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News from August 2000

Thursday, August 31st, 2000
After Burner II
As promised, the After Burner II ROM for the new After Burner Emulator is available from the ROM Files section. Get it while it's hot at the above link!

After Burner Emulator
Shortly after it was announced that an After Burner II emulator was being worked on... it gets released! And with working sound support to boot! Download it from the Arcade Emulation section. The ROM will also be uploaded shortly.

Robo Cop 2 WIP
Seems that Bryan McPhail is working on a Robo Cop 2 driver for MAME. Check out the screen shots at the above link to see the process made so far. Thanks to [email protected] for the news.

Win a Dreamcast!
Today's you're last day to win a chance at a Sega Dreamcast or a $250 Buy.com shopping spree! The Arcade Trivia Game ends this month's contest tonight at midnight EST. Test your arcade trivia skills and maybe win a great prize also! Play at the above link.

A-SATURN v0.16 Released
This is an updated from yesterday's release of v0.16. v0.16 includes the following over v0.15c:
  • More support ST-V
  • Bug fix A-SATURN v0.16
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2000
MAME Needed Soon
The latest MAME WIP games are available from the ROM Files section under MAME Needed Soon. Get ahead of the download rush and download them today using the above link.

Gridle has been busy again with the MAME WIP page. Here's the latest for the past few days:
  • August 30th, 2000: Olivier Galibert has resumed work on the Xexex driver, adding preliminary sprites and background emulation. Fortunately Olivier has vowed to perfect them at a later date, so you will see more and better pictures then ;-)

      Xexex screen shot: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 ]

  • August 29th, 2000: Nicola Salmoria added correct Z80 ADPCM emulation to the Legendary Wings / Trojan driver. Yochizo added Battle Garegga to the Toaplan2 driver but it has problems with the current 68k emulation core. Haze added Winter Bobble to the Snow Bros driver.

      Battle Garegga screen shot: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
      Winter Bobble screen shot: [ 1 | 2 ]

  • August 28th, 2000: Zsolt Vasvari added cocktail mode and fixed sprite lag in Legendary Wings / Trojan and Ghosts and Goblins. Ernesto Corvi added proper timing to the PlayChoice 10 driver, fixing tearing in the scrolling games and fixing Ninja Gaiden 3. Jürgen Buchmüller modified the Pokey RNG functions to finally work as they would in real hardware. Nicola Salmoria sent in a driver for Big Twin, without sound support though.

      Big Twin screen shot: [ 1 | 2 | 3 ]

Check out the screen shots at the above links.

VisualBoy v1.4.5 Released
VisualBoy is an excellent GameBoy emulator for both Windows DirectX 7.0. Here's what's new:
  • fixed bug with Turok 3
  • improved digitalized sounds
  • added color mode selection: washed colors (like real GBC) or dark colors
  • added pause option
  • you can enter up to 100 GameGenie and 100 GameShark codes (it will slow down emulator though)
  • cheat codes will be saved with save game now
  • multiple language support for English, French, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch and German!
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Server Problems
Had to install a new hard drive today on the server so you may have experienced a temporary outage. Sorry about that. Anyway, time to play catch-up.

Tuesday, August 29th, 2000
EMU+ v0.37b6 Released
EMU+ , the GREATLY enhanced version of MAME, has been updated to the latest MAME source code. The list of what's new is enormous. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Atari800 Mac v1.04d1
The Mac port of the Atari800 emulator (runs Atari 5200 games) has been updated to v1.04d1. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Monday, August 28th, 2000
Raine WIP Update
Slow day, and I'm not one to make up news =) But, here's a little tidbid: The Raine WIP page had an update today. Boukichi submitted a fix for the Battle Garrega driver and now the sound is almost perfect. Check out the Raine WIP page at the above link.

Sunday, August 27th, 2000
A/PMAME v0.37b6 Released
Rodimus Prime has released his AMAME and PMAME builds of the latest MAME source. Make sure you know which one is best for your processor before downloading from the M.A.M.E. section.

AdvanceMAME v.37b6 Released
AdvanceMAME is an enhanced version of MAME that adds many features focusing on graphics modes, monitor support, and aspect ratios. This release adds the following:
  • Corrected the aspect ratio of some vectors games.
  • Minor correction at the `vbe3' driver
  • Added the option `[config] vsync_adjust'
  • Solved some bugs in the `r128' driver. Now working.
  • Now `mame' doesn't add any default video modes if the list defined in the `mame.cfg' file is empty. You MUST use `mv' to select the video modes avaliable.
  • New required hclock/vclock specification for LCD screens
  • The default keys for the video mode change at runtime are now `,' (COMMA) and `.' (STOP) for preventing clash with the hotrod settings.
  • If the exit is done by the idle timeout the exit code is !=0
  • Removed the complete clear of all the video memory for problems with some NeoMagic cards (possible Segmentation fault)
  • Added and recomputed a lot of video modelines
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MacMESS v0.37b6 Released
The Mac version of MESS has been updated to the latest MAME/MESS source code. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAME Porn?
If you haven't noticed, the last release of MAME contained a few new porn games on top of the ones that were already there. Also, the latest MAME WIP shows 4 more porn games that may be included in the next release of MAME. One of which could be mistaken for kiddy porn. Anyway, now's your chance to vote: Should the porn games be removed from MAME? I for one think it's gone beyond good taste. If mamedev removed gambling and Pong from MAME, I think the porn should go also. Update: It appears that about 60% of the visitors here are wankers, shame. =)

MAME Needed Soon
The MAME Needed Soon section has been updated with games possibly needed in the next release of MAME. Download them from the ROM Section under MAME.

The MAME WIP page has been updated with development news over the past several days:
  • August 27th, 2000: Ernesto Corvi sent in an update to the PlayChoice 10 driver, adding support for over twenty more games.
  • August 26th, 2000: Zsolt Vasvari converted Vastar to the tilemap system and fixed a few bugs.
  • August 25th, 2000: Zsolt Vasvari converted Fire Trap, 1943 and Gun Smoke to the tilemap system. David Graves improved the Taito F2 zooming graphics in Football Champ, Metal Black and Dead Connection.
  • August 24th, 2000: Nicola Salmoria sent in drivers for Hot Pinball, Miss World '96, Fantasia and New Fantasia. Zsolt Vasvari converted Exed Exes and Mysterious Stones to the tilemap system.

      Miss World '96 screen shot: [ 1 ]
      Fantasia screen shot: [ 1 ]
      New Fantasia screen shot: [ 1 ]

  • August 23rd, 2000: Jürgen Buchmüller added preliminary analog sound emulation to Pulsar. Nicola Salmoria fixed graphics priority problems in Black Tiger. Zsolt Vasvari converted 1942, Commando and Vulgus to the tilemap system. Peter Trauner added a CDP1802 CPU core.
  • August 22nd, 2000: Zsolt Vasvari converted the Sega System1 driver to the tilemap system and fixed a few bugs. Nicola Salmoria fixed a 68k bug affecting Bombjack Twin.
  • August 21st, 2000: Yochizo added Mahou Daisakusen and Shippu Mahou Daisakusen to the Toaplan2 driver. Nicola Salmoria added preliminary starfield emulation to the CPS-1 driver and fixed a few things in the Toaplan2 driver. Hans de Goede fixed a memory trashing bug. Andrea Mazzoleni fixed -listinfo output for PlayChoice 10 BIOS.

      Mahou Daisakusen screen shots: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
      Shippu Mahou Daisakusen screen shots: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

Check out the screen shots at the above links.

New Nemu64 and Corn INIs
Spinal has released new versions of his Nemu64.ini (v3.7) and Corn.ini (v1.9). Here are the playable games added to Nemu64:
  • PGA European Tour
  • Tony Hawk Skatboard
And the playable games added to Corn:
  • Holy Magic Century
  • Pawapuro 2000
  • ½ÉÎÞ·¯½Þ
Download them from the Nintendo 64 section.

Saturday, August 26th, 2000
JAE Adds 2 More Games
JAE is Norbert Kehrer's Java based arcade emulator. He's added two new games makinga total of 24:
  • Nintendo's Donkey Kong Junior (1982)
  • Super Bagman by Valadon Automation (1984)
You can play them on-line at the above link.

Arcade@Home Chat
Ready for an ultra-experimental on-line chat? Check out the above link. I'm still writing it so go easy on it =) I may even turn on my live webcam if I'm not too cranky =) Join now doods!

Friday, August 25th, 2000
Updated MAME Samples
Dith has optimized and enhanced 4 sound sample sets for use in MAME. They are Congo Bongo, Solar Quest, Space Invaders & Zektor. Download them from the M.A.M.E. Sound Samples page at the above link. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

Catver.ini Updated
Shaman also found that one game was missing version information in the Catver.ini file (used in the Arcade@Home front-end). Download the updated version from the Front-Ends section.

MAME Screen Shot Packs
Also, the screen shot packs for MAME v0.37 beta 6 have also been updated. These are great for being used in Arcade@Home, MAME32, or a front-end. Download them from the Front-Ends section. Special thanks to Shaman for providing these images.

Screen Shot Browser Updated
The MAME Screen Shot Browser has been updated to include all the latest games added in MAME v0.37 beta 6. Check it out at the above link.

MacMAME v0.37b6 Released
The Mac version of MAME is now updated to the latest MAME core. Here's what's new:
  • In sync with the DOS 0.37 beta 6 build. [Brad Oliver]
  • The front-end dialog is now larger than 640x480 in size. This means that you should run MacMAME in a minimum resolution of 800x600 if you want to see everything; lower resolutions won't be officially supported any longer. [Brad Oliver]
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Thursday, August 24th, 2000
Budweiser Wazzup Grandma's
Are you Wazzuped to death? Cool, me neither =) Check out this spoof, it's called Budweiser Wazzup Grandma's. Ok, no more Wazzup links unless they are really funny (or I am really bored).

MESS v0.37b6 Released
MESS is a multi-console emulator that is based on the MAME source code. It's also one emulator for the life of me I cannot figure out. It was supposedly released yesterday, but not available on their site till tonight. Hint: when you release a new version, put it on your site, k? Anyway, download it from the Console Emulation section.

Snes9x Win v1.31 Released
Snes9x is an excellent SNES emulator for Windows. This release adds the following:
  • Snes9x DirectSound code modified - the mixing block size is now always 10ms for Windows 95/98/2000 and 20ms for NT 4.x, now there should be no need to enable Sync Sound when a large sound buffer is required (helps emulation speed). The maximum sound buffer length values have been updated to reflect the smaller mixing block size.
  • Changed the DirectSound code back to use an offset from the play position as the place to write new sample data into the sound buffer - on NT 4.x the write position seems to vary randomly rather than being a fixed distance infront of the play postion as documented. Now I know why I used the play position originally!
  • Changed the DirectSound code to fill the sound buffer at the write position supplied by DirectSound, rather than just before the current play position - should help reduce latency.
  • Added an auto-detect method for interleaved mode 2 Super FX ROM images - well, not really auto-detect: if the game crashes and its a Super FX game, Snes9x assumes its in interleaved mode 2, demangles the ROM image and tries to run the game again.
  • Had to update the Snes9x Windows registry version number as the additional diagonal settings make old registery settings incompatible.
  • Added diagonal keyboard controls to the Windows port, as requested by several users.
  • Changed PPU code to return zero when reading non-existent registers - the game Equinox relies on this due to an original game coding bug.
  • Included FMOD sound driver support to Windows port - people experiencing broken sound or delayed sound, etc, might want to give it a try.
  • Tales of Phantasia - un-interleaved format ROM memory map changes to match odd ZSNES format, now the hacked ROM works.
  • Changed NMI again. Made reading or writing to PPU register 0x4210 clear NMI pending flag again, without this Super Tennis does not work.
  • Changed NMI timing back to be the same as several versions ago and just special cased Cacoma Knight instead - although kept the code to prevent the re-triggering of an NNI more than once in the same frame.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2000
Catver.ini v0.37b6 Released
Inkochnito has updated the Arcade@Home Catver.ini file to v0.37 beta 6. This is an optional datafile for the Arcade@Home front-end, MameLang32, and others. Download it from the Front-Ends section.

z26 v1.38 Released
The most excellent Atari 2600 emulator z26 was updated. Here's what's new:
  • Paddle games can now be played with a mouse or a PC trackball.
  • Trackball emulation which allows joystick games to be played with a mouse or PC trackball.
  • Lightgun support via the mouse or PC trackball (Sentinel, Shooting Gallery).
  • Some mouse support in the GUI. You can point and click to launch a game.
  • Canyon Bomber and Backgammon are now treated as paddle games.
  • Support for Megaboy cart.
  • Support for overriding the bankswitching scheme for ROM images that z26 doesn't support automatically. Use the -g command line switch.
  • There are some new features of particular interest to game developers including a scanline counter (-n) and the ability to emulate the PAL color changes (-o) which occur when a PAL game has the wrong number of scanlines.
  • We also made some changes to, and added documentation for trace mode which can help developers debug their games.
  • Special thanks to Eckhard Stolberg. He wrote much of the code in this release. But he also shamed me into doing some of the work too. ;-)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Liberty v1.1 Released
Liberty is a GameBoy emulator for the PalmOS. Version 1.1 includes the following:
  • smaller ROMs! Note: YOU MUST RE-CONVERT ALL ROMs
  • multiple saved games!
  • z-80 core changes - better compatibility, emulation
  • 'Press all keys' support
  • ROM beaming support
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

sixtyforce v0.5.6b1 Released
A new version of this Nintendo 64 emulator for the Mac. Here's what's new:
    New Features:
    • true dynamic recompiling core
    • support for a second controller
    • additional fullscreen display sizes
    • support for the memory expansion pack
    Bug Fixes:
    • numerous tiny graphic glitches have been fixed
    • another try at fixing interrupt/exception handling
    • and many more!
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

Monday, August 21st, 2000
Latest MAME Games!
Looking for the latest games added to MAME v0.37 beta 6? Look no further than the ROM Files section! While there, get a few other goodies =)

Optimized MAMEs Released
Gridle has compiled the optimized builds of MAME v0.37 beta 6. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

ClrMamePro v1.7a Released
v1.7 had some problems, so here comes v1.7a of this MAME ROM manager. Here's what's new:
  • fixed: A weird rebuilder problem.
  • fixed: rebuilding to not zipped files
  • fixed: import mame.cfg (a little relative paths issue)
  • misc: cmpro's temporary folder is now \temp. A lot users had problems when it pointed to some default Windows-Temporary-Folders. I decided to remove the tempfolder selector. Don't place important files in \temp because cmpro will empty this folder !
  • misc: crc0 creation (dummy file creation) speed increase
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section under MAME Utilities.

Video Pinball Artwork
The latest version of MAME needs backdrop artwork for Video Pinball. Download it from the MAME Backdrop Art area of the M.A.M.E. section. Also, Bob (the guy who runs the ROM section & Arcade Emulation) says he's working on the new MAME v0.37b6 sets and should be completed shortly.

Sega System C2: Part 2
It seems that yesterday's posting of Sega System C2 games was incorrect. [Haze] has corrected the set and it should now include every Sega System C2 game that's currently dumped. Download them from the System C2 section at the above link.

Sunday, August 20th, 2000
MAME v0.37 Beta 6!
Whoa, come home from a block party and see that a new MAME is released. Here's the new drivers in this release:
    New games supported:
    • Mega Blast [Brad Oliver]
    • Metal Black [David Graves]
    • Big Karnak [Manuel Abadia]
    • Biomechanical Toy [Manuel Abadia]
    • Back Street Soccer [Luca Elia]
    • Sky Fox / Exerizer [Luca Elia]
    • Space Beam [Peter Trauner]
    • Kuri Kinton [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Play Girls [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Play Girls 2 [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Karian Cross [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Logic Pro [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Logic Pro 2 [Nicola Salmoria]
    • The Last Day [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Pollux [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Blue Hawk [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Primella [Nicola Salmoria]
    • R-Shark [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Gals Pinball [Nicola Salmoria]
    • Video Pinball [Sebastien Monassa]
    • Truxton II / Tatsujin II / Tatsujin Oh [Yochizo]
    New clones supported:
    • Knights of the Round (US)
    • Slam Masters (US)
    • Batsugun (Special version)
    • Pipi & Bibis (bootleg?)
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Sega System C2 Games
Looking for the Sega System C2 games supported in the new emulator? Check out the new System C2 section at the above link.

Retrogaming Times #36
Tom Zjaba of Tomorrow's Heroes has released the biggest issue of Retrogaming Times ever! Four massive pages, seven contributors and alot more! Here is some of the highlights:
  • Massive coverage of Classic Gaming Expo by Geoff Voigt!
  • Loose Ends issue, where we tie some old loose ends!
  • Reviews of Popeye and Arabian!
  • A look at the TI computer continues!
  • A whole lot more!
Check it out at the above link.

Saturday, August 19th, 2000
Raine v20000819 Released
A new version of the excellent arcade emulator Raine has been released. Here's what's new:
  • Kiki Kai Kai and Knight Boy fixed [Kayamon]
  • Play Girls 1 & 2 added [Boukichi]
  • Grind Stormer uses MAME rom now [Thomas Schmidt & Brian A. Troha]
  • Added rom-version switch (Japanese/American) to Soldam [Thomas Schmidt]
  • Added Bubble Bobble 2 (clone of Bubble Symphony) [Tormod Tjaberg]
  • Misc. bugfixes [katharsis]
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAME Needed Soon
Now that the ROM server is back running, the latest MAME goodies are available for download. Get them now before the rush at the above link!

Mr. Microphone
Bored with emulation for the past few days? Check out mister-microphone.com. It seems that Mr. Microphone has left home and is touring the world. He's also a big Elvis fan and doesn't seem to like his old owner very much. This site confirms that you can find anything on the internet. Check it out.

TGB v0.245 Released
TGB is a Japanese Nintendo GameBoy emulator for Windows. This release adds the following:
  • Support Rumble cartridge and GB-PAR vibration using force-feedback device.
  • Fixed bugs of HDMA transfer.
  • Added option for enable/disable ROM info display.
  • Fixed bugs of cheat code loading.
  • Added new sound engine. (sound engine 2)
  • Design of icon changed.
  • Added config for auto-detection game type.
  • Changed default setting of frameskip to -1.
  • Accuracy of LCD emulation slightly increased.
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Emulation Sphere for the news and translation.

Friday, August 18th, 2000
Sega System C2 Emulator
A new multi-arcade emulator hit the net yesterday. It's Charles MacDonald's Sega System C2 emulator (Charles is the author of SMS Plus). It runs games like Thunderforce Arcade & Puyo Puyo. Download it from the Arcade Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2000
SNEeSe v0.45 Released
SNEeSe is a Super Nintendo (SNES) emulator for DOS. Here's what's new:
  • Sprite: Fixed sprite intermediate render buffer clearing - fixes garbage sprites in Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball, probably others
  • Source: Fixed source to compile with and now compiling with GCC 2.95.2, Allegro 3.9.32 WIP
  • NOTE: All keymaps set in cfg files from previous versions are incompatible, and must be reset!
  • Stability: No longer using GCC asm labels, as GCC doesn't seem to be handling them correctly causing stability problems
  • Stability: Wasn't always setting es register up for string instructions, fixed
  • DMA: Now updating DMA transfer size after PPU->CPU DMA
  • Timing: Made several changes to improve IRQ function - fixes SF2 Turbo, New Ninja Warriors, probably others
  • Source: Ported the 65c816 CPU core to NASM Stability: Noticed I wasn't locking a var used in interrupt context, fixed
  • Allegro: Disabled Ctrl-Alt-End/Ctrl-Break exiting until I can figure out why they sometimes restart my computer under Win95
  • Timing: Changed the way CPU cycle counts are translated into SPC cycles - should allow for closer CPU<>SPC synchronization
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2000
ClrMamePro v1.7 Re-released
It seems that the last release of ClrMamePro v1.7 had some problems. A new one version is on line that "will fix a possible crash when dropping files in the scan-results window". Download it from the M.A.M.E. section under MAME Utilities.

Two new JAE Games
Norbert Kehrer's excellent on-line Java emulator JAE added support for two new games:
  • Bagman, a cool arcade game from 1982
  • Omega Race, Midway's only vector game
This brings the total to 22 emulated games you can play on-line via JAE. Play them at the above link.

G-NES v0.38 Released
G-NES is a NES emulator for Windows. This version adds the following:
  • Added new sound engine (all extension sound support included).
  • Support VS Unisystem (need palette file to avoid wrong color).
  • Added Fast-forward feature.
  • Added high-speed disk access feature for FDS files.
  • Support compressed files loading. (need related DLL to work properly)
  • Added show disk-access feature.
  • Mapper #69 supported.
  • Fixed IRQ problem for Mapper #21 and #25.
  • Added VRC4 for Mapper #23.
  • Fixed bank-switching for Mapper #66.
  • Palette file changed. (thanks to Casion)
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the translation.

New Official Words
The Oxford Compact English dictionary has released a new edition and it's time to bone up on some of the 67 new words added:
  • cybersquatting: registering web names in the hope of selling them on
  • dot-com: company that conducts business on the Internet
  • flexecutive: worker whose hours and place of work are flexible due to the new technology
  • screenager: internet or computer-addicted teenager
  • frankenfood: food with genetically modified ingredients
  • superwaif: thin model
  • lookist: someone who discriminates on grounds of how a person looks
  • chuddies: underpants
  • gaydar: ability of one gay person to recognise another
Gaydar? Whatever. Read the above CNN story for more deatils and additional new words.

EMU+ v0.37b5 Released
EMU+, the enhanced version of MAME, has been updated to v0.37 beta 5. Besides being updated to the latest MAME source code a ton of new features were also added. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Monday, August 14th, 2000
Latest MAME Goodies
Hard Drivin', S.T.U.N. Runner, and others for your downloading pleasure. Visit the above link and get ready for the next MAME release.

Bit Rot Issue 1
Forget unfunny "comics", the above site the funniest site in emulation today. It makes fun of everyone with an Onion type feel to it. As long as everyone's skin is thick enough, it's a good laugh. You must check it out at the above link. Did I mention that Bit Rot 0wnz me?

Jum's A5200 v0.4a Released
Jum's Atari 5200 emulator has been updated to version 0.4a. Here's what's new:
  • added support for Tempest and tested Asteroids.
  • put vsync back in.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

ClrMamePro v1.7 Released
Bogy's ClrMamePro MAME ROM utility has been updated to version 1.7. This version includes the following changes:
  • added: support for upcoming Nintendo Playchoice 10 sets
  • added: support for roms with no given size (datfile has to look like this: rom ( name xyz size - crc fedcba98) where "-" identifies the 'no given size' rom.
  • added: cmpro specific datfile tag: forcezipmode
  • fixed: two minor Drag'n Drop Rebuild Files issues: (nerving messages when sourcefolder doesn't exist and wrong display "source files 0")
  • fixed: weird ascii filenames in zipfile couldn't be removed
  • fixed: various correct number issues in scan statistic
  • fixed: no more double 'do you want to fix...' messages
  • removed: support for old YM3812 samplesets
  • removed: rebuilder neogeo + BIOS option
  • misc: major source changes for BIOS file usage
  • misc: game + case check will now include the extension in check
  • misc: small output change for (games + name + missing checks)
  • misc: some more output hidings like: wrong sized roms hides bad checksum roms (only when checking for size AND crc32)
  • misc: arcade/neogeo merging relationships aren't allowed anymore ! (Currently pbobble/puzbobb). CMPro will handle these sets as two individual sets without any parent/clone relationship
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section under MAME Utilities.

GENSX v0.96 Released
GENSX (formally known as Vegas) has been updated to version 0.96. The version on their site was corrupted so it took some time to track down a good copy. By the way, did I mention that Tripod's download page sucks? Anyway, here's what's new:
  • Edge-Enhancement from the menu didn’t work, only from the keyboard. This has been fixed.
  • Fixed Genesis hang bug.
  • Fixed embarrassing typo in menus J.
  • Fixed SH2 divider.
  • SH2 optimizations.
  • ZIP file support.
  • Added Genesis bank switching.
  • Fixed Wani Wani World.
  • Added Save State Loading (.GS0)
  • New SH2 & 32X memory architecture.
  • Fixed bug 68000 disassembler.
  • Fixed bug in Genesis VDP writes.
  • Added undocumented Genesis Hscroll.
  • Fixed Genesis DMA bug.
  • Fixed full-screen rendering bug.
  • Fixed Genesis DMA timings.
  • Fixed Genesis CRAM DMA.
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Also, it's too bad that my suggested new name for this emulator didn't make it. I really thought "Wash, Rinse, Repeat" would make a good name for an emulator. Oh well.

Sunday, August 13th, 2000
Download Changes
Slow day, so I decided to take care of some housekeeping. I've changed the downloading of files slightly. Standard users shouldn't see any difference, but if you're using Getright or GoZilla, it may work better for you. I've never been a fan of those programs so I've never really used them, but I tried GoZilla today and it wanted to download the download page instead of the archive file. If anyone has a problem downloading, let me know. Please, don't e-mail me about problems downloading ROMs, thanks.

Saturday, August 12th, 2000
More MAME Needed Soon
Man, another slow day. Such is summer. Anyway, another addition to the MAME Needed Soon page of the ROM Files section. Enjoy it now doods!!!!1

Friday, August 11th, 2000
Star Wars Episode II Trailer
Do me a favor and check out this Star Wars Episode II trailer teaser at the above link. I don't want to spoil anything for you so I won't say any more. Then, after viewing it (no cheating) check out this article. If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll love it. Thanks to Paul M. for the news.

MAME Games Needed Soon
The MAME Needed Soon page of the ROM Files section has been updated with the most recient games that will most likely be added or updated in the next release of MAME. Download them now and avoid the rush.

Thursday, August 10th, 2000
MAME WIP: Hard Drivin'
That's right! One of the early full-screen 3D games; Atari's Hard Drivin' (1988) now has a preliminary MAME driver. I remember being wowed by the smooth real-time 3D graphics in this game (as was everyone else). Here's the latest MAME WIP news along with screen shots:
  • August 10th 2000: Nicola Salmoria fixed the protection bugs in Slam Masters. Zsolt Vasvari converted several drivers for correct split screen functionality. Aaron Giles did some brilliant work and finally got the polygon graphics working in the preliminary Hard Drivin' / Stun Runner driver, which requires about 2 GHz to run properly.

      Hard Drivin' screen shots: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 ]
      S.T.U.N. Runner screen shots: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 ]

  • August 9th 2000: Manuel Abadia fixed the bad graphics between levels in the Ultraman driver. Jarek Burczynski added preliminary support for the background graphics in Mag Max.

      Mag Max screen shots: [ 1 | 2 ]

  • August 8th 2000: Jarek Burczynski wrote a TMS5110 emulator and added speech support to Bagman. Nicola Salmoria implemented zooming tilemap functionality for Dead Connection, Football Champ and Metal Black. Greg Hackmann submitted a fix for the bug that prevented proper operation of the HISTORY.DAT and MAMEINFO.DAT files.
  • August 7th 2000: KBD fixed, hopefully finally, the Tempest 150k reset bug. David Graves fixed a few graphical glitches in newer Taito F2 games and Metal Black now works. Ernesto Corvi fixed the VBLANK timings in the Playchoice 10 driver.

      Metal Black screen shots: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 ]

  • August 6th 2000: Nicola Salmoria implemented correct tile/sprite priority system in Bionic Commando, Exed Exes, Ghosts 'n Goblins and Last Duel. Karl Stenerud fixed a few problems in the C 68k cores.
  • August 5th 2000: Ernesto Corvi fixed the screen aspect ratio and some other bugs in the Playchoice 10 driver. Nicola Salmoria fixed some bugs in the artwork functions.
Check out the screen shots above with their cool new zoom feature.

A-SATURN v0.15c Released
A-SATURN is a Sega Saturn emulator for Windows. While it doesn't play any games yet, it's making progress. Check out this version on the Console Emulation section.

Video Game Characters vs. Swinging Blades
Hot off The Onion press wire: "A coalition of video-game characters representing the nation's leading systems appeared before Congress Monday to decry "the pointless, deadly presence" of spinning blades in video-game landscapes." A shocking statistic is Tomb Raider's Lara Croft estimate that "she has lost more than 600,000 lives to spinning, falling, swinging, and suddenly appearing blades this year alone." The characters are calling for a boycott until manufacturers take "significant measures" to improve safety. I'm with Mario on this one, this should stop. Read all about it at the above link and thanks to Gerard P. for the news.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2000
Raine v20000809 Released
Raine (the arcade emulator for DOS) has been updated to v20000809. Here's what's new:
  • Battle Garegga sound added [Boukichi]
  • Puzzle Bobble 4 backgound layers fixed [Thomas Schmidt]
  • Removed redundant roms of Warrior Blade and Darius 2 [Brian A. Troha]
  • Added dipswitch settings to all games in the Football Champ driver [Brian A. Troha]
  • Migrated Antiriad's Allegro hacks to Allegro WIP 32 [katharsis]
  • Misc. bugs in the source fixed [katharsis]
Download it from the Arcade Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

Trivia Winners Selected
The winners in this month's Arcade Trivia Game have been selected. Benjamin Kuhner of Seattle, Washington was the grand prize winner of a $250 buy.com gift certificate that can be used to purchase a Dreamcast or any other product. And Roger Aurio of Rochester, New York was the second place winner of a Capcom Coin-Op Classics CD-ROM containing a legal copy of Capcom's arcade ROMs. For your chance to win, play at the above link.

Tuesday, August 8th, 2000
Myzar Nemu64.ini v1.7 Released
Myzar has released version 1.7 of his ini file for Nemu64. The following two games are playable:
  • I.S.S.2000
  • Wave Race 64 SE JAP
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

FCE Ultra v0.23 Released
FCE Ultra is a NES emulator for DOS that's been updated to verion 0.23. This release adds the following:
  • Added partial support for the MMC5(mapper 5). Thanks to goroh, Kevin Horton, Quietust, TNSe, and others for the information.
  • Added support for rectangle-channel frequency sweeps.
  • Fixed white noise generation code to generate moreaccurate white noise.
  • Rewrote rectangle/noise channel envelope decay code.
  • Added a command line option, "-ssync".
  • Remapped the reset function to key "F10".
  • Various minor bugs fixed.
  • Various sound tweaks.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAME v0.37b5 Screen Shots
The screen shot pack for MAME v0.37 beta 5 is now available for download from the Front-Ends section. It's also available for on-line viewing using the MAME Screen Shot Browser. Thanks to Dave for helping me out with these =)

SegaEMU v0.51b Released
SegaEMU is a Sega Genesis emulator for Windows. Here's what's new:
    Well due to a bit of debug code that i left in the .51a release i have released .51b. In addition to the removal of the debug code, i have also added one more nice feature SSF2 Support
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAME Flyer-Pack #11 Released
Xray1 has released flyer pack #11 for MAME. This pack includes 33 new images and 10 replaced ones for a total of 1154 images. Download it from his site at the above link.

Raine WIP Updated
The Raine WIP page has been updated with news for the last week. It states that a new version will be available tonight or tomorrow. Check it out at the above link.

NeoMAME v0.37b5 Released
NeoMAME is a Neo-Geo only version of MAME. This release brings it up to date with the latest MAME source. Download it from the Console Emulation section under Neo-Geo.

AdvanceMAME v0.37b5 Released
I've decided to add AdvanceMAME to the M.A.M.E. section as long as they stay within the terms of the MAME license agreement. They haven't in the past, but for the last few releases they have been. If this changes, it will be removed for legal reasons. This release adds the following:
  • Added the video driver `r128' for the ATI Rage 128 boards
  • Added the video driver `neomagic' for the NeoMagic boards, very common on laptops
  • Updated the video driver `s6326' to the last VSyncMAME 0.37b5 driver.
  • Restructured the others video drivers. If you have problem with these new drivers you can disable them with the option:
      vbeline_driver = no
  • Added a new menu mode to the utility `mm' which display a lot of tiled preview at the same times. Press TAB to cycle from one mode to another.
  • Added the contrib/xfree directory with some very usefull technical documentations of video stuffs
  • Started the AdvanceVBE project
  • Now the utility `mm' is avaliable also as a standalone project named AdvanceMENU
  • Changed the diplay format of the video mode list in `mame'
  • Updated a lot the file `mame.txt'
  • Added the support for a second mouse imported from OptiMAME by Andy Geez. You can found the custom mouse driver in the contrib/optimous directory.
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Monday, August 7th, 2000
Check your Mail for a Dreamcast!
The winners in this month's Arcade Trivia Game have been selected! Check your mail to see if you are the winner of a $250 buy.com shopping spree or a Sega Dreamcast! If you didn't win last month, don't worry, this month's contest has already started and all you need to do is play for you're chance to win.

MESS32 v0.37b5 Released
The Windows port of MESS has been updated to the latest v0.37 beta 5 source. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MacMESS v0.37b5a Released
The Mac version of MESS was updated to v0.37 beta 5a. This version fixes some of the bugs in the previous version. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Sunday, August 6th, 2000
Laser v0.10 Released
A new version of the arcade emulator Laser was released. This will be the last release for some time because the author is moving and won't have an internet connection for some time. Here's what's new:
  • It now has sound support via samples. And this time it actually works. :)
  • Implemented a volume control feature - use the + and - by the number keys to control it
Download it from the Arcade Emulation section.

MAME Needed Soon
If you want to get ready for the next MAME release, check out the ROM Files section under MAME. Also, for those running Internet Explorer 5.5 there seems to be an issue where the window closes after you download. I have no idea why this happens and I don't know a way around it. If there are any experts out there that know what to do or can report this bug to Microsoft (as if this would help), let me know.

Saturday, August 5th, 2000
Hu-Go! Win v1.28 Released
Hu-Go! (a TurboGrafx 16 emulator) has been ported to Windows! This release is in-line with the latest DOS release. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Nibbler & Vantris for JAE
JAE is Norbert Kehrer's Java based emulator. Today he released two new emulators:
  • Nibbler: the classic game by Rock-Ola (1982)
  • Vantris: a homebrew game ROM for Vanguard hardware
It's very cool to play emulated games on-line via your browser. Check it out at the above link.

SegaEMU v0.51a Released
I uploaded this updated Sega Genesis emulator but forgot to post news on it before I left for the fair today. Anyway, this version adds the following new features:
  • Rewrote the entire sound system from scratch.
  • Speed up of Genesis emulation.
  • Partial re-code of the SG-1000 main loop.
  • New Re-sizable window when not in "scanlines" mode.
It's now available for download on the Console Emulation section.

'Hey, I'm Gay!'
No, not me, but some of the people in this funny news story are. Check it out at the above link.

DarcNES v9a0804 Released
DarcNES is a multi-console emulator for Linux. This version adds the following:
  • Fixed a bug in the Makefile that broke cross compiles.
  • Changed the cpu6502 core to use lazy flag evaluation.
  • Changed the NES PPU to draw sprites from the tilecache.
  • Added a bitdepth-independant generic palette system.
  • Added CD audio playback to the PCD CD driver (only works on FreeBSD).
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

The MAME WIP page has been updated again. Here's what's new:
  • August 4th, 2000: Ernesto Corvi sent in a fully working Playchoice 10 driver with support for Excite Bike, Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, Pro Wrestling, Rush N' Attack, Contra, The Goonies, Ninja Gaiden and Super Mario Bros 3. Andrea Mazzoleni added support for a second mouse to the DOS version.

      Playchoice 10 screen shots: [ 1 ]
      Super Mario Bros 3 screen shots: [ 1 ]

  • August 3rd, 2000: Jarek Burczynski fixed sound in Raimais and Champion Wrestler in the Taito L driver. Nicola Salmoria fixed several graphics in the Taito L driver and added Kuri Kinton.

      Kuri Kinton screen shots: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

  • August 2nd, 2000: Jim Hernandez fixed the sound balance in Terminator 2 and Mortal Kombat. Andrea Mazzoleni fixed a compilation bug in the C 68k core.
Check out the screen shots at the above links.

Friday, August 4th, 2000
MameLang32+ v0.37b5a Released
MameLang32+ is MAME32 in English, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, French, Korean, Italian & German. It also includes many other features including a new one in this release:
    A brand new feature was added to ML32 .37b5: Name filter. Press F3, write a sub string to search for, for example "time", and only games containing the sub string in any part of the game description will be displayed, for example "Time Pilot" or "Burger Time".
Download this latest release from the M.A.M.E. section.

Thursday, August 3rd, 2000
Laser32 v0.9 Released
The latest version of Laser has now been ported to Windows! Download it from the Arcade Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

PMAME v0.37b5 Released
Rodimus Prime has released an update to his unofficial MAME called AMAME (for the Pentium classic). Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

G-NES v0.37 Released
G-NES is a Japanese NES emulator for Windows that's been updated to v0.37. I have no idea what's new because the home page uses some strange extended character set. Anyway, I'm sure it's all good stuff so download it from the Console Emulation section.

MESS v0.37b5 Released
This emulator was "released" earlier on some sites but it wasn't on the official site, therefore I didn't post it. Sounds to me like it was a leaked version (maybe it includes a trojan?). The file available here is from the official site so you can be assured it hasn't been modified. This version brings it up to date with the latest MAME source adds its usual additional driver support. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

AGES v0.21c Released
Author states: " Another day, another release. Hopefully this will be the last of this blank screen problem.". Download the latest bug fixed version of this Sega Genesis/32x emulator for Windows from the Console Emulation section.

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2000
Bit Age Times #10
From the summer that only rained and never got hot (here in the Midwest anyway) comes another new issue of Bit Age Times. This one features the following articles:
  • Game Industry, Take a Chance
  • Review of Legend of Success Joe
  • New Game review of Diablo 2
  • Lots more!
Check it out at the above link.

A-SATURN v0.15b Released
A-SATURN isn't playing games yet, but it's getting closer. Download this latest version from the Console Emulation section.

History.dat v0.34b5 Released
As stated on Brian's Coin-Op History Archive:
    Gerardo has once again updated the MAME History Database. This is release 0.37b5, to coincide with the MAME beta, and contains entries for 888 games! The UI is still broken in MAME, so you will be unable to read it within MAME or MAME32.
However, the History.dat file works perfectly in the Arcade@Home front end. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section under MAME Utilities.

RockNES v1.110 Released
The DOS version of RockNES was upgraded to version 1.110. This release adds the following:
  • Added color emphasis and monochrome mode;
  • Added preliminary frame-IRQ, thanks to Ki for the NES findings;
  • Added tick handler (60FPS when sound is disabled);
  • Fixed frequency sweep on square wave #0, again, thanks Ki;
  • Forced overscan color to be black (fixes that gray around the screen in some video modes);
  • Fixed CHR RAM write-protection set by some mappers;
  • NES PSG/VRCVI sound drivers improved a bit;
  • *Final* format to saved games, now with the extension *.RSx (x=0..9), this means your saved state will be always compatible with future releases;
  • Changed F1 by ESC to swap to GUI (F1 does nothing now);
  • Fixed movies shutdown when user quits by GUI;
  • Some small internal changes and fixes.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

The MAME WIP page has been updated again. Here's what's new:
  • August 1st, 2000: David Graves fixed some flip screen mode bugs in the Taito F2 driver. Michael Soderstrom fixed some uninitialized variable bugs. Jim Hernandez fixed the volume balance in the NBA Jam games. Nicola Salmoria sent in a driver for Deniam games, supporting Logic Pro, Logic Pro 2 and Karian Cross.

      Logic Pro screen shots: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
      Logic Pro 2 screen shots: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
      Karian Cross screen shots: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

Check out the screen shots at the above links.

Tuesday, August 1st, 2000
AGES v0.21b Released
Author stated: "Oops. Few stupid bugs in yesterday's release. Fixed version is up". Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Atari800 Mac v0.99h3 Released
A Macintosh port of David Firth's multi-platform Atari 800 emulator has been updated. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

AGES v0.21a Released
AGES the Sega Genesis & 32X emulator for Windows was updated to v0.21a. Here's what's new:
  • Massaged GFX renderer: 16.5% speed-up for 32X emulation, 44% speed-up for Genesis emulation.
  • HUGE compatability boost for Genesis games, fixed some problems in 32X games: Afterburner 32X looks much better, MK2 now works, etc...
  • Sega Mouse and Sega 4 player peripherals now emulated, though the mouse is still unusable.
  • Fixed bankswitching. (Guess its not just for 32X eh?)
  • Completed BIOS faking, no ROMs required anymore. (NOTE: Never use this unless you are trapped in the desert with no Internet connection.)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

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