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News from November 1999

Tuesday, November 30th, 1999
New Arcade IRC Channel:
The new stomping ground of myself and other gaming fans is #arcade on EFnet. I'll be adding a simple IRC client installation so anyone can get on-line to IRC EFnet in minutes. For the time being, you can try your hand at it yourself using the above link to mIRC, probably the most popular mIRC client.

Cheesy Classics:
Here's some cheesy versions of classic games. Megepede, Mortal Pong, and Cheesy Invaders. While different then the original games, okay, they are cheesy versions of the original games, they are still fun to play. The games are from the good old days of 320x240 VGA DOS graphics and have minimum hardware requirements of the 386+ variety. Thanks to Dreamer for this retro blast into the past with a cheesy turn.

Monday, November 29th, 1999
New MAME Samples:
To get ready for the next MAME, make sure you download the required sound samples for Pole Position and Turbo available on the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME Work in Process Info:
As if Pong and Pole Position isn't good enough, the next MAME beta should include a working driver for Turbo! Other WIP news is that Qsound is now emulated (albeit a few problems) as well as a few other driving games, most notably F1 GrandPrix Star. Check out a screen shot of Turbo at the image link to the left.

D-BOY v0.55ap Released:
Another release by BouKiChi. This seems to be a very small update and has something to do with lha and unzip (it's in Japanese, give me a break). =) Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Rew v09LC Released:
Rew is a Windows GameBoy emulator written by BouKiChi (same author of D-BOY). The most I can figure out what's new about this version is that it "Fixed multiple bugs". Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Sunday, November 28th, 1999
MAME & Pole Position:
Getting ready for the next MAME beta, you can download the sound samples for Pole Position from the M.A.M.E. section. Also, Arcade Emulation has a good assortment of games that should be included in the next MAME build. Check them out on the ROM Files section.

Saturday, November 27th, 1999
Raine v0.27 Alpha Released:
Raine v0.27 alpha has been released. The following games have been added:
    Game NameCompany/System Info
    Darius (alternate) Taito an updated version
    Nastar Warrior Taito just a clone
    Gun Lock Taito F3-System some gfx problems
    Grid Seeker Taito F3-System some gfx problems
    Kuri Kinton (alternate) Taito L-System an updated version
    Ghox Toaplan no sound (turbo protection)
    Exzisus Taito single screen version
    Snow Bros (japanese) Toaplan just a clone
    Snow Bros (alt 2) Toaplan just a clone
    Arkanoid 2 (japanese) Taito just a clone
    Makai Densetsu Jaleco legend of makai (japanese)
    Solitary Fighter Taito F2-System
    Shippu Mahou Daisakusen Toaplan
    Quiz sekai wa show by Taito F2-System
    Quiz Chikyu Bouei Gun Taito F2-System
    Football Champ Taito F2-System
    Euro Champ 92 Taito F2-System
Download it from the Arcade Emulation section.

ZSNES v0.987 Released:
ZSNES gets a small update today. The change in this version is: "Forgot to re-enable pitch modulation after disabling it for debugging purposes." Download the ASM/C and ASM versions on the Console Emulation section.

Friday, November 26th, 1999
Hi-Res M.A.M.E. Movie On-Line!
Dave Dries' M.A.M.E. movie now has a permanent home right here on [email protected]! The hi-res movie is 320x240 in stereo and 29.8MB in size. The low-res 160x120 mono version is also still available. I'll be adding a permanent link to the movies on the M.A.M.E. section. But for the time being, you can download them at the above link. If you want to link to these movies, please don't link to them directly because of their huge size. There's a link on the page that you should use instead. Thanks.

OpenGL Asteroid Clone - "A Steroid":
While not emulation, Paolo Cignoni's "A Steroid" (Asteroid clone) is a remake of a retro classic. It uses modern OpenGL graphics, music, and portability to run on multiple platforms (runs on Windows and Linux currently). It's also very fun to play. Check out his site at the above link or you can download the game directly (357k).

ClrMamePro RC1c Released:
Bogy has released his ClrMamePro release candidate 1c (RC1c). This version adds the following:
  • added: multiple rebuilder sources support
  • fixed: memory leak in unzip-inflating routine
  • fixed: issue when using unzipped roms + games + check spelling
  • misc: some changes in fix-name-confirmation-output
  • misc: number of selected games is displayed in titlebar
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section under Utilities

D-BOY v0.55a Released:
Another quick update by BouKiCHi of is great D-BOY GameBoy emulator. Like usual, I have no idea what's new, except for something about LOVE and LCD. Anyway, download it from the Console Emulation section.

Turkey Food Coma & Shopping:
We did have leftovers, buy my wife nixed the idea of inviting you all over for leftovers =) The Turkey coma set in and I can't remember the last time I slept that long. Of course, my wife left at 6:00am to go Christmas shopping. Deals or not, what possesses people to shop today, it's nuts out there.

Thursday, November 25th, 1999
bleem! v1.5b Released:
bleem! (the PSX emulator for Windows) gets a slight update today. This version includes the following fixes/changes:
  • Corrected a bug, which could cause bleem! to stop running mid-game
  • Changed DirectX Error Message Logic for older 3D Hardware (Voodoo 1,2,Rush)
Download it from their site at the above link.

MAME 3D Animation and Soundtrack:
Here's a cool 3D animation and soundtrack for MAME. It's 3.3MB and only seems to work with QuickTime set to Normal size. If you have QuickTime, download it at the above link and don't forget to set it to Normal size or you'll just hear the soundtrack. I hear there's a 30MB version of this movie as well. Thanks to Richard D. and Shayne for the news.

Happy Turkey Day!
Got a 30lb. tom in the fridge. If there are any leftovers, you're all invited over. =)

Wednesday, November 24th, 1999
Unofficial MAME32 Updated:
P2L97 has updated his unofficial MAME32 with autofire to include the latest official MAME32 source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MacMAME v0.36 Beta 10b Released:
Another update for MacMAME. Seems they've had some problems with MacOS 9 crashing. They hope this version has stopped the crashing. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

D-BOY v0.55:
D-BOY (a great GameBoy emulator) has been upgraded to version 0.55. What's new? Who knows? Something about MBC3 and .TDF. Anyway, it's been converted to ZIP format and is available on the Console Emulation section.

New Message Boards Open!
The old message boards have been updated with a new standard threaded design. I've done some extensive modifications so it fits with the design of the site and cleans up the look and feel a little. It records your IP address for security reasons but doesn't require you to sign in each time so it's less cumbersome then others. Also, many new sections have been added. The first person to post a message on each board gets a free copy of [email protected]! =) Check it out at the above link.

ZSNES v0.986 Released:
For the time being, I've gotten around my connection problems. Not sure what's up, but I think it's my ISP. Anyway, ZSNES v0.986 with both C and ASM cores have been updated. This version includes the following:
  • Re-added Sound Buffering. I was hoping to re-write it, but later found out that it wasn't worth the trouble.
  • Fixed some Triple Buffering bugs, but I can't figure out that flicker glitch on NVidia cards
  • Added Simulated Triple Buffering for cards without VESA 3.0 Hardware triple buffering. This method does some lose frames, but should be faster than v-sync. This only works on VESA 2.0 modes.
  • Fixed up directory sorting to always put ./.. at the top.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Tuesday, November 23rd, 1999
Football Champ for Raine Dumped:
Head on over to ROMLIST for the latest ROM dump. This one is Football Champ that will be emulated in the next public release of Raine. Thanks to Dutch for the news.

MAME32 v0.36 Beta 10 Released!
The official MAME32 v0.36 beta 10 has been released. This is the official release developed by the MAME team. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Monday, November 22nd, 1999
Pole Position I & II Added to MAME!
Just a few days ago Pong! was added to MAME and today yet other game thought next to impossible to emulate has been added. "Aaron Giles, Ernesto Corvi and Jürgen have submitted a fully working Pole Position 1 / 2 driver, it only lacks explosion and screeching tires samples." I'm sure the next beta release of MAME will include this most anticipated driver.

MESS v0.36 Beta 10 Released:
MESS (the Multiple Emulator Super System) has been updated to version 0.36 beta 10. MESS emulates a "mess" of console systems. It also uses MAME's core (hence the version number match). Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Virtual Boy v1.2 Released:
This new GameBoy emulator gets an update today which adds the following:
  • Bug fixes in CPU core and HDMA
  • New user interface: file save, reset, etc...
  • Joystick support
  • Fix in the DDraw code to allow screen switching
The author hopes for sound to be added in the next release. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAXIM 2000 Remote:
Here's a new remote called the MAXIM 2000 (Girlfriend Remote). I wonder if there's a Wife Remote model as well? Check it out at the above link. Thanks to Michael for the image.

PMAME v0.36 Beta 10 Released:
Rodimus Prime's PMAME v0.36 beta 10 has been released. This version is designed for the classic Pentium or Pentium MMX (Pentium II/III/Celeron should use AMAME). Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MacMAME v0.36 Beta 10a Released:
The Mac version of MAME had been updated to the v0.36 beta 10 core. Changes include:
  • Fixed crashing bug with Pong. [Brad Oliver]
  • Fixed issue where "Force 16-bit video" wasn't working. Note that not all drivers will render correctly if you force this depth, so report any oddities (we already know about Pong) to the appropriate places. [Brad Oliver]
  • In sync with DOS beta 10. [Brad Oliver]
  • Added some PPC assembly optimizations to the tms34010 core. [Aaron Giles]
  • Fixed the workaround for RAVE video distortions under MacOS 9/OpenGL 1.1.2. [Brad Oliver]
  • Added workaround for bug in InputSprocket 1.7.x and USB Gravis Gamepads. The 'dpad' need is broken on some USB devices (but not all), so I split it into 4 unique direction needs. [Brad Oliver]
  • You can now set the creator type for the text files the reports generate. The default type is "R*ch" which is BBEdit. Find this by clicking on the "Options..." button in the front-end. [Brad Oliver]
  • Many miscellaneous bug fixes and code cleanup. Additionally, the sample audit is disabled for this beta - it will return in the next release. [Brad Oliver]
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Sunday, November 21st, 1999
On-line Screen Shots Updated:
The on-line screen shots for MAME v0.36 beta 10 has been updated. This page shows screen shots for every MAME game. Also, visit the ROM Files section to see screen shots for just the latest added games.

Updated Catver.ini File:
Gerardo has released an updated catver.ini file used by the [email protected] front-end. This optional file provides [email protected] with game category and MAME version information. Download it from the Front-Ends section.

Unofficial MAME32 v0.36 Beta 10 Released:
P2L97's unofficial MAME32 has been released. This version is not supported by the MAME team so please don't contact them with any issues. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

AMAME v0.36 Beta 10 Released:
This AMD/PII/PIII/Celeron version of MAME created by Rodimus Prime has been updated. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Working MAME v0.36 Beta 10 Released:
I've fixed MAME so it no longer has a "crashing" problem with a particular command line argument which was causing problems with the [email protected] front-end. I can't call it MAME because I made some changes. Therefore, it's called "Working MAME". This is an unofficial derivative version of MAME. The term Working MAME was only chosen because it now works with [email protected] and other front-ends. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Patch for MAME Beta 10:
Seems that MAME beta 10 messed up some reports that cause the front-end [email protected] and probably others to fail when trying to update. Some have suggested this was done intentionally, but I can't believe that's true. No fear, the above link is a file you can extract into the [email protected] "Arcade" directory (should be in a sub directory off where Arcade.exe is). Just extract this file on top of your existing files and everything will work normally. If it asks you to search for new games, say no because it will fail if you say yes. I'm looking into this further, but wanted to give everyone this quick-fix till there is a permanent one.

Saturday, November 20th, 1999
MAME v0.36 Beta 10 Released!
MAME v0.36 beta 10 has been released. The two bigest additions are I,Robot and Pong! Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MESS v0.36 Beta 9.1 Released:
This multi-console emulator gets updated to the latest MAME source. Changes include:
  • PCSpeaker changed into custom sound driver and activated Adlib soundcard (YM3812 chip) implemented in PC driver. [Peter]
  • slight changes to the PDP1 driver.
  • [DOS] TI99 keyboard fix! [Raphael Nabet]
  • Various fixes to the amstrad, enterprise and spectrum drivers [Kev Thacker]
  • Corrected and extended recognition of sectors/track, heads, bytes/sector parameters in PC driver. Common formats in images are now detected without looking at DOS boot sector structures. [Peter]
  • [DOS] Now compiled with Allegro 3.9.27 WIP.
  • The core is based on MAME 0.36b9.1. This incorporates all features of the update to this core. [MAME team]
  • Updated CRC database files for a7800, coleco and nes. Added SMS and Gamegear database files. Added System History file (sysinfo.dat). The official maintainer is Chris Henry ([email protected]). Please send all CRC/History contributions to him.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

12 Million Visitor Mark:
Busting through the 12 million visitor mark anytime now. There's no prize for being visitor # 12 mil because in the past when I had a prize the poor counter died from the reloads :( Well, Now that I'm on the new faster server, maybe I'll be able to give something away at the next million visitor mark. Thanks to everyone who visits here on a regular basis.

Retrogaming Times #27 Released:
"Like clockwork, another issue of Retrogaming Times is up for classic gamers to enjoy! This fun and free newsletter features the following articles this month:"
  • Fred Wagaman gives tips on what to buy a classic gamer for Christmas
  • Alan Hewston shows off his Pitfall Halloween costume.
  • A new classic game prose story begins!
  • Ryan Harrison begins his series on Canadian Game Variations
  • MAME reviews of Hammerin Harry and Gun Dealer
  • A whole lot more!
The latest issue and all the back issues can be found at the above link.

EmuDX Beta 2 Released:
The second public beta of EmuDX which is an enhanced emulator for Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man has been released. This release "fixes lots of problems in beta 1, including Ms. Pac-Man sprite problem and music timing problem. Adds more flexibility and an .ini configuration file, as well as "Original" Graphics mode." Download it from the Arcade Emulation section.

Friday, November 19th, 1999
MacMAME v0.36 Beta 9.1 Released:
MacMAME v0.36 beta 9.1 has been released. This version adds the following:
  • In sync with DOS beta 9.1. [Brad Oliver]
  • Many bug fixes to the reporting and audit code. [John Butler]
  • You can now force 16-bit color for all games via a new checkbox in the video tab of the front-end. Note that doing so for games which use less than 256 colors will most likely cause a speed hit. Games which require 16-bit color will use 16-bit color regardless of the setting. [Brad Oliver]
  • Added extremely tacky workaround for bugs in the ATi RAVE drivers in MacOS 9 and/or OpenGL 1.1.2. {Brad Oliver]
  • Added keyboard shortcut for grabbing screenshots - Command-G. Thanks for George Warner for the suggestion. [Brad Oliver]
  • Synced in some MESS-specific changes. [Dennis Munsie]
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Thursday, November 18th, 1999
Tale of the $132 Dreamcast:
Guess what? I got my $132 Dreamcast in the mail today! They even included a free NFL2K! That was $132 including shipping. Sure, I did have to wait almost 2 months for it, but man, what a deal. Before you get too excited, WhatsHotNow only offered this for a short time when I ordered it. They no longer offer the DC console because of the HUGE number of orders they got. However, you can get DC games at 33% off including shipping which isn't bad.

D-BOY v0.54 Released:
D-BOY v0.54 has been released. Because it's in Japanese, I can't tell you what's new, but I do know there's something about HuC3, MBC3, and F10 (Quit & without save). Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Wednesday, November 17th, 1999
ClrMamePro RC1b Released:
ClrMamePro release candidate 1b has been released. This version adds the following:
  • added: drag'n drop support for the rebuilder
  • misc: CMPro can create the destination rebuilder folder
  • misc: rebuilder speed increase (esp. when skipping files)
  • misc: Some things about legal usage of ClrMamePro
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

EMUDX v1.0 beta Released:
EMUDX now goes to public beta and the first beta supports several new features. Besides the Pac-Man support, Ms. Pac-Man emulation has also added as well as sound and joystick support. Remember that this is a beta, and certain things may not be working correctly. Download it from the Arcade Emulation section.

Catver.ini for MAME beta 9.1 Released:
The catver.ini file is an optional file used along with the [email protected] front-end to give you catetory and version information (and allow you to sort accordingly). Download it from the Front-Ends section. Thanks to Gerardo for the file.

Unofficial MAME32 v0.36b9.1 Released:
The unofficial MAME32 has been upgraded to the latest MAME b9.1 source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Tuesday, November 16th, 1999
AMAME and PMAME v0.36 Beta 9.1:
AMAME and PMAME v0.36 beta 9.1 have been released by Rodimus Prime. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

ZSNES v0.985 Released:
This great SNES emulator gets an update. There are too many changes to list them all here, so check them out at the ZSNES site. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Monday, November 15th, 1999
Emulation Information Repository:
A new hosted site has been added to [email protected] This one is Thomas Samson's Emulation Information Repository which deals with collecting information about different consoles to make emulation projects easier. Check it out and if you have anything to contribute, let him know.

MAME Screen Shots Updated:
The MAME screen shots have been updated to include the new Beta 9.1 games. Check it out at the above link.

PCAE v2.2 Released:
This great Atari 2600 emulator gets an update. This version includes MANY new features. To read the new features, check out the PCAE home page. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Sunday, November 14th, 1999
Official MAME v0.36 Beta 9.1 Released:
The official MAME v0.36 beta 9.1 has been released. This version adds some slight changes to the TMS34010 emulation and changes the license agreement so derivative works are all but disallowed. I haven't gone through the entire agreement yet, but it appears that little changes that make using MAME faster and more enjoyable for users are no longer allowed. You can download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Pugsy's MAME Cheats Updated:
Pugsy has updated his MAME cheats. This release features 20,765 cheats for 1,770 games. It doesn't yet include beta 9 games, but he's working on that now. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Unofficial MAME32 v0.36 Beta 9:
P2L97 released his unofficial MAME32 v0.36 beta 9. This version of MAME is hosted right here on [email protected] (Unofficial MAME32). You can also download it from the M.A.M.E. section at the above link.

Saturday, November 13th, 1999
MAME! v0.36 Beta 9.1 Released!
This is my enhanced version of MAME!. It adds the same new features as beta 8.2 of MAME! just using the MAME beta 9 source. Please note that this version is NOT supported by MAMEDEV and you should contact me with any problems with it. Also note that Nicola expressed that he didn't want me releasing this build anymore, although it fully complies with the license agreement. I'll probably setup a vote so the users can decide if I should continue this build or not. Until then, you can download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME v0.36 Beta 9 Binary!
The binary for MAME v0.36 Beta 9 is now available from the M.A.M.E. section! Go get it. =)

MAME v0.36 Beta 9 Released!
I'm compiling now. Should be on-line shortly. Here's a listing of the new games:
    New games supported:
    • Kick and Run [Nicola Salmoria, Ernesto Corvi]
    • KiKi KaiKai [Nicola Salmoria, Ernesto Corvi]
    • Perfect Soldiers [Bryan McPhail]
    • Big Striker [Luca Elia]
    • Kick Off [Luca Elia]
    • Dream Soccer '94 [Bryan McPhail]
    • Kageki [Takahiro Nogi]
    New clones supported:
    • Mega Zone (Konami)
    • Donkey Kong 3 (Japan)
    • Ajax (Japan)
    • Ring no Ohja (= The Main Event)
    • Thunder Blaster (= Lethal Thunder)
    • Fantasy (SNK)
    • Blue Print (Jaleco)
    • X-Men (2 Players Japan)
    • Checkman (Galaxian hardware) [Zsolt Vasvari]
    • Contra (Japan)
    • Karate Dou (= Karate Champ)
    • Undercover Cops (Japan)
    • Dump Matsumoto (= Body Slam)
"Important: due to changes in the palette system, there might be games that had correct colors before, and wrong now. Please let us (meaning MAMEDEV) know if you find any."

MAME v0.36 Beta 9:
The word is that MAME v0.36 beta 9 will be release shortly. It doesn't look that I,Robot nor the TMS34010 speed-up will be included in this release. But we'll know for sure in a few. Stay tuned.

Friday, November 12th, 1999
Sweet Site of the Day:
Want to be an employee of the largest non-profit organization in the world? That's the goal of phester.org. Sounds like a noble cause, so I'm an employee or phester.org as well. I think the company's slogan is "sweet", but I'm not entirely sure. =) Anyway, visit and become an employee.

RetroFX Picures and Video!
RetroFX is another enhanced emulator like EmuDX or PacDX but this one emulates Ghosts'n Goblins. Not only is there a sample image (click on the image to the left) there's also an animation of the emulator in action. Two formats are provided, RealVideo(550k) and AVI(7.9M). These really show of how good it looks and proves that it's a real product. For more picures and information, check out their site at the above link.


Thursday, November 11th, 1999
I,Robot Works in MAME!
The latest private MAME build supports I,Robot! And I smell a release in the next few days. I,Robot was in MAME some time ago, but it didn't work so it was removed. Well, it's now back, and playable. I,Robot fans rejoice. No promises if the driver will be included in the next release of MAME.

EmuDX Private Beta:
Received the latest private beta of EmuDX (PacDX is the current release). This one included some sound! However, it seems that Mike is having major problems with his internet connection and therefore progress is going very slow. We probably won't see another release till after the first of the year :( Wish Mike good luck. I hope his problems get sorted out, because EmuDX is a great product.

TMS34010 CPU Speedup in MAME:
EmuViews is reporting that the TMS34010 CPU core in MAME has got a major speed up. The TMS34010 drives games like Mortal Kombat and Smash TV and others. If you have a Pentium 400+, it's very possible that you will be running at full speed very shortly.

Wednesday, November 10th, 1999
ClrMamePro RC1a Released:
ClrMamePro (a great MAME ROM manager) has been upgraded to RC1a (release candidate 1a). This version adds:
  • parser update for some retrocade datfiles
  • neogeo bios roms (neogeo.zip) can be put in the mame-main-folder, too
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Midway Classics Coming to the Internet:
A few days ago I reported that Atari and Shockwave teamed up to release freely playable internet versions of Super Breakout, Centipede, Frogger, and Missile Command. Well now it seems that Midway will also be doing this with their classics. Dream reports that initially 10 titles will be available including Defender, Joust, Spy Hunter, Moon Patrol and Marble Madness. You will be able to download them and play at full screen. They'll "soon" be available on Shockwave's site at the above link (as the press release reads). After 3 months, they'll also be available on Midway's own website.

DOS Vectrex Emulator Hosted Locally:
The DOS Vectrex Emulator (DVE) site is now hosted locally. If you don't know about the Vectrex, it was a very cool vector graphics console. Even better is that the manufacture has made the game ROMs public domain so you can freely download them (they're even packaged with the emulator). Check out the DVE site at the above link.

bleem! v1.5a Released:
bleem! gets a small update today. It corrects a bug that can cause bleem! v1.5 to lock up. Changes include:
  • Minor speed improvements
  • Corrected bug in Emulation Logic (FF8 and others)
  • Error messages for unsupported Direct3D 24- / 32-bit modes
Download it from the their site at the above link. Thanks to Zophar for the news and congratulations on his 3rd anniversary.

Tuesday, November 9th, 1999
Three New Supported Consoles:
I added 3 new supported consoles: Intellivision, Atari Lynx, and Vectrex. There are 3 more scheduled for tomorrow as well. Also, I'm converting the console pages over to a database which will allow for faster updates and perfectly accurate information. I've converted about 50% so far and the rest should be converted tomorrow. What will you see differently? Not much at the beginning, but it allows me to add new features with ease.

ArcadeOS v2.32 Released:
ArcadeOS is a great DOS only front-end for MAME and has been upgraded to v2.32. This version adds MANY new feautes including:
  • Extended Keyboard Remapper
  • Added 'Start 1 + 2 = Escape' option
  • Automatic pressing of 'Return' for MAME 'warnings' now works again
  • Added the arcade Emulator Rage to the ArcExtra .APP files
  • 'JukeBox' screen saver extended
  • Added the Colecovision emulator ColEM to the console .APP files
  • Added the PC-Engine emulator Magic Engine to the console .APP files
  • Added the Geneisis emulator KGen98' to the console .APP files
  • Added the Game Gear emulator MGX to the console .APP files
  • Updated the SMSPlus .App file to work with 0.7.0a
  • Added 304x215 arcade monitor mode
  • Added 384x256 arcade monitor mode
  • Made the extra arcade monitor modes a bit more 'intelligent'
  • 'Flip X' and 'Flip Y' added
  • Added 'Emu Info' option to config menu
  • Improved semi-transparency
  • Added adjustable 'AutoRepeat'
  • Additional monitor test patterns
  • Moved ArcadeOS to DJGPP 2.951
Download it from the Front-Ends section. Thanks to Peter S. for the news.

Monday, November 8th, 1999
NeoGeoCD v0.70 Released:
The NeoGeoCD emulator has been upgraded to version 0.70. This release adds the following:
  • Recompiled using Allegro 3.9.26 WIP
  • Added Z80 emulation
  • Added CDDA emulation
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MacMAME & X-MAME Updated:
If the Mac or Unix is your bag, you've got a new version of MAME to play with. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Sunday, November 7th, 1999
US Version of Speak & Spell Simulator:
What is this? Simulator Sunday? =) I got a private beta of the new US version of the Speak & Spell Simulator. The current public release is the British version of the Speak & Spell and I couldn't understand the speech nor spell the words "correctly" (to me color is not spelled colour). =) This version corrects how words are pronounced and spelled to US english dialect. Now I can let my son play with it. =) Anyway, the private beta needs the higher level words resampled and it should be ready for a public release. Check out the above site for more information.

IBM 650 Simulator:
This has got to be the most bizarre simulator to date. It simulates an IBM 650 magnetic drum data-processing machine on your web browser (via Java). If you don't know what an IBM 650 is, it's the old IBM punch card type computer (if your not old enough, you probably still don't know what I'm talking about). In any case, it's VERY retro. I remember my father taking me to the Bowling Green State University's computer lab to run programs on this monster. It was my first computer experience and I vividly remember playing tic-tac-toe where the display was a dot-matrix printer. It made a life-long impression on me. Thanks to rOlf $kywalker for the link.

Saturday, November 6th, 1999
New Episode of Back In Time:
    The new episode of the Back In Time webcast has been posted. This episode marks the second anniversary of the Back In Time web site.

    Many gaming companies have been jumping on the "classic gaming" bandwagon this year. Hasbro Interactive has been making use of their Atari brand by re-releasing such titles as Pong, Tetris, and Missile Command.

    This episode is very special, as it was recorded at the Atari offices located at Hasbro Interactive. My guest on this episode is Rich Cleveland, the head of marketing for the Atari division of Hasbro Interactive. Rich and I discuss all of their new "classic" titles, including Q*Bert, Pong, and the new 3D Arena Blast game which is based on the Unreal engine. Rich talks quite a bit about the creative process that goes into recreating the classic games. He also goes into some detail on all of the projects that are in the works for next year. These titles have not been announced publicly yet, and Back In Time has the EXCLUSIVE news. Can anyone say "Galaga?"

    I also take a look at a few of the other "classic" games that have hit the store shelves over the last few months including Pac-Man World, and Space Invaders. Finally, I cover some classic pinball machines that I have recently added to my collection.
Check it out at the above link.

ClrMamePro Release Candidate 1:
ClrMamePro rc1 has been released. This version adds the following:
  • added: zip options (Strict Scanner, No Messages)
  • added: scanresults can be copied to Windows-Clipboard
  • fixed: two very important create-0-crcs issues
  • fixed: some rebuilder-stopping issues
  • fixed: some minor ScanProgressWindow related things
  • fixed: some minor ScanResultWindow related things
  • misc: ListinfoError-Dialogs can be stopped
  • misc: better import-data-check
  • misc: GUI changes (no more 'hidden' menus, new icons, etc.)
  • misc: warning message for Merger
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Just Got Back:
Just got back from the Michigan vs. Northwestern game. Updates following shortly...

Friday, November 5th, 1999
New Windows NES Emulator, SMYNES:
SMY has released a new NES emulator called SMYNES. It runs in Windows under DirectX6.1. It is supposed to have near perfect sound. This is only a demo version and the author is considering making it shareware. Download it from the Console Emulation section and thanks to Retrogames for the news.

MAME32 v0.36 Beta 8 Released!
The official MAME32 v0.36 beta 8 has been released. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Play Classics Using Your Browser:
Seems that Shockwave and Atari teamed up and created several classics that you can play using your browser. They require Shockwave 7, but it's free to download. Games include Super Breakout, Centipede, Frogger, and Missile Command. I played them and the are VERY true to the game. So much so they almost look emulated. Check them out at the above link and check out the retro picture on the left. Loverboy and headbands, hehe. Thanks to Jason Latimer for the news.

Tale of the $132 Dreamcast:
Remember that $132 Sega Dreamcast offer from What'sHotNow back on 9/23/99? Well, I got a package in the mail today. No, it wasn't the Dreamcast but just NFL2K for the Dreamcast :( It was a good deal at only $33 including shipping, but doesn't do me much good without the console. They included a free pack sour gummi worms (Sqwigglies) in the package so it wasn't all bad. If I ever get the Dreamcast, I'll let you know.

Two New Hosted Sites:
Two new hosted sites were added today. Rodimus Prime's PentuiMAME (home of AMAME and PMAME) and P2L97's Unofficial MAME32 with AutoFire (which gets released about a day or less after the DOS version of MAME). Welcome them aboard.

Thursday, November 4th, 1999
Athlon 900 MHz Released:
If you haven't heard of KryoTech before, they design CPU cooling systems that allow CPUs to run at higher speeds. We are not talking fans here, but a compressor that cools the CPU down to around -40°C. AMD even officially endorses their technology including this 900MHz Athlon. A case with the cooling compressor, motherboard, and CPU is $2200. This unit is a few weeks old, but I'm sure that a 1GHz model will be released shortly with Athlon 750 just around the corner. Thanks to Madjock for the news.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 1999
How to Feel Better About Yourself:
If you're ever down on yourself, Nerd of the Week is the place to go. It features a picture of a different nerd each week (sometimes sooner) and you can browse through their extensive nerd pic archive. One of those pictures is bound to make you feel better about yourself. Thanks to atila for the link.

Free Web Hosting on [email protected]:
If you have an emulation site and are looking for a place to move, [email protected] now offers FREE web hosting. [email protected] now runs on a fast Sun Ultra 2 Dual UltraSPARC-II server connected to many different Internet backbones which makes hosting many sites possible. EMU+ (a great enhanced version of MAME) is already hosted on [email protected] If you're interested, please contact me at the above link.

Latest MAME Screen Shots:
The latest screen shots for MAME v0.36 beta 8 are now on-line. Click on the above link to view screen shots for all games supported by MAME (1,068 unique images in all).

New Microsoft Keyboard:
Microsoft today released a radical new keyboard that trims down the number of keys to just the ones used most often. Some claim that the keys on this keyboard are the only ones they ever use while running Windows 98. Shown was the PS/2 version, but a USB model is also available. Check it out at the above link. Thanks to Mame Fan for the image.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 1999
Updated Catver.ini Released:
An updated catver.ini file has been released which adds the new MAME v0.36 beta 8 games. The catver.ini file adds game category and version information to the [email protected] front-end. Because MAME doesn't store this information, it's an external file. It's not in any way required to run [email protected] Download it from the Front-Ends section. Thanks again to Gerardo for the file.

Monday, November 1st, 1999
MAME! v0.36 Beta 8.2 Released:
MAME! is my enhanced version of MAME which adds a few features to make MAME more enjoyable. This version adds two enhancements:
  • Uses the beta 7 fileio.c because it verifies ROMs about 10 times faster then the beta 8 fileio.c does. The -verifyroms * command is once again VERY fast.
  • Corrected the -verifyroms * so it searches for missing merged clones. This modified report now appears to work 100%
Please note that this is NOT the official version of MAME and you should NOT bug MAMEDEV about it. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Redump v2.3 Released:
This version supports the conversion of the Neo-Geo game "Sengoku" to just dumped MVS format. No need to download the entire game again, just convert it with this tool. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to SYS2064 for the file.

The Flyer and Poster Archive Updated:
The Flyer and Poster Archive for MAME has been updated to pack #13 which includes the latest games added in MAME. Download from the above link.

MESS v0.36 Beta 8 Released:
MESS v0.36 beta 8 has been released. MESS is a multi-console emulator based on MAME (kind of like MAME for consoles). It supports many different consoles. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

EMU+ v0.36 Beta 8 Released:
EMU+ gets up to date the MAME v0.36 beta 8 source. This enhanced version of MAME adds many features inclusing overclocking, autofire, save state, demo mode, additional joysticks (inc. Grip support), special screen modes, MARP high scores, sound logging, and much more. This release adds the following:
  • Working on getting ALL the marp games in the Display list. Tournament scores, cheat scores, etc..
  • Modified the marp list to not write to the text file so you can get the latest file from the marp site.
  • All the additions from 36B7 are here
  • Be sure to get the latest hinames.dat and hiscore.dat from MARP EmuPlus Downloads when they get updated with B8 info.
Download from the M.A.M.E. section.

Unofficial MAME32 v0.36 Beta 8 Released:
The unofficial MAME32 v0.36 beta 8 has been released by P2L97. This brings it up to date with the DOS MAME's beta 8 source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.




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