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News from November 2007|
Kevin Federline The Nintendo Superstar
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
Before he was K-Fed, young Kevin Federline was so good at video games that he sent in one of his accomplishments to Nintendo. And we found it.
Thanks to Phillyman2004 for the news.
Mame 0.121, Released!
Monday, November 19th, 2007
Go to http://mamedev.org for more information.
3 New Cowering GoodTools Released!
Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
3 of the more popular GoodTools are updated today. GoodGBx, GoodGBA, and GoodN64. PLEASE don't forget to read the important docs for GoodGBA.
Also, I don't speak anything but English; so if some of my users could post the news about these releases to Asian and European emulation sites, that would be nice. Thanks
P.S. If anyone has some SOURCE code that demonstrates how to enccode the special area on Nintendo DS games, I would like to look at it. You never know what project might become of it...
Thanks to Phillyman for the news.
Man who had sex with bike in court
Monday, November 12th, 2007
Robert Stewart was discovered in his room by two cleaners at the Aberley House Hostel in Ayr, south west Scotland, in October last year.
Robert Stewart: Bike sex
Robert Stewart admitted sexual breach of the peace
On Wednesday Mr Stewart admitted to sexual breach of the peace in Ayr Sheriff Court, where depute fiscal Gail Davidson described how he had been found by the hostel workers.
She said: "They knocked on the door several times and there was no reply.
"They used a master key to unlock the door and they then observed the accused wearing only a white T-shirt, naked from the waist down.
"The accused was holding the bike and moving his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex."
Both witnesses, who were extremely shocked, notified the hotel manager, who in turn alerted the police.
Mr Stewart was placed on the sex offenders register but his sentence was deferred until next month.
He is not the first man to be convicted of a sexual offence involving an inanimate object, however.
Karl Watkins, an electrician, was jailed for having sex with pavements in Redditch, Worcs, in 1993.
Atari Reports 11.9 Million Q1 Loss
Friday, November 9th, 2007
Atari reports 11.9 million Q1 loss
Has "substantial doubt" about ability to continue
Atari has filed its delayed Q1 financial report, posting a loss of USD 11.9 million or USD 0.89 per share.
Losses were up more than 50 per cent from the year-earlier period, when Atari reported a net loss of USD 7.3 million, or USD 0.54 per share.
As reported earlier, Atari did not file its quarterly report for the period ending June 30, 2007. The company also delayed filing its annual report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007.
The annual report, eventually filed in September, showed a net loss for the year of USD 69.7 million.
With today's filing, the company anticipates that it will be current in its periodic reporting obligations. In July, NASDAQ had threatened Atari with delisting, granting the company an extension until November 5 to file the 10-Q form. Atari asked for an additional day.
Atari was recently served with a notice to terminate its Dragon Ball Z license by FUNimation, and previously sold its rights to the Stuntman and Driver franchises.
The company did not hold a conference call for first quarter results, but did hold a shareholders meeting today. In its quarterly report, Atari stated that it had "substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern."
Thanks to fragbait for the news.
potemkin, open source emulator
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
Potemkin is an open source Playstation Portable (psp) emulator able to play commercial games.
ability to try out and code more lines into the program
the list of games is scalable, you can try to play more games
the firmware can be programmed as part of the code
this is an emulator that requires lots of work and trial and error, the results are however worth it in most cases, if more people got involved it could be the best psp emulator out there as it can already play some full blown games
psp on my pc? more likely than you think with P.S.P.E.
Emulation is growing every day, and PSPE is a perfect prove of that, even though this emulator still can't run any commercial PSP game, you can try it by playing some demos and homebrew games.
It is important to remember that this emulator is the first of its kind, but after all we are expecting more updates for this project and why not more PSP emulators.
An important thing is that you need to get SDL.dll in order to run the emulator. hint: (it's at the link) and remember to place all files into the same root folder.
well Mr Hunt, this message will auto destruct in 10 seconds, so covertly go ahead and give it a try already
nintendo ceases support for the Famicom console
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
Nintendo of Japan is ceasing hardware support for the Famicom system
After over 24 years, Nintendo has finally decided that it can no-longer continue to support the console due to an increasing shortage of the necessary parts. As of 31st October this year, Nintendo has ended support for the NES (Famicom in Japan), Super NES, Nintendo 64 and both the original and pocket Gameboys.
wait, no support for the original gameboy? I have one of those
we thank Kuntish for thie news
New Star Wars Force Unleashed details
Monday, November 5th, 2007
Although very few solid facts are known about the game, Star Wars: The Forced Unleashed promises so much, and new info has started to trickle from the Jedi camp at LucasArts.
Some of the locations featured in the game have been revealed. At one point you visit a TIE Fighter Construction Facility "sent [there] by Lord Vader to eliminate Master Kota, a fugitive Jedi General who has taken over the station with a band of his loyal followers".
Later you visit the wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk, where Vader launches a huge attack for a "pivotal" part of the game.
The planet Felucia is where you're sent "in search of Shaak Ti", and you'll also find yourself in the interstellar dumping planet of Raxus Prime, in search of a reclusive Jedi droid maker.
New details for Proxy the droid have also been revealed. According to LucasArts: "Proxy is a prototype holodroid who has been the Apprentice's constant companion for many years. Although Proxy's origins are unknown, the droid is a one-of-a-kind unit capable of using advanced hologram technology and built-in servos to alter his appearance, becoming virtually anyone." Cool.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is set between Episode III and Episode IV in the movie series and sticks you in the shoes of Darth Vader's apprentice, aiding the Dark Lord of the Sith in ridding the universe of Jedi. LucasArts has spoken of a branching storyline, explaining that "Decisions made by players throughout the game will determine the path of the story, including multiple endings that will rock Star Wars continuity as they know it."
PlayStation 3 losses now over $1 billion
Thursday, November 1st, 2007
Almost a year ago, I commented: "Still, the expectation that Sony will lose $1 billion on the PS3 in the first year may turn out to be low." And as BusinessWeek has now pointed out, "Sony's gaming division has just lost $848 million -- double the figure from last year -- and first-half losses reached $1.1 billion."
Thanks to Leif for the news.