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News from January 2000

Monday, January 31st, 2000
Emulator Being Forced to a Name Change:
There's an emulator out there that's being forced to change it's name by Nintendo. Seems that Nintendo don't like it when people use the Pokemon character, name, and make jokes about sex crimes in conjunction with Pokemon. But, can you blame Nintendo for that? Many, including myself, have been telling them to change the name for weeks now. It's no surprise to me that this happened. Oh well, maybe something good will come out of this.

OpenGlide v0.05 Released:
OpenGlide is a Glide wrapper designed to allow you to play Glide games (namely UltraHLE) when you don't have a Voodoo video card. This release is much faster due to MMX code added, includes a configurator program, and fixes some bugs. Download it from the N64 - UltraHLE section. Thanks to Retrogames for the news.

Xmame MAME/MESS v0.36 Beta 15.2 Released:
The X11/Unix port of MAME/MESS has been updated to v0.36 beta 15.2. This release fixes a few problems with the beta 15.1 release. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MESS Mac and Unix Ports:
The Mac and Unix ports of MESS are now up to date with the DOS version (v0.36 beta 15). Download them from the Console Emulation section under Multi Console emulators.

Sunday, January 30th, 2000
MAMED v0.36 Beta 15 Released:
MAMED is M.A.M.E. for the Kodak Digita camera line including the DC220, DC260, DC265, and DC290. This version is the first to work on all Digita cameras. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Bit Age Times #5 Newsletter:
The 5th issus of Bit Age Times is on-line. This issue includes the following:
  • The Start of the Top 50 most influental games of the Bit Age
  • Review of Championship Manager
  • Football Games in the Bit Age
  • I Was a Teenage Altered Beast Story begins
Read it at the above link.

DGen (Sega Genesis Emulator) v1.21 Released:
DGen v1.21 was released. This version adds the following:
  • Switched to Richard Mitton's excellent RAZE Z80 emulator, which fixes the out of time music on some games. Most of you described the problem as 'the music isn't in sync with the game'. Anyway, this is now fixed.
  • Sonic1/2/3, Aladdin are all fine now. I imagine there will be others. Eternal Champions's music is okay and you can play the game with Musashi.
  • DAC sound plays at the right pitch now (e.g. 'Sega' chord, 'Eswat' speech)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Rodimus Prime's Versions of EmuDX:
Rodimus Prime is now compiling EmuDX in his typical fashion. AEmuDX is optimized for PII/AMD/486 CPU's and PEmuDX is optimized for the Pentium classic CPU. If you don't know what EmuDX is, it's an emulator that updates the graphics and sound effects of the classic arcade games: Donkey Kong, Frogger, Galaxian, Ms. Pacman and Pacman. It looks almost like a new game, but the same emulated classic game is at its core. Download EmuDX from the Arcade Emulation section.

Saturday, January 29th, 2000
EmuDX v1.0 Released!
Go get it from the Arcade Emulation section. Don't forget to the the DX files for each game, they are required.

EmuDX v1.0 to be Released Any Minute:
Mike Green's EmuDX is going to be released any minute now (I think he's uploading the binary as I type this). To get ready, go to the new EmuDX page on the Arcade Emulators section and download the needed DX files for each game. Each game requires a graphics and sounds/music file that DX's each game. Start downloading now and I'll update when the binary is ready.

New, Larger, Better M.A.M.E. Screen Shot Browser:
The on-line M.A.M.E. screen shot browser had a complete rehaul. It how has cleaner screen shots in GIF format instead of the old JPG format. Also, the screen shots are much larger (sometimes up to 640x480) and automatically scale to fit the window but still keep the correct aspect ratio. It should also be faster to view then other sites because of technical server/html details that I don't want to bore everyone with. =) It will also be updated with each MAME release. Anyway, check it out at the above link.

MameLang32 Hosted at [email protected]:
MameLang32 is an unofficial compile of MAME32 that includes multi-language support including English, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese. It's now also hosted here at [email protected] Check it out at the above link and don't forget to change your bookmarks.

MagicEngine Mac v0.96 Released:
The Mac version of MagicEngine has been updated to v0.96 (which is in line with the Windows version). You can download the demo version from the Console Emulation section.

Friday, January 28th, 2000
2,000 New Servers for [email protected]?:
As of today, [email protected] is Akamaized and served on a global network of 2,000 servers in 40 countries. If you haven't heard of Akamai, you're not alone. But, you've probably heard of sites that use Akamai: Yahoo!, Apple, CBS, GO Network, Looksmart, Monster, Nasdaq, Lycos and many other high profile companies. What does it do? When you connect to [email protected], you're actually downloading from the closest and fastest Akamai server near you. Why is this good? If you're in England, you load content from the Akamai server in England instead of the US, this speeds up access, frees up server resources, and helps to cut down total internet traffic. If you notice anything strange with the site, please let me know.

Xmame v0.36 Beta 15.1 Released:
Xmame (the X11/Unix port of M.A.M.E) has been updated to version 0.36 beta 15.1. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME32 With Auto-File Updated:
P2L97 has updated his unofficial MAME32 with auto-fire to use the latest MAME32 v0.36 beta 15 source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

I-PAC Arcade Interface:
Do you want to build your own control panel or arcade cabinet but don't want to pay $100 for a Hagstrom encoder or the problems when hacking a keyboard or joystick? Well, you may want to give I-PAC a look. It's a keyboard encoder just like the Hagstrom models except it's only $39 plus shipping. It supports up to 4 buttons for two joysticks and he's working on an 8 buttons per joystick model as well as spinner and USB support. Because it uses the keyboard port, it works with DOS emulators perfectly. Take a look at I-PAC at the above link.

HU6280 Beta 1.41 Released:
HU6280 (a TurboGrafx 16 emulator) is improving quickly with new releases every several days. This version, beta 1.41 adds the following:
  • Added 3 zoom modes, 2x2 (default), 1x1 and FULL - Use F12 to toggle them...!
  • Fixed a bug in joystick code...
  • Fixed up screen cls stuff. (removes dirty rectangles properly) - Speed hit!!
  • Fixed bug in CPU emulation, now DIEHARD works again... (thanks to Dan for pointing this out...)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

KGB v0.22 Beta 2 Released:
KGB (a GameBoy/GameBoy Color emulator) was updated to v0.22 beta 2. This version addsd the following:
  • Control keys can be changed...
  • You can now make the display smaller or larger as you wish...
  • 50% Scanlines (thanks TNSe ^_^ )
  • A favorites list for your 10 favorite games.
  • Auto-load state from slot 0.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

NESten v0.6 Beta 9 Released:
NESten (the most frequently updated NES emulator for Windows) gets an update to v0.6 beta 9. This release includes the following:
  • 2x screen mode, makes use of 640x480 fullscreen instead of 320x240.
  • 2x screen mode allows usage of 100% scanlines.
  • Whole lotta core bugs fixed. (I had forgotten an opcode :P)
  • Mapper 1 fixed, now (nearly) all MMC1 games work.
  • Only the 512k version (correct dump?) of DW4 will work.
  • Please delete the old .INI files. (They will still work, but contains old info :)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Thursday, January 27th, 2000
MAME32 v0.36 Beta 15 Released!
The official MAME32 finally gets an update since v0.36 beta 11. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to Dreamer for the news.

Arcade Trivia Game, Win $210!
The Arcade Trivia Game has been running very smooth for the past several days. Your odds are still very good to win the buy.com $210 shopping spree. Also, you can increase your odds of winning by playing more than once. Note that the Arcade Trivia Game is now linked on the left-hand navigation frame as "$ Arcade Trivia $" so you can easily play at any time. Because of its success, the next month's prize should be even better! Remember, you can't win if you don't play. =)

DGen v1.20 Released:
DGen is a Sega Genesis emulator for Windows. This release adds the following:
  • Fullscreen mode now works with high resolution graphics cards that don't support 320x240x16.
  • Triple buffering in fullscreen modes (disabled by default - select Graphics/Triple Buffering to enable it).
  • Fixed a DMA bug (fixes EA intro a bit)
  • Thinner mode now scales to the whole screen if Any Size is enabled. (e.g. Golden Axe front end, TMNT, SF2)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2000
Space Wars and Warrior Backdrop Art Updated:
I totally forgot that two MAME backdrop art files were updated (Space Wars and Warrior). Get them from the M.A.M.E. section.

MESS v0.36 Beta 15 Released:
MESS v0.36 beta 15 has been updated to the latest MAME source and includes the following new drivers:
  • AdventureVision [Dan Boris]
  • Commodore64(NTSC&pal), Max [Peter Trauner]
  • Apple1, Nascom1 [Paul Danials]
  • MicroBee (32,56k) [Juergen Buchmueller]
  • zx80, zx81, ts1000, aszmic, pc8300, pow3000 [Juergen Buchmueller]
  • laser 110, 210, 200, 310, 350, 500, 700, tx8000 [Juergen Buchmueller]
  • cpc464, cpc664 [Kev Thacker]
  • kc85_4 (preliminary) [Kev Thacker]
Download it from the Console Emulation section under Multi Console. Thanks to VGN for the file.

DarcNES Windows Released:
Version 1.00 of DarcNES for Windows has been released. This is an unofficial port of the multi-console emulator DarcNES. DarcNES emulates NES, SMS/GG, TG16 and the ColecoVision. This Windows DirectX port of DarcNES is based on the latest Linux source (v9a0115). Download it from the Console Emulation section under Multi Console emulators.

Tuesday, January 25th, 2000
PMAME v0.36 Beta 15 Released:
Rodimus Prime has now updated his PMAME to version 0.36 beta 15. He also notes that he has totally rebuilt his compile environments and you should notice a speed increase over previous builds. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Monday, January 24th, 2000
AMAME v0.36 Beta 15 Released:
Rodimus Prime has updated his AMAME to version 0.36 beta 15. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MacMAME v0.36 Beta 15 Released:
MAME for the Mac has been updated to the v0.36 beta 15 source. This version includes the following:
  • Added "Attach clones to parent" option in the sorting menu. [Aaron Giles]
  • Fixed folder alias handling in the frontend. [John Butler]
  • Some internal reorganization for faster compiles. [Aaron Giles]
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Snes9x v1.29 Released:
Another updated of arguably the best SNES emulator Snex9x. Version 1.29 adds the following:
  • Disabled the SPC700 noise feature simulation used by Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 3 until I work out why its being triggered by sound effects that don't use it.
  • Rewrote/reorganised the DirectX and 3D/fx handling code, now both are never enabled at the same time in Snes9X. It might fix the crashing problems some Window port users are seeing. Changing between DirectX and Voodoo 3D/fx modes now requires Snes9X t o be restarted.
  • Tracked down and fixed the Chrono Trigger black screen problem on the Windows port: a rogue asm instruction was left in by mistake after some code edits - it was only by chance that the code worked on the Linux port.
  • Added some SNES debug options to the Windows port, but disabled by default, on the shipped version.
  • Clicking on the column headings in the OpenROM dialog in the Windows port now sorts by that column; plus added some slight screen update optimisations.
  • Added an optimisation to graphics rendering: don't add or subtract sub-screen from background layers, or clear the sub-screen, if SNES fixed colour is black and no background layers are enabled on sub-screen, even if ROM tries to enable translucency effects for every background layer. Discovered Sonic was doing this, there will be others.
  • Forgot to enable auto S-RAM save on Windows port, oops!
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

NESten v0.6 Beta 8 Released:
Another update of this fine NES emulator. This release adds the following:
  • RAW PCM added. Adds voice and *THWUMPS* to games
  • Game Genie Codes.
  • Saving/Loading of Cheats.
  • Sound Engine now requires way less CPU power.
  • Illegal opcode showing is now optional.
  • Dynamic fullscreen mode is now removed.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Updates Comming:
Was doing some framing last night and couldn't update. Updates are being posted now.

Sunday, January 23rd, 2000
Raine v0.28f Released:
Raine version 0.28f released. F stands for Final I hear.

Meka v0.40 Released to Public:
Version 0.40 of Meka has been released to the public. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

HU6280DX Beta v1.4 Released:
Another TurboGrafx 16 emulator gets an update. This time the Windows HU6280DX to version beta 1.4. This release adds the following:
  • Added joystick support VIA DirectInput (see .ini file for details, buttons setup for microsoft sidewinder pad)
  • Cleaned up exit code, shouldn`t crash as much now... ;)-~
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Hu-Go! v1.08 Released:
Hu-Go! v1.08 has been released. This version fixes some bugs that were in v1.07. Both the DOS and Linux versions are available on the Console Emulation section.

Raine v0.28a Released:
Raine was updated to v0.28a. This release adds support for the following games:
  • Chuka Taisen
  • Continental Circus
  • Continental Circus alt
  • Dead Connection
  • Metal Black
  • Rambo 3 (release 2)
  • Soldam
  • V-Five
  • Hat Trick Hero
  • Camel Try (alternate)
  • Rainbow Islands (alt)
  • Omega Fighter
  • Atomic Robokid Japanese
  • Darius Gaiden Extra
And adds the following new features:
  • htmlized the documentation a bit.
  • Added pixel double option to gui.
  • Fixed Football Champ priorities a bit.
  • Fixed a recent dsw bug.
  • Fixed Terra Cresta rotation.
  • Fixed some bugs in the gui (msvc version).
  • Added font_datafile line to raine.cfg and moved the Japanese font into an external file.
  • Better GFX_FG0 cache in some f2 system games.
  • Added some Japanese text support (shift-jis format).
  • Can now save gui screenshots too (press '0').
  • Actual emulator controls can be redefined in the gui. Joystick can also be defined for emulator control.
Download it from the Arcade Emulation section.

Saturday, January 22nd, 2000
MameLang32 v0.36 Beta 15 Released:
MameLang32 (MAME32 in English, Spanish, Japanese, & Portuguese) has been updated to the MAME v0.36 beta 15 source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Arcade Game Trivia Status:
The Arcade Game Trivia is open and ready for you to win your chance at a $210 spending spree! Even with the new server, it was still causing problems. Therefore, I had to optimize it further. Go ahead and play it and I'll check the load on the server tomorrow to see if I need to make more changes. Remember, play as many times as you want to increase your odds of winning.

MESS v0.36 Beta 14b for Mac:
The Mac version of MESS v0.36 beta 14b was updated. Download it from the Console Emulation section. (short and sweet) =)

Unofficial MAME32 v0.36 Beta 15 Released:
P2L97's Unofficial MAME32 with autofire has been updated to the latest MAME v0.36 beta 15 source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. The source code is also available.

More MAME Screen Shot's Updated:
On the Front-Ends section you can download screen shots in a "pack" to be used with the [email protected] front-end, ArcadeOS, or MAME32. A new upgrade pack is now available for MAME v0.36 beta 15 games. Download it from the Front-Ends section.

On-Line MAME Screen Shots Updated:
The On-Line MAME screen shots have been updated to the latest MAME build (v0.36 beta 15). The on-line MAME screen shots are great for searching through all the games MAME supports and trying to find a game you can't quite remember. If you haven't seen this section yet, take a look at the above link (also linked from the M.A.M.E. page).

Friday, January 21st, 2000
MacMAME v0.36 beta 14a Released:
The release of DOS MAME beta 15 kind of stole the thunder away from this upgrade. But, none the less, if you only have a Mac, this release "Fixed numerous bugs in 0.36 beta 14. [Aaron Giles & John Butler]". Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

i686 and K6 Builds of MAME v0.36 Beta 15:
The i686 and K6 builds of MAME v036 beta 15 have been released. These should give slightly faster results using designed CPU's. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME v0.36 Beta 15 Released!
MAME v0.36 beta 15 has been released. It includes support the following new games:
  • Great 1000 Miles Rally [Luca Elia]
  • Shanghai [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Gee Bee [Juergen Buchmueller]
  • Wiz (Taito)
  • Tora eno Michi (= Tiger Road)
  • Super Volley '91 (= Power Spikes)
Download from the M.A.M.E. section.

Arcade Game Trivia Reopens!
What better way to test the new server then to give it a good workout with the Arcade Game Trivia. This just about killed the old server last night from all the traffic. You can win a $210 shopping spree by simply selecting the correct names to arcade game screen shots. Best of all, you can increase your chances of winning by playing and qualifying as many times as you like. As of right now, the odds are 1:48 that you will be selected the winner! Check it out at the above link. Again webmasters, feel free to link to it and e-mail me if you would like to have your own branded Arcade Game Trivia on your site.

Server Move:
As you can probably tell by the link, [email protected] moved. This was done for additional bandwidth as well as server resources. While DNS servers update, you will see the IP address instead of www.ArcadeAtHome.com. Everything should be back to normal in a few days.

DGen v1.19a Released:
This was released over a day ago, but the ZIP file was bad. It's now been corrected. This version adds the following:
  • Fixed SRAM problems (e.g. Phantasy Star 4)
  • H-Interrupt fix (from 1.18) seems to have fixed a lot of games e.g. Sonic 1 Level 4, Mortal Kombat, Toe Jam and Earl (these games previously never worked at the same time - now they do).
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Thursday, January 20th, 2000
ClrMamePro v1.0 Released:
ClrMamePro (a MAME ROM manager) is out of the beta cycle and v1.0 is released. This version adds the following:
  • added: CMPro can read ROMCenter-DatFiles (I only support the ones wth given ROMlengths !)
  • fixed: little 'remove-rebuilt-sourcefiles' issue (when rebuilding nrmal and ~crcs at the same time)
  • fixed: little white-space issue in parser
  • misc: 'Ask User before fixing' status isn't changed by FastScan
  • misc: changed merger message
  • misc: FolderBrowser will be initialized with the last used folder
  • misc: sample-support/samplepaths will be disabled if current data doesn't use samples
  • removed: Batcher & AutoZipRepair (currently no time to code it)
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Vectrex Emulator DVE Updated:
DVE v2.0 beta 11 was released a day or so ago. I didn't post it because I was working on rounding up all the legal ROMs for the system. You can now download this updated Vectrex emulator as well as the 55 legal ROMs for it on the Console Emulation section.

Arcade Game Trivia Status:
The Arcade Game Trivia was taken off-line last night because whoever coded it (me) had it using too many server resources and therefore the server went to almost a dead stop. I'm cleaning up a few things and it should be active again later today. I'll post more news when it's turned back on.

Wednesday, January 19th, 2000
New Arcade Trivia Game, Win $210!
Announcing a great Arcade Trivia Game with great prizes. It's simple, guess the name of a video game by viewing a screen shot. Score 550 points and you qualify for a $210 buy.com shopping spree drawing. Score 500-540 and you qualify for a HanaHo Capcom Coin-Op Classics CD drawing (which includes 14 legal Capcom ROMs). Even better, the more times you qualify, the better chances you have of winning! Play as many times as you wish. The plan is to give away even bigger prizes each month (the first prizes will be awarded Feb 29th). Check it out at the above link. If you wish to link to the Arcade Trivia Game, feel free to. Also, if you want to brand it for your site, e-mail me and we can set it up.

Arcade Flyers MAME Pack #15:
Xray1 has released his Arcade Flyers MAME Pack #15. This release adds 20 new flyers and replaces 9 for a total of 958 in the archive. Download it from his site at the above link.

MAMELang32 v0.36 Beta 14a Released:
MAMELang32 v0.36 beta 14a has been released. This version not only supports English, Spanish & Japanese but now also supports Portuguese. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2000
HU6280DX Beta 1.31 Released:
This TurboGrafx 16 emulator just keeps getting better. This is the 5th updated in 3 days! This version adds support for 5:5:5 RGB screens. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

NESten v0.6 Beta 7 Released:
v0.6 beta 7 of this great NES emulator has been released. This version supports the following:
  • Added Autofire. (For you lazy guys... YOU KNOW WHO I MEAN :)
  • 8bpp static palette fullscreen speedup.
  • General speedup. (But not as much as certain people want...)
  • Cheat Searcher (you cheaters!)
  • Core bugs fixed. (OOps)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MacMAME v0.36 Beta 14 Released:
New MacMAME v0.36 beta 14 Released. This version adds the following:
  • In sync with DOS beta 14. [Aaron Giles]
  • Rewrote the frontend dialog code, adding a number of sorting and filtering options. [Aaron Giles & John Butler]
  • Added the ability to select fonts, sizes, and styles for the main list. [Aaron Giles & John Butler]
  • Fixed a bug that caused the RAVE plugin to not work properly on a second monitor. [John Butler]
  • Sped up a number of operations, including auditing and reports. [Aaron Giles]
  • Added a feature to not display screenshots of the parent if the clone's screenshot wasn't found. [John Butler]
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAMED v0.36 Beta 14 Released:
MAMED (the Kodak digital camera version of MAME) has been updated to version 0.36 beta 14. This release supports the DC220, DC260, and DC265 but not the DC290. Full sound and all games but NeoGeo and larger ones are supported. Also, speed should be faster due to a rewrite of the sound routines. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Snes9x Win v1.28 Released:
Snes9x version 1.28 for Windows has been released. This version includes:
    Bug fixes, cheat dialogs, more games working, menu accelerators, lots of emulation bug fixes.
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to dusty for the news.

DGen v1.181 Released:
DGen is a Windows Genesis/Megadrive emulator that's been updated to version 1.181. This version adds the following:
  • Fixed Escape in redefine keys routine
  • Added .GYM logging at the request of Zophar (with and without DAC logging)
  • New DirectInput code
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Redump v2.8 Released:
Redump is a tool to convert NeoGeo ROMs from MGD2 to MVS format. This version now supports the Crossed Swords game. Thanks to SYS2064 for the news. Also note that SYS2064 now has a new domain name so change your bookmarks.

Monday, January 17th, 2000
MAME Screen Shots Updated:
I've readded MAME screen shots that can be used in [email protected], MAME32 and other MAME front-ends. They are up to date as of MAME v0.36 beta 14. Both complete archives and updates will be available. Download them from the Front-Ends section.

Pugsy's MAME Cheat File Updated:
Pugsy has updated his cheat file (cheat.dat) for MAME. This release adds cheats for new games added in MAME v0.36 beta 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 now totaling 23,223 cheats for 1,906 games. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Peer Captured By Police:
The IRC menace [Peer] was brought to justice after a decade-long connection resetting spree that plagued chatters around the globe. FBI officials said the number of reset connections numbered in the "millions". I for one have had my connection reset by this "script boy" on numerous occasions. The article continues: Connections being reset by peer were the number one cause of interrupted chat sessions on all major IRC networks in 1999. I'm glad to see him finally brought to justice and behind bars. Thanks to GeekNews for the news.

KGB v0.22 Beta 1 Released:
KGB, a GameBoy Color emulator, gets an update to v0.22 beta 1. This version adds the following:
  • Super Gameboy DISABLED for now.. it will be back soon.. ^_^
  • default keys have changed.. see docs above...
  • zip file support
  • now runs windowed, may support fullscreen again in the future
  • instant save/load user interface added
  • 15-bit,24-bit,32-bit graphics mode support added
  • now supports 'Gameboy Color only' games
  • reduced memory requirements
  • reads Subport GBC release list to get GBC game titles (www.subport.org)
  • speed control, frameskipping, vsync options
  • fixed error in SGB command reading
  • fixed error in pokémon and some other games
  • instant save _should_ now work correctly
  • max rom size now 32MB (Grand Theft Auto, etc)
  • fixed problem with short and long versions of filenames
  • fixed problem with spaces in win95 files/folders
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

VisualBoy v1.3.2 Released:
VirtualBoy v1.3.2 has been released. This version adds the following:
  • Fixed crash in some machines
  • Some sound problems are fixed (digital sound still needs
  • Improvement--channel 3)
  • Analog joysticks should work fine now
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

HU6280DX Beta 1.2 Released:
Here's the third release of this TurboGrafx 16 emulator in the last two days. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Sunday, January 16th, 2000
Boycott v0.55b Released:
Boycott, a NES emulator for DOS, has been updated to version 0.55b. This version adds the following:
  • Support for GBC emulation.
  • An improved debugger.
  • An .ini file added.
  • Multilingual support.
  • CGB compatability list.
  • Many bugfixes.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

DarcNES v9a0115 Released:
DarcNES, a multi-console emulator for Linux, was updated to v9a0115. This version includes the following changes:
  • Changed ColecoVision driver to use an edge triggered NMI (it works properly now).
  • Changed Genesis driver to use hopefully correct number of cycles per line.
  • Enabled cycle counting on the emu68k core.
  • Fixed yet more instructions in the emu68k core.
  • Restructured the tms9918 sprite renderer.
  • Added "early clock" sprites to the tms9918.
  • Added clipping of sprites to the screen edges to the tms9918.
  • Added "fifth sprite" support to the tms9918.
  • Added sprite collision support to the tms9918.
  • Fixed tms9918 to use all 32 sprites (obi-wan error).
  • Fixed a bug with mode 1 pattern table location in the tms9918.
  • Added mode 3 emulation to the tms9918 (written by AmiDog).
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Saturday, January 15th, 2000
Xmame v0.36 Beta 14.1 Released:
The X11/Unix port of MAME gets an update to the MAME v0.36 beta 14 source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

NESten v0.6 Beta 6 Released:
NESten version 0.6 beta 6 has been released. This version includes:
  • Hmmmkkk, Total rewrite of Direct Input :)
  • 4 Players support now. (Have a party eh? :)
  • Fixed mapper 4 IRQ some. (please let me know if it broke something)
  • Fixed Bubble Bobble. (might have fixed other games too)
  • Palettes can be changed/loaded. (.PAL extension)
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to my good friends at Retrogames for the news. And I applaud you for doing the right thing.

Friday, January 14th, 2000
New "PacMan" Simulator:
Luca Antignano has released his 4th tabletop game simulator. This time it's Tomy Electronic's PuckMan (the original name of Pac-Man). Check it out as well as the 3 other simulators on his site at the above link.

Catver.ini v0.36 Beta 14 Released:
Gerardo has once again released the optional category and version information file for the [email protected] front end. This release adds all new MAME v0.36 beta 14 games. Download it from the Front-Ends section.

Thursday, January 13th, 2000
New MAME Screen Shots:
The latest MAME screen shots for v0.36 beta 14 are now on-line. Check them out at the above link.

Guisep's MAME32 Released:
Guisep was nice enough to build a MAME32 for those out there that can't figure out how to use the DOS version. You can download it at the above link . The source code is also available.

New Episode of Back In Time:
Mike Stulir e-mailed the following news about the latest Back in Time Episode:
  • This is certainly the longest (and hopefully the best) episode to date, as I have a TON of great guests crammed into one show. The episode was recorded at the Coronation Day Championship video game tournament on January 8th & 9th. The event was sponsored by Twin Galaxies -- The Official Video Game & Pinball World Records scoreboard. The event was held at Funspot in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. Funspot has what is probably the largest collection of MINT condition classic coin-op video games. The arcade at Funspot has over 500 coin-op games. Roughly 125-150 of them are classic games like Donkey Kong, Tron, etc.
  • Walter Day from Twin Galaxies talks a bit about the Twin Galaxies web site and world record book. The rest of the guests are the "who's who" of video game players. They include Billy Mitchell, the first person to get a perfect score in Pac-Man. Also joining me is Ben Gold, the winner of the North American Video Game Olympics, which was held on the old "That's Incredible" TV series in early 1983.
Check it out at the above link.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2000
EmuDX Progress:
News posted on the progress of EmuDX. Frogger and Donkey Kong get updated graphics: "Some of the effects include (but are not limited to) glowing fire and updated platform graphics in Donkey Kong, along with improved Frogger text graphics and transparent water effects". Work is also being made on two new games Bomb Jack and Galaga. Check out a larger sample picture at the left or all the details at the EmuDX site above.

MESS v0.36 Beta 14 Released:
New MESS released, but for some reason their site isn't updated with the news. Anyway, these are the new drivers:
  • GameBoy (preliminary) [Carsten Sorensen, Marat Fayzullin, Pascal Felber, Hans de Goede, Juergen Buchmueller]
  • TI99_4 (not working) [Raphael Nabet]
  • CP400 [Nate Woods]
Download from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Dutch for the news.

Any Minute Now, 14 Million:
Any minute now [email protected] will be passing through the 14 million mark. No prize this time, but maybe at 15 million. Thanks go out to all my regulars and new visitors.

NESten v0.6 Beta 5b Released:
New version of NESten today. This version includes the following:
  • Fixed 2 core bugs. (FF1, Metroid, Kid Icarus now works)
  • Added NESten float mode
  • Added drag'n'drop of .NSF & .NES files to NESten.
  • Added commandline to NESten, you may now associate NESten with .NES & .NSF files.
  • Added Scanlines 50% mode. (please use software Buffers if you notice slowdowns)
  • Changed the palette file. Changed NESten icon and ROM Loader icons.
  • Joysticks work again.
  • Scanlines now actually do something.
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to my good bud Dutch for the news.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2000
ArcadeOS v2.35 Released:
This is a simple bug fix version that corrects the following: "SIGSEGV on exiting MAME game fixed (this was caused by me leaving some debug code in the 2.34 release)". Download it from the Front-Ends section. Thanks to reno for the news.

I686 and K6 MAME Builds Updated:
The I686 and K6 MAME builds for MAME v0.36 beta 14 have been updated. Download from the M.A.M.E. section.

Latest Games:
Check out Bob's Arcade Emulation on the ROM Files section for the latest games added to MAME. Everything updated to the beta 14 supported game list.

AMAME/PMAME v0.36 Beta 14 Released:
Rodimus Prime has released AMAME and PMAME v0.36 beta 14. This brings it up to date with the latest source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to djjeremy for the news.

Updated MAME v0.36 Beta 14:
I've updated the MAME v0.36 beta 14 binary with danmanya's fixed audit.c file. This should allow the -verifyroms command to work if you were having problems. Also note that there are other issues with this version and it may be wise not to use any ROM managers. Download the updated MAME v0.36 beta 14 from the M.A.M.E. section.

Monday, January 10th, 2000
MAME v0.36 Beta 14 Binary!
Go get it on the M.A.M.E. section!

MAME v0.36 Beta 14 Released!
I'm compiling it now, will post in a few minutes. New drivers include:
  • Hopping Mappy [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Sky Kid Deluxe [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Plump Pop [Nicola Salmoria]
  • S.P.Y. (not playable due to protection) [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Baluba-louk no Densetsu [Zsolt Vasvari]
  • Super World Stadium '93 Gekitouban [Keith Wilkins]
  • Streaking [Zsolt Vasvari]
  • Black Hole [Zsolt Vasvari]
  • Tank Force [Vernon C. Brooks]
  • Soldam [Luca Elia]
  • Pinbo (Jaleco)
  • Cosmo Gang (US)
  • Marvel Land (US)
  • Galaga 88 (set 2)
  • Pole Position (Namco)
  • Jungle King (newer)
  • Knockout (= Triple Punch)
The source is on the M.A.M.E. section. Binary coming shortly.

AOL & Time Warner Join Forces:
This is bound to upset your stomach. AOL, Warner Bros., Time, CNN, and HBO all as one company. Get ready for that busy signal trying to connect to your Warner cable service or HBO. As Shane Monroe said "I never thought I'd hear myself say anything positive about Microsoft, but I would MUCH rather have M$ own the world than AOL." I have to agree with that. I'd rather have my toaster crash every 15 minutes from a flaky Microsoft OS then hear "You've got toast". Here's a tidbit from the CNN news article:
    "The union, the largest corporate merger in history, creates a combined company immediately boasting a market capitalization of $350 billion."
If you're not sick yet from this news, maybe you can read the entire story at the above link. Thanks to Brian D. for the news.

RockNES v0.991 Released:
RockNES gets an update to v0.991. This version includes the following additions:
  • Fixed a crash problem of mapper #0 games writting to $8000-$FFFF (?), now Ms PacMan (Namco version) works;
  • Fixed a couple of mirroring bugs in the mappers;
  • Fixed NES hard reset (I hope);
  • Key F5 enabled for NES reset;
  • Moved a lot of stuff (internally) to avoid too much public stuff;
  • GUI items not finished are not displayed for a while;
  • Added VS Unisystem palettes selection in the GUI;
  • Removed some junk code and minor GUI glitches.
  • EAGLE support and the oldblitter, they´re back. Right now, they can´t be selected from the GUI, but by command line. For EAGLE, you type "-eagle" option, and "-oldblit" to enable default Allegro´s bitmap blitter, slower, but compatible with any video mode (use it if you noticed speed down).
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

DarcNES v9a0109 Released:
DarcNES is a multi-console emulator for Linux. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Sunday, January 9th, 2000
New EmuDX Private Beta:
Mike Green has released another private beta of his EmuDX emulator and things are really shaping up. I'm downloading the rest of the DX files (they are huge) and will give more information shortly. The image to the left is the first image of Moon Cresta which he has just started to emulate and "DX".

NESten V0.6 Beta 4 Released:
This emulator has been getting many frequent updates in the last several days. This latest beta adds the following:
  • Fixed frameskipping
  • Added Fast forward key (Press BACKSPACE)
  • NESten should now work with NT again (But without sound??)
  • Oh. Anyone wanted configfile?
  • Wav logging, for those of you who really need it :)
  • Added a new Fullscreen mode.
  • Minor changes to sound.
  • The new fullscreen mode is Static Palette, under Video->Fullscreen Type
  • The Dynamic palette should be in general faster on all cards, but may introduce flickering (and slowdowns?)
  • The Static palette setting is slower, but some video cards might behave a lot nicer with it (?)
Download it from Console Emulation section. Thanks to VGN for the news.

Hu-Go! v1.07 Released:
Hu-Go! v1.07 for DOS and Linux has been updated. This version adds the following:
  • Begin of Adpcm support (generaly voices in ISOs/CDs) (Not yet mixed with PCM sound)
  • Some changes in ISO support (some games don't need .HCd anymore [solid force, CD denjin] )
  • Slight improvement in .HCD (default ISO/MP3 path is the one of the .HCD)
  • Sound in Linux version
  • Internal changes in the interface to come
Download it from Console Emulation section. Thanks to VGN for the news.

Saturday, January 8th, 2000
MP3 Watch:
Think your portable MP3 player is cool? Casio does it one better with their MP3 watch. That's right, a wrist sized 64MB MP3 player with USB interface. Price for the 16MB version is $199, $249 for the 32MB, and no price yet on the 64MB. They also introduced a wrist monochrome digital camera with infrared interface that's capable of 100 shots. Check out the entire story on ZDNet at the above link. Thanks to Daikak for the news.


Friday, January 7th, 2000
Chomper 3D:
Here's a cool kind of retro game. Pac-Man meets 3D. The demo version allows you to play only the first level, but the full version with 40 levels is only $15. Check it out at the above link. Thanks to Dutch for the link.

MagicEngine v0.96 Released:
Probably the best TurboGrafx 16 emulator out there (PC-Engine as those in other lands know it) has been updated to v0.96. It's still not perfect, but it's better then the last beta (as their site describes it). Download it from the Console Emulation section. (Side note: isn't PC-Engine a dumb name, sounds like the BIOS or bus controller of a 8088 PC). =)

NESten V0.6 Beta 3 Released:
NESten has been updated to version 0.6 beta 3. Here's what's new:
  • Done some changes to Sound. (PLEASE let me know if you like it better now!!)
  • Made ROM Loader a lot faster when updating!
  • Now should work with DirectX 5.0...
  • Mapper9 and 10 should be near perfect now.
  • Zip file support in ROM Loader.
  • Hint: Please use the Video->Sleep while Sync'ing option if your machine can handle it!
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to VGN for the news.

Thursday, January 6th, 2000
New Sound Samples for MAME:
The sound sample for Space Invaders has been updated and a new sample for Star Cruiser will be needed for the next release of MAME. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

RockNES Updated to V0.99:
RockNES, a great NES emulator, has been updated to version 0.99. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Fixed Version of ClrMamePro RC1d:
Seems that the last RC1d had a small bug. This version fixes the 'pick profile at startup' option. Anybody who's using profiles should upgrade. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Wednesday, January 5th, 2000
PC-PSX Adapter:
Have you ever wished you could use the Playstation controllers you're used to on your PC? With the PC-PSX adapter you can use a Playstation controller with any DirectX/Windows game. It also works with several popular emulators, such as MAME, RAINE, ZSNES, UltraHLE, bleem!, and others. The interface allows you to use Windows rumble support if you hook up a Dual Shock type controller, comes with all the drivers you need, and is available in single, double, or 4-player versions. For more details on this adapter check out the above link.

Catver.ini v0.36 Beta 13 Released:
Gerardo has released the latest version of the [email protected] catver.ini file for MAME v0.36 beta 13. This optional file adds category and version information to [email protected] Download it from the Front-Ends section.

ArcadeOS v2.34 Released:
Today must be MAME release day =) Anyway, Brian Lewis' ArcadeOS (a great DOS based front-end) has been updated to v2.34. This release adds the following:
  • Page Fault when loading large games under pure DOS fixed
  • Remap and 'shift' functions now also work within 'Jukebox' screen saver
  • 'Jukebox' Screen Saver now also works under a Windows DOS box
  • DOS Shell fix
  • AOS no longer uses 'temporary files'
  • 'Random Game Picker' fix
  • Extra documentation file - AOSTECH.DOC - included in distribution
Download it from the Front-Ends section.

Redump v2.6 Released:
Redump v2.6 has been released. This is a NeoGeo mgd2 to MVS converter written by smf. This release adds the following:
  • Support for superspy was added
  • Renames bfighth to burningh to keep in line with MAME
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to SYS2064 for the news and file.

MacMAME v0.36 Beta 13a Released:
MacMAME gets a slight updated again today to version 0.36 beta 13a. This release adds the following:
  • Fixed resolution and depth switching in the ATI plugin, and in MacMAME. [Aaron Giles]
  • Added AccessTexture options back to the RAVE driver. [John Butler]
  • Fixed Gradius III and Splash video bugs. [Aaron Giles]
download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAMELang32 v0.36 Beta 13 Released:
MAMELang32 v0.36 beta 13 has been released. This is a multiple language version of MAME32 with autofire support. It supports English, Spanish, and early Japanese development. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Xmame v0.36 Beta 13.1 Released:
Xmame (the X11/Unix port of MAME) has been updated to version 0.36 beta 13.1. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Jnes and NESten Updated:
Two NES emulators get an update today. Jnes is upgraded to version 0.30a and NESten is updated to v0.6 beta 2. Download them from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to VGN for the news.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2000
Impact D3D Renderer Updated:
The Direct 3D renderer for Impact has been updated to version 1.8. Download it from the Arcade Emulation section.

MacMAME v0.36 Beta 13 Released:
MAME for the Mac has been updated with the following enhancements:
  • In sync with DOS beta 13. [Aaron Giles]
  • Fixed several bugs in the reports. [John Butler]
  • Improved automatic frameskipping algorithm. [Aaron Giles]
  • Added a "fast forward" option; hold down cmd + option to temporarily turn off throttling and set the frameskip to maximum. [Aaron Giles]
  • Rearranged the menus in a more sensible fashion. [Aaron Giles]
  • New ATI video plugin. [Aaron Giles]
  • New RAVE video plugin. [John Butler]
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to Tehrasha D. for the news.

Impact D3D and Glide Renderers:
The Impact team has now released their Direct 3D and Glide renderers for Impact. This could speed up emulation as well as make it look better (it does on my system). You can download them from the Arcade Emulation section. Thanks to Brian T. for the news.

Monday, January 3rd, 2000
EmuHQ Impact Article:
bwb from EmuHQ has posted an article on Impact that goes over the program options, some benchmarks, over 30 screenshots, and some tips helping people get Impact to work on their system. Check it out at the above link.

Unofficial MAME32 Updated:
P2L97's Unofficial MAME32 with autofire has been updated to the MAME v0.36 beta 13 source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Sunday, January 2nd, 2000
Impact Released!
The first release of Impact is now available! Impact is a Capcom ZN-1 and ZN-2 emulator that plays several Street Fighter EX games, Rival Schools and Toshinden. Download it from the Arcade Emulation section.

The Arcade Art Museum Updated as Well:
Another arcade picure archive is updated as well. This time The Arcade Art Museum (which is an archive of cabinet pictures instead of flyers). This archive includes 111 new pictures and in total is now 1,172 pics. Download it at the above link.

Impact Emu to be Released Shortly?:
It could be. Check out the official site above for a "launch" picture. Thanks to TonyD for the news.

Arcade Flyer Archive Update:
The Arcade Flyer Archive (formally the MAME Flyer Archive) has moved to a new URL, changed their content slightly, and released a new MAME Millenniumpack #14. Download it from the above link.

Saturday, January 1st, 2000
VisualBoy v1.3 Released:
VisualBoy v1.3 has been released. This version adds the following:
  • Fixes in HDMA, SGB and compatibility problems
  • Sound is added
  • ROMs can be played directly from ZIP files
  • Added .CGB as accepted extension for ROMs
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Happy Y2K Day!
Happy Y2K day everyone! Please, don't call it the 21st century just yet, we are still in the 20th century for another year (why some people don't get this is beyond me). Anyway, there are still some Y2K bugs running around here that I should have sorted out later today.




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