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News from May 2001

Thursday, May 31th, 2001
Calice32 v0.3.2 Released
The CPS-2 & CPS-1 emulator Calice32 was updated to v0.3.2, here's what's new:
  • Street Fighter Zero 3
  • GUI Bug fixed.
  • Two players can now play using the keyboard (fixed Keyboard.dll
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

RockNES X v2.0 beta1 Released
RockNES is an excellent Nintendo NES emulator that's had a huge update, here's what's new:
  • The way RockNES X and the RockNES core interacts has been completely rewritten
  • Input Control partially rewritten (major joystick bugs fixed)
  • Sound Engine rewritten: the output quality is better and the lag has gone away :)
  • Added 48kHz support to the Sound Engine
  • Sound Device selection fixed
  • The audio buffer size can be configured now
  • Scanline support rewritten. This new version is MUCH faster
  • Now it is possible to toggle between Windowed and Full Screen Mode while playing (F11 key)
  • 3D Hardware Support added (of course using bilinear filtering!)
  • Font Engine Optimized and partially rewritten, to support the 3D mode
  • Frameskip support removed (due to the RockNES emulation core requirements)
  • The Screenshot system has been improved and also supports the 3D mode
  • The GUI has been improved (lot of bugs removed, things added/removed)
  • The Folders dialog now has the "look subfolders" option
  • The .dat (the RockNES X config file) format has changed, to support more options and future format updates
  • Netplay mode (support for TCP/IP, serial port, IPX and modem2modem). Remote savestate loading is also supported
  • Several bug fixes
  • Error handling HEAVILY improved
  • Zip support added (finally! :))
  • In sync with the latest RockNES source (1.9x). It is really a lot of things to describe here.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

MameLang32+ v0.37b15 Released
The multi-language version of MAME32 was updated to the latest MAME source of v0.37b15. Even if you want an English version of MAME32, this is the program to get. Also note that the home page for MameLang32 has changed, it's now hosted on [email protected] at: /mamelang32/ so change your bookmarks. Also, if any other emulation sites are without hosting because EmuHQ is kicking out all their hosted sites, let me know and I can set you up with a new site quickly.

Tron Simulator Released
Luca Antignano has released yet another handheld simulator, this time it's Tron (Tomy, 1981).
    The game features 3 games in 1, and those games fir the 3 main scenes of the movie: light cycle game, discs (freesbee) game, MCP game.
Download it from his site at the above link.

Bit Age Times #13 Released
A new issue of the newsletter for the second generation of video games! Here are some of the articles:
  • Deja Vu! Why the Dreamcast may become the next Turbo Grafx.
  • The Money Making Idea that Nintendo has not Cashed in on.
  • Playstation Games are becoming collectible! Find out which!
Check out these and other articles in the free newsletter at the above link.

FCE Ultra v0.55 Released
The Nintendo NES emulator FCE was updated to v0.55. Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2001
Netflix Rules
First off, I admit it. Netflix is a sponsor of [email protected] and will get paid if you join. However, if you don't know about Netflix or haven't tried them you really should. They're offering a free trial this month (which ends in a few days) where you can rent as many DVD's as you want for $20/month (after your trial period). They also have other packages with different amounts of movies you can have out at a time. I wouldn't normally talk about a sponsor like this, but I love their service so much I figured I had to. They have a really cool Amazon-like profile system where you rate movies and they suggest movies you may be interested in based on your ratings. You setup a queue of movies you're interested in, rank them, and they will automatically send you the next DVD from your list when you return one. You can even put movies that are not yet released into your queue. For movies you're not sure of, you can read reviews from others to make your decision (many movies have hundreds of reviews). You can slice and dice searches in anyway you like (click on an actor or director's name and you get all related movies). They even have trailers for many movies in three different connection speeds. Like I said, Netflix is a sponsor of [email protected], but seriously, I love their service and it's like the internet was designed for them. It's fast, easy to use, cost-comparable to the video store, and it's free to try out. Okay, I'll stop my gushing, but it's rare that you find something this good.

Screen Shot Browser
The MAME Screen Shot Browser was updated to include the latest games in MAME v0.37b15. This is a great tool to jog your memory of some old favorite game that you've forgotten. It highlights the games added in MAME v0.37b15 and has a quick-link to download the game or even search the internet for an alternate download location. Check it out at the above link.

v0.37b15 Screen Shot Packs
Screen shot packs for MAME were updated to v0.37b15. Download them from the Front-Ends section. Thanks to Classic Arcade Project for the screen shots.

MameCPS1/2 Win v0.14 Released
The CPS-2 & CPS-1 only port of MAME now comes in a Windows flavor! Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

ZSNES v1.28b Released
The excellent Super Nintendo (SNES) emulator ZSNES keeps on getting better! Here's what's new:
  • Added a filtered GUI option to allow graphics engines such as 2xSaI to be used in the GUI [zsKnight]
  • Fixed SA-1 save states [zsKnight]
  • Fixed Breath of Fire crashing bug when loading [theoddone33]
  • Added option to allow multiple instances of ZSNES (off by default) [pagefault]
  • Fixed Lufia 2 sprite disappearing bug [zsKnight]
  • Fixed quick menu crash problem when the entries other than the first one is selected when the load menu is opened [zsKnight]
  • Modified SPC700<->65816 timing again to get Hook working [zsKnight]
  • Added more keyboard shortcuts to GUI [pagefault]
  • Fixed vram read to get Smash Tennis working again [zsKnight]
  • Hopefully fixed lockup when exiting Windows port [pagefault]
  • Added a spc700 timing hack for Super Final Match Tennis until I re-write the timing engine later (but not anytime soon though) [zsKnight]
  • Kinda got Rendering Ranger 2 to go further, but this game seems to use some picky timing, so this will have to wait until I re-write timing in the future. [zsKnight]
  • Removed large sound buffer option since it wasn't really useful [pagefault]
  • Fixed 16bit access to address $001FFF (or equivalent). Fixes Super Tetris 2+Bombliss. [zsKnight]
  • Implemented 128KB sram support. Dezaemon runs now (but it suffers graphics glitches at the moment) [zsKnight]
  • Fixed Wordtris (reading from 002100) [zsKnight]
  • Fixed reset function in William's Arcade Classics [zsKnight]
  • Tuff-E-Nuff works now (another timing hack *sigh* )
  • Added exclusive DirectSound mode option [pagefault]
  • Fixed corrupt graphics in Rock'n Roll racing (reading from invalid memory) [zsKnight]
  • Added alternate timer for people having problems with zsnes running too fast [bootgod,pagefault,zsKnight]
  • Fixed corrupt graphics in Captain America (also reading from invalid memory) [zsKnight]
  • Implemented latest save state selection in Windows port [pagefault]
  • Added v-sync to Windows port (enable in options to use it, should fix most graphical tearing issues) [pagefault]
  • Fixed mid-screen OAM updating. Uniracers works in 2 player mode. [zsKnight]
  • Combined the new header detection method with the old one, producing a much better method [zsKnight]
  • Added SA-1 read/write to BWRAM bitmap mode in the lower banks [zsKnight]
  • Fixed "freeze data" text [hpsolo]
  • Fixed SA-1 write to BWRAM bitmap mode. It seems like this was the main cause of the level-up screen not working in Mario RPG. [zsKnight]
  • Fixed cpu usage when ZSNES is in the background doing nothing [pagefault]
  • Re-wrote character conversion 1 for 2bpp, implemented cc1 for 4bpp [zsKnight]
  • Fixed vertical high resolution mode for tile priority 1 [zsKnight]
  • Fixed Terranigma overworld glitch in the new graphics engine 16bit engine [zsKnight]
  • Enabled RTC in Windows port [pagefault]
  • Moved the Transparent Message option from the Options to the GUI Optns section. [pagefault]
  • Added Trainered rom support [zsKnight]
  • Fixed BG4 graphics in certain games (fixes Digital Devil Story) [zsKnight]
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Calice32 v0.3.0 Released
Calice32 is a CPS-1 and CPS-2 emulator for Windows and has been updated to v0.3.0 which supports the following:
  • QSound (CPS2) - based on QSound Player by Barry Rodewald.
  • YM2151 (CPS1)
  • Super Fighter Zero 3 (Japan 980629)
  • Super Street Fighter 2 X (Japan 940223)
  • Changed a bit the GUI
  • Easy configuration interface
  • Other fixes and things I forgot :)
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

Monday, May 28th, 2001
CatVer.ini v0.37b15 Released
The catetory and version information file for [email protected] was updated to v0.37b15. Download it from the Front-Ends section. Thanks to Classic Arcade Project for the file. Also, while talking about [email protected], I've been working on the changes required to make it work with WinMAME (or MAMEW as some are calling it). I've got lots of changes already done and lots more to do. None of it is very difficult, just takes some time. I don't have a good idea when I'll send it out to the beta testers, but it shouldn't be too long by the looks of things. Stay tuned.

Daedalus INI v1.0b Released
The Nintendo 64 emulator Daedalus had it's INI file updated to v1.0b and adds the following:
  • Completely new ROM entries.
  • Completely new ROM settings.
  • Completely new ROM comments/info.
  • Entire ini is in alphabetical order.
  • CRC and Country Codes are left in lowercase.
  • ROM titles are all correct. (Thanks Cowering! (goodn64 v0.999.4 BETA).
  • ROM comments/info are all uniform.
  • Version ROMs are now recognized. (e.g. (v1.1), (v1.2), etc...)
  • PAL/EUR ROMs are given the same comment/info as the USA ROM if one exists. This saved a lot of time during testing and wasn't really anything to worry about...as Daedalus isn't picky about what country ROMs are from. However, some...if not most PAL/EUR ROMs have screen alignment errors that wern't listed under the 'info=' area, so be aware.
  • Did I mention that this ini is TOTALLY NEW...nothing was carried over from other ini files except for the UCodes =).
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section under Daedalus Utilities & Info.

Mom's Out of Hospital
My mom's back home after being admitted to the hospital last week to remove a brain tumor. She's doing excellent considering what she went through. Thinks are returning to normal around here now.

Sunday, May 27th, 2001
Project64 v1.0 Released
A new Nintendo 64 emulators bursts onto the scene and it offers quite good game support as well as speed and sound. Some of the supported games are:
  • 1080 Snowboarding
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Bomberman Hero
  • Castlevania
  • F-Zero X
  • Fighter's Destiny
  • Goldeneye 007
  • Killer Instinct Gold
  • Legend of Zelda, the - Ocarina of Time
  • Legend of Zelda, the - Majora's Mask
  • Mario Golf 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Party 2
  • Pokemon Stadium
  • Pokemon Stadium 2
  • Ridge Racer 64
  • StarFox 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • Super Smash Brothers
  • Tetrisphere
  • Wave Race 64
Nice list for a first release! Check it out on the Nintendo 64 section.

MameCPS1/2 v0.14 Released
This CPS-1 & CPS-2 emulator based on MAME was updated to v0.14 to add support for the latest dumped CP2-2 games. Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

AdriPSX v01.05.25 Released
The Sony PlayStation emulator AdriPSX was updated to v01.05.25. Here's what's new:
  • All Controller/SIO functions redone with HLE (higher compatibility).
  • Controller Pad "Flickering" corrected.
  • Changes in DJGPP+RSXNTDJ configuration, to avoid internal compiler errors.
  • Lots of fixes on SPU IRQ.
  • A lot more of "general" HLE functions for better speed up.
  • Added support for PEC GPU wrapper and CyberPad.
  • In general: "A big improvement on compatibility!!!".
Download it from the PlayStation section.

Saturday, May 26th, 2001
CPS-2 Releases
Two new CPS-2 games were dumped! Super Street Fighter 2 X (Jpn) and Street Fighter Zero 3. Here's the decryption tables:Note that these ar NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROMs to be unencrypted.

Runtime Error 5 Fix
While I didn't have any problems running WinMAME with [email protected], some did. Thanks to the efforts of FireGeek and Damon, the solution has been found. The problem is with the arcade.pif and arcade2.pif files that [email protected] uses to run MAME with. I used pif files because it gives more control to the user to run batch files or even other programs before running MAME. It also allows you to tweak DOS settings for your particular system.

In this case, the issue is with the "Prevent MS-DOS-based programs from detecting Windows". In some versions of Windows, it's on the Program tab within the Properties of the pif file. In other versions of Windows you have to hit the "Advanced" button on the Program tab to see this option. This option needs to be turned OFF (no checkmark). Once you do this, [email protected] should no longer give the error 5 message with WinMAME.

WinMAME Quits when Running [email protected]
I suggested a few days ago that you need to remove all the command line options in [email protected] that WinMAME doesn't support. With the current version of WinMAME, if you set a command that it doesn't support, WinMAME terminates instead of continuing (I suggest to MAMEDEV that they change it so it continues instead of terminating). Anyway, if you're experiencing this problem, the easiest way to make a game work is to go into the Settings in [email protected] and click on the "None" settings at the bottom right. WinMAME will now run with just the settings in the mame.ini file. You should also do this within the Default Game Settings so all games that you don't have a custom settings assigned also work. I'm working on changing [email protected] so it supports the new features of WinMAME. WinMAME seems to work really well on every OS I try, so I think I'll make it the default version of MAME to use with [email protected] going forward, anyone object?

MAME v0.37b15 i686
The i686 compiles of MAME v0.47b15 were released. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

z26 v1.45 Released
The excellent Atari 2600 emulator z26 was updated to v1.45 It adds a new and improved SECAM palette. Download it from the Console Emulators section.

BoycottAdvance v0.19b Released
The excellent and "free" Nintendo GameBoy Advance emulator was updated to v0.19b. It adds TONS of new features, just download it from the Console Emulators section. Also, the emulator is now cardware (send a postcard to register). If you register, you'll get private betas.

Fastness
[email protected]'s hosting company has fixed the problem with one of their lines and all the routing problems it was causing. Everything is back to normal, for now anyway. =)

Slowness
I'm sure most have noticed some slowness over the last 24 hours. This is due to a system-wide problem my hosting company is having. They're working on the problem, but it's been next to impossible to do any updates because of it.

Thursday, May 24th, 2001
[email protected] Works with WinMAME
It seems that [email protected] works with the new WinMAME. I just renamed mamew.exe to mame.exe and ran [email protected] and it updated without a hitch. Gotta love that auto stretch to full-screen. So MAME wouldn't give an error, I had to set the Sound option to [Don't set] and the Sample bits to 8. You may have to change other settings because it seems that if you try to use a command line switch that isn't supported it gives an error and doesn't continue as you would expect. To get the command line it's sending, just hold down your shift key when you press Play and a prompt will come up showing the command line it's sending. Just change options till the one that's causing the problem is found. I'll be changing [email protected] so it doesn't set these options once the dust settles. However, it would be a good idea to suggest to MAMEDEV that if a command is selected that isn't supported it should still continue to run instead of giving an error and quitting.

MAME v0.37b15 Released!
MAME was updated to v0.37b15 and now runs on Windows by default. I've been at the hospital all day so I don't even know if [email protected] works with it or you have to use the DOS version instead. If the Windows version doesn't work, try the DOS version. If the DOS version doesn't work either, please don't e-mail me because I'll know about it and be working on it. Here's the newly supported games:
  • Power Play [Aaron Giles]
  • Neck & Neck [Aaron Giles]
  • Shuffleshot [Aaron Giles]
  • Elevator Action Returns [Bryan McPhail]
  • Darius Gaiden [Bryan McPhail]
  • Puzzle Bobble 4 [Bryan McPhail]
  • Land Maker [Bryan McPhail]
  • Twin Qix [Bryan McPhail]
  • Gekiridan [Bryan McPhail]
  • Magic Bubble [Luca Elia]
  • J. J. Squawkers [Luca Elia]
  • Go Go! Mile Smile [Luca Elia]
  • Bang Bang Ball [Luca Elia]
  • Jitsuryoku!! Pro Yakyuu [Luca Elia]
  • Clash Road [Luca Elia]
  • Dommy [David Haywood]
  • Ixion [David Haywood]
  • Vandyke [David Haywood]
  • Tunnel Hunt [Phil Stroffolino, Owen Rubin]
  • Wheel of Fortune (set 2)
  • Rim Rockin' Basketball (v1.6)
  • Marble Madness (set 1)
  • Vindicators (4/26/88)
  • Slick Shot (V2.2)
  • Jungle Hunt (Brazil)
  • Shingen Samurai-Fighter (= Takeda Shingen)
  • Double Dragon 2 (World)
  • Street Fighter: The Movie (v1.12)
  • TMNT (Japan 4 Players)
  • Strahl (set 2)
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2001
AdriPSX DOS v01.02.01
The DOS version of the Sony PlayStation emulator AdrisPSX was updated to v01.02.01 and here's what's new:
  • Added more StaticRec features ported from Win Version.
  • Implemented a new GPU cache system, giving a HUGE SPEED-UP.
  • Frame Rate is now displayed in FPS instead of percentage.
  • MDEC colors corrected.
  • Several corrections on CDROM decoder.
  • Sound routine re-added, but not tested yet.
Download it from the PlayStation section.

retoDrive Release 1
Seems that the Sega Genesis/32X emulator GENSX has a little bit of an identity complex. It was first called Vegas, then changed its name to GENSX, and now it's retroDrive. I suggest the next name should be WashRinseRepeat. I don't know why exactly, I just like the sound of it. Anyway, this version is chocked full of new features including:
  • Tweaked PSG balancing and fixed a bug in it.
  • Major architectural changes to the 68000 emulation.
  • Fixed a big problem with the Genesis sound emulation. Nearly all sound problems have been fixed!
  • Fixed a bug with the Genesis sprites.
  • Fixed 32X memory timing.
  • Fixed bug in window title.
  • Numerous optimizations to the memory architecture.
  • Rewrote portions of the memory system into x86 assembly.
  • Many speed-ups in the SH2 and 68000 code.
  • Battery Ram now auto-loads and auto-saves.
  • Numerous bug fixes.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Nebula v1.4a Released
The CPS-2 emulator Nebula was updated to v1.4a. Here's what's new:
  • Fixes the background bug in Ring of Destruciton
  • Adds volume control
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

1964 v0.6.1b Released
The Nintendo 64 emulator 1964 was updated twice in the last day. Here's what's new:
  • Fixes probs on OS's other than Win2k. This fix "should" take care of it.
  • Mempack, Eeprom support for save games. Default is 2K eeprom (Rice)
  • Basic self-mod code detection - improves compatibility in the dynarec (Rice)
  • 1964 OpenGL Full-screen support. Change the resolution from your Windows Display Properties control panel for higher full-screen resolutions in 1964. Full-screen resolution will be the same as your Windows resolution.
  • Improved support for Azimer's audio plugin.
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2001
RomCenter v2.10 Released
The excellent ROM manager for just about every system was updated to v2.10. Here's what's new:
  • Switch to virtual views (much faster).
  • Rewrite engine "split/merge" handler.
  • Miss / Have reports
  • Respect case in roms and games name.
  • Improved fix function
  • Check disk space left when fixing
  • Improved datafiles loader. (handle some incoherent case)
  • Sublist system added
  • Floating and dockable menus and toolbar
  • Filter toolbar
  • Save column size
  • Display datafile version and author when database is selected
  • Reload datafiles list when refreshing database node
  • All destructive operation taken out of the fix process (remove unknown roms)
  • Fixed 'rom path not found' when launching application.
  • Fixed neogeo, cvs, playchoice and deco loading
  • Fixed the installation of read only roms from the scan window.
  • Fixed remove useless files
  • Fixed buttons not enabled some times
  • Fixed problems with UNC (network) rom paths
If you have never used RomCenter, I suggest you do, it really is an excellent tool. Download it from the official site at the above link.

ClrMamePro v2.12 Released
Roman Scherzer's MAME ROM manages was updated once again, here's what's new:
  • misc: zips with bad centraldir/bad locafileentries will (again) be skipped
  • misc: improved profilers datfile scan
  • misc: quitting cmpro with ESC will also save profilesettings
  • fixed: a not enabled warningswindow was displayed when a scan was finished
  • fixed: profilers author/version fields were the wrong way around
  • fixed: cmpro crashes when fixing zipfiles with illegal time/datestamps
Download it from the M.A.M.E. Utilities section.

D-BOY v0.75a Released
The Nintendo GameBoy emulator for DOS was updated to v0.75a. Translating the what's new from Japanese to English indicates that the author, BouKiCHi, has been very busy and hasn't had time to work on D-BOY. I believe the two changes are that you can now specify a Japanese directory from the congifuration file and a -video 6 mode was added. Download it from the Console Emulators section.

z26 v1.44 Released
The excellent Atari 2600 emulator z26 was updated to v1.44. It adds the following:
  • Support for the SECAM color palette via the -c2 command line switch. I don't know if any available rom images use this palette, but we're ready!
  • Minor fixes to trace mode.
  • Thanks to Eckhard Stolberg for doing most of the work on this release.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Sunday, May 20th, 2001
Visitor Record
Yesterday, May 19th, [email protected] broke a single day record for the number of visitors and page views. A total of 959,050 page views were recorded yesterday (couldn't quite break a million). In the last few days there's been about a 10% jump in the number of visitors, so I wanted to welcome all the new people. I think I'll have a beer to celebrate.

MAME WIP 17th-20th
MAME WIP news for May 17th through the 20th:
  • May 20th, 2001: Guru added the World version to the Double Dragon 2 driver.
  • May 19th, 2001: Aaron Giles re-added another Street Fighter: The Movie ROM set to the itech32 driver, and fixed the DIP switch settings in Shuffleshot.
  • May 18th, 2001: Bryan McPhail fixed the black spots in the background graphics of Puzzle Bobble 2 and 3.
  • May 17th, 2001: Luca Elia added Bang Bang Ball to the Metro driver.
Check out the screen shots at the above link.

SSF v0.05 alpha r5 Released
The Sega Saturn emulator SSF was updated to alpha r5. Converted from Japanese here's what's new:
  • The correction version of an old version
  • A changed part accelerates drawing processing of - low resolution
  • The following target moves
Maybe this makes sense to someone. Anyway, download it from the Console Emulators section.

Saturday, May 19th, 2001
RockNES v1.910 Released
The most excellent Nintendo emulator RockNES DOS was updated to v1.910. Here's what's new:
  • Partial rewrite, squashing lots of problems and bugs (too much for listing);
  • Fixed a flaw in the MMC3 IRQ timing;
  • Fixed VRC6 output (working nicely now, thanks Alexandre);
  • Fixed a bug in the PCM channel, plus $4015 sound register;
  • Fixed command line parse, thanks to everyone for the feedback;
  • Fixed save state feature (may be incompatible sometimes);
  • Fixed tons of GUI problems (+internal Help);
  • Fixed config file reading (+small changes);
  • Added an option (ROM patch) to fetch the byte value from current address;
  • Using last Matt Conte's 2A03 (6502) CPU emulator;
  • Source fixed to compile with no warnings;
  • Cosmetic changes, plus general optmizations.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Nebula v1.4 Released
The CPS-2 emulator with a theme-song Nebula was updated to v1.4, here's what's new:
  • Some rom files has been renamed to match the latest CPS2MAME rom names.
  • Ability to filter the game list. You can select if you want to seel all games, or only the available ones.
  • Roms now aren't analyzed everytime Nebula starts. They are checked when romsets are changed or when you press the Rescan button in the OTHER config screen.
  • Changed main 68000 core to Bart Trzynadlowski's Genital 68k, which is a bit faster than starscream, and has less bugs (perhaps none).
  • Rewritten the layer 2 drawing code. Rowscrolling problems are almost fixed (only missing avsp intro). It has caused a small slowdown, but with the little speedup of the main core the speed should be the same as before.
  • 19xx gfx problems fixed at last. If you use old savegames, then the problems will not be fixed until a stage change in the game.
  • As some people has reported that the new gfx code (v1.3 and later) is slower than the older one (1.2 and before), then I've added the ability to use the old gfx code using the -oldgfx command line option.
  • Sprite priority code has back to the original code that causes less gfx problems.
  • Implemented sprite bankswitching (one of the still unemulated features of the cps2 hardware)
  • Added PNG unfiltering modes (Sub,Up,Avg,Paeth). PNG files created with other tools should look right now.
  • Fixed most Raster problems. Things look a lot better. Only remaining some sprite problems.
  • Changed the Savegame format. Now the sound is correctly restored when loading a savegame. The old format is still recognized and loaded.
  • Data files (configuration and savegames) are not encrypted anymore. If you want info about the format of these files, send me an E-mail.
  • Fixed the "controller setting forgetting" bug. It's fixed now, but it requieres that you delete the old config files.
  • Added the ability to save the controller data as the default mapping for games using the same button layout.
  • GUI graphics can be changed (see -packgui option and the section below).
Download it from the Arcade Emulation section and you've got to check out their home page. They should stick with emulator programming and not venture into web design =)

Friday, May 18th, 2001
Pop-ups?
Some people are reporting a pop-up on every page. I don't experience that and only get a few pop-ups that are easy to close (they don't spawn new pop-ups). I'm looking into this. I'm guessing that it has to build some kind of profile before the number of pop-ups are reduced, but that's just a guess. Just letting everyone know that a pop-up on every page isn't the intent.

Retrogaming Times #45
Early this month, the latest issue is up and ready to read! Here are the highlights:
  • Wild Cart Kingdom!
  • The Worst 2600 games reviewed!
  • The Holy Grail of Classic Carts!
  • A whole lot more!
Check out the always fun and free newsletter at the above link.

Calice32 v0.2.9 Released
The CPS-2/CPS-1 emulator Calice32 was updated to v0.2.9, here's what's new:
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2 X (Japan 960531)
  • The following drivers should be fixed now (really)
  • Super Street Fighter 2 TURBO (ASIA 940223)
  • Super Street Fighter 2 TURBO (USA 940223)
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 (US 960306)
  • Automatic desktop pixel format detection (16/15 bpp) If this still don't work for you, please email me
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

Fewer Ads
Because of your support for the sponsors, over the past few days I've been removing ads from [email protected] You should notice fewer ads both at the top and bottom of the page as well as fewer and less annoying pop-ups. The pop-ups that spawned more pop-ups and wouldn't let you close them should be gone. I had to stop using a very good advertiser because of these kinds of pop-ups, so please support the new sponsors.

Selling ROMs?
I got a few e-mails about a new ROM site and that I should post news about it. First of all, I don't post news about ROMs sites, I don't think it's good to make ROM sites too public because the problems it can cause. Also, this particular site is selling ROMs via a "donation" system. Some could argue if this is selling or not, but I believe it's selling and against the spirit of emulation. Imagine if all ROM sites did this, the IDSA, Nintendo and others would be all over emulation. Anyway, there are lots of free ROM sites anyway.

Final Burn Hack v1.8 Released
If you didn't know already, Vintage Gaming Network (Dave's Classics) is now hosted here at [email protected] Dave's been a long-time friend and before [email protected] existed I used Dave's Classics as my default emulation page. I'm glad I could help Dave out with the problems he was having with his old host. Anyway, I read over on VGN that a new version of the Final Burn Hack was released. Here's what's new:
  • Added Support for "Super Puzzle Fighter 2 X"
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

ZSNES v1.26 Released
The best Super Nintendo emulator was updated once again, this time it adds the following:
  • OBC1 support broke in a recent CVS update. Fixed now. [zsKnight]
  • Added full scanlines to the Win/Linux port [zsKnight]
  • Added Mouse Wheel switch [zsKnight,pagefault]
  • Fixed problem with interpolation/2xSaI/scanlines being saved in the windows port [zsKnight]
  • Improved 512 byte header support. This should improve compatibility with some games [zsKnight]
  • Added 768x672 and 1024x896 DR, R windowed video modes to Windows port [pagefault]
  • Windows port now uses the primary DirectSound buffer [pagefault]
  • Modified 65816<->SPC700 timing. I hope this doesn't break anything [zsKnight]
  • Fixed a vram read behavior problem (fixed Equinox dungeons) [zsKnight]
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

MAME WIP 11th-16th
MAME WIP news for May 11th through the 16th:
  • May 16th, 2001: Aaron Giles fixed a small bug in the C 68k core, and added Shuffleshot to the itech32 driver.
  • May 15th, 2001: Dave Haywood added Ixion to the Zaxxon driver.
  • May 14th, 2001: Stefan Jokisch fixed the sound in Atari Basketball.
  • May 13th, 2001: Bryan McPhail finally fixed the V20 / V30 cycle count bug which affected the speed in Raiden, R-Type and more.
  • May 12th, 2001: Luca Elia added Go! Go! Mile Smile to the Puzzle Bancho driver.
  • May 11th, 2001: Aaron Giles added an easier way to set names for buttons, and added Neck & Neck to the itech8 driver.
Check out the screen shots at the above links.

Thursday, May 17th, 2001
CPS-2: Super Puzzle Fighter 2 X (Jpn)
Yet another cracked CPS-2 game. This time it's Super Puzzle Fighter 2 X (Jpn). Here's the decryption table:Note that this is NOT the ROMs but simply an XOR table that allow the encrypted ROMs to be unencrypted.

Blade64 INI v1.0.10 Released
The INI file for the Nintendo 64 emulator Blade64 was updated once again. This version adds support for the following games:
  • Snowboard Kids 2
  • NFL Blitz
Download the INI file as well as the Blade64 emulator from the Nintendo 64 section.

ClrMamePro v2.11 Released
Roman Scherzer's ClrMamePro was updated to v2.11, here's what's new:
  • added: finally added the requested optional "preserve file/zip time/date stamps"
  • misc: settings window title bar is being updated after enabling/disabling sets
  • fixed: wrong 'merge mode differ' when using force-merge-mode dats
  • fixed: little split-merger issue when deactivating some clones
Download it from the M.A.M.E. Utilities section.

Exodus3D is 24
Exodus3D put me in a ninja hold and forced me to post that she's 24 today. Send her Sonic toys in celebration or something.

Geoshock's Back
The DNS stuff was updated and Geoshock is back. That will teach katharsis for asking me to get his e-mail working =)

Oops
Seems I messed up some site code changes yesterday which caused some people to get error messages. I think if you have cookies off you got these errors. I believe I fixed the problem, but if you experience any errors, let me know. Also, you should really turn on cookies because that's what prevents you from getting too many pop-ups and other kinds of ads. You shouldn't be afraid of cookies, only the site that set the cookie can view it so they are secure and anonymous.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2001
Xbox Launch Details
Microsoft announced the launch details for the Xbox today at E3. The big questions have been answered, it will be $299 and will be released on November 8th, 2001 where 600,000 - 800,000 units will be available on the first day. A short list of some of the featured games:
  • "Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee" from Microsoft
  • "Halo" from Microsoft
  • "Dead or Alive 3" from Tecmo
  • "NASCAR Heat" from INFOGRAMES Inc.
  • "Mad Dash" from Eidos Interactive
  • "Crazy Taxi™ Next" from Sega
  • "House of the Dead™ 3" from Sega
  • Sega Sports™ 2K2 titles
You can check out the hour-long press conference at the above link where Sega shares the stage with Microsoft. Not only will the Xbox excel in multi-player on-line games, it also has a few tricks up it's sleave like a headset so you can communicate by voice to other players instead of stoping gameplay and typing on a keyboard. If you want to win a FREE Xbox, play the Arcade Trivia Game.

ZSNES v1.25 Released
Because of rain/lightning over the last few days, my cable company is having a hard time keeping my internet connection working. Anyway, it worked long enough for me to upload the latest version of the excellent Super Nintendo emulator ZSNES. Here's what's new:
  • Fixed cheat menu text when game was not loaded [pagefault]
  • Fixed unlabed checkbox in DOS port [pagefault]
  • DSP1 - Fixed plane controls in Pilotwings [_Demo_]
  • dosintrf.asm - Fixed header detection in the dos port [zsKnight]
  • gui.asm - Video mode checking done at initialization [zsKnight]
  • Enabled mouse wrap in the Windows and Linux ports [pagefault]
  • Fixed full screen mode switch when the user starts ZSNESw before selecting any full screen modes [zsKnight]
  • Made default video mode 512x448 windowed in Windows port [pagefault]
  • Prevented enter key from affecting gameplay on returning from F1 and F3 menus [zsKnight]
  • Added minimize button to the Windows port [pagefault]
  • Added always on top option in GUI options menu [pagefault]
  • Menu fix for 8bit graphics modes [zsKnight]
  • ZSNESW now remembers the window position on your desktop (can be disabled in GUI options) [pagefault]
  • Fixed crashing problem with some IPS's in ZIP's [Teuf, zsKnight]
  • Ported to DirectX 8.0 which fixed some problems and improved performance (DirectX 8.0 is now required to run ZSNESW) [pagefault]
  • DSP1 - Fixed map offset problem in Pilotwings [zsKnight]
  • DSP1 - Fixed rings being mysteriously passed problem in Pilotwings [zsKnight]
  • Fixed DirectSound crash when a normal priority buffer could not be acquired [pagefault]
  • Fixed DirectInput compatibility on some computers [pagefault]
  • Optimized DSP1 code for better performance [teuf]
  • Added proper full main/sub-screen window clipping in the new gfx 16bit engine (fixed Illusion of Gaia/DKC2 selection screens, etc) [zsKnight]
  • Added checksum/header name/chip type header display upon game load [zsKnight]
  • Added PNG snapshot support which is selectable in the F1 menu [Matt Kendora]
  • Stunt Race FX old graphics engine force fixed [zsKnight]
  • Fixed MegamanX copy protection schemes [zsKnight, Matthew Kendora]
  • Fixed TopGear 2 PAL version from detecting a PAL system [zsKnight]
  • Implemented OBC1 chip (for Metal Combat) [zsKnight]
  • Fixed Mode 7 bug in Super Ghouls and Ghosts [zsKnight]
  • Added turbo keys for L & R keys [zsKnight]
  • OBC1 emulation support. Metal Combat works! [zsKnight]
  • You can now customizable the colors to the title bar and window colors. [zsKnight]
  • Optimised global code to provide up to a 50% speed increase on it on most processors [pagefault]
  • Added black and white mode to Windows and Linux ports [pagefault]
  • ZSNESW is now packed with the newest version of UPX [pagefault]
  • Cleaned up the cfg files for windows/linux ports [pagefault]
  • Fixed command-line crash in the Windows port (Thanks Matt Kendora) [pagefault]
  • Save/Load state now displays which state is being loaded [hpsolo]
  • Added double buffering support to Linux port [teuf]
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Daedalus v0.06b Released
The Nintendo 64 emulator for Windows DirectX 8 was updated to v0.06b. I know, what begs to be asked is where is v0.06a, your guess is as good as mine. Here's what's new:
  • Fixed texture load bug (fixes corrupt textures when TEXEL1 is used).
  • Fixed ucode 5 texturing/lighting bugs.
  • Fixed RSP SRLV/SRAV/SLLV disassembly.
  • All lighting / transformation now done manually (this was done to implement fogging, but in the process it helped me fix a few bugs and optimise a few things). These changes have also removed the need for the ScaleFactor hack and some of the viewport problems.
  • Started work on fogging (but the range is still not quite right).
  • Added Orkin's combiner changes - lots of things are the right colours now!
  • Fixed TexRect bug.
  • Added various other OS-HLE stuff (thanks Jun Su!).
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2001
Xmame v0.37b14.2 Released
I know THIS is the release EVERYONE has been waiting for! Xmame v0.37b14.2! After all, Linux is just slightly less popular than WebTV, and you know how good WebTV is. =) Anyway, you can download this release from the M.A.M.E. section.

Blade64 INI v1.0.9 Released
The INI file for the Nintendo 64 emulator Blade64 was updated once again. This version adds support for the following games:
  • Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2
  • Bust A Move 2
  • Deadly Arts
  • Dual Heroes
  • Golden Nugget 64
  • GT64
  • Mace: The Dark Age
  • Ms. Pac-man Maze Madness
  • NBA Courtside 2
  • NBA Jam 2000
  • Rocket Robot On Wheels
  • Tigger's Honey Hunt
  • Turok Dinosaur Hunter
  • Zelda: Majora's Mask
Download the INI file as well as the Blade64 emulator from the Nintendo 64 section.

Monday, May 14th, 2001
ClrMamePro v2.1 Released
Roman Scherzer's excellent ClrMamePro was updated to v2.1, here's what's new:
  • misc: new ziproutines (removed zip32.dll)
  • misc: mfc42.dll isn't statically linked anymore
  • misc: finds not necessary empty zipfolder entries
  • misc: replaced mail/homepage/docs buttons with hyperlinks
  • misc: correct romcenter author/etc. datfile information in the profiler window
  • misc: name tag creates default names for log/fastscan files (not description)
  • misc: added rebuilder warningmessage for empty source and/or destination paths.
  • misc: some more gui changes
Download it from the M.A.M.E. Utilities section.

StretchMame32 v.37b14d Released
A new version of StretchMame32 was released. Here's what's new:
  • Added Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom (Japan 940113)
  • Added Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara (US 960209)
  • Added Street Fighter Zero 2 (region changed to Japan)
  • Removed Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara (region changed 4P for kaillera)
  • Removed Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara (4 Players for kaillera)
  • Removed Alien Vs. Predator(3 Players for kaillera)
  • Added shot-factory feature for CPS games
  • Fixed NEOGEO replay feature
The home page took almost forever to download, so you may want to download it here from the M.A.M.E. section.

Nemu64 INI v2.1.9 Released
The official Nemu64 INI file was updated once again to v2.1.9, here's what's new:
  • Madden NFL 2001 (USA) = Playable
  • Removed unneeded settings
  • GBI settings corrected
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section under Nemu64 Utilities & Info.

Shame on You!
Shame on the 59,900 people that visited [email protected] yesterday! It was Mother's Day and you were supposed to be with your mother! That's why there were no updates yesterday (yeah, I have a mother). Although, maybe 59,900 of you don't have mothers? Anyway, back to emulation...

Saturday, May 12th, 2001
Calice32 v0.2.8 Released
The Capcom CPS-2 & CPS-1 emulator was updated to v0.2.8. Here's what's new:
  • Joystick support!
  • Fixed the following drivers:
    • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo (World 940223)
    • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo (Asia 940223)
    • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo (Usa 940223)
    • X-Men : Children of the Atom v3.00 (USA 950105)
    • X-Men : Children of the Atom v2.10 (Japan 941219)
    • X-Men : Children of the Atom v2.00 (Japan 941217)
    • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (USA 961004)
    • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (Asia 961023)
    • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (Japan 960910)
  • Gui Changes
  • Added support for the following languages:
    • Italian
    • Norwegian
    • Spanish
    • Swedish
  • Some Dx stuff
  • Some users experienced problems (slow mouse, difficulties to access the GUI). This can be fixed by editing calice.ini and changing vsync to yes
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

BlissJX Beta #3 Released
A new version of the Java Intellivision emulator with Windows features has been released. The author states about this version:
    Another attempt to eliminate that blank screen bug. This is a very difficult bug to troubleshoot because I actually am unable to reproduce it on any of the systems I own, so I'm kind of taking some shots in the dark at the bug. Let me know what this does or doesn't do for you.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Daedalus INI v0.05c Released
The official INI file for the Nintendo 64 emulator Daedalus was updated to v0.05c. Here's what you get:
  • 350 Total Games
  • 119 Playable Games
  • 71 Almost Playable Games
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section under Daedalus Utilities & Info.

Nemu64 INI v2.1.8 Released
The official Nemu64 INI file was updated to v2.1.8, here's what's new:
  • Rugrats In Paris: The Movie (PAL) = Playable, slow
  • Mario Party 3 (USA) = Doesnt Work
  • changed a few game comments
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section under Nemu64 Utilities & Info.

AdriPSX DOS v00.12.31
The Sony Playstation emulator for DOS AdriPSX was updated. While it's not as fast or as good as the Windows version, it's fun to play with and the author states that it runs very good on OS/2 WARP. Download it from the PlayStation section.

Friday, May 11th, 2001
MameCPS1/2 v0.11 Released
The MAME compile that includes just CPS-1 and CPS-2 games (including the latest decrypted ones) was updated to v0.11. I've dropped support if CPS2mame because it's not updated as frequently or as quickly as MameCPS1/2. Download it from the Arcade Emulation section.

CPS-2: D&D: Shadow over Mystara
What to do on a slow emulation day? How about another CPS-2 decryption? This time it's Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara. Here's the decryption table:Note that this is NOT the ROMs but simply an XOR table that allow the encrypted ROMs to be unencrypted.

ROM Search Engine
We've been working on a new feature for Arcade Emulation which allows you to search for ROMs on the internet to find alternate download locations. A "soft" release of this feature was done last night and it seems to be working. It's not perfect, some files still can't be found, but it's fairly good and we'll continue to tweak it. The feature can be found on Arcade Emulation when you go to download a file. If the load is too high, you'll be offered an option labeled "Search the Web: Find Download Mirrors!". Please don't report problems with this feature, it's still being developed and will never be 100% accurate (we hope for 90%). Visit Arcade Emulation on the ROM Files section.

DreamGBA Demo 4 Released
A newer GameBoy Advance emulator was updated to Preview Demo 4. This version adds the following:
  • Perfect Mosaic emulation
  • Add partial support to Mode 1,2,4
  • Add interrupt and real time DMA support
  • Screen shot function(Print Screen key)
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Thursday, May 10th, 2001
MAME WIP 2nd-10th
MAME WIP news for May 2nd through the 10th:
  • May 10th, 2001: Stephane Humbert submitted a few dip switch settings fixes.
  • May 9th, 2001: Aaron Giles fixed a few more problems in the Win32 version.
  • May 8th, 2001: Aaron Giles added another Slick Shot romset, and he fixed some graphics problems with the Win32 version. Dave Haywood added Dommy to the Scrambled Egg driver.
  • May 7th, 2001: Chack'n cleaned up the CPS-1 driver romset definitions a little. Bryan McPhail added pixel layer color emulation to the Taito F3 driver, fixing a few color problems. Aaron Giles sent in yet another Win32 version update, and he added another Vindicators romset.
  • May 6th, 2001: David Graves added Top Landing to the Taito Air system driver, but like Air Inferno, it doesn't have the 3D graphics.
  • May 5th, 2001: David Graves added state saving support to the Taito H system driver, and he sent in a preliminary Air Inferno driver that lacks 3D graphics emulation and therefore doesn't show much. Aaron Giles updated the Win32 version yet again, fixing a lot of things. Luca Elia sent in a driver for J. J. Squawkers.
  • May 4th, 2001: Dave Haywood cleaned up the 8080bw driver a bit and added two clones.
  • May 3rd, 2001: Aaron Giles updated the memory system, re-organizing a bit.
  • May 2nd, 2001: Dave Haywood added another Street Fighter 2 bootleg romset. Lee Taylor added another Space Invaders clone. Aaron Giles added a newer Marble Madness romset. Zsolt Vasvari updated the Scramble / Super Cobra / Amidar drivers with many bugfixes and cleanups.
Check out the screen shots at the above links. That J. J. Squawkers game looks twisted. Think of Sonic but with cats, birds and I think those are flying squirls.

Note: Kick Self
Oops, I messed up the downloads for a few hours. If you were having problems, It's been fixed. I was changing some premissions and screwed up FTP downloads. You can thank Dave from Vintage Gaming, he made me do it =)

Final Burn v0.114 Released
The CPS-2 emulator that has been discontinued 2 times has been updated. I know, it doesn't make sense, but in any case, it happened. This release doesn't add anymore games or anything, it just sorts the game listing alphabetically. Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2001
New Favorite Site
You can visit my new favorite site at the above link. The site must have been around for a long time because he's using the [email protected] layout from when I had frames which was over a year and a half ago. Don't mail bomb the guy or anything I guess it's a compliment. But damn was my layout ugly back then =)

Blade64 INI v1.0.8 Released
Another update of the INI file for the Nintendo 64 emulator Blade64. This version adds the following games:
  • Asteroids Hyper 64
  • Cruis'n World
  • Destruction Derby 64
  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • Duke Nukem 64
  • Extreme G
  • Forsaken 64
  • Mario Kart 64 (Other version)
  • Snow Speeder
  • Triple Play 2000
Download the INI file as well as the Blade64 emulator from the Nintendo 64 section.

BoycottAdvance v0.18b Released
The Nintendo GameBoy Advance emulator BoycottAdvance was updated to v0.18b. It's got a "what's new" as long as my arm, but the main feature that everyone is looking for is that it plays 23 of 24 commercial games! Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Blade64 WIP4.5 Released
The up-and-coming Nintendo 64 emulator based on TRWinGL, Blade64, was updated to WIP4.5. The author states:
    You must download WIP 4.5 build 4 is not to the requirements set.
Whatever that means. I also included the latest Blade INI file (v1.0.7) in the archive. Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

Monday, May 7th, 2001
CPS-2: D&D: Tower of Doom (Jpn)
Another CPS-2 game was decrypted, this time it's Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom (Japan 940113). Here's the decryption table:Note that this is NOT the ROMs but simply an XOR table that allow the encrypted ROMs to be unencrypted.

[email protected] Kaillera Server
I'm testing out the Kaillera server here on the [email protected] server. You can reach it at arcadeathome.com (it's also obviously on the list of Kaillera servers as "!! ArcadeAtHome.com Kaillera Server"). I set the maximum number of players to 50, but I'll be monitoring the server to see if I can increase the limit. If one of you girls wants to try and whip me at some game, bring it on! =)

Kaillera v0.82 Server
The Server version of Kaillera was updated to version 0.82. This version fixes a very bad hang/crash bug introduced in 0.8/0.81. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

FCE Ultra Win v0.54r2
The Windows version of the Nintendo NES emulator FCE Ultra was updated to v0.54r2. The author states:
    It fixes a small bug (forgot brackets in a piece of code) that would cause no image to be displayed in windowed mode. If you don't have this problem, you don't need to download the fix.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Sunday, May 6th, 2001
Final Burn Hack v1.7 Released
The hacked version of the CPS-2 emulator Final Burn was updated to v1.7. This version adds the following:
  • Changed icon of the exe (thank palom for the info)
  • Changed how things look in the load list and the buttons.
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section. Thanks to VGN for the file and news.

BlissJX Beta #2 Released
BlissJX is a new Intellivision emulator for Java based on Bliss that uses DirectX for Windows users (what a mouth-full). Anyway, this version includes an option in the Options dialog to select which video stretching option to use. Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Blade64 WIP4 Released
The new Nintendo 64 emulator Blade64 along with Blade.ini v1.0.6 was released, here's what's new:
  • GUI Fix's and Enhancements.
  • Exit bugs should now be fixed :-)
  • Made blade.exe smaller.
  • Plugin development continues.
  • Fixed error when user clicks sound configuration blade would perform an error and CRASH!.
  • Blade64 Source Code to be released to the public :-)
  • Status Bar still a little buggy should be fixed soon.
  • Shortcut keys now work e.g F7, Esc etc... ;-)
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

FCE Ultra v0.54 Released
The Nintendo NES emulator for Windows and Linux was updated to v0.54. Here's what's new:
  • Fixed a bug that would cause a wrong battery-backed WRAM file name to be produced if FCE Ultra was passed a file name without any directory component(such as "fceu SuperBlah.nes").
  • Fixed an iNES mapper 118 emulation bug that got into the code in a recent code cleanup. "Armadillo" is playable again.
  • Fixed a typo(and bug) in the MMC5 emulation code.
  • Data returned from emulated reads to "unmapped" areas or memory locations where bits are undefined should now be correct.
  • Fixed emulation of the sprite memory transfer register $4014. It now takes into account the last value written to $2003 and starts the transfer to that location in sprite memory(like on a real NES).
  • Added a video configuration dialog box.
  • Added the ability to configure a custom video mode. Aspects that are configurable include width, height, bits per pixel, and size transforming(stretching and scaling).
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Friday, May 4th, 2001
[email protected] Voyeur
Ever wanted to spy on someone? Sure you have! Well, now you can here at [email protected] At the bottom of the right-hand menu is a new section labeled "Download Voyeur". It gives an up to the minute snapshot of what other users are downloading. It's a good way to see what's hot this very minute. Or maybe it's just kinda fun to watch.

BlissJX Beta #1 Released
The excellent Java based Intellivision emulator is getting yet another port. This time it's BlissJX which adds DirectX extensions for Windows users. It's also based on the not yet released Bliss v1.54 core. Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Kaillera v0.81 Released
The network version of MAME32 Kaillera was updated again to version 0.81, here's what's new:
  • fixed buggy keystroke handling. now every keys are sent to the server.
  • magically reduced ping time
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

ClrMamePro v2.01 Released
I think Roman Scherzer is trying to beat Dave's Final Burn record for the most updates in the shortest amount of time! This version fixes some major profiler/import from exe bugs. Download it from the MAME Utilities section.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2001
[email protected] Shoot Down
Every once in a while I get a really funny e-mail. This one was too good and I just had to share it with you:
    On the year 2000 was [email protected] a great Site. Downloads with a good speed, but now? No Download works, have you a sh*t Server? Better whas you shutting down your Site, is not good what you make with the Fans of Mame, no Rom updates, shit commentars and many others. Why that? Many of small sites has completley Romsets for Beta 14 and you have nothing. Shoot down your Page, shoot down.
    Dragoon
Heh, "shoot down". Here's a news flash brainiak, [email protected] hasn't had ROMs for about 3 years. I think this guy was talking about another site but sent it to the wrong guy, too funny.

ClrMamePro v2.00a Released
The MAME ROM manager ClrMamePro was updated to fix minor issues (Default logfile-/fastscanfile-/backupfoldernames may be wrong). Download it from the MAME Utilities section.

YAME v0.34 Released
The GameBoy Color, Super GameBoy, NES, & TurboGrafx 16 emulator YAME was updated to v0.34. You've got to love Japanese to English translators. Here's what it says is new:
  • rather than -- rather, all hide and it is a function
That's perfectly clear (as mud). Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Unofficial Nester Updated
The unofficial version of Nester was updated, here's what's new:
  • fixed mapper ... 5 (thanx Norix/VirtualNES) (support 'Just Breed')
  • snss support ... 1, 5, 6, 13, 41, 42, 43, 51, 57, 83, 96, 105, 117, 160, 182, 189, 226, 230, 232, 234, 236, 243, 255
  • support "Software Reset" (thanx r1/NNnesterJ)
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Son's Birthday
It was my son's 5th birthday yesterday so I took the day off. Yea, you're not as important as my son =) The thing he wanted most for his birthday was a color printer. Yea, he's a carbon copy of myself.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2001
Kaillera v0.8 Released
The network version of MAME32 Kaillera was updated to version 0.8, here's what's new:
    kaillera client:
    • added connection type setting.
    • keys are no more sent 60 times a second if you're not on LAN, this should improve game smoothness a LOT.
    • fixed some server list bugs
    • "Refresh list" button now switches between "Refresh" and "Stop"
    • added a "*Chat" game so you can have private chats (thanks to smame)
    • in-game chat (use the 'T' key)! (thanks to japmame)
    • added support for IP_ACTIVE_LOW(e.g.Salamander) and Dual-Sticks(e.g. Karate Champ) Games (thanks to mame32jk)
    kaillera server:
    • fixed "AF_INET bug" in linux log messages
    • messages are no more sent 60 times a second. this will reduce bandwith and cpu usage A LOT.
    • some optims here and there
I think I'll work on getting a Kaillera server running from the [email protected] server. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

ClrMamePro v2.00 Released
The MAME ROM manager ClrMamePro was updated to v2.00. As the author states:
  • Too many new points to mention.
  • Reading the whatsnew.txt is extremely important.
I couldn't have said it better myself. Download it from the MAME Utilities section.

CALICE32 v0.2.6 Released
The CPS-1 and CPS-2 emulator CALICE32 was updated to v0.2.6, here's what's new:
    Cps2 hardware
    • Raster effects support (Fixed some bugs)
    • Fixed a rowscroll bug (zero base adress caused crashes in vsav)
    • Scroll 1 layer enable fixed (fixes vsav)
    Cps2 drivers
    • Alien vs. Predator (Asia 940520)
    • Armoured Warriors (Asia 940920)
    • Armoured Warriors (US 941024)
    • Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara (US 960209)
    • Marvel Super Heroes (Japan 951024)
    • Powered Gear: Strategic Variant Armor Equipment (Japan 941024)
    • Powered Gear: Strategic Variant Armor Equipment (Japan 940916)
    • Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams (Euro 950727)
    • Street Fighter Zero (Hispanic 950627)
    • Super Muscle Bomber: The International Blowout (Japan 940808)
    • Super Street Fighter 2 : The New Challengers (Asia 930911)
    • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo (Asia 940223)
    • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo (Usa 940223)
    • Super Street Fighter 2 X : The Grand Masters Challenge (Japan 940223)
    • Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire (US 970519)
    • X-Men : Children of the Atom v3.00 (USA 950105)
    • X-Men : Children of the Atom v2.10 (Japan 941219)
    • X-Men : Children of the Atom v2.00 (Japan 941217)
    • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (USA 961004)
    • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (Asia 961023)
    • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (Japan 960910)
    GUI
    • Multi languages support (dynamicaly changeable)
    • Multi controllers plugins support (dynamicaly changeable)
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

MAME WIP 29th - May 1st
MAME WIP news for April 29th through May 1st:
  • May 1st, 2001: Bryan McPhail fixed a 68020 core bug which caused a lot of problems with the Taito F3 driver, namely a Puzzle Bobble 2 intro background graphics problem and some Bubble Memories bugs. In addition, the bugfix makes the following games fully playable: Elevator Action Returns, Darius Gaiden, Puzzle Bobble 4, Landmaker, Twin Qix and Gekirindan. Aaron Giles fixed a small interface bug in the Win32 version, and added better support for non-standard aspect ratios. Aaron also added overlay support for Avalance. Yochizo and Takahiro Nogi wrote a driver for Super Real Mahjong P2, but sound frequency might be a bit off.
  • April 30th, 2001: Bernd Wiebelt updated the Win32 version's config routines. Aaron Giles sent in another Win32 version update with some cleanups and bugfixes. Dave Haywood and M.A.S.H. added another Galaxy Wars romset.
  • April 29th, 2001: Nathan Woods added state saving support for the 6821 PIA chip.
Check out the screen shots at the above links.

ZSNES v1.20 Released
Both the Windows and DOS versions of this excellent Super Nintendo emulator were updated to v1.20. Here's what's new:
  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest works again.
  • Fixed Empire Strikes Back crashing bug in the millenium falcon sequence (hopefully this will fix some other games too)
  • Removed all self-modifying code in ZSNES. This will make ZSNES crash a lot less on certain systems, especially during mode 7 sequences. Thanks Ivar!
  • Implemented S-RTC chip, using the system clock as the actual time (The game will make you set the time though, but it will just be replaced with the system time in-game). Thanks to John Weidman and Dark Force for the info on this chip!
  • Fixed crashing bug in certain mosaic scenes (eg. FF3 Phantom Forest) in the new graphics engine
  • Fixed a nasty crashing/corruption bug in the new graphics engine (both 8bit and 16bit)
  • SPC7110 emulation! This is based on the information reverse engineered by the hard working folks at dejap translations, Dark Force and John Weidman.
  • Altered HiROM/LoROM detection a bit - Fievel goes West works now
  • Open source preparations [teuf]
  • In-game clock working for the windows port. [kode54]
  • Fixed a memory leak problem in the new graphics engine [TRAC]
  • Added Cubic Spline Interpolation [Anti Resonance]
  • Fixed a assign/compare size bug in the new graphics engine [TRAC]
  • Fixed b flag setting in BRK instruction in 6502 emulation mode [zsKnight]
  • Added SPC7110 logger file output to help in the filesize clipping of the SPC7110 data files [zsKnight]
  • Fixed a memory leak bug, fixing that nasty Win2K crash bug [Matthew Kendora]
  • Fixed key combination release [Maxim]
  • Fixed source code warnings/added necessary includes [Maxim]
  • Added high priority mode for Windows 2000 users and slower computers (works on Windows 9x as well) [pagefault]
  • Added large sound buffer option for people having DirectSound problems. [pagefault]
  • Fixed problem with ZSNESW and Opera causing a BSOD. [pagefault]
  • Fixed up error reporting for people experiencing problems. [pagefault]
  • Improved performance on 3dfx cards by compiling with DirectX 8 SDK. [pagefault]
  • Fixed a sound problem with people with messed up config files. [pagefault]
  • Fixed FF3 flashing line problem [zsKnight]
  • Fixed mysterious sprite disappearing bug in the new graphics engine [zsKnight]
  • Reduced noise in ToP opening theme. It works fine in the DOS port, but the windows port still seems to produce some static, probably because of the way how sound is updated in that port. [zsKnight]
  • Updated Super 2xSaI and Super Eagle code (should be much faster now on MMX processors) [Kreed, added by pagefault]
  • Added gzip support [teuf]
  • Added support for ViBRA16 cards [Peter Santing]
  • No longer requires zlib.dll file, now statically linked. ZSNESw won't crash anymore if you try to load a .zip file without that dll file. [pagefault]
  • Now compiled using an optimising compiler [pagefault]
  • Almost a fully re-written DSP-1 emulation engine! [zsKnight, theoddone33, pagefault, teuf]. Also thanks to CrASH_Man for the 3x3 inverse matrix formula.
  • Fixed memory leak problem in the windows port during exit [pagefault]
  • And more ...
Ouch, that's a long list. Download it from the Console Emulators section.




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