Castle, and may more. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME WIP Page Updated:
The MAME WIP page has been updated with a new game added by Bryan McPhail called Tumble Pop (along with pics of it). Bryan McPhail also submitted his Caveman Ninja driver yesterday (along with a bunch of pics as well). Check out the MAME WIP page for almost daily updates to MAME.

bleem! Site Updated:
The bleem! site has been updated with some info on the bleem-a-thon. They even have a bleem-a-thon web camera so you can see what's going on. The results of their testing should be available soon.

Will the Real Stephen Richards Please Step Forward:
Stephen Richards?
Stephen?
The Fox?
The Fox?
Stephen Richards (aka "The Fox" of Emulators Unlimited) was interviewed for next month's PC Zone magazine. While the interview didn't say much new, there was one interesting issue. Who is the real Stephen Richards? 6' 5" & 230 pounds of bad ass muscle, or 5' 7" & only 135 pounds soaking wet? =)  Is it just me, or do these two pictures not look like the same person? Just having fun with you Stephen.

No Updates Yesterday?:
Yeah, my internet connection died :( I had to russle up a 56k modem to update the site with. The problem isn't with my ISP, it's with Ameritech, they busted my line and can't even issue an order to fix it till Monday! What's up with that? I was on the phone with them yesterday for 6 hours! If you're as unhappy as I am, please feel free to call 1-800-572-4545 (dial codes 1,1,2 to get to the correct department) and express your opinion. Just refer to me as "The Man". =)

What Was Missed Yesterday?:
Sony looses another battle with Connectix
Virtual Game Station (PSX emulator) v1.2 released
Moonrise project revealed (will emulate the PSX and 3 other consoles)


Friday, March 12th, 1999
Download the New Star Wars Trailer:
Episode I Poster "The solution to pollution is dilution." While tree huggers may not agree with that statement, it does apply to the new Star Wars trailer. It's hard to get this trailer because of the "pollution" of millions of people trying to download it. My "solution" is to provide another place to download it, thus "diluting" bandwidth problems on key servers (mainly starwars.com and apple.com). This file was being hosted on a Web Jump server till we all killed it! =) Thanks to Chad W. for the alternate file hosting.

JoseQ's EmuViews is Back Up:
After being down for about 3 days, JoseQ's EmuViews is back on-line at a his new host. It appears that he wasn't welcome so he packed up his server and moved it. Read his site for all of the details.

Thursday, March 11th, 1999
Official MAME32 v0.35 Beta 5 Released!
Right on the heals of the unofficial MAME32 beta 5 release comes the official one. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Unofficial MAME32 v0.35 Beta 5 Released:
The unofficial MAME32 v0.35 beta 5 has been released. Please note that this is NOT the official 32-bit version written by MAME team. To download, visit the M.A.M.E. section.

AMAME & PMAME v0.35 Beta 5 (asm) Updated:
Rodimus Prime has updated the assembly core versions of his AMAME and PMAME to be up to date with MAME. Download these as well as the C core versions updated yesterday from the M.A.M.E section.

KBMAME Development Pauses?
Yesterday the project ended, today it's only paused... I guess only time will tell what will really happen with KBMAME.

Wednesday, March 10th, 1999
KBMAME Development Ends:
After only a few weeks in existance, KBMAME (a Neo-Geo version of MAME with additional features like combo key assignments, 16-bit color and saves states) ends. The home page only says "3/11/99 KBMAME Project Ends". My guess is that his changes have been incorporated into the core of MAME, so there's no longer any need to develop KBMAME on his own.

AMAME & PMAME v0.35 Beta 5 Released:
AMAME and PMAME (the unofficial AMD/PII and Pentium/Pentium MMX versions of MAME) have been released. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

bleem! Site Updated:
While it's not the big news everyone has been waiting for, the bleem! site has been updated. I seems like bleem! will be released sooner rather than later and there was some clarifications to previous announcements. Read about it at the above link. Also, it appears that Final Fantasy 8 does run on bleem!. This has not been confirmed by bleem! but you can take a look at these screen shots and decide for yourself.

5 New Arcade Cabinet Conversions:
I've put off adding new arcade cabinet conversions for a few weeks but today you can view 5 new ones by: CodeBlue, John Babina III, James S. Bright, Pete Bartusek & Zinc. These cabinet conversions feature an excellent cabint with spinner and glowing trackball, a Dragon's Lair conversion, and another cocktail. Click on the above link and scroll down to the last 5 cabinets on the page.

The ... T-Shirt:
I guess there are still some good Monica jokes out there. Thanks to Mark H. for the picture.

Tuesday, March 9th, 1999
Screen Shots for [email protected]:
The screen shots for MAME v0.35 beta 3, 4, & 5 have been released. I'm having a problem with Paint Shop Pro where when I load certain mame screen shots my computer locks up hard. This caused the release of these updates to be delayed. In any case, you can now download them from the Front-Ends section. Thanks to Gerardo for helping with these images.

KBMAME Build 7 Released:
KBMAME is the Neo-Geo only version of MAME that supports additional features. This release fixes some assembly core issues so that Shock Troopers again works. Also, it adds a new save state feature so you can save where you are in the game and continue later. Download from the M.A.M.E. section.

EMU Views Will Be Back:
I'm sure you have all noticed that EMU Views has been down for the past couple of days. He's having some server problems and will be back on-line in a few days.

Monday, March 8th, 1999
KBMAME v0.35 Beta 5 Released:
KBMAME v0.35 beta 5 (the unofficial Neo-Geo only version of MAME that is quicker (asm core), has 16-bit color for all games, and has special combo move key assignments has been upgrade to be incline with DOS MAME. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Sunday, March 7th, 1999
MAME v0.35 Beta 5 Released!
MAME v0.35 beta 5 has been released. It adds support for a few more games (Boulder Dash, Crackshot & Vimana) and a few minor core changes. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Ultra.ini v1.0.11 Released!
This version makes Famista 64 fully playable! The complete set of new features includes:
  • Famista 64 now fully playable (-Max- & Gecko)
  • Perfect Striker added to almost playable: several reports of it working (Gecko)
  • Added cheats to Aero Gauge (NiR-7)
  • Added TONS of cheats & fixes to Zelda (^Virtual Emulation^ & Satan)
  • Added more cheats to Starfox 64 (Crazy Bug & NiR-7)
  • Added more cheats to BattleTanx (Skates)
  • Added more cheats to Super Mario 64 (Nor Smadacm)
  • Added more cheats to Duke Nukem 64 (NiR-7)
  • Added more cheats to Mario Kart 64 (NiR-7)
  • Added more cheats to Quake 64 (NiR-7)
  • Added more cheats to Rampage World Tour (NiR-7)
  • Added resolution of 320x240 which is faster, but only 1/4 screen (Unknown)
  • More work done on Diddy Kong Racing, still not playable (NINTENDA)
  • Fixed optimize tag in WarGods (NINTENDA)
  • Added comments to additional games (Logan R., Mike, -=UssU=-, DEMON NiGHT, fiath & fdumouli)
Download from the above link.

AMAME & PMAME Updated:
AMAME & PMAME have been updated to support the new Neo-Geo ROM dumps. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Friday, March 5th, 1999
Sunset Released (New N64 Emulator):
As reported here last week, Sunset (the new N64 emulator) was released today. This N64 emulator also uses dynamic recompilation like UltraHLE so it's fast. However, it's a crippled beta that only runs demos. However, the word is that they are well underway getting this emulator to run commercial software. Download it from their site using the above link. Thanks to Retrogames for the news.

AMAME, PMAME, & MAME32 Updated:
AMAME & PMAME have been updated to v0.35 beta 4. Also, I forgot to report that the UNOFFICIAL MAME32 v0.35 beta 4 was released yesterday. Download these from the M.A.M.E section.

Thursday, March 4th, 1999
RealityMan Quits Emulation:
Pure News. is reporting that RealityMan (one of the authors of UltraHLE) is quitting emulation altogether. :( You can read his full statement at the above link. I wonder what he did with the source code? 1) Deleted it? 2) Sitting idle on his hard drive? 3) Gave it to another N64 emulator author? Hmm.

Old Dressing or a Y2K Bug?
My wife was going to make a salad and, as we all should, checked the expiration date before opening it. February 1900!? Either this is really old dressing or a Y2K "bug". Just to make sure, I'm going to skip the salad. I should take it back to the store and demand a refund =) Check out the image at the above link.

bleem! Delayed a Little Longer:
It appears that bleem! will not be released this week as previously thought. This is just little setback and it should be released shortly. They're asking for your opinion if you'd rather see bleem! released now at 95% or wait for the final 5% to be completed. But please, if you contact them, don't get angry or be rude. They've been getting these types of e-mails of late and it doesn't help them complete the project any faster. If it does anything, it makes them want to abandon the project altogether. In other words, follow this simple rule: "If you didn't pay for it, you don't have the right to bitch."

Unofficial MAME32 V0.35 Beta 4 Released:
The unofficial MAME32 v0.35 beta 4 has been released. Please note that this is NOT the official version of MAME32. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Thanks for Your [email protected] Birthday Wishes:
Thanks to everyone who sent e-mail to wish [email protected] a happy birthday. I got TONS of e-mails. Made me feel appreciated :)

Wednesday, March 3rd, 1999
Spinner Winner Selected:
Congratulations go out to Adam M. from Tennessee for being the winner of the Twisty-Spinner. It's being sent out today. Have fun with your new toy!

Arcade Dump:
Warning: the above link is of a graphic nature. View at your own risk. I almost got sick when I saw these pictures. You've been warned!

Tuesday, March 2nd, 1999
Happy Birthday [email protected]!
Hey, I almost forgot. It's [email protected]'s 1 year birthday today. And not a single person sent me a card :( Oh well, there's always next year. =)

Join #arcadeathome:
Come join the official EFNet channel for [email protected]: #arcadeathome. Here you can talk about MAME, Retrocade, [email protected], UltraHLE, other emulators or anything else that tickles your fancy (always wanted to say that). This is a friendy channel, you won't be kicked or banned for asking something stupid, you may not get an answer though =)

KBMAME v0.35 Beta 4 Released:
KBMAME v0.35 beta 4 has been released. This version brings it up to date with the official MAME and uses a new assembly core that works better. You can download KBMAME from the M.A.M.E. section. Visit the KBMAME home page for details of this release and of KBMAME in general.

Monday, March 1st, 1999
Ultra.ini v1.0.10 Released:
A new version of the Ultra.ini file is released that supports the following features:
  • Aero Gauge now playable: see notes! (TJ)
  • GoldenEye 007 EUR now playable: you must select US or EUR (CrJack)
  • Duke Nukem 64 speed up and some graphic fixes (NINTENDA)
  • GoldenEye 007 speed up (NINTENDA)
  • Great ini help text file: Ultraini.txt (__JC & -Max-)
  • Cheats for Milo's Astro Lanes (Ego Master)
  • New GoldenEye 007 cheats (Waveform2 & Skates)
  • Added comments to additional games (Donkie M. & Mike G. & -=UssU=-)
Download it from the above link.

UltraHLE Continuation Confirmed!
As I reported on Saturday, the continuation of UltraHLE has been comfirmed! Also confirmed is the new N64 emulator that I reported on Saturday as well :) Read the above link for all the details.

New UltraHLE Forum:
A new forum topic has been added for you to talk about UltraHLE and the Ultra.ini file. Have fun.




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