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News from November 2001

Thursday, November 29th, 2001
MAME v0.57 Games
Get ready for the next release of MAME by visiting Arcade Emulation from the ROM Files section.
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MAME WIP November 26th-28th
MAME WIP news for November 26th thru the 28th:
  • November 28th, 2001: Aaron Giles sent in a driver for Battletoads.
  • November 27th, 2001: Stephane Humbert fixed DIP switch settings and input ports in Congo Bongo, Xevious and Zaxxon drivers. inside out boy submitted a driver for Super Cross II, which is playable but has a few small problems.
  • November 26th, 2001: Julien Frelat submitted a bugfix for the (REP) OUTSB and OUTSW opcodes for the i86 CPU core.
Check out the screen shots at the above links. I wonder how long it takes for someone to learn how to express dates correctly?
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Tuesday, November 27th, 2001
GameCube, PS2, XBox?
Which next generation console will you buy? There's a poll on the new [email protected] forums that asks this question. Vote at the above link.
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Kawaks v1.38 Released
The CPS-1, CPS-2, and Neo-Geo emulator Kawaks was updated to v1.38 and it now includes support of some game called Metal Slug 3. Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.
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Monday, November 26th, 2001
MAME WIP November 23rd-25th
MAME WIP news for November 23rd thru the 25th:
  • November 25th, 2001: Phil Stroffolino added a patch to the Namco NA-1 driver for Numan Athletics, which is now playable but with graphics glitches. Bryan McPhail resent an old bug fix to the 68020 CPU core which fixes a crash in Under Fire.
  • November 24th, 2001: Bart T. submitted a small bugfix to the NEC disassembler. Stefan Jokisch resubmitted an improvement to the C-Chip emulation for Bonze Adventure.
  • November 23rd, 2001: William Kucharski and Phil Stroffolino fixed the tilemap crashing, hopefully for good. David Haywood added the Japanese ROM set to the Block Out driver.
Check out the screen shots at the above link. Notice the date being expressed the correct way.
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Nemu64 INI v2.4.0 Released
The Nemu64 INI file allows more games to be played with the very good Nintendo 64 emulator Nemu64. v2.4.0 adds the following:
  • changed a few comments
  • Gamebooster 64 v1.1 (NTSC) = Doesnt Work
  • Gamebooster 64 v1.1 (PAL) = Doesnt Work
  • Gameshark v2.0 = Doenst Work
  • NFL Blitz Special Edition (USA) = Partially Working
  • Pro Action Replay 64 v3.0 = Doesnt Work
  • Razor Freestyle Scooter (USA) = Playable
  • The Powerpuff Girls Chemical X-traction (USA) = Playable
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section under the "Nemu64 Utilities & Info" heading.
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NeoGeoCD v0.5.0 Released
Yawn... It's been 5 minutes so another version of NeoGeoCD was released with who knows what's new. Download it from the Console Emulators section.
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Sunday, November 25th, 2001
Kawaks v1.37c Released
Kawaks is a CPS2/1 emulator for Windows and was updated to v1.37c. Here's what's new:
    v1.37c
    • Added more Language packs, and fixed a couple. Thanks to their authors
    • Fixed Japanese text in Garou (Grant cinematic, namely)
    • Fixed the most debated Close C attacks in Garou (weird bug, really)
    • As for the Select key not working (supposed to be the Insert Coin when in console mode) this one is a total mystery. It works good in other games (try kof99), just not Garou...
    v1.37b
    • Hopefully fixed bug introduced in 1.37 which caused blinking borders in fullscreen
    • Added Japanese, Catalan, Polish, Chinese (simplified) language packs.
    v1.37
    • New driver:Garou: Mark of the Wolves (this is the retail, non prototype game)
    • New driver:Garou: Mark of the Wolves (decrypted C) (same game as above, with decrypted GFX roms)
    • New driver:The King of Fighters 2000 (encrypted) (this is the retail, non prototype game)
    • The old "The King of Fighters 2000" set is now named "The King of Fighters 2000 (fully decrypted)"
    • Direct Draw rewrite: Kawaks should run fine with DirectX 5 now (that means no more DDRAW.DLL error)
    • Added a "Multitask friendly" switch (Misc menu) for those who think 1.35 was faster than 1.36
    • Language pack support. Now you can have Kawaks in your mother tongue (If you do your own translation consider sending it to me)
    • Added a hack to prevent crash while loading in kof2000n for those who still have the bad M1 rom
    • Fixed columns width in Shot Factory
    • Added many tracklists, courtesy of DarkCloud
Download it from the Arcade Emulators secion.
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VirtuaNES v0.37 Released
This Nintendo NES emulator for Windows was updated to v0.37. Here's what you get:
  • Fixed path bugs.
  • Fixed Mapper19.
  • Fixed Mapper25.
  • Fixed Mapper80.
  • Fixed Mapper189.
  • Fixed FDS irq.
  • The title which revised movement defectiveness and a quiver of a screen with a version of this time.
Download it from the Console Emulators secion.
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Saturday, November 24th, 2001
retoDrive Release 4 Released
retroDrive is a Sega Genesis 32X emulator for Windows. This version "fixes several bug fixes, mainly 32X stuff" Download it from the Console Emulators secion.
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1964 v0.7.0 Released
This open source Nintendo 64 emulator was updated to v0.7.0 and includes the following:
    More Games
    • FZero-X
    • Conker's Bad Fur Day
    • Goldeneye
    • Zelda Majora's Mask
    More Speed
    • Protected Memory Self-Modifying Code Detection
    • 4KB Block Linking
    • Advanced Instruction Decoding
    • Improved Fast TLB
    • New Memory Design
    • User Interface Enhancements
    • Various Bug Fixes
Download it from the Nintendo 64 secion.
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Apollo v0.03 Released
This Nintendo 64 emulator hasn't been updated in a very long time, but today we got v0.03 and it includes the following:
  • Rewrote TLB Exception Handling
  • Rewrote Interrupt/Exception Processing
  • Fixed timing a bit (credits to zilmar)
  • Fixed Register Settings on bootup
  • Fixed Jabo 1.40 plugin issue
  • Began Dynarec (disabled in release)
  • Added 4KB Option (For Yoshi Story and Perfect Dark)
  • Added 8MB RDRAM limit violation detection (for Expansion Pak detect)
  • Fixed N64DD issue (dummy emulation mode) (credits to F|RES)
  • Better handling of ROM Writes (credits to zilmar)
  • Implemented Event Handling (useful for delayed PI/SI)
  • Improved Audio Interfacing slightly
  • Fixed plugins interfacing bug (I hope)
  • Modified SaveStates (old ones should STILL work)
  • Added .pal, .jap, etc. extension for loading from zip files/rom load
  • Bypass of RSP opcode in RSP interpretive. This fixed Bottom of the 9th.
Download it from the Nintendo 64 secion.
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MAME WIP November 19th-22nd
MAME WIP news for November 19th thru the 22nd:
  • November 22nd, 2001: Stefan Jokisch partially fixed another tilemap crash bug.
  • November 21st, 2001: Luca Elia added Air Gallet to the Cave driver.
  • November 20th, 2001: Uki added correct sound banking to Kirameki Star Road.
  • November 19th, 2001: Aaron Giles fixed a bug where the DUMP command in the debugger caused it to crash.
Check out the screen shots at the above link. It's amazing that some people don't know how to express dates the correct way.
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Xmame v0.56.1 Released
The Linux version of MAME was updated to the MAME v0.56 source code. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.
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Thursday, November 22nd, 2001
Happy Thanksgiving!
For those in the US, happy Thanksgiving! I'm off to eat gobs of turkey and stuffing, drink beer, watch football, and fall asleep while the women clean up, just as it's been done for generations. Well, maybe the watch football part is just in the last two generations.
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Wednesday, November 21st, 2001
Retrogaming Times #51
Another fun filled issue is out. This one features:
  • Reviews of the Classic Football Games.
  • The Many Faces of Star Wars the Arcade Game.
  • Video Game Prophesies.
  • A Whole Lot More.
Check out the always fun and free newsletter at the above link.
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YAME v0.38 Released
The multi-console emulator for both Windows and Linux was updated to v0.38. Download it from the Console Emulators section.
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Monday, November 19th, 2001
'Priceless' XBox Picture
Priceless I saw the image and the following just popped into my head:
  • Net worth of man to the right: Change in pocket ($0.67)
  • Waiting list to get an XBox: $10
  • XBox: $300
  • Man on the left: Priceless
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MAME WIP November 14th-18th
MAME WIP news for November 14th thru the 18th:
  • November 18th, 2001: David Graves did some minor changes on the Taito drivers and merged some improvements from older submissions. Frank Palazzolo reported some progress with Asteroid sound emulation - only one of the sound effects remains incorrect. William Kucharski submitted yet another modification to the Toki cocktail mode support. Aaron Giles sent in some TMS34020 CPU core changes and a driver for Revolution X.
  • November 17th, 2001: Bryan McPhail fixed several problems in the Taito F3 driver, especially graphics glitches when zooming, fixing the road in Riding Fight and pitch in the football games. Bryan McPhail also added sound bankswitching for the Taito F3 driver. Gerardo Oporto fixed DIP switch settings in the D-Con driver.
  • November 16th, 2001: Aaron Giles fixed the WWF Mania protection properly. Libble added palette switching support to the Toy Pop driver. Kale submitted a VSNES driver update with some small bugfixes and fixed colors.
  • November 15th, 2001: Aaron Giles adjusted the speed in Buck Rogers and Subroc-3D, fixed colors in Quantum, re-added the correct Exerion color PROM and added another version of Road Blasters that uses a different Slapstic chip. Stefan Jokisch fixed the Gameplan games which were broken in 0.56.
  • November 14th, 2001: Jarek Burczynski reported some progress on the road graphics emulation in Roller Jammer. Phil Stroffolino added an alternate set of Chinese Hero and Shanghai Kid, and sent in a Namco NB-2 driver with support for Outfoxies but it isn't much to look at since the graphics ROMs aren't dumped. Aaron Giles re-submitted some debugging features that haven't been included yet.
Check out the screen shots at the above links.
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NeoGeoCD v0.4.6 Released
The NeoGeo CD emulator that gets updated almost every day and has only grown 3k in size over the last 30 releases was updated to v0.4.6. For the most part, I've stopped posting about this emulator (even though I update it on the download page). It appears (based on the fact that the emulator has only gained 3k in the last 30 releases) that each update doesn't do much. You may also want to check out an emulator like Nebula which also does NeoGeo CD emulation. Anyway, if you're interested in this emulator, download it from the Console Emulators section.
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Sunday, November 18th, 2001
Nebula v1.94b Released
The CPS-2, NeoGeo and NeoGeo CD emulator Nebula was updated to v1.94b. Here's what's new:
  • Added NEOGEO CD support.
  • VLiner and neogeo GFX decryption (NITD,PI2,S1945p,Ganryu) added.
  • New QSound engine faster and more accurate.
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.
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Saturday, November 17th, 2001
Final Burn v0.220 Released
The emulator that started CPS-2 emulation was updated to v0.220 and includes the following:
  • Fixed cawing & clones buildings gfx error.
  • Fixed repeating sounds.
  • Fixed sound crashing in DDTOD and other games.
  • Changed keys for volume up and down.
  • Fixed aspect ratio for vertical games
  • Added the third button to the mtwins driver.
  • Fixed crash bugs in cawingj, knightsj, qadj, striderj, varthj & varthu.
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.
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Win a Microsoft XBOX!
XBOX Giveaway! We're getting to the end of this round of the Arcade Trivia Game. Your last chance to win an XBOX is only a short time away. Remember, you can play it as many times as you like and the more you play the better your chances are to win. Check it out at the above link.
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fastMAME v0.56 Released
katharsis from Geoshock (hosted right here at [email protected]) released a killer version of MAME that's compiled with the Intel C++ Compiler instead of MingW which results in a 10-20% speed increase! Run, don't walk, and download this from the M.A.M.E. section. You'll easily notice the speed increase!
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Modeler v0.9.3 Released
Modeler is a Sega Model 1 and System 32 and was updated to v0.9.3. Here's what's new:
  • Fixed long-time bug that was causing crackling and hiss in all System 32 games.
  • V60 core fix for the Super Visual Football attract mode (it no longer hangs on a black screen!)
  • V60 core substantially sped up. This helps the framerate a lot on some of the more intense games like Outrunners, Radmobile, and F1 Exhaust Note..
  • Fixed Z80 protection for Burning Rival so sound plays again.
  • Updated YM3834 emulation to latest version with substantial accuracy fixes by Jarek Burczynski.
  • RF5C68 indirect banking mode added, makes the engine sounds work in F1 Exhaust Note and F1 Super Lap. Also fixes some music glitches in various games.
  • Engine and tire screeching sounds fixed in OutRunners.
  • Z80 core upgraded to RAZE 1.0.6.
  • Some savestate bugs fixed. States saved in previous versions of Modeler are no longer compatible and will not load properly.
  • Sound fixed to work again in Virtua Racing.
  • Controls mapped better for the Model 1 games. It's now possible to enter test mode in Virtua Fighter, and the usual steering controls apply in Virtua Racing.
  • Voice samples fixed in Virtua Racing
  • Preliminary sound added to Virtua Fighter. Now you can hear the invisible people beating each other up during the attract mode.
  • Log to .WAV file added. The log will go into a folder called "wave" in a file with the same name as the ROM zip, except with .wav instead of .zip. Eg for OutRunners the log is orunners.zip.
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.
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bleem! RIP
It seems that the commercial emulator bleem! has finally reached it's end. Some may blame the demise of bleem! on the broken promises, lack of updates, and slow delivery. However, one must consider the resources and time that they spent fighting a huge company, Sony, almost from the beginning till the end. Many larger companies with stronger products would have folded under that kind of pressure. bleem! was as much a story of the little emulation company taking on a global corporate giant as it was a emulator. I for one, will miss bleem!, not so much for their product, but more so for their fight. I'll retire my bleem! t-shirt along side my Atari and Sublogic ones. Thanks to HJC for the news.
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Thursday, November 15th, 2001
Final Burn v0.210 Released
I tried for about 2 hours last night to get this version of Final Burn, but the server that Final Burn is hosted on was messed up and wouldn't allow any downloads. Anyway, it's finally available and here's what's new:
  • Added drivers for ddtod, sfz3a, vsava, xmvsf & xmcota.
  • Added cheats for ddtod, sfz3a, vsava, xmvsf & xmcota.
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section and remember; if you don't know how to run a server, don't try.
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ClrMamePro v2.32a Released
This MAME ROM manager was updated to v2.32a and includes the following:
  • fixed: weird and rare rebuilder-skips-source-files issue (2.32a)
  • misc: zipcache controls are back :) It can increase the zipping speed ...depends on the values. Check out what's the best value for you.
  • misc: updated zlib core
  • misc: modified zips get a set archive bit
  • misc: results will only be shown when 'add/show statistics' is enabled.
  • misc: several changes to the scanresults window (editable entries, scanresults statusbar will be cleaned when no set is active, no close on , etc..
  • misc: only really missing bios files are listed (not the complete list of biosfiles)
  • misc: missing bios roms are now listed as 'missing bios rom' ;)
  • misc: progesswindow while running binaries is a "topmost" windows now
  • misc: some minor gui changes
  • misc: funny...ClrMamePro works fine with MAME32 :o)
Download it from the ROM Files section and while you're there, check out the Arcade Emulation link for some games needed in MAME v0.57.
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PCSX v0.9.250 Released
Now that their server is fixed, the new version of this Sony PlayStation emulator can be download from the PlayStation section.
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2001
CPS-2 Hattrick
Along with the new CPS-2 releases comes a hattrick of CPS-2 emulators. Kawaks v1.36, Final Burn Alpha v0.200, and CPS2MAME v2.560. It seems that ZTNet (who hosts the above emulators) is having some cache server problems so you can download them from the Arcade Emulators section.
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5 New CPS-2 Games Dumped
5 new CPS-2 games were dumped today. Here's the decryption table:Note that these are NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROMs to be unencrypted.
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Raine v0.34b Released
The arcade emulator Raine was updated to v0.34b. Here's what's new:
  • Black Heart (nmk driver) - no sound
  • Air Gallet (playable, but partial emulation only)
  • Mustang is now playable without sound
  • Fixed black screen in f3 games when changing the rom version code and reseting.
  • Fixed bug in hiscores saving for win32 and dos.
  • Fixed auto-fire... Now working again !
  • Enlarged pcm buffer in pbobble3 to try to fix a weird bug in some win95 versions...
  • Added dynamic mode lists in vbe/af (dos).
  • The triple buffer hacks are back !
Download it from the Console Emulators section.
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z26 v1.52 Released
The excellent Atari 2600 emulator z26 has been updated to v1.52. Here's what's new:
  • A minor adjustment to the handling of WSYNC.
  • A display of the number of scanlines in the current frame when in video mode 9.
  • Thanks to Eckhard Stolberg for these updates.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.
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Tuesday, November 13th, 2001
Gens Win v1.30b Released
The excellent Sega Genesis & Sega CD emulator Gens Win was updated for the second time in a few days to v1.30b. This release fixes the save state bug added in Gens 1.30. Download it from the Console Emulators section.
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MAME WIP November 12th
MAME WIP news for November 12th:
  • November 12th, 2001: Stefan Jokisch sent in a driver for Destroyer, which lacks sound and has garbled graphics for the waves, but works otherwise. Aaron Giles cleaned up Frank Palazzolo's Buck Rogers and Subroc-3D drivers and merged them with the Turbo driver. Neither of them has sound yet, and Subroc-3D crashes at random.
Check out the screen shots at the above links. Buck Rogers and Subroc-3D! Way to go Aaron Giles and Frank Palazzolo!
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Monday, November 12th, 2001
Whack Usama
Redemption games are always fun. Even more fun when you swap out the moles for Usama bin Laden. Exercise that mallet!
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Download Voyeur
Now that the server is upgraded and things are returning to normal, I turned back on a few features that were off for a while. This includes the Download Voyeur. No, there's no nudity, it just allows you to monitor what other people are downloading from [email protected] It's a good way to see what's hot (and Pinball is hot right now at [email protected]). It's on the right-hand web guide (you'll need to scroll down a bit to see it). It's updated every minute so it shows a constant fresh view of what people are downloading. Check it out, I feel kinda dirty watching it ;)
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Flight 587 Crashes in New York
Flight 587 Crashes in New York American Airlines flight 587 from JFK to Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, an Airbus A300, crashed into Queens, New York. There's no current indication that this is terrorist related and fighter jets were only scrambled onto the scene after the plane crashed. 246 passengers and 9 crew members were on-board. New York city airports are closed and New York city is in lock-down mode. It crashed just after take-off and early reports indicate that an engine may have blown off the plane and then the it crashed. Several smaller buildings and homes are on fire. As more information surfaces, I'll post it here so stay tuned!
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Nebula v1.94 Released
Nebula is an excellent CPS-2, Neo-Geo, and Neo-Geo CD emulator. This release adds a bunch of new features (mostly with Neo-Geo and Neo-Geo CD emulation). Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.
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VirtuaNES v0.36 Released
This Nintendo NES emulator for Windows was updated for the second time in a week to v0.36. Here's what's new:
  • Fixed NetPlay debug dialogs.
  • Fixed Shortcut key.
  • Fixed Movie looping replay.
  • Fixed DiskState & Movie bugs.
  • Fixed some problems.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.
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Sunday, November 11th, 2001
MAME WIP November 6th-11th
MAME WIP news for November 6th through the 11th:
  • November 11th, 2001: Uki added Onna Sanshirou to The Fairyland Story driver.
  • November 10th, 2001: Stephane Humbert fixed DIP switch settings and input ports in several drivers.
  • November 9th, 2001: Bryan McPhail added SD Gundam Psycho Salamander no Kyoui to the D-Con driver.
  • November 8th, 2001: William Kucharski submitted fixes for Toki cocktail modes.
  • November 7th, 2001: Kale resubmitted some DIP switch and input port fixes.
  • November 6th, 2001: Pierpaolo Prazzoli submitted several fixes for input ports and DIP switch settings.
Check out the screen shots at the above links.
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Saturday, November 10th, 2001
New Forums!
I updated the [email protected] forums to more of a "community" that supports member profiles and avatars. I'm also looking for moderators for the new forums so let me know if you were active on the old forum and wish to moderate the new one. Check it out at the above link!
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UMAMEW Violation?
I'm not sure how reliable my sources are, but I've been told that UMAMEW somehow violates the MAME license agreement. I haven't received an e-mail from Nicola stating this, but I've taken the file off-line till I get confirmation. Of course, if I can't confirm it, I'll re-add the emulator. What's troubling is that I heard the MAME development team was going nuts about this, but never bothered to e-mail me. This may sound odd to most people, but sadly it's par for the course. Anyway, we'll see what the deal is and if it really does violate the MAME license. I'm guessing that it enabled some game that you were not supposed to turn on. However, without searching through literally thousands of source files, there's no way to know which games are off-limits. If this is the issue, I suggest they list the games in the license agreement which are off limits. As it is today, there's no reasonable way for people to know without having to search through millions of lines of code to find out (which isn't realistic).
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Friday, November 9th, 2001
King of Fighters 2000
I'm sure you've heard that a good dump of KOF2000 is available and it's supported in Kawaks v1.35. If you're looking for KOF2K, take a stroll over to Geoshock where's they've got KOF2K as well as Sengoku3.
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UMAMEW v0.56f Released
I read over at VGN (hosted right here at [email protected]) that a new unofficial version of MAME was released called UMAMEW v0.56f. Here's what it includes:
  • added ganryu and ganryun
  • added nitd and nitdn
  • added preisle2 and preisl2n
  • added s1945p and s1945pn
  • added Sengoku 3
  • added new dump of kof2000 m1 ROM
  • added new dump of wjammers s1 ROM
  • added Mameinfo Source v4.3 for MAME 0.56
  • fixed Triple Buffer
  • Play s1945p with mamew and s1945pn with kawaks
  • added in NJ's optimized Neo-Geo code
Download it form the M.A.M.E. section.
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Gens Win v1.30 Released
This excellent Sega Genesis and Sega CD emulator was updated to v1.30 and includes the following:
    [SEGA CD]
    • Added the possibility to choose a perfect synchronisation emulation mode. (This means that main CPU and sub CPU execute instruction by instruction then emulation is more accurate but a lot slower. This option is desactivated by default, you can enable it when you're playing a Sega CD game but it's highly recommend to use it only if the game doesn't work in normal emulation mode and if your CPU is fast (>= 500 Mhz).)
    • Fixed a (stupid) bug in the GFX rotation/scaling engine.
    • Fixed Word RAM decoded format (dot GFX conversion).
    • Added CELL GFX conversion.
    • CDC -> PCM RAM DMA fixed.
    • CDD and CDC emulation improved.
    • Fixed the memory control register (not yet perfect).
    • Fixed a bug in the "Font Data" calculation.
    • Fixed a bug with PCM sound.
    • Fixed severals bugs in the MP3 decoder and streaming code.
    • Some others minors bugs fixed...
    [GENESIS]
    • YM2612 emulator upgraded to the last version, FM sound is a bit better.
    • CGOffline support added.
    [GENERAL]
    • All specials renders modes (Scanlines, 2xSAI ...) are now as fast in windowed mode than in fullscreen mode.
    • Better sound volume adjustement between all differents sound chips.
    • VSync added for windowed mode.
    • Can save or load custom named states.
    • States are described EMPTY or OCCUPIED.
    • Others minors changes...
Download it from the Console Emulators section.
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VisualBoy Advanced v0.6.0.1 SDL
VisualBoy Advanced now comes in a Windows and Linux flavor via SDL. Here's what's new:
  • configurable GB/GBA keys, including joystick support
  • option to use BIOS file
  • directory selection for save state, battery and screen capture
  • fullscreen mode
  • video sizes 1x, 2x, 3x and 4x
  • graphic filters Normal, TV Mode, 2xSaI, Super 2xSaI and Super Eagle
  • same emulation core as VisualBoyAdvance 0.6.0.1: GB and GBA emulation
  • built-in ARM/THUMB assembly debugger
  • 10 save states accesible through keyboard
  • automatic battery file load/save
  • auto-fire support
  • pause, reset through keyboard
  • 16, 24 and 32 bit desktop support
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Thursday, November 8th, 2001
VisualBoy Advanced v0.6.0.1 Released
The excellent Nintendo GameBoy Advance emulator was updated to v0.6.0.1 and wins as the emulator with the most periods in the version. Other than that, here's what's new:
  • Fixed bug with Japanese and Chinese translations
  • Fixed bug with 8-bit or 16-bit freeze cheat codes
  • Fixed a small VRAM bug
  • Translation to Japanese
  • Translation to Polish
  • Translation to Simplified Chinese
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VirtuaNES v0.35 Released
This Nintendo NES emulator for Windows was updated to v0.35. Here's what's new:
  • Add Network play.(see NetPlay_E.txt)
  • Add an option changed a type of a 4 player adapter.
  • Add one step emulation shortcut.
  • Add Throttle shortcut that isn't a toggle.
  • Add Option controlling a screen left clip function (a function of NES) and shortcut.
  • Add Movie loop function.
  • Add Movie info.
  • Change of Frame-Skip method in disk access.
  • Changed it so that key repeat made shortcut key.
  • Fixed Shortcut save.
  • Fixed sprite 0 hit.
  • Fixed FrameIRQ.
  • Fixed NSF keyboard picture.
  • Fixed some problems.
  • The title which revised movement defectiveness and a quiver of a screen with a version of this time.
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MAME v0.56 Screen Shots
The screen shots pack for MAME v0.56 have been updated on the Front-Ends section. Also updated to v0.56 is the full set of screen shots (now 19.5MB) and the MAME Screen Shot Browser.
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More Server Updates
You may have noticed we were down for about an hour on Tuesday evening and there's been a few 5 minute outages as well. On the heals of last week's bandwidth update, I doubled the RAM on the server and [email protected] now has 100GB of hard drive space. So in the last week I've doubled the bandwidth, doubled the RAM, and the drive space has increased 5.5 times! The server's running like a dream now and it should be able to handle our high growth rate for several months. If you notice things go down for a few minutes, it's probably just me fine-tuning things. If you see something broken, by all means e-mail me.
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Wednesday, November 7th, 2001
ClrMamePro v2.31a Released
The MAME ROM manager ClrMamePro was updated to v2.31a which includes the following changes:
  • fixed: some import issues with weird pathnames
  • fixed: sysdefaultpaths window crash
  • misc: last sysdefpaths will be remembered now
  • misc: warnings window can't be closed with ESC anymore
  • misc: some more profiler index checks
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Monday, November 5th, 2001
CatVer.ini v0.56 Released
The CatVer.ini file is designed for [email protected] but also works on other front-ends and emulators (MameLang32, etc). Download it from the Front-Ends section.
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MAME WIP November 1st-5th
MAME WIP news for November 1st through the 5th:
  • November 5th, 2001: Luca Elia added Quiz Kokology 2 to the Seta driver.
  • November 4th, 2001: Stephane Humbert updated Jack the Giantkiller driver, fixing DIP switch settings and input ports.
  • November 3rd, 2001: William Kucharski resubmitted a load of flip screen support and cocktail mode patches.
  • November 2nd, 2001: Olivier Galibert resubmitted the OS dependant keys and tilemap viewing support.
  • November 1st, 2001: Brad Oliver and Aaron Giles fixed several compile problems.
Check out the screen shots at the above link. Is it just me or are all these lame Japanese Quiz and Mahjong games ruining MAME?
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AdvanceMAME v0.56.0 Released
The custom version of MAME that includes many additional graphics features was updated to v0.56.0. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.
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Kawaks v1.35 Released
The CPS-2 emulator Kawaks was updated once again to v1.35. Here's what's new:
  • New games supported:
    • The King of Fighters 2000
    • Ganryu (decrypted C)
    • Nightmare in the Dark (decrypted C)
    • Strikers 1945+ (decrypted C)
    • Prehistoric Isle 2 (decrypted C)
  • Added feature to save decrypted Cs from encrypted games. Enable "Enable save decrypted Cs after loading" in the Tools menu before loading an encrypted NeoGeo game.
  • Support for the new WinJammer S1 rom
  • Rewrote audit. It's now a lot more accurate It can now detect roms with a bad name, a bad crc, or that are missing; and reports correct rom sizes
  • Rewrote Romcenter dat generator. Should be 100% perfect now :)
  • New ClrMAMEPro dat generator.
  • Changed it so the Load dialog box filters don't act on Audit or DAT generation anymore
  • Changed 'Use HotRod configuration' map things more cleverly for NeoGeo games
  • Tidied the menus a bit :)
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section. Thanks to Luiz for the news.
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Sunday, November 4th, 2001
VisualBoy Advance v0.6 Released
Another best emulator was updated, this time VisualBoy Advance. Here's what's new in v0.6:
  • fixed bug with images patched to save into FlashAdvance instead of EEprom
  • fixed bug reporting register P1
  • fixed DMA loop bug and timing
  • reworked the cheat engine for Gameboy (faster now)
  • GB Pocket Printer support
  • GB MBC7 support (motion sensor)
  • added ROM information dialogs
  • now centering dialog boxes
  • automatically hiding of mouse in full screen
  • Cheat list dialog improved with description for a code
  • screen shot menu option
  • reset recent list option
  • option to disable status messages
  • option to automatically save/load cheat list
  • menu to save/load cheat list
  • using new dialog controls under Windows XP
  • language selectable from menu and easy translation
Download it from the Console Emulators section.
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z26 v1.51 Released
The best Atari 2600 emulator was updated to v1.51. Here's what's new:
  • Added support for the new Ewok Adventure cart.
  • Fixed screen capture code that got broken in the last release.
  • Did some fine tuning to the display for PAL games running without the -5 command line switch.
  • Thanks to Eckhard Stolberg for these updates.
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Meka v0.61 Released
The Sega GameGear and SMS emulator was updated to v0.61 and includes the following changes:
  • Moved 104 messages to MEKA.MSG, allowing for full localization of the menus. 99% of MEKA is now localizable. Updated the following languages: English, German, Redneck, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Improved Z80 core (timing and interrupt emulation bug).
  • Fixed Rise of the Robots (GG), MEKA being the first emulator to play it without glitches (and even without, it sucks! :)
  • Fixed most or all (?) glitches in Formula 1 (SMS) two-players mode (maybe not the right way yet).
  • Fixed Double Dragon (GG) which was not working since an update of the Z80 core (from fMSX) several version ago.
  • Country changes now immediately takes effects (no need to reset).
  • Tweaking interrupt emulation for SG-1000/SC-3000/SF-7000 and Coleco Vision drivers. Those changes should not affect anything.
  • Fixed 'Parallel' video blitter, odd frames were not updated when using the blitter with software 3-D Glasses mode enabled.
  • Fixed crash of SF-7000 driver when loading a corrupted floppy disk.
  • Fixed YM-2413 logging in VGM files (Register & Value were reversed!)
  • Updated SDSC Header support for version 1.01 (adding Author field).
  • Added Golden Axe theme by Death Adder. (uncomment to use in GUI)
  • Updated to Allegro WIP 3.9.39 and reapplied all custom patchs. Changed SideWinder autodetection process a bit. Hope it works!
  • Reduced executable.
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Nebula v1.93 Released
Nebula is an excellent CPS-2 (and now NeoGeo) emulator that's been updated to v1.93. Here's what's new:
  • Added NEOGEO CD support.
  • VLiner and neogeo GFX decryption (NITD,PI2,S1945p,Ganryu) added.
  • New QSound engine faster and more accurate.
  • Jukebox has been also updated to 1.62 with the recent neogeo dumps and new QSound code
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.
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Kawaks v1.34 Released
The CPS-2 emulator Kawaks was updated again and includes the following new additions:
  • New games supported:
    • Ganryu
    • Nightmare in the Dark
    • Strikers 1945+
    • Prehistoric Isle 2
  • Alpha Mission 2 romset has changed to match the latest MAME
  • Changed The King of Fighters '99: Millennium Battle so it uses the real encrypted gfx roms. This is the standard MAME set, with encrypted roms, encrypted Ps, no S1, the standard Vs This has the inconvenient of making load times a LOT longer for people who have 128mb of RAM or less, so I added a new subset of kof99: "The King of Fighters '99: Millennium Battle (full decrypted)" (kof99nd.zip) which is exactly the same game, but uses different roms, requires significantly less ram, and loads really faster. It uses:
    • kf99p_c*.rom from the prototype (this makes NO difference game wise compared to using the real encrypted roms)
    • kf99_s1d.rom which was released some time ago
    • kof99_v*.rom and kof99_m1.rom from kof99.zip
    • kf99n_p1.rom and kf99n_p2.rom from the new kof99n.zip from MAME 0.56 That gives a simple standard NeoGeo set, gamewise identical to the big encrypted one, that could even run in NeoRAGE X :)
  • Fixed a bug where tick marks in the menus where cleared by changing the video memory settings from the menu or on the first launch
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Saturday, November 3rd, 2001
A/PMAME v0.56 Released
Back from the grave comes Rodimus Prime and his AMAME and PMAME updated to MAME v0.56 source code! These were the original optomized versions of MAME for different processors. Remember, PMAME is for the classic Pentium while AMAME is for the PII/PIII/AMD/486 CPU. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

NeoMAME v0.56 Released
Along with a new MAME comes a new version of NeoMAME thanks to katharsis from Geoshock. Download it from the Console Emulators section

Friday, November 2nd, 2001
MAME32 v0.56 Released!
The Windows with GUI version of MAME was updated to v0.56! Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

ClrMamePro v2.31 Released
The MAME ROM manager ClrMamePro was updated to v2.31. Here's what's new:
  • added: optional move of not renamed (still wrongly named) sets to backupfolder
  • added: profiler last used date/time stamp
  • misc: some documentation updates...esp. the 'advanced' page
  • misc: new/not used datfiles are listed with a possible subpathname
  • misc: improved set name check again
  • misc: removed possible .dat extension for default "save missing" filename
  • misc: no double messages in the warnings window
  • misc: minor gui changes
  • fixed: listing set when it's already listed as wrong named (not standard sets)
  • fixed: cmpro freezes when you access a file which is currently being downloaded
  • fixed: closing settings with [x] applies changed settings
Download it from the ROM Files section.

Kawaks v1.33 Released
This excellent CPS-2 emulator was updated to v1.33. Here's what's new:
  • Driver for Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire (Japan 970913)
  • Added region switches and automatic macro reverse in MSHVSFJ and MSHVSFJ1 (totally forgot about these in 1.32...)
  • Added Paths configuration dialog box (in File menu)
  • Changed The King of Fighters '99: Millennium Battle to support MrLee/BillyJr's new dumps. No need for kf99_s1d.rom anymore.
  • Added All/Only available/Only missing filters for Load game dialog box.
  • Changed the save state format for the better: Kawaks can still read all the old saves, but new savestates are about 7 times smaller !
  • Command line support. You can start a game from command line, now. Type WinKawaks.exe -help at command prompt for more info Example: WinKawaks.exe ffight -fullscreen
  • Added some new tracklists, courtesy of DarkCloud
  • Added video memory allocation control in the Video menu
  • Added autodetection of the best video memory allocation on first time run
  • Added PNG screenshot functions.
    • Screenshot (unfiltered) saves a screenshot without edge enhangement or scanline effects
    • Screenshot (filtered) saves exactly what you see on screen
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

Ace v1.7a Released
Ace is a CPS-2 emulator for Windows and was updated to v1.7a and includes the following:
  • Fixed a bug in tile32 rendering (bad tiles in vsav2).
  • You can now choose arcade/console mode for NeoGeo (neogeoarcade parameter). Some games do not work in arcade mode (e.g. Metal slug 2/X).
  • Corrected Super Sidekicks - now it works (but only if sound is on).
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

Laser v0.18a Released
v0.18 was released a few days ago, but only the source code was available. So here's what's new in both v0.18 and v0.18a:
  • Speed throttler for those of us with a system faster than a Pentium I :P (MetaFox)
  • Sound back in for the 8080 games - enable with -sound as always :) (MetaFox)
  • Rewrite of Laser to use a driver system (ss_teven)
  • Added a Scramble driver (ss_teven)
  • The End (Stern) is now playable (ss_teven)
  • Preliminary The End - The Ship does not move (ss_teven)
  • Preliminary Frogger - bootleg on Scramble hardware. Coin Inputs are not working properly (MetaFox)
  • Preliminary Atlantis. Coin Inputs are not working properly (MetaFox)
  • Polaris is now playable (ss_teven)
  • Added most of the 8080 games back in to work in Laser 0.18 (ss_teven, MetaFox)
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

Thursday, November 1st, 2001
MAME v0.56 Released!
I had a little case of the brown bottle flu today and just woke up and noticed that MAME was updated! I feel much better now =) MAME v0.56 includes the following new game drivers:
  • Water Match [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Spatter [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Raflesia [Chack'n]
  • Kosodate Quiz My Angel [Luca Elia]
  • Kosodate Quiz My Angel 2 [Luca Elia]
  • Puzzle De Bowling [Luca Elia]
  • Chameleon [Luca Elia]
  • Wai Wai Jockey Gate-In! [Luca Elia]
  • Metamoqester [Luca Elia]
  • Star Guards [Aaron Giles]
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.




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