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News from October 2007

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
Gas Station Robbed with NES Zapper
    In Covington, Kentucky, two men were sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for robbing a gas station with a “toy gun,” which has now been confirmed to be a Nintendo Entertainment System Zapper.
    Back in May, Arthur Swain, 18, entered an Ameristop Food Mart around closing time and approached the counter. He then displayed a gun, the NES Zapper, to the clerk and made off with only about $100 in cash from the register, reported The Enquirer.
    According to Assistant Kenton Commonwealth's Attorney Leanne Isler, Swain’s accomplice, Jeremy Goins, 20, acted as the lookout during the robbery.
    Both Swain and Goins pleaded guilty to second degree robbery and received maximum sentences from Kenton Circuit Judge Greg Bartlett.
    “Victims and police did not know the gun was a toy until after it was all over,” Isler said during the sentencing hearing Monday. “The defendants could have easily gotten themselves or innocent bystanders shot.”
    Unfortunately, a photo of the Zapper used in the robbery was not provided at the time of this writing.
Thanks to phillyman2004 for the news.
 Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

Monday, October 29th, 2007
AmiArcadia/WinArcadia 4.72
    AmiArcadia emulates the Emerson Arcadia 2001 (Bandai, Emerson, Grandstand, Intervision, Leisure-Vision, Leonardo, MPT-03, Ormatu, Palladium, Poppy, Robdajet, Tele-Fever, Tempest, Tryom, Tunix, etc.) and Interton VC 4000 (Acetronic, Fountain, Interton, Prinztronic, Rowtron, Voltmace, Waddington, etc.) console families, and the Elektor TV Games Computer.
    Changes since 4.71:
  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes.
    • Thanks to phillyman2004 for the news.
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Crysis Single Player Demo is Out
      At long last, the much anticipated demo for Crysis has finally hit the internets. The demo is single player only and downloads at a hefty 1.77 GB. Also available on the same site are the NVIDIA driver updates required to play the game. Now, go out there and kick some alien ass.
      nVidia have released some new Forceware Beta drivers there also specifically for the demo so nVidia owners make sure you grab those also.
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (1 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Friday, October 26th, 2007
    Happy 7th Birthday Playstation 2
    • More than 120 million consoles sold worldwide
      Sony Computer Entertainment America is celebrating the seven-year anniversary of the launch of the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Since its release in North America on October 26, 2000, more than 120 million hardware units and more than a billion units of software for PlayStation 2 have been shipped worldwide, making it the best-selling gaming platform ever released
      Thanks to nonfatnonfat for the info.
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (1 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Thursday, October 25th, 2007
    iDeaS Emulator gets a much needed update
    IdeAs is a DS emulator, it is very promising, so far the list of compatibility is small but it gets bigger with every release, the PC requirements are not that much, Ideas excells at emulating the action and speed of the original handheld, future versions will include a faux pass pen interaction, no word yet on how this will be achieved but ingenuity is not on short supply for the authors.
      Here's the changelog:
  • Added support for Input Plugin.
  • Added DirectInput Plugin.
  • Added MultiSample 4x and 2x support.
  • Fixed bug in Cheats Support.
  • Fixed bug in SaveState Support.
  • Fixed bug in Backup files Support.
    • as always get it from the bold title at the top, the website recently updated its domain, the link here is updated now, thanks to Leif from the forums
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Evilnos_unholy 

    mame PLUS 0.120!
    MAME Plus 0.120 Released! MAME plus is an unofficial MAME version based on MAME / MAME32 emulator for windows platform, unlike other builds this one emphasizes in extra graphical and presentation enhancements
      Here's whats new:
  • updated French text [Benjamin Siskoo]
  • fixed IPS description display bug [BUT]
  • updated joystick detection code [BUT]
  • updated template and Japanese text [BUT]
  • updated Japanese mameinfo (0.119u4 10/12) [mame e2j]
  • updated catver [s_bastian]
  • updated Japanese list (jplist0119u4_1013.zip) [mamelist jp]
  • updated Japanese command.dat [commandlist jp]
  • GUI: optimized controller related code, improved startup time [BUT]
      Are you still reading this? it is mame... go try it out tell us what you think in the forums
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Evilnos_unholy 

    Mednafen 0.8.4 is OUT now
    This Atari Lynx, GameBoy, Gameboy Colour, GameBoy Advance, NES, PC-Engine, SuperGrafx, Neo-Geo Pocket/Pocket Colour, PC-FX, WonderSwan & Wonderswan Colour emulator gets an update and there seems to be a lot of stuff done on the PC-Engine side of things
  • PCE: Added preliminary(it works, but the code needs to be cleaned) ADPCM support for HES rips.
  • PCE: Interrupts will be enabled with a CLI after a HES' init routine is called, to fix rips that neglect to do it themselves.
  • PCE: Added support for HES rips that try to write data where it really shouldn't be written(some CD-ROM game rips do this), though a warning will be printed the first time this occurs after loading.
  • PCE: Added sanity checks to the HES loader to prevent crashes if invalid data is present.
  • PCE: Reads from the I/O port will now return D7 as clear when emulating a PCE CD game.
  • PCE: ADPCM RAM is now reset(to 0) on emulated PCE reset.
  • PCE: Sprites trying to pull tile data from $8000-FFFF of VRAM will now be invisible(probably not correct, but trying to emulate indeterminate effects is too difficult :b). Fixes a minor sprite garbage issue in Camp California.
  • PCE, PC-FX: Fixed VRAM DMA source/dest increment/decrement bits(the source and dest were flipped). Fixes a problem with Fushigi no Yume no Alice. Moved some code in the source root directory to appropriate subdirectories.
    • this is huge update, there are many more changes and fixes, take a look, mednafen gets better
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Evilnos_unholy 

    Ootake 1.27 released today!
    This Japanese Pc-Engine emulator has seen another update, don't worry about the Japanese bit though as the menu's are in English making it easy to use, it also has an English section in the readme & from that we get the news:
  • At the stage beginning screen of "Rainbow Island" and the start demo of "Asuka120%", the bug that the screen display has fallen into disorder (generated from v1.24) was corrected. As a result, I think a similar problem of other games to have been solved, too.
    • Download from the homepage just click the bold title at the top
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Evilnos_unholy 

    Super Mario Galaxy Reviewed by Famitsu
      Super Mario Galaxy has been reviewed by Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu this week, and was rated 10/9/9/10, or 38 out of 40 - perfect scores from two of the reviewers.
      They stated that the game level design keeps you wanting to know whats coming next and to complete just one more level each play. The controls are almost to good and great fun gathering star pieces with the pointer.
      I for one cannot wait.
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Game Boy-playing DS flash card coming from Nintendo
      Stated to have the ability to store and play past Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, which Nintendo will sell in a similar way to its Virtual Console titles on Wii.
    • Edge stated, "Compared to the slightly vague WiiWare proposition, this has the possibility to revolutionise homebrew development – at least in terms of distribution and the possibility of mainstream success – but how far the notoriously controlling Japanese giant will allow that community the creative freedom it requires to flourish will only be seen in practice."
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
    Top Gear Track+Episodes Coming To Gran Turismo 5
    • Top Gear has hooked up with Sony to make our iconic test track part of Gran Turismo 5. And as an office with the permanent distraction of a Playstation 2, race seat, force-feedback wheel and a copy of the current GT4, it's the best news we've had since Alonso missed out on the F1 championship.
    • The latest iteration of the GT series will also be fully online - and, alongside lapping the TG circuit, players will be able to download classic episodes of Top Gear via a dedicated motoring channel called Gran Turismo TV on the Playstation network.
      Heres hoping for a Stig ghost car.
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Arcade In-A-Box 360
      If your standard Xbox 360 controller is not up to the job of your Street Fighting sessions then drop on over to Arcade-In-A-Box, who have just announced the availability of their new, customizable arcade controller for the Xbox 360. Choose button styles and colors, upgrade the joystick from the standard to a Magstick Plus or Sanwa JLF, and even choose to have a custom graphic overlay added to the controller. Of course custom controllers aren't cheap, and the base unit will run you $149.00, with $30 more for a graphic and $15 for a headset jack.
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (2 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Microsoft Launches New Xbox 360 Console for Families
      Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft Corp. today released a new Xbox 360 console that delivers games and content to everyone in the family for an incredible value of $279.99 (U.S. estimated retail price)*.
      Available in stores beginning today, Xbox 360 Arcade console is the first Xbox 360 console to include five family-friendly games, a wireless controller, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connection to enable high-definition output if desired and 256 MB of memory useful for storing games and entertainment content. The console will include five best-selling games: “PAC-MAN Championship Edition” (NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.), “Uno” (Carbonated Games), “Luxor 2” (MumboJumbo), “Boom Boom Rocket” (Electronic Arts Inc.) and “Feeding Frenzy” (Sprout Games).
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Wii Animal Crossing to be an MMO
      Edge magazine is reporting that Nintendo's Wii iteration of its hugely popular Animal Crossing franchise is taking a massively multiplayer online direction.
    • While we're still waiting for Nintendo to officially confirm anything about a Wii version of Animal Crossing (apart from the fact that it's coming), Edge's latest issue of the mag reports, "A Japanese source has confirmed to Edge that the upcoming Wii iteration of Animal Crossing is set to be a social networking MMO."
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (1 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    September NPD Numbers
      Microsoft's sitting pretty with Halo 3, Nintendo's got mainstream momentum, but Sony game sales still lag. Can the former champ turn things around for this generation?
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Nintendo nets 10,000 devices in Hong Kong raid
      Nintendo's latest anti-piracy push has netted 10,000 game copying devices and mod chips in Hong Kong.
    • October 23, 2007 - Thanks to the intervention of the Hong Kong High Court, Nintendo has stopped a global distribution operation involving game copying devices and modification chips that violate its copyrights and trademarks of both its Nintendo DS and Wii systems, the company has announced.
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
    PS3 Firmware v1.94 Adds DualShock3 Support
      According to Shacknews, the new PS3 firmware version 1.94 will be adding DualShock3 support. Packaged with Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction before it's available for download, the firmware update will allow DualShock3 owners (which is actually no one at the moment) to toggle rumble. By pressing the middle PS3 button, gamers will be able to access controller options—which we're assuming will be added to the list of other options like shutting down the console, controller, etc.
      But it's salt in the wound for those of us who won't see the DualShock3 until Spring or the day we decide to drop too much money for it online. Since Sony didn't release firmware 2.0 along with Home at TGS as some of us expected, they need to be more careful with these firmware updates, lest they be driven to the thousandth.
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Vundu 

    Monday, October 15th, 2007
    mame v.120 released
      list of changes
  • Added "native" architecture option to the makefile. Use this to have gcc automatically pick the most appropriate architecture based on the system that it is compiling on. [Christophe Jaillet]
  • Updates to various NeoGeo ROMsets. Some ROM names updated to match verified names from chip labels. A lot of "older" sets have been redumped to investigate the "64k m1/s1 issue" (also the m1 "overdumps"). Result was, ALL m1 ARE at least 128kx8; ALL s1 ARE 128kx8. The old m1 "overdumps" were incomplete dumps. In addition, it has been discovered that all "p-roms" do have a minimum size of 4mbit. A number of sets have been restored to their "original" state, and a number of others have been marked as bad dumps where appropriate. Specific changes include: [Johnboy]
  • some roms were redumped, for a complete list visit emu site
    • this update was sorely needed, check out this emulator, get it from the link at the top of post
     Discuss this in the Arcade@Home™ Forums (0 comments)Posted by: Evilnos_unholy 

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