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News from October 1999

Sunday, October 31st, 1999
RockNES v0.981 Released:
RockNES v0.981 was released yesterday. This version adds the following:
  • Fixed a sprite priority problem (Punch-Out!! is ok again);
  • Fixed some mirroring problems due the new code;
  • Fixed palette RAM mirroring;
  • Fixed `-cps' option (cycles per scanline), working again;
  • Pattern blitter rewritten;
  • Default cycles per scanline changed to 113;
  • Joystick calibration disabled.
Thanks to EmuViews for the news. Download from the Console Emulation section.

AMAME/PMAME v0.36 Beta 8 Released:
Rodimus Prime has released his AMAME and PMAME v0.36 beta 8. Remember that if you're running a P2/P3/Celeron you should be using AMAME, only Pentium Classic and Pentium MMX should be using PMAME. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Saturday, October 30th, 1999
MAME! v0.36 Beta 8.1 Released!
MAME! is my enhanced version of MAME which adds a few features to make MAME more enjoyable. Only a few lines of code are changed, so compatibility should still be 100%. Features include the removal of non-critical warning messages and game information on startup and modified reports to make using front-ends, like Arcade@Home, easier and faster to use. The name was changed to MAME! to conform with the modified MAME license agreement. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME v0.36 Beta 8 Binary Released!
It's available! This release supports 37 new games for a total of 1831. New supported games and clones include:
  • Bogey Manor [Bryan McPhail]
  • Trio the Punch [Bryan McPhail]
  • Chuka Taisen [Quench]
  • Assault [Keith Wilkins]
  • Ordyne [Keith Wilkins]
  • Mirai Ninja [Keith Wilkins]
  • Phelios [Keith Wilkins]
  • Legend of Walkyrie [Keith Wilkins]
  • Finest Hour [Keith Wilkins]
  • Burning Force [Keith Wilkins]
  • Marvel Land [Keith Wilkins]
  • Dragon Saber [Keith Wilkins]
  • Rolling Thunder 2 [Keith Wilkins]
  • Cosmo Gang [Keith Wilkins]
  • The Hustler [Manuel Abadia]
  • Vulcan Venture [Phil Stroffolino, Nao, Dave Spicer]
  • Devil World [Phil Stroffolino]
  • Cue Brick [Phil Stroffolino]
  • Hard Puncher [Phil Stroffolino]
  • R-Type II (Japan)
  • Arkanoid 2 (Japan)
  • Looper (= Changes)
  • The End (Konami)
  • Tumble Pop (original) [Bryan McPhail, Chris Hardy]
  • Tokushu Butai Jackal
  • Out Zone (bootleg)
  • Hyper Olympic '84 (= Hyper Sports)
  • Guttong Gottong (= Locomotion)
  • Strategy X (Konami)
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME v0.36 Beta 8 Will be On-line Shortly:
It's been released, I'm downloading and compiling now. The binary will be up shortly.

EMU+ v0.36 Beta 7 Released:
Dan finally got around his computer problems enough to catch up to latest version of MAME. EMU+ is an enhanced version of MAME that adds a bunch of new features.
  • Added support for the Top 3 MARP hiscore listings. Accessed via the tab menu.
  • Added Robert J Ragno's mamegrip and mamejoy changes. Along with Andy's OPTIMame changes. Big thanks for all the work on those guys.
  • Analog support should work (i.e., the analog pad on the Xterminator should work smoothly)
  • Fixes annoying (but harmless) crashes upon exiting that occur on a few systems.
  • Produces a "grip.out" file that shows the state of your joysticks and is useful for debugging.
  • Ability to turn auto-centering on and off from the Analog Control menu, thanks to Andy and his OptiMame.
  • The option to choose which analog joystick axis corresponds to which analog axis in the game. Thus, you can swap the analog X and Y axes, or use the flippers and throttle on the Xterminator (or an inferior controller) as true analog controls. To use this, select the menu option "Analog Axes" and use left and right to select the axis. Only available analog axes will show up. "default" chooses the first analog stick. (These settings aren't saved...)
  • Debug output is created for all joysticks, in "joy.out".
  • If an invalid joystick name is entered, the user is asked for a valid one, with a menu (like with sound).
  • Unsigned axes (such as throttles, commonly) are fixed in MAME.
  • Throttles register digitally, and can be used as buttons.
  • A held-down button will not mess up the joystick settings process.
  • Some more small Allegro fixes, such as in the axis names.
  • All controls on the devices should be supported. The names should also be accurately fetched from the GrIP driver.
  • Added guihost support for rom audits via A@H front end. Thanks Tim. See the readme_emu.txt for more info on what guihost = yes does.
Please note that the EMU+ home page is out right now. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Free US Calls from Anywhere in the World!
That's right, you can now make unlimited free calls to anyone in the US from anywhere in the world! Dialpad is a Java application that uses your computer to dial any US number. I tried it with several people and it worked. Then, I had someone from Australia call me through the Dialpad server and it worked as well. Note that if you're in the US, you can't call overseas, but works the other way. What's the catch? Really, there isn't any. The Java application window also includes a banner. Your unlimited calls are paid by the advertising. Very cool, try it out.

Friday, October 29th, 1999
Position of Congress on Classic Emulation:
After yesterdays bizarre news from the House of Representatives about Space Invaders (see above link), I decided to do some probing on the subject of Congress' view of classic emulation. I got a reply from a congressional staff member that wishes to remain anonymous. He said, and I quote: "[we] enjoy reliving fond arcade memories from the past." and: "It's safe to say, though, that you won't be seeing any anti-emulation legislation getting through this Congress.". I'm speechless.

Thursday, October 28th, 1999
House is Prepared for Space Invaders:
I didn't believe this link when I first saw it, but it really is on the Office of the House Majority Leader's web site (note the URL). I'm guessing there's a classic game fan that works on their web site. Thanks to Richard for the link.

Appears that Atila from Retrogames has a Fan:
Check out the above link. I don't think this guy likes Atila from Retrogames very much. It also seems that the same person is fairly miffed at me as well. Thanks to Exodus3D for the links.

Arcade Party Pak Released:
Very cool, Midway releases more classic games:
    "Midway announced on Wednesday that its latest title, Arcade Party Pak, has released for the PC and PlayStation. The Pak includes the following arcade classics: Rampage, Smash TV, Super Sprint, Toobin', and KLAX. Exclusive to the PlayStation version will be 720 (Degrees), and exclusive to the PC version will be Rampart."
Check out the above link for the complete details.

Wednesday, October 27th, 1999
MAME for Digita:
This story has been floating around all day yesterday. Is it possible that MAME could run on a digital camera? Yes, it's possible. I've been in contact with someone from FlashPoint (the company that designed Digita). I hope to have an animation of the camera playing a MAME game tomorrow (that is, if it's for real). My policy is that an emulator is fake till I see it or it's proven to me. A site on AOL is not proof by any means. Nor is it when the coders name is James Surine (take the J and S off that name for some fun). I decided to try porting MAME over to my Nikon CoolPix 950 digital camera and was able to get KOF99 running. Boy does a digital camera emulating KOF99 suck batteries!

Jnes v0.26c Released:
Jnes has been upgraded to v0.26c. This release has "some cosmetic updates, and a rather large processor alignment issue was discovered that affected performance." Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Tuesday, October 26th, 1999
MAME v0.36 Beta 7.1 Released:
This is an enhanced version of MAME which makes using MAME in a front-end or a cabinet more enjoyable. Three basic features have been added:
  • The guihost command which removes the non-critical warning messages and the game information pages on startup (great for people using cabinets).
  • Games listed as "NO GOOD DUMP KNOWN" don't show as a bad ROM set (great for those using the Arcade@Home front-end).
  • -verifyroms lists missing ROMs as bad (great for those using the Arcade@Home front-end).
Read the changes.txt file for details on each of these enhancements. Note that the source code changes are included in the archive. Download from the M.A.M.E. section.

Greatly Expanded Arcade Emulation Section:
Check out the Arcade Emulation section to see the greatly expanded list of arcade emulators that I will now be carrying. Not every arcade emulator is listed, but I believe all the major players are available for download. Check it out at the above link or on the left navigation menu.

bleem! v1.5 Released:
It's a little late, but at least it's here. I haven't tried it out yet, but I hear it's a great improvement. There are a TON of enhancements to this release, so visit the bleem! site at the above link to read all about it and download the full version (if you have the CD key).

Monday, October 25th, 1999
RockNES v0.98 Released:
RockNES version 0.98 has been released. This version adds the following:
  • Added a ID header to saved states (to prevent crashing when not compatible);
  • Mapper #19 improved (still buggy);
  • Mapper #23 fixed (Kid Dracula works ok);
  • Mapper #24 fixed (CV3j works ok);
  • Mapper #25 fixed (Gradius ][ works ok);
  • Mapper #26 fixed (Madara works ok);
  • NES NameTable mirroring fixed (CastleVania 3j mirroring is perfect);
  • Fixed ROM information display (mirroring);
  • Fixed an old sprite priority problem;
  • Fixed screen clearing (normal and intensity);
  • Fixed `-b' option (battery file, working again);
  • Fixed a mapper #0 loading bug;
  • Removed a sound hacking added in 0.97 (some notes were too short);
  • Loopy's palette updated (-pal 2);
  • Minor optmizations (less math) and cosmetic changes;
  • Compiled with Allegro 3.9.26 (WIP), hence support for Grip/Grip4 inputs;
  • Binary compressed with UPX 0.84;
  • Documentation (+FAQ) slightly updated.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

So it's not emulation related, but it is a modern version of the retro game Tron. This version is very cool in that it gives you a first person view from inside the light cycle. It also has OpenGL, Glide, and DirectX versions. While hardly the most complex game, it's still fun to play. A net version of this game would really be cool. Thanks to Colton for the link.

MAME32 v0.36 Beta 7 Released!
MAME32 v0.36 beta 7 has been released. This brings the official Windows 32-bit version up to date with the DOS version. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Sunday, October 24th, 1999
Jnes v0.26b Released:
Jnes version 0.26b has been released. This version adds "further improves the Direct Input interface, an increase in Pcm channel accuracy, and an increase in the audio generation quality." Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Saturday, October 23rd, 1999
PACDX v1.0 Released!
PACDX is that great enhanced Pac-Man emulator that I've been talking about for the last few weeks now available for for everyone to try out. Download it from the new Arcade Emu section on the left menu (if you don't see it, reload or refresh that frame).

8 New Arcade Cabinet Conversions:
I finally got around to going through my arcade cabinet e-mail and posted 8 new conversions on the Cabinet Pics section. These cabinets feature spinners, trackballs, and even a cocktail with a spinner. Check them out at the above link (make sure you scroll down to the bottom to see the new additions).

Friday, October 22nd, 1999
Updated Catver.ini File:
Gerardo has updated the Arcade@Home front-end Catver.ini file to add MAME v0.36 beta 7 games. This is an optional file that adds category and version information to each game in Arcade@Home. Because this information is not stored in MAME, this file is used. Downlaod it from the Front-Ends section.

Latest PACDX Private Beta:
Received the latest private beta of PACDX and it looks great. If you don't know what PACDX is, it's a Pac-Man emulator (written by Mike Green of Speek & Spell Simulator fame) that has been updated with fresh new graphics. Their site at the above link now shows side by side screen shots of the standard Pac-Man and the enhanced PACDX. Because it's a Pac-Man emulator at the core, your old patterns and techniques still work. There could be a public release as soon as Saturday if this last beta turns out to be stable (which it appears to be).

PMAME v0.36 Beta 7 Released:
Rodimus Prime's PMAME v0.36 beta 7 has been released. PMAME is designed to be used with the Pentium classic and Pentium MMX CPU's. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to Dotmatrix for the news.

In the spirit of Yahoo! comes YourMom!. The site is an exact copy of Yahoo!'s layout except it lists tons of YourMom! jokes in a nice categorized way (ala Yahoo!). When you find that special YourMom! joke, you can send it to a "friend" through their on-line postcard system. Here's a seasonal YourMom! yoke for you: "Your Mom's so ugly people go as her for Halloween." =) Thanks to Mame Fan for the link.

Thursday, October 21st, 1999
Site News:
The move to the new server went fairly smooth. 98.4% of everyone's DNS server is pointing to the new location and the remaining 1.6% should be updated in the next few days. Because of the move, I'm having e-mail trouble. Your e-mail isn't lost, I just can't access it, so please be patient. Finally, we'll be going through the 11 million visitor mark in the next few minutes! Remember to tell a friend about Arcade@Home =)

NeoCD v0.46 Released:
NeoCD version 0.46 has been released. This version adds the following new features:
  • Recompiled using latest Allegro WIP.
  • Added gamma correction.
  • Dropped VM assisted screen save/restore. (Unstable)
  • Macrokeys for both players
  • Cheat codes
  • Possibility to mess with debug mode
  • Some bug fixes
  • Support for N64 pads
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Retrotimes Issue #26 Released:
Tomorrow's Heroes' Retrogaming Times issue #26 has been released. This is a great on-line retro gaming magazine. Check it out at the above link.

Wednesday, October 20th, 1999
AMAME v0.36 Beta 7 Released:
Rodimus Prime has released his AMAME v0.36 beta 7 C and ASM cores (the ASM core is faster). Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Tuesday, October 19th, 1999
The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide:
Need some tips on winning that game of Rock Paper Scissors (aka Paper Scissors Stone) with your big brother? Then this is the site for you! Tons of tips, strategies, rules, FAQ and much more. An example of an advanced strategy is to act like you know what your opponents next move will be by making comments like:
  • "I knew that would be your next move",
  • "Rock? Hmmmm... Frankly I am surprised that Paper obviously didn't even occur to you.",
  • "This time, actually think before you throw."
  • "I don't suggest using the Avalanche gambit on me; I did invent it, after all."
  • ...and other comments of a similar tone.
Wow! Amazing... And all along I thought it was just a game of chance. =) Thanks to KidHype for the link.

MacMAME v0.36 Beta 7 Released:
MacMAME v0.36 beta 7 has been released. This version includes the following new features:
  • In sync with DOS beta 7. [Brad Oliver]
  • Many changes to the audit options, and the audit settings are now saved. [John Butler]
  • Brought the 680x PPC cores inline with their DOS counterparts. [Aaron Giles]
  • Fixed problem with Nemesis & related games rendering improperly in software mode. [Brad Oliver]
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

helloGB Updated:
helloGB gets an update to version 110309+. This release corrects problems with color GameBoy games. Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Vintage Gaming Network for the news.

Monday, October 18th, 1999
PACDX Private Beta Update:
While still in private beta, this enhanced Pac-Man emulator is really shaping up. Updated graphics, transparent ghosts & colorful backdrops while still keeping to the original arcade Pac-Man movements and patterns make this a real gem to play. The way it looks now, just sound and a few polishing are all that remains before a public release. Check out screen shots and technical information on the home page at the above link.

MESS v0.36 Beta 7 Released:
MESS (the multi-console/computer emulator) has been upgraded to v 0.36 beta 7. This release supports two new drivers:
  • KIM 1 [Juergen Buchmueller]
  • Tandy 1000TX (PC clone) [Juergen Buchmueller]
Many other changes as well (read the whatsnew file). Download it from the Console Emulation section.

LoopyNES Updated:
LoopyNES was updated. The current release adds a scanlines mode, and mappers 21 & 25 were added. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

RomCenter 1.70 Released:
RomCenter is a MAME ROM file manager and audit tool. Version 1.70 adds MANY new features (too many to list here). Check out the above link for a listing of the new features and to download the file.

Saint's Stick-It Review:
Saint from the great Build Your Own Arcade Controls site has posted a review of a new control panel called Stick-It. Stick-It is similar to the HotRod, but it has programmable controls and costs $50 less. Check out the review at the above link.

Unofficial MAME32 v0.36 Beta 7:
P2L97's unofficial MAME32 with autofire version 0.36 beta 7 has been released. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Moving to a New Server:
Arcade@Home is moving to a new faster server. The new server should provide MUCH faster downloads for those on high speed connections. Currently, many of the file downloads are already pointing to the new server and the entire site should be moved over in the next day or two. If you experience any problems or broken links, please notify me.

Sunday, October 17th, 1999
New MAME Samples On Line:
The new and updated MAME samples for MAME v0.36 Beta 7 are now on line and ready to download. This includes the rim.wav file in Congo that MAME is looking for (but I hear doesn't use). Get them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Saturday, October 16th, 1999
MAME v0.36 Beta 7 Binary Released!
New games supported:
  • Spiker [Aaron Giles]
  • Finalizer - Super Transformation [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Crazy Climber 2 [Takahiro Nogi]
  • Syusse Oozumou [Takahiro Nogi]
  • Mayday [Aaron Giles]
  • Chimera Beast [Luca Elia]
  • Iga Ninjyutsuden [Luca Elia]
  • Plus Alpha [Luca Elia]
  • Peek-a-Boo! [Luca Elia]
  • Orbitron [Zsolt Vasvari]
  • Mystic Riders [Bryan McPhail]
  • Herbie at the Olympics [Mike Coates]
  • Arcade Classics [Aaron Giles]
  • Sparkz [Aaron Giles]
  • Battle Chopper [Nao]
  • Ninja Spirit [Nao]
  • Image Fight [Nao]
  • Legend of Hero Tonma [Nao]
  • X Multiply [Nao]
  • Dragon Breed [Nao]
New clones supported:
  • Snow Bros (set 3)
  • Makai Densetsu (= Legend of Makai)
  • Growl (US)
  • Runark (= Growl)
  • Tough Turf (US) [Andrew Prime]
These drivers have improved GRAPHICS:
  • Added raster effects to Neo Turf Masters and Sengoku 2. [Massimo Morra]
  • Fixed colors in Wanted, Marine Boy, Changes and Hopper Robo. [Zsolt Vasvari]
  • More fixes in the Toaplan games. [Satoshi Suzuki]
These drivers have new or improved SOUND:
  • Fixed YM2151 sound board support for Joust 2. [Aaron Giles]
  • Sound in Blasted and Max RPM. [Aaron Giles]
  • Completed samples support in Space Panic. [Mike Coates]
  • Samples support in Invinco and Pulsar. [Zsolt Vasvari]
  • Fixed coin sound in Naughty Boy. [Sal Bugliarisi]
  • Sound in Hot Chase. [CAB]
Other drivers changes:
  • Improved Battle Lane. [Paul Leaman]
  • Fixed Turkey Shoot. [Aaron Giles]
Changes to the main program:
  • [DOS] The new Allegro library supports the Gravis GrIP devices, use
  • joy grip or -joy grip4 to enable.
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME v0.36 Beta 7 Out:
The source is out, but I'm still compiling it. I'll release it shortly!

Dave's Classics Gets a New Name:
Dave's Video Game Classics got a new name and a new domain. It's now called The Vintage Gaming Network (www.vg-network.com). I spoke with Dave last night and he confirms that it's just a name change and he still owns it. Basically, he recruited a staff to help him update the site, changed the site's focus, the site name, and the look and feel. However, it's still the same old Dave's Classics with a new "skin". I hope this creates some needed and well deserved free time for him. Everyone wish Dave good luck!

LoopyNES Updated:
LoopyNES got an update yesterday (10/15). This version fixes a 6502 bug. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Stella v1.1.1 Mac Released:
Stella (Atari 2600 emulator) v1.1.1 for the Mac has been released. "This version fixes the buggy control problems that many users experienced, and no longer requires Mac OS 8.5." download it from the Console Emulation section.

Friday, October 15th, 1999
ArcadePC Officially Available:
HanaHo's ArcadePC is now available for sale. HanaHo is the compnay who makes the HotRod controller. The ArcadePC is a complete cabinet along with arcade monitor. The retail price is $799 and many optinos are available. Check it out at the above link.

Cable Company Cut my Phone Line:
The good news is that the local cable company is installing their new 2-way high-bandwidth cable so I can finally have cable modem access. The bad news is that in the process, they cut my current phone and ISDN connection. This leaves me without my primary or backup internet connection :( No worry, I'm at my parent's house doing this update. Nothing much is happening right now, but I smell a new MAME release in the near future. They also should have my phone lines back up in the next few hours.

Thursday, October 14th, 1999
Snes9x v1.2.6a Mac Released:
Snes9x for the Mac has been updated to version 1.2.6a! "This version fixes crashing problems under older versions of the Mac OS, and adds some cool features like a framerate counter. Unfortunately, Super Mario Kart isn't working properly in this version." Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Wednesday, October 13th, 1999
MAME WIP Update:
The MAME WIP page was updated with information on a Namco System 2 driver update by Keith Wilkins. This driver includes "controls working in most games, and also fixed a lot of the graphics bugs. The playable games are now Assault, Ordyne, Mirai Ninja, Phelios, Legend of Walkyrie, Finest Hour, Burning Force, Marvel Land, Dragon Saber and Cosmo Gang the Video." Check out the MAME WIP page for all the details and pictures at the above link.

Snes9x v1.26b DOS Released:
Snex9x for DOS has been updated to version 1.26b. This release adds the following:
  • Fixed a bug in the config file support, which caused Snes9x to 'do nothing' when no rom was loaded from the command line. Snes9x would fail to run anything and would show only a black screen. Now how come I didn't notice this earlier??
  • Added an option to disable the GUI. Edit 'snes9x.ini' and set 'UseGUI = 0'.
  • The debugger is back [for those who understand the concept of debugging]. Press F5 to start the debugger. Debugger options and commands can be found in 'debugger.txt'.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Pugsy's MAME Cheats Updated:
Pugsy has updated his MAME cheat file to include MAME v0.36 beta 6 and other games. This version includes 18,684 cheats for 1,723 games! Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Tuesday, October 12th, 1999
New GameBoy Emulator Rew Released:
From the maker or DBoy comes a new GameBoy emulator, Rew. The difference is that this one runs in Windows and uses DirectX 5+. It also supports GameBoy Color and GameBoy Super. Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Daves VGC for the news.

Monday, October 11th, 1999
DOS Refresh Rate:
What to use high refresh rates in DOS but can't? Well, GStrangar has written a freeware tool that allows you to set a high refresh rate like 100Mhz and only takes up 1.5kb of RAM! This is great for using emulators like MAME. Check it out at the above link care of Sir Pimp.

MESS v0.36 Beta 6 Releasd:
This is a cool emulator. It's designed to emulate MANY different platforms and runs off MAME's core. Currently it emulates: Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari 800, Commodore Amiga (NTSC), Amstrad CPC 6128, Apple II (6 varieties), Bally Astrocade, EACA Colour Genie 2000, Color Computer, Colecovision, Dragon 32, Enterprise 128K, Sega Game Gear, Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Kaypro 2x, KC Compact, Nintendo Entertainment System, IBM PC/XT, PC Engine, PDP1 (SpaceWar!), Sega Master System, ZX Spectrum 48K, TI99/4A Home Computer, TRS-80 Model 1, & Vectrex! Download it from the Console Emulation section under a new page called Multi Console.

Sunday, October 10th, 1999
Corn v0.01a Released:
Corn is a great new N64 emulator that is VERY fast. This release also works with AMD processors. Note that Corn only works with Super Mario 64. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Saturday, October 9th, 1999
Corn v0.01 Released:
Corn is an ULTRA fast Nintendo 64 emulator that only supports Super Mario 64, but is VERY fast. This version cleans up all the graphics problems so it's now flawless. Also, you can throttle the speed with the F1 key (Each time you hit F1 it slows down further, F2 will speed up back up). Download it from the Console Emulation section.

SMS Plus v0.70a Released:
SMS Plus v0.70a was released. This version adds the following over v0.70:
  • Fixed a lot of bugs that caused crashes.
  • Game Gear games properly detected now.
  • Fixed a bug that caused stereo sound to not work.
  • Much faster display rendering.
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Daves VGC for the file.

Friday, October 8th, 1999
ArcadeOS v2.31 Released:
Brian Lewis' ArcadeOS DOS front-end for MAME in arcade cabinets has been upgraded to v2.31. This version adds the following:
  • Additional arcade monitor modes added
  • Added .APP files for various console emulators
  • Updated Callus' APP file to use new 384x224 mode
  • '1 Key press' custom list change
  • DOS Shell 'slimmed down'
  • Parent/Clone screenshot bug fixed
  • Added missing MAME joystick options (hotrod , PSX and N64 controllers)
  • Added MAME 'command line only options' (-log -record and -play)
  • Buttons 1,2 and 3 can now be optionally disabled individually
Download it from the Front-Ends section. Thanks to A. Saputo for the news.

PMAME v0.36 Beta 6 Released:
Rodimus Prime got back into town and compiled his PMAME using the latest MAME v0.36 beta 6 source. Remember, PMAME is for the Pentium "classic" and MMX only. PII, III and Celeron should use AMAME. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Thursday, October 7th, 1999
Space Invaders for the Playstation:
Activision has published a new version of the classic Space Invaders for the Playstation. Mike Stulir from Back In Time has written a review of the title at the above link. There's a hidden original version of Space Invaders in the new game, but Mike was unable to find it for this review. Next up on Mike's plate is a review of a remake of Q*Bert by Hasbro Interactive which is due in a few days. Stay tuned.

ClrMamePro Beta 4 Released:
ClrMamePro is a great MAME ROM manager written by Bogy. This version adds the following:
  • added: (advanced) fix missing option (a.k.a. add roms)
  • added: rebuilder subfolder switch (a.k.a. no recursive rebuild)
  • added: rebuilder remove-all-rebuilt-files-from-source switch
  • added: optional creation of a rebuilder-logfile
  • added: support for zipfiles with 'authentic verification' tags
  • added: always-on-top-option for scan-results window
  • added: five seconds timeout for lengthfix operation
  • added: tooltips
  • fixed: some current directory issues when using relative paths
  • fixed: selecting a game without wildcards doesn't select it
  • fixed: rebuilder doesn't stop in all cases when pressing stop
  • fixed: some minor gui related issues
  • misc: all files in backupfolder will be zipped
  • misc: backuped files aren't restored automatically anymore Use the 'fix missing' option instead (add the backupfolder to the 'add-paths' list).
  • misc: small rebuilder speed-up when rebuilding ~crcs + 0crcs
  • misc: new font for statistics dialog
  • misc: renamed exe and documentation file
Don't forget that the executable file name has changed! Download it from the M.A.M.E. section under Utilities.

Wednesday, October 6th, 1999
SMS Plus v0.70 Released:
This version adds the following:
  • Improved compatability, most all games work flawlessly.
  • Added Richard Mitton's blazingly-fast RAZE Z80 emulator.
  • Rewrite of the VDP emulation; much more accurate than before.
  • Speed throttling, VSync polling, FPS meter.
  • Configuration file for easy customization.
  • Support for "full-screen" 512x384 / 400x300 scaled displays.
  • YM2413 FM sound emulation courtesy of Zoop and Hiromitsu Shioya.
  • MMX enhanced graphics routines.
  • Stereo sound for Game Gear games.
Download it from the new Sega GameGear/SMS page on the Console Emulation section.

New Sega GameGear & Master System Section:
I've expanded the Console Emulation section to include another great console, the Sega Master System (SMS) and GameGear handheld. More sections and features to be added shortly. Check out the Console Emulation section.

Tuesday, October 5th, 1999
Rodimus Prime's AMAME Updated:
Rodimus Prime's AMAME has been updated to version 0.36 beta 6. This version also includes Robert Ragno's GRiP devices and Sidewinder support. Remember, AMAME is optimized for the PentiumII/III, AMD, and 486 processors. PMAME, designed for the Pentium (classic) should be released this Friday. Download AMAME from the M.A.M.E. section.

DBoy v0.53 Released:
Version 0.53 of DBoy (a great GameBoy emulator) has been released. As usual, I have no clue as to what's new because the doc is in Japanese. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Monday, October 4th, 1999
Flyer and Poster Archive Updated:
The Flyer and Poster Archive for MAME has been updated to pack #12. This pack adds 26 new flyers and replaces 8 ones. The total number of images in the archive is now 867. Download from his site at the above link.

Updated catver.ini for Arcade@Home:
The catver.ini file allows the Arcade@Home front-end to display game category information and the version of MAME that the game was added. This information is not included with MAME, and therefore cannot be generated automatically. Gerardo Jorrín has updated this file to included the MAME v0.36 beta 6 games. Download it from the Front-Ends section and install into your Arcade directory. Please note that this file is optional.

TRWin v1.23 Released:
TRWin is a nice N64 emulator that just got better. Version 1.23 adds the following:
  • Windows Explorer style browse window.
  • Primitive mempack & EEPROM support.
  • Rom Properites. Right click on a rom and set it properties.
  • Gfx emulation of most 2D/Sprite roms has been improved.
  • There are a couple of more roms that are now playable
  • Better support for other video cards, such as the Voodoo family, Riva128 and others. Some cards will be much faster.
  • Small speed increase for all roms.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

RockNES v0.97 Released:
RockNES (a very good Nintendo emulator) has been updated to version 0.97. This release adds the following features:
  • Appended datafile (yeah, bye rocknes.dat);
  • Fixed a CPU and a minor scrolling bug;
  • Minor fix in the sound core;
  • Added Mapper #8 support (such as Doraemon);
  • Minor Mapper #17 fix (Parodius looks better);
  • Mapper #18 rewritten, IRQs fixed (at least Bases Loaded works fine);
  • Mapper #26 (game Madara) fixed (still buggy);
  • Fixed a free memory problem;
  • Fixed a strange bug that causes random snapshot saving (???);
  • Better VS Platoon color support;
  • Second major code rewrite done (cleaned & bug fixed).
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Saturday, October 2nd, 1999
3 New MAMEs Released:
I was out most of the day helping a friend install a window and door and I come home to find MAME32, MacMAME, and X-MAME 0.36 beta 6 released. They are available for download on the M.A.M.E. section.

DBoy v0.52 Released:
One of if not the best GameBoy emulator gets an update today. DBoy v0.52 has been released. I have no clue as to what's new since it's in japanese. Can anyone translate? It's available on the Console Emulation section.

MAME Screen Shots:
All MAME screen shots are now on-line. This include the most games added in MAME v0.36 beta 6. They are available at the above link.

Friday, October 1st, 1999
Unofficial MAME32 v0.36 Beta 6:
The unofficial MAME32 v0.36 beta 6 has been released by P2L97. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME Screen Shots:
All MAME screen shots are now on-line. This include the most games added in MAME v0.36 beta 6. They are available at the above link.

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