Ricardo Bittencourt has released FudeBrowser, the first web browser for SG1000! FudeBrowser converts any HTML page into a SG1000 ROM, which you can then run in BrSMS (or any other SG1000 emu ?). Pretty cool if you ask me :) He has also released the source code to his "parrot engine"! Thakns to Kinox for the news.
More MAME news from MAME WORLD :) MAME Classic has been updated to 0.36.8, this is a cool Windows frontend for MAME. This release fixes a few bugs here and there, be sure to download this!
Rodimus Prime has updated A/PMAME to be in synch with MAME 0.36 beta 8. Get those files at Cybertron, hosted by MAME WORLD :) Thanks to DrAllsop for the news.
RockNES 0.981 was released yesterday .... and we missed it because we were busy with the live Retro Radio broadcast. That broadcast should hopefully be online by tomorrow :) Fx3 is also working on a tool that will "allow you to decode a NES VROM buffer into an ASCII file. In other words, you can see NES graphics using a good DOS text editor, like edit.com!" Thanks to JoseQ for the news.
ET2K is giving away a GUILLEMOT TNT2 ULTRA videocard, if you wanna have a shot at it, visit their site.
The new MAME beta roms are available from the link on the left. With compliments from Zyclone ;)
iGS, an Apple ][gs emulator for Macintosh, has been updated to v0.53r6. This is the first public release which has absolutely no known crashes at all :) The page hasn't been updated yet (it still says v0.53r5) but the download link is v0.53r6. Get it at the official Home Page. -R-
A Halloween trip to EmuChrist will reward you with a nice MAME treat - all beta 8 ROMs are available! -P-
Genesis Power says Trick (Genesis Release #10: Barney's Hide And Seek (U)) or Treat (Genesis Release #9: Cool Spot (U))! -P-
Saturday, October 30th 1999 - Last updated @ 21:16 EST
Follow up on the IGN N64 scary bid, forgot to add the link. -w DOH!
For those about to celebrate Halloween, IGN posted a little bit about the scariest N64 titles never made. Just keep repeating to yourself, "It's only a joke." -w
Retro Radio will go LIVE in 5 minutes, join the channel #Retroradio on EFnet IRC. If you're new to IRC, get mIRC. It will be shoutcasted using WINAMP.
The MAME 0.36 Beta 8 binary is available from "our MAME page", thanks to Gridle for the compile. :)
MAME 0.36 beta 8 has been released! Here's the new stuff in this release, you can download the source update here. Check the MAME SITE (hosted here @ Retrogames) for more info. Also, please delete drivers/zerowing.c from your source.
NeoJukeBox has been updated to version 2.6! Only trouble is that I can't seem to download the file from the homepage right now... :( (Thanks Emulatronia) -P-
More Dreamcast technical information can be found at Ancient Nation! The webmaster, shiva, asks anyone interested to submit further documents if you know of any. -P-
You can find more NeoGeo CD covers here, courtesy of Neo-Covers! -P-
Here's EMU+ 0.36b7! EMU+ is an unofficial MAME build with numerous luxury features, such as savestates for NeoGeo, over/underclocking for all processors, autofire, support for MARP hiscores and much more. Here's what's new. Here's the source code. A Win32 version is being worked on as well. These files are NOT available at the Emu+ homepage. (Thanks Dan Manya) -P-
More info and pics of SNK's upcoming new Fatal Fury can be found at Madman's Cafe! (Thanks PJV) -P-
Jax67 has written a freeware zipped file utility called Keep It Zipped! You can download it from the homepage. It should be quite useful for managing large collections of zipped files, without needing to unzip and rezip all the time. -P-
Stian Kristiansen over at Emulation64 is working on an Emulation Dictionary, to clarify the terminology we all use for newbies and others. Feel free to contact him if you'd like to contribute to the dictionary. -P-
Makuchan & Bardock have been mailbombed with "now! now! now!" type messages to release the Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension dump they've been working on together. Because of this, Madoka ROMance has released the dump, but NOT the password. The password will be revealed on November 5th, and I hope Makuchan sticks to that decision. I've also been asked to say this: STOP MAILING THEM ABOUT THIS GAME. Time to grow up, realize nobody owes you anything, and wait one lousy week. Nail me on the message boards all you want for saying this, but I'm sick of hearing really nice dumpers and authors are being harassed this way. And NO, I don't have the dump or the password either. (Thanks Bardock & others) Also, Opi reminded me that Makuchan also recently released Marvelous - 32MBits/FX Chip(SA-1), not yet playable, & Jumpin' Derby - 8MBits/FX Chip(SA-1), playable on SNES9x. -P-
Darkmazda has posted the NEOGEO CD COVER of Samurai Shodown
ROM Doctor is a new ROM management utility by the Flash! It's currently a public beta: download Beta 1 here & Overhead Runtime Files here. It currently supports NES (using Cowering's database NESCHK) & Genesis ROMs, has full zip support and a GUI. Here's the author's homepage. He has big plans to support EVERY console out there, but this is only the beginning. NOTE: I haven't tried this utility myself, so proceed with caution. -P-
James Surine, MAME for Digita author, told me that Office Depot, a US chain store, is having a blowout sale on DC265 cameras! The price is $369 now, so if anyone wants a good digital camera (that also plays MAME!), it's a good buy! The reason for the sale is the pending release of the new DC290 model. -P-
Here's an emu we missed recently: Calypso!!! It's a beautiful looking Sega 8bit emulator, seemingly in Spanish. The emu is now up to version 0.10 beta. (Thanks Namco) -P-
As if children don't have enough to worry about in today's world, GameSpot News explains all about a schoolyard stabbing over Pokemon trading cards. -w
Got a Dreamcast today, and it's terrific! =) Also picked up an import VGA box - you MUST see the DC on a VGA monitor to fully appreciate the graphics. Beautiful! -P-
Thursday, October 28th 1999 - Last updated @ 16:34 EST
This is too hard to categorize, even for me. Please note the "importance" of the URL :) Thanks to Richard D. for the link.
Fastest Game News is reporting that Microsoft is also working (and has almost finished!) a handheld (GB/Game Gear -like) to accompany its X-BOX console.
There will be a LIVE Retro Radio episode, October 30th, 1999 at 1:00pm PST (+07:00 GMT, 21:00 CET)! Check www.monroeworld.com for more details! Ron Corcoran from Snipercade will be co-host.
Midway has released its Arcade Party Pak. Gamespot is reporting that Rampage, Smash TV, Super Sprint, Toobin' and KLAX will be included. Exclusive to the PlayStation version will be 720 (Degrees), and exclusive to the PC version will be Rampart. Thanks to whoever mailed me, for the link :)
A new version of Magic Engine, a PCE emulator for PCs (and now Macs too) will be released soon! According to the official web page, the emulation is now complete. They have also announced that the price has been cut from the (expensive) $35 of previous versions to an excellent value price tag of $16! I for one will register that as soon as it comes out! -R-
ATI has released new "special purpose drivers" for the Rage128 and Rage Pro series of cards, click here for more. Thanks to Betanews for the news :)
MAME Action Replay Page update!!! From Cicca: "At MARP - The MAME Action Replay Page ( http://marp.retrogames.com ), on November 1st will start the 2nd Tournament, and it will last 2 months. The 10 classic games for this tourny are: Crystal Castles, Jr. Pacman, Kung Fu Master, Lode Runner, Lunar Rescue, Puzzle Bobble, Pooyan, Rastan, Scramble & Super Sprint... so come and challenge!!! Setting and rules can be found on MARP (Tournament Section), or at gameboy9's page, the Tournament Coordinator." -P-
Arcade ROM Heaven posted more needed-soon ROMs for MAME, and more WIP info. It seems Namco System 2 (go Keith!) emulation is improving daily! Apparently they now have good dumps of the BIOS ROMs. :) -P-
Arcade ROMs from Japan released The Hustler (Konami, 1987)! This game is currently unemulated. Hustler?! Hmm... -P-
Wednesday, October 27th 1999 - Last updated @ 15:45 EST
Zyclone was kind enough to try MAME for the Kodak DC265 camera (linked below) and he made an mpeg of it. He's loading Gauntlet 2, his HI-8 isn't too happy with the Kodak's LCD screen, but it works :)
Tuesday, October 26th 1999 - Last updated @ 23:58 EST
Glenn over at www.videogamefans.com told me about a new incarnation of Ms.Pac-Man, on its way to the PlayStation and Nintendo 64! It's from Namco Hometek & believed to be called "Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness." Most oldtimers/emulation fans will probably still like the original better, but who knows... ;) -P-
Here's the MAME for Digita binary! Amazingly enough, this MAME runs on the Kodak DC265 camera, which (I'm told) contains a 66Mhz PowerPC processor. That makes it just fast enough to run some older games! :) The source code and other information can be found at the homepage. NOTE: I've renamed the file to mamedc01.zip (dc for Digita camera)to avoid confusion with other MAME files on our server. The contents is the same as the file called mamev0.1.zip on the author's page. This emu remains unconfirmed - DC265 owners, please try it and mail me. (Thanks James Surine) -P-
Just a quick plug for one of my favorite sites: E.N.D.! It's a really cool site that does emu news, weekly downloads and often posts some very interesting links. -P-
I've seen homemade arcade machines, but MBox is something different: one man's attempt to build the ultimate entertainment box! :) (Thanks Daniel) -P-
EmuChrist has done quite a few updates lately - more "needed soon" ROMs from GuruChoc (and some that aren't too!) are mirrored now, plus several new staff members have submitted some interesting articles (Amen Paratech!:). Also, my friend at the Toxic Dump has his links working again now, so leech away! :) Other stuff to check out as well like Cronos Covers new work and more. -P-
JNES 0.26c was released! This update fixes some file management bugs. I want to personally recommend this NES emu for Windows - it's really quite good, and is absolutely worth the download. Try it, you'll like it! :) Homepage. (Thanks Steve Rellinger) -P-
De Telegraaf (Dutch newspaper) did a story on "retro games" and were nice enough to link to us. If you are going to check it out, it's in Dutch, so beware :)
The Magic Engine team is looking for a few VERY elusive roms, so if you have ANY information on the following roms, please mail email@example.com: Bomberman Users Battle, Bomberman 93 Special Version, Gunhed Special Version, Final Soldier Special Version, PC Genjin 3 Taiken Han, Power League All Star Version, Soldier Blade Special Version, Super Star Soldier Special Version and Magical Chase US
Bleem! 1.5 has been released, thanks to about 50 people for the news :)
Monday, October 25th 1999 - Last updated @ 23:35 EST
Megatron Web has a new URl now! Emulation, manga & music in Spanish. -P-
Heh... It seems Fry's is a West Coast electronics chain with a rather poor reputation. Are YOU right for this job? I hope not! :) (Thanks Beaf) -P-
GeoShock has begun a Work in Progress CPS2 Roms Listings / Downloads Page! There are some ROMs up already - let's hope CPS2Shock nails that encryption! -P-
EmuAdvice has the latest build of MAMEJoy! MAMEJoy, by Rob "Sidewinder" Ragno is a special MAME adding extra menus and features for analog controls and axis configuration. Some new features this release include debug output, digital throttles and various fixes. (Thanks CLoWn) -P-
MetalHead (NTSC) for the 32x released at Genesis Power! Snorter also told me: If you check the 32x Info page, you will notice that this release completes all known NTSC ROMs. The PAL releases we need are: Blackthorne, Brutal Unleashed, Pitfall, RBI Baseball 95, Star Trek Simulator, Tempo, Virtua Fighter, and Zaxxon Motherbase 2000 (aka Parasquad). If you have any of these, contact us! A 32x MIA section was added. This contains a number of pictures from titles that never saw the light of day. Perhaps some beta copies exist, especially since some of these were shown at trade shows. If you happen to have a beta, please contact us! -P-
Check out CDR Info for the latest Nero v220.127.116.11! -P-
Romulous & Remus have set up a Raine page now! Expect practically every Raine game to be available soon. -P-
What's Hob? It's "an utterly brilliant emulator of that utterly brilliant 80's 8-bit machine, the ZX Spectrum from Sinclair Research. Itself implemented to run in the utterly utterly brilliant Java1.1 environment." You can actually play a number of Speccy games online, including classics like Jet Pac & Manic Miner! (Thanks Nigel) -P-
GuruChoc did another update - more ROMs, more MAME news! My favorite line: "Nicola added a game." Isn't that generally true every 18 minutes or so? =) -P-
Rumor has it that WMS has closed the Bally/Williams pinball division today, Pinball 2000 is nomore. More news as we get it, in the meantime checkout rec.games.pinball. Thanks to metallik for the sad news.
Rocknes 0.98 has been released, check out the RockNES Site for more info on this NES emulator. Thansk to sfx11 for the news.
Eric Purcell, visitor 8 million, will be getting a Dreamcast, 3 games of his choice, extra controller, memcard and a rumble pack for a prize :) Guess what #9,000,000 will be getting ;)
Zan has updated his "how to compile MAME" page, it's now in synch with MAME 0.36 beta 7. Head on over to MAME WORLD to check it out!
Genius Lady, for that woman who wants to avoid infection and would want to take a wizz standing up. It has a patented design too, thanks to TaKeRu from Italy ;)
"Shock jock" Howard Stern is leaving his wife Alison after a 20-year marriage, thanks to Rob` for the news.
I have no idea if this MAME for DIGITA is real (although I sincerely doubt it), but since there are no docs or whatever included in the zip, the link has been removed.
Saturday, October 23rd 1999 - Last updated @ 23:44 EST
I discovered a great site for NeoGeo related wallpaper, screensavers & other stuff: Inspector Vectors CNGA! Haze has been plugging it for ages, but having finally visited, I can agree there's some really good stuff there. -P-
Here's JNES 0.26b, the latest version of this Nintendo 8bit emulator for Windows! New stuff: PCM channel improvements, higher quality audio generation & Direct Input interface fixes. Homepage. (Thanks Emulatronia) -P-
Random SMS Power update: Recent releases include Zoop (the puzzle game) for Game Gear & Rambo: First Blood Part 2 for SMS! Why don't we announce all the daily releases? Because we were asked not to because it generates too much traffic! But yes, Retrogames loves SMS Power too! :) -P-
The Game Art Depot is an interesting new site by Mike Botham: Its a collection of 8 bit/early 16 bit computer game adverts & fliers from the UK & Europe. Theres 81 adverts on line now with loads more to follow! -P-
Happy 26th Birthday to our friend Emulation-X! Check out his GeoShock space & Total Emulation for some "big announcement" soon... I don't know what it is though. Also, to dbiopsy - you're welcome. :) -P-
The French version of MacMAME is now available from the MacMAME homepage! (Thanks Marc Vielfaure) -P-
Star Wars Arcade (UJ) for the 32x released at Genesis Power! There has been a dump with a bad checksum of this cart on the net for some time. (Thanks Snorter) -P-
Bardock told me about Madoka ROMance's recent announcement of Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension! Apparently Makuchan has dumped the game 100%, and has screenshots of the game running in SNES9x. The public release is listed as December 3rd. -P-
Salon Technology has an article which looks at the escalating 4-way console market-share battle.-w
Mike Green (SASS author) has released the first public version of PacDX, his PACMAN remake, RetroFX style. Head on over to the PacDX Site and download it!
PSX EMU is reporting that Bleem! 1.5 (PSX emulator) may be released this weekend and they also have a partial list of what's new and improved in the coming release. Looks like this release could be what they promised users last year ... *update*: The bleem! site was just updated with the news that bleem! 1.5 will be released this Monday. Thanks to Jim H. for the news.
News-U-Lator is back and the very first update is about a new, updated Genesis driver for MESS (which will be in the next release), everyone's favourite multi-console/multi-platform emulator :)
Friday, October 22nd 1999 - Last updated @ 22:05 EST
MAME World has been updated with several news items: PMAME, OS/2 MAME, MAMELang & PacMAME have all been updated! Visit MAME World for all the details. -P-
NeoGeo fans should have GeoShock bookmarked by now! Anyway, Haze wrote some interesting news and reviews recently so take a look. -P-
Arcade ROM Heaven was updated recently with more upcoming goodies for MAME as well as some interesting tidbits. -P-
To all those spamming my email with "Get-Rich-Quick" schemes and "Low-Interest-Loans-Now!" PLEASE STOP! I don't even read the crap! :P -P-
More Madoka ROMance rare SNES releases: Pebble Beach Tournament (SA-1 & FX), & BS-X Chrono Trigger Music Library (SatView addon). (Thanks Opi) As a side note, Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension may have been correctly dumped by a programmer nicknamed Bardock. He claims the SNES9x team have the dump, so cross your fingers. This is NOT yet confirmed. -P-
Zipmany has been updated to version 5.06! This awesome multi-file zipping utility will save you lotsa work - some new features include rezip option, new file filters & much more! (Thanks Tigga baby! ;) -P-
Andy S. mailed me about some guy's homemade MAME cabinet... yawn... I'd seen dozens. But THIS one is really nice! It's Chad's Cocktail Table cabinet, built completely from scratch. I want one in front of the sofa. :) -P-
Omero of Emu Zone has done a short interview with ZsKnight, co-author of ZSNES, the fastest SNES emulator around. Eventhough it's short, it's VERY interesting. Since Emu Zone is an Italian site, I'll tell you how to locate the interview: when you're on the site, click on "FOCUS" and then "INTERVISTA con ZsKNIGHT", the questions are in Italian, but ZsKnight's answer are in English. You can also read a completely English version, just click on the link at the end of the page. Paisans shouldn't have any trouble locating it ;)
I read Jose Q's rumor mill, and rumor has it that Taito system F3 is being worked on in MAME! This is great news for those of you what want to play Raine games on your Unix workstation since the Taito F3 games make up most of the Raine games that are unemulated in MAME. -C-
JoseQ has posted another Rumor Mill! Remember, JoseQ's Rumor Mill was the first site in the world to post a rumor about Bill & Monica, way before anyone got wind of it =)
Things are so slow that I might actually update the emu pages ;)
Rodimus Prime's latest AMAME build is now available! (Thanks MAME World) -P-
RomSeeker is holding a contest: basically they're giving away some goodies to whoever writes the best homemade ROM to represent their site. (Thanks EmuAlliance Staff) -P-
Ha! Whatta ya know... :) Super Action Soccer for the Colecovision IS dumped afterall! You can find it in EmuMAX's terrific Colecovision collection if you're so inclined. (Thanks Deathhawk & A][fan for their help) -P-
MUGEN beta 9X.10.19 is now available! This awesome freeware fighting-game design package now includes: Team Battle mode, PSX joypad support with force-feedback (if you have a DirectPad converter) & several bugfixes! -P-
Here's the NeoGeo CD Emulator 0.46!!! Now compiled with the latest Allegro, various bugfixes, N64 pad support, gamma correction, macrokeys for both players, cheat codes & more! The source code is also available from the homepage. (Thanks sfx11 & Gergely P.) -P-
Thursday, October 21st 1999 - Last updated @ 16:43 EST
Linux is cool! I mean Linux is really cool! If one of your programs dies in Windoze you press CTRL-ALT-DEL and get some boring box with a list of processes and you click on the one you want to kill and pray. In linux, if a process is misbehaving, you can kill off the offending process by playing Doom! This, I know will NOT work for Windoze because in Winfroze you usually have to press CTRL-ALT-DEL to kill an offending process just so you can get the rest of your system back! -C-
Eric Bole-Feysot has updated the datafiles used for ROMCENTER, his ROM manager. Among other things, he now has a datafile for that new emulator that isn't out yet: The Impact. Please do not bug Eric about the whereabouts of the roms nor the release date of The Impact. He doesn't know.
Glenn of VideoGame Fans mailed me saying that he had posted a demo of PONG: The Next Level on his site. This is a remake (if you will :) of the game that started it al =)
After almost a year, we finally get a new version of NLKE! *LOTS* of new things were added to NLKE, be sure to try this SNES emu. Thanks to Emulatronia for the news.
Wednesday, October 20th 1999 - Last updated @ 22:12 EST
EmuAdvice is now featuring the latest build of MAMEJoy! This adds an "Analog Axis" menu to MAME, allowing the user to specify what controller axis (X,Y) corresponds to what control! (I ain't 'fraid a no CLoWns!) -P-
Frazzman of Emulation64 has made two hardware reviews of the Makopad and the V3 Steering Wheel! (Thanks Stian K.) -P-
The CPS Patch Center is now featuring a NeoGeo section, with the latest patches for certain (ahem) games. Their BBS is now fixed as well! -P-
Retrogaming Times #26 & Bit Age Times #2 can now be found here!!! These very cool FREE online newsletters feature everything from reviews & reports to emulation & humor. -P-
Apollo69 updated his page with info about the NeoGeo MVS pin-outs! (Thanks R-Jones) -P-
Genesis Power released FIFA International Soccer 96 for the 32x! This marks the last *unique title* to be dumped. -P-
PartyOn! is a very cool new frontend by my friend Andrew Burt! It was specifically designed for the HotRod and ArcadePC, but can be used with any keyboard device. It's a fully configurable, very versatile frontend that should work with nearly any emulator, game or application. It's NOT ideal for beginners though, since it requires some effort to properly configure for your needs. Here's the homepage. -P-
Hey Duddie! Don't leave yet - here comes da emu news! ;) -P-
The Unreal Tournament client for Linux should be released today. Check here for links. -C-
Word has it that Microsoft and Intel will be adding the FUFME device to their PC2000 specification. It's bound to make a LOT of people happy. Oh yeah, if you're like young or something, don't click the link ;) Thanks to EVERYONE that mailed me the link.
Corel will soon be releasing its version of Linux, on November 15th to be exact. The product will ship as COREL LINUX and will be available in 3 versions. One of which will be freely downloadible from the Corel site. The most expensive version (selling for a STAGGERING $79 ;) will include the full version of WordPerfect 8 for Linux, including additional fonts and clip art, and will likely also come with some additional third-party software applications and extra support services. Did I mention that is also has an easy installer?? Update: I decided to add this link to Atila's post. -C-
Linux Today reports that Linux kernel 2.2.13 has been released! -C-
Tuesday, October 19th 1999 - Last updated @ 21:59 EST
The LoopyNES homepage posted a new WIP release of this NES emu! New features include scanlines and mappers 21 & 25! -P-
Robert J Ragno's Gripmame has been updated to 0.36 beta 7 - get it at EmuAdvice! This version also fixes some bugs, features Pentium optimizations and should properly support analog control. (From Da CloWn :) -P-
Bleem! development continues - a recent update says a new release candidate is now in testing. Could version 1.5 be the version to convince the masses to purchase this PSX emulator? (Thanks DeadPool) -P-
Sly DC has snapshots, a scanned manual and a HUGE AVI file at his site of the super rare Colecovision game Super Action Soccer! This game remains undumped. -P-
Emulation-X is working with his friends to get Professor PacMan emulated! It is requested that anyone with schematics, pictures of the game in action or other relevant documentation visit Total Emulation and drop them a line. -P-
SkulleateR, author of JAGBAG (WIP Atari Jaguar emu), has released SleepNES - an NES emulator. He states the following: " ... but BEWARE, this thing is 1.not very good, 2.has NO sound 3.has a really crappy GUI and last but not least, isnīt very compatible (but Mario is definitely playable) ... ". Click here to download SleepNES. Thanks to bwb for the news. In other related emuhq.com news, Amiga Flashback has been updated with more reviews :)
Our friend Martin is back at Emulation64! I knew he'd return. ;-) -P-
Rob's World has posted news about an up and coming GBC emulator:
I can reveal some information about an up until now top secret Gameboy Colour emulator. So far the features include:MG/SGB/GBC emulated! Sound channel emulated (buggy)! Powerful CheatFinder built-in! Some Joysticks supported (Sidewinder, SNES pad, 4 button gamepad)! Realtime save-load! Screenshot/SGB Border dumping! GBC-Hicolor mode emulated! DMG game on GBC emulated! 10 different VGAMODEs supported (including 2xSai /SuperEagle) The author wishes to remain unnamed at the moment but this great emulator will be released soon.
Another congratulations to Arcade ROMs from Japan, now celebrating their 2nd anniversary! ARJ is a huge contributor to many emulation projects - thanks for everything. :) -P-
Yesterday was our friend Till's birthday (from the great Sys2064)! Happy B'Day Till! :) -P-
CPS2 Shock news! Here's what Razoola told me about their latest findings: I have added a new report that shows all the 68000 vector tables for the ROM's I've been comparing and have also found a number pattern in the tables I posted in my last report, see the W.I.P pages for more info. -P-
Rigamortis.com's HebeGB has been updated to version 2.51 Bugfix. This release will fix the Color Gameboy flag in this ROM managment utility for Windows! -P-
SoftWindows and RealPC, two of the leading PC emulation packages for the Macintosh, have been sold by their developer, Insignia Solutions, to FWB, a leading developer of storage software. Read the full story here. -R-
MacMAME v0.36b7 is out, with the usual complement of improvements. -R-
A BIG thank you to our wonderful visitors! =) Holmes 8bit Atari Games got TONS of help offers after yesterday's update - you people are the BEST! His page should be back in full form in a few weeks - I'll keep you posted. :) -P-
Genesis fans will recall Toe Jam & Earl; it was fun and innovative for its time. Now Glenn of Videogames.com informs me there's a Dreamcast sequel in the works by the original designers! =) -P-
Cronos Covers is a new site offering some really nice-looking CD cover art! Take a look and give Cronos some feedback. -P-
Monday, October 18th 1999 - Last updated @ 22:53 EST
A little MAME tip: Run Atari Classics Prototype, enter DIPs and turn Test Mode ON. Set Extra Stuff & More Extra Stuff ON. Turn Test Mode OFF. Play! You'll notice some pretty cool goodies in both Missile Command & Centipede like powerups and new enemies! :) -P-
BaxterSketch 1.1 is an Etch-A-Sketch emulator! And it's written by a dog! :P (Thanks Dan Century) -P-
A frightening message from a KiLLerCloWn... I'm just done updating the mameinfo.dat file. It now reflects all known issues and bugs up to the release of MAME 0.36 beta 7, still viewable through the history function and available at MameTesters of course! =) -P-
[23:11] *** Topic is 'Confucius says: man who stands on toilet is high on pot.'
The Speak & Spell Simulator site has been updated with the news that a "US version" of the simulator is being worked on. There's also a bit of news on the PACDX front, Mike has made some cool progress and a public release MIGHT follow soon!
The PSEmu Pro site has moved back to its .com domain, you can now reach it at www.psemu.com. The download page has also been updated to reflect the most current plugins.
MESS has been updated to v0.36b7. The new release adds Tandy 1000MX emulation and KIM-1 emulation. -R-
Cynthia Haines, a resident of California, had a $70,000 debt to Visa and Mastercard, caused by online gambling. Those companies sued her ... she counter-sued. She said that it was the credit card companies' fault, because online gambling is illegal in the state of California, as a result, her debts were rubbed out. Me and my 5 credit cards are now moving to California to live a life of luxury, financed by Visa, AMEX and Mastercard =)
Knuxbine is a Macintosh utility for combining Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis games using Lock-On technology. -R-
mrgsoft has released MESSfront Alpha 5! This is described by the author as: Very simple & incomplete frontend for MESS v0.36b6. But heck, it works! :) -P-
Some bad news... :( It seems Holmes Atari 8bit Games had their space pulled - for hosting 20 year old games that cannot even be bought anymore?! Huh? If anyone can possibly help him (Aaron) find space to get his wonderful resource back in shape, please visit and drop him a line. The Atari 800 was my favorite computer, and mine died years ago - emulation is the only way I can relive that system, and don't want that opportunity ripped away from others. -P-
Sunday, October 17th 1999 - Last updated @ 20:38 EST
I see that MAME World has an update regarding MAME Lang, a cool MAME project which allows MAME to easily be translated to other languages! Anyone interested in contributing to this project should contact the author, and definitely visit the MAME Lang homepage. -P-
RomCenter 1.70 was released! This is a ROM management utility for MAME - lots of new audit options and other features were added. Homepage. (Thanks GeoShock) -P-
Sys2064 has posted their latest fixfile for MAME 0.36 beta 7! It's easier than downloading entire sets again. :) -P-
Opi told me about: this site for French language SNES stuff & this site for collectors of German language SNES stuff. -P-
Roar! The Videogame Museum has added a SCANNED COVERS section, & currently have a nice selection of Genesis and Dreamcast covers. They also appreciate any help in obtaining more scans for the collection. -P-
Rigamortis.com is a very cool new site making new ROM management utilities like HebeGB (Gameboy) & are working on others as well! The screenshots look great - these aren't your ordinary utilities me thinks. -P-
Genesis Power has released Romance Of The Three Kingdoms 4 (1) by KOEI, which was dumped by Kazz. This is probably the rarest 32x game produced, and it was only released in Japan. Thanks to Snorter for the news.
Pete Bernert has updated his TNT/OpenGL plugin for use with PSEmu Pro, this release is MUCH faster than the old one. The speed gain is anything between 1-20 FPS !! You can download version 1.23 by clicking here.
The web page for ThePI has been updated with lots of news. -R-
I received several emails from people living near or in LA, and thankfully the earthquake caused minimal damage! Here's what Richard Ragon from HanaHo Games had to say: It was a 7.0 EarthQuake here in LA! Fortunately, it was out half way in-between Vegas and LA (Where we are at HanaHo Games). I personally find it amazing how places like Turkey can have a 5.0 quake and it levels half the country, and we can have a 7.0 quake and not have a single fatality and minimal damage! GreyBrain of E-Manual also wrote, reporting that The quake was (last time I checked) 7.1, only two points below the quake in turkey, and only two points below a catastrophic severity level. There was some damage, however, Cali holds several records as far as earthquake disasters go, so we're pretty prepared around here and it shows. Last I heard almost no major damages and NO DEATHS. It wasn't a rattler, felt more like you were standing on a boat in choppy waves. We lost power here for about an hour. Reports said that the area near the transformer was seen lighting up like a christmas tree(and in fact we saw the flash from the arc through the window). The biggest damage so far being reported is a train that derailed about 10 miles northwest of the epicenter incidentally my grandfather lives almost on top of the fault, luckily he's ok as well) reports of minor injuries from the train but nothing serious. Fortunately, the cars which jumped the tracks stayed upright. -P-
MAME 0.36 Beta 7 released!!! The Namco System 2 stuff wasn't quite ready, but there are now 1794 ROM sets/games supported! Lots of M72 games were added by Nao (System16 & M72) himself! Click here to see all the additions/changes. You can also get the source code from the Official MAME site!(Thanks Iori17) -P-
SNK is working on a new Fatal Fury game, called Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves. It's unkown if it's a 2D or a 3D version, thanks to `yAsHiRo^ for the news.
Mike Stulir writes that "Back In Time has posted an EXCLUSIVE preview, with screen captures, of the new Arena Blast game, which will be the first completely original game to be published under the Atari name in several years. Arena Blast is based on the Unreal engine.
Granted, Arena Blast is not a "classic" game per se. However, it is the first completely new and original game to be released under the Atari name for quite some time, so I have decided to post a preview on it. Arena Blast is not your typical first person shooter, so I invite you to stop by the site and check it out."
Gridle has once again updated the MAME WIP page, thanks to PRoToCoL for the news.
Some awful news... :( Straight from Dave at Vintage Gaming: As of about 2:45am local time, we just had a very sizeable earthquake in the Los Angeles area. At the time of this posting, I'm not sure of the exact magnitude. Because the server, and myself are located in this region, you may notice downtime depending on what happens with aftershocks and such... Let's all hope and pray for the people in L.A., and that the effects are minimal. -P-
Someone was asking about Atari 8bit computers, and reminded me of this really great site: Holmes 8bit Atari Games! If you're into Atari 8bit computer emulation then this site is a MUST visit. -P-
Do you ever download anything? Ever? Then you *should* be using Getright, which was recently updated to version 4.1! Mac users should try Monica which does the same thing. -P- & -R-
Notice: After receiving some emails, I checked Vintage Gaming and it IS still Dave's site folks. But he's now got a news staff, and will focus on older games and systems. Even the message boards seem to be changing - they're not up at the moment, but you have to register to use them it seems. It also appears to be part of GameFan now. Anyway, I wish the new site the best, but am sad to see the old Dave's Classics is gone. :( Like many emulation fans, Dave's Classics was my first real home on the internet. Farewell old friend, hello new. -P-
Wow! Core Design, one of the best Amiga game houses, has decided to release some of their great classic games for free!!! Get them at Back to the Roots. Emulation is LEGAL! (Thanks EmuUnlim) -P-
Friday, October 15th 1999 - Last updated @ 23:41 EST
I reported about WinUAE 0.8.8R8 (awesome Amiga emu) being released the other day, and now I've uploaded it locally for our visitors to download! Homepage. -P-
Genesis Power have released Motocross Championship (JU) for the 32x! They're just now adding it, so it should be up in a few minutes. :) (Thanks as always to Snorter) -P-
Amiga fans may enjoy a visit to The Toxic Dump! Lotsa yummy stuff in his arcade section as well. ;) And it happens to be run by ToxicCreep, a guy who ranks pretty high in my book. -P-
I'm getting lots of email about midgets, Zophar & Bloodlust... And I have absolutely no idea what it's all about, but it's pretty darn weird! =) -P-
Opi has kindly given me some release news about some NES and SNES games: Madoka released Pachislo Story (FX chip)& SatView Chrono Trigger Character Library. NES fans should stop by Vertigo 2099. -P-
The Higher Power of EmuChrist emailed me about a (supposed) new virus in the form of a Budweiser Beer screen saver called BUDDYLST.ZIP... *UPDATE* I recieved this URL from UncleVom about this supposed virus. Apparently it's a hoax, so no worries. :) If you get email about such a virus, pass that URL on to the sender. -P-
The NeoGeo CD Emulator page was updated with some news... It seems there may be a new release soon! (Thanks sfx11) -P-
Cicca wrote me with some cool new MAME Action Replay Page (MARP) information! Yesterday started my collaboration with MARP, I'm maintaining a Statistic Section about regular MARP and expecially the Tournaments. It can be reached from http://marp.retrogames.com, and clicking the "Stats" link on the banner frame. :) -P-
The CPS Patch Center has released Street Fighter Alpha (CPS-2) playable patch for Callus Version 1.1a! Now includes an alternate installer. This is also probably the final version of this patch. -P-
CPS2 Shockreleased the $00 encrypted data tables. This data is non program code and its about the best data anyone can have to feed into a cryptography programs. I'm not sure exactly what this means, but it sounds pretty cool! =P (Thanks Razoola) -P-
Apollo69's page is back up now! It seems to be concentrating on technical information on the NeoGeo. (Thanks Gibster) -P-
Just a note: I've been receiving a LOT of email lately. To anyone who did not receive a response, my apologies - I simply cannot keep up with all of it at times, and try to concentrate on emulation news. To those kind souls who've sent me words of support and various tips, you ARE appreciated. Thanks. -P-
Does anyone know what Zophar means with the "Believe" thingie ? The URL is pretty weird too :)
The State of Alaska was for sale yesterday (only $3 !!) but noone bought it. I wonder why =) Thanks to Seryas for the link.
With Ash poking his head up next year on different consoles, I thought it might be entertaining to mention that Scifi.IGN.com has information about the Army of Darkness DVD Limited Edition. Among the new items included on this 2 disc set are an alternate beginning and an alternate ending.-w
This morning I received a new beta of The Impact; sound was redone and it had gotten a MASSIVE speed-up! Now, I check iVilDeD's Site and I see that the author is planning netplay for this excellent emulator! Hopefully, you'll all have a go at it soon.
Razoola has updated the CPS2Shock Site with the following:It's 1AM and I've found over 160 bytes of blank data ($00) in sequential order that is encrypted in the CPS-2 version of Street Fighter Zero / Alpha. I haven't had time to look at it properly yet, but I have confirmed that it's there. This could shed some real light on the encryption routines and could easily show patterns. This is not program code. More info shortly. Thanks to Gazoo for the news.
Daymond W. send me this link, the listed joystick looks cool, should make console gaming a tad more fun ;)
Videogamefans is reporting that, "sources at Midway have spilled the beans that a version of Gauntlet Legends is in development for the Dreamcast thus shifting the game's status from strong rumor to about-to-be-confirmed-for-sure rumor. No doubt it will look real nice and let's not forget about those four controller ports and possibilities for internet play!". Very good news indeed, thanks to Glenn for the news.
Here's a very cool site: the Arcade Cabinet Preservation Society, or A.C.P.S. for short. Basically they're trying to create a complete archive of images and statistical information about every arcade cabinet ever made! Tons of great stuff there already - take a look, and feel free to help complete the collection. -P-
While perusing HanoHo's homepage, I noticed they've released a new arcade game with Capcom called Mallet Madness! Forget about light guns - this game actually lets you SMASH the screen with a big funky looking hammer! :P Let's just hope New York doesn't ban it if some kid bangs up his school with his Dad's toolbox... -P-
Just noticed that Brian Lewis added a message board to his terrific PC2JAMMA site! Should be a great place to discuss ArcadeOS & arcade related hardware issues. And be sure to download the latest version of Brian's ArcadeOS 2.31 (DOS emu frontend) while there - it's very cool, no Windows required. ;-) -P-
Thursday, October 14th 1999 - Last updated @ 21:32 EST
GuruChoc has updated again! =) More ROMs and some cool news as usual. -P-
The Higher Power of Emuchrist told me about some new Melissa type viruses going around - read about it here. -P-
Speaking of MESS, check out Oliver's site (in German) for tons of correct CRC BIOS images needed for this awesome multi-system emulator. -P-
CPS2 Shock is on a roll! Razoola informs me that they've now discovered some encryption related patterns - emu devs might want to take a look! -P-
The superb Amiga emulator, WinUAE is now updated to version 0.88R8 - get it here for now. (Thanks Cheriel Hendriks) -P-
The CPS Patch Center has fixed their link to the Pang 3 Callus patch - so you can get it now. :) -P-
Apologies to mrg of mrgsoft - it seems that MESSfront A4 was actually a hacked version of his old MESS frontend. It DOES work well enough, but is not quite complete. Thanks to both Geoff Trowbridge and mrg for clarifying the credits. -P-
So now you know about the ArcadePC! Well, you can also expect a complete Retrogames ArcadePC review soon, because I'm getting one!!! =) Judging from the incredible popularity of the HotRod, I'm expecting great things from this little cabinet, and I'll share my experiences with all of you! -P-
Yes, ladies and gentlepeople, we have hit the big 8,000,000 -- and we couldn't have done it without your support. Visitor 8,000,000 was Eric "Pedro" Purcell, you'll be contacted tomorrow about your prize.
Beta 3 of CB64 (C64 emu) for WIN32 has been released, you can download it here.
Hanaho have released "the Ultimate Game Cabinet": The ArcadePC mini Cabinet! It looks ABSOLUTELY gorgeous and it isn't TOO expensive either, considering what you're getting. You can read the full press release here, thanks to Hanaho and JoseQ for the news.
Leo Postma has translated the official MAME FAQ into DUTCH! You can read the Dutch version, by going to Leo's homepage: The unofficial Dutch MAME Page. Dus, als je die FAQ eens in het Nederlands wilt lezen, of als je de Engelse versie niet helemaal snapt, is dit de uitgelezen kans :)
JoseQ has revealed WHICH Capcom games will be on the CD that will ship with the HotRod stick: Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, Section Z, Varth, Block Block, UN Squadron, Side Arms, Commando, Mercs, Exed Eyes, Strider, Son Son, Ghouls'n'Ghosts, 1941 and Magic Sword. That's a lot of CPS1 games :) You can read more about this in the updated FAQ that JoseQ has posted about the HotRod joystick.
JoseQ has posted another Rumor Mill, it's pretty lenghty so you should be busy for a minute or 2 ;) JoseQ has also added a new feature to his site; "slashdot-esque" replies are now possible to news posts. Will we incorporate it too ? Only time will tell :)
The CPS Patch Center has released a patch to play Pang 3 in Callus! Expect a site redesign soon to celebrate 3 months online! -P-
Yay! Here's MESSfront A4 by Geoff Trowbridge! As you may have guessed, it's a frontend for MESS. :) Obtained from Spike's Big Page (TONS of cool Vectrex stuff there!). Here's the MESS 36b6 binary if you need it. (Thanks Supafly & Jim) -P-
Stella for the Mac has also been updated. The new version fixes a few control problems. -R-
MacBochs, an open source PC emulator for the Macintosh, has been updated to 991012. The new version can now emulate a Pentium class PC - and it includes assorted bug fixes too. -R-
Snes9x for Mac has been updated to version 1.2.6a! Directly from the home page: This version fixes crashing problems under older versions of the Mac OS, and adds some cool features like a framerate counter. Unfortunately, Super Mario Kart isn't working properly in this version. -R-
CPS2 Shock has just posted some new findings regarding CPS2 encryption!!! Keep up the great work guys! (Thanks Razoola) -P-
bwb told me about some screenshots of a current development build of TRWinGL release (N64 emu) - see them here at EmuHQ. -P-
Spectrum fans should check out R80 v.0.20! R80 emulates the Spectrum 16k, 48k, 128k, +2 ,+2A, Pentagon 128 and Scorpion 256. (Thanks Lc) -P-
Unlike Gridle, I hate command lines. ;) So if anyone out there is working on frontends for the new MESS, please let me know! I'm sure other users would love one as well. MESS@Home anyone? (Err... that's my room... =) -P-
Wednesday, October 13th 1999 - Last updated @ 23:07 EST
All Sega Master System fans ought to know about SMS Power, however you can now find their releases mirrored at Emuviews as well! -P-
I noticed that MAME World has added new MAME CD covers and an archive of game music! -P-
Genesis Power have released World Series Baseball for the 32x, this rom was dumped by Kazz. Kazz also sent along a nice surprise which will be released soon. Thanks to Snorter for the news.
The Linux binary of DAPHNE (Dragon's Lair/Space Ace emu) is now available at the DAPHNE Site. Thanks to Till of SYS2064 for the news
Bill Gates will be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman of the BBC. The interview will be televised this Sunday on BBC2 (at 8 PM UK time) and you can mail questions firstname.lastname@example.org. I just hope someone digitises it :)
Tuesday, October 12th 1999 - Last updated @ 23:17 EST
DAPHNE was released earlier today, it's a Dragon's Lair/Space Ace emulator for WINDOWS, I have no idea if it works or not, because I don't have a LaserDisc player :) Thanks to MickoZ and [D]J for the news.
Boukichi has released another GB emulator, this time it's called REW. I have no idea what the reasons are for this emulator, but I guess we can't complain (DBOY was another GB emu by Boukichi), it could very well be some sort of edited DBOY :) Anyway, if someone could translate the page (in Japanese) for us, we'd be happy! Thanks to KOSH for the news. *UPDATE* - it's a WINDOWS gameboy emu =)
The new, yet unnamed, author of Sunset (N64 emu) has written a status update about Sunset. Looks like it's gonna be a long wait ;)
Monday, October 11th 1999 - Last updated @ 17:49 EST
Here's the MESS 0.36 Beta 6 binary!!! I'm really impressed with this emulator - give it a try! Remember that some drivers are still very early, but the progress and direction this project has taken is just awesome! Just my 2 cents. =) -P-
Shattered Soul has made a sad announcement about the Sega 32x emulator he was working on ....
After a hiatus of over a year, MESS has finally been updated - to v0.36b6! Only the DOS version and the source code is currently available, but the other versions will no doubt follow soon. It now supports Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari 800, Commodore Amiga (NTSC), Amstrad CPC 6128, Apple II (6 varieties), Bally Astrocade, EACA Colour Genie 2000, Color Computer, Colecovision, Dragon 32, Enterprise 128K, Sega Game Gear, Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Kaypro 2x, KC Compact, Nintendo Entertainment System, IBM PC/XT, PC Engine, PDP1 (SpaceWar!), Sega Master System, ZX Spectrum 48K, TI99/4A Home Computer, TRS-80 Model 1, Vectrex. -R-
Yahoo News has a blurb featuring an Intel scientist who admits that transistor scaling has reached a major wall. The next generation of silicon CPUs will be the last to feature large improvements unless a scientific breakthrough can offer a method to bypass silicon's corporeal limits. Sounds as if silicon based CPU's are obsolescent. -w
Genesis Power has released WWF WrestleMania 32x (F), also, if you have some old Sega machines (console/copiers/accesory/etc) and you don't want it anymore, feel free to send it their way ;) Thanks to Snorter for the mail.
Our new messageboards are up, I'll see if I can try to get those boards by Matt fixed somehow, because apparently many of you want the old ones. But if it isn't secure, we will not be using it.
Hello GB (gameboy emu for win32) is being resurrected as we speak :) I have no idea what the Japanese update explains though, since my copy of Translingo expired.
3 cups of coffee later and I'm still feeling tired ....
Sunday, October 10th 1999 - Last updated @ 20:00 EST
Just a note: I'm (Prophet) taking off now for the night. The apparent demise of our message boards is very depressing, and the past two weeks warrant an evening away from this place for me. If there's a major emu release later tonight (which I doubt), my apologies in advance for not posting it. -P-
Check the Corn homepage for the updated Corn 0.01A which now supports AMD processors! (Thanks bwb & Ulf) -P-
Jnes 0.26 released! This cool NES emulator for WIN9x has just received another update, fixing a things here and there. For more info, please check the JNES Site, thanks to Rellingers for the nes.
By the way things are going, we'll be changing to the WWWTHREADS boards fairly soon. I'm sorry if this causes any inconvenience.
The FAQ over at Genesis Power has been updated and so has the 32x Info page (formerly known as 32x Needed).
A new version of ZD-SPC (version 1.92) is available for download. ZD-SPC is the official SPC (SNES music format) player for Zophar's Domain :) Thanks to Nitro and Zophar for the news.
Deakin Scott has made another MP3 remix, this time it's a remix of Hebereke's Popoon on the Super Nintendo. It's very fast, & you'll also notice a bit of "Streets of Rage 2" at the beginning taken for the Genesis game. Click here to download this tune.
Saturday, October 9th 1999 - Last updated @ 23:49 EST
Bomb told me about a free Dreamcast competition at Emugaming.com! Sure wish I had a Dreamcast... -P-
MAME World has announced the arrival of MAME Classic 0.36.7! This MAME frontend now has an installer, some bug fixes and more. -P-
As I mentioned *YESTERDAY*, EmuChrist is mirroring ROMs for the upcoming MAME beta, and have recently added more to their list. -P-
Notice: our MAME message board just literally disappeared! I was posting a reply to someone, when suddenly the enire board was GONE. Having checked the server, I can confirm that the board's html is indeed blank. It is now 4:30 AM where Atila lives. This is the first time I've actually seen the scripts go bonkers and delete a board with my own eyes, so before the accusations and inuendo begins - know the facts. *UPDATE* Now all the boards have vanished. It's late, I have no idea what happened to them and hopefully they'll be restored tomorrow. :( -P-
Basilisk II 0.7-2 released. Basilisk II is a free, portable, Open Source 68k Mac emulator. It requires a copy of a Mac ROM and a copy of MacOS to run. Basilisk II is freeware and distributed under the GNU General Public License. Changes: Improvements on the SheepNet driver, automated detection of mounted HFS volumes, and DGA screenmode improvements. -C-
The Official Raine site has posted screenshots from Exzisus, a nice looking Taito shooter from 1987! (Thanks PRoToCoL) -P-
This Japanese site called NeoShock posted some screenshots of the rare shooter Iron Clad/Brikin'Ger! Has it actually been dumped?! At the bottom of the page you'll see shots from NeoRAGEx's Shots Factory! (Thanks GeoShock) -P-
CPS2 Shock has been updated with some very well-explained encryption information by Razoola! Also, D-Zine has welcomed all comers to help with this project - if you have the skills, go for it! -P-
ContraSF released Corn 0.01! Corn is a fast N64 emulator. Lots of bugfixes this version. Homepage. (Thanks bwb & Ulf) -P-
Slashdot posted a story about building an 1100mhz computer on a budget. AboutLinux has the complete project details. Something so simple, even Atila could handle building it. I wonder how many frames the mame midway drivers will get running under this monster.-w
It seems Morris the cat has one less life after a team of US scientists got through wiring a kitty's brain to a computer. Don't worry the cat is resting and his other eight lives appear to be functioning. Visit The BBC News for specifics. -w
Evil Dead: Ashes 2 Ashes is coming to the PC and PSX next year. Hail to the new millennium baby! Dig up the inside scoop over on Adrenaline Vault. -w
Mike Stulir has updated his preview of Space Invaders for the PSX, since he received a copy of the retail version, he writes that "there have been many modifications with the in-game sounds/music, and support of 3D cards. If you read my original preview, it might make sense to look at the full review of the final product to see what has changed." You can do so by clicking here :)
Gaijin Productions has released a complete english translation patch for the SNES game, Super Bonk 2! I'm a big Bonk fan. :) Thanks to Zophar's Domain for the news. -P-
Dith has released more hi-quality sample sets for MAME, including Congo Bongo, Depth Charge, Q*Bert & Space Panic! -P-
GeoShock is not dead afterall! Haze updated since our last post here, you can read it for yourself. GeoShock is here to stay! ;-) -P-
The Official Raine site has posted screenshots from Ghox, a really fun Arkanoid style game! I can tell you that unlike Arkanoid, Ghox let's the player move the paddle not only sideways, but anyways! Go, go Raine team! -P-
Friday, October 8th 1999 - Last updated @ 23:14 EST
GeoShock seems to be dead, replaced with a brutal IRC log. Haze does NOT deserve the harassment he's getting from some useless lowlives, and this IRC log is a good example of what causes emu programmers, dumpers and siteops to close down and quit. Haze is/was one of the truly good people in emulation - he helped many people, contributed to programming projects (Emu+ etc.) and is a decent, friendly, respectful person. If this truly marks the end of GeoShock, and Haze leaves the scene - we at Retrogames will miss you. :( -P-
Guru-Choc's Arcade Heaven has hit the big 2,000,000! Congrats to Guru-Choc :) Guru-Choc is the one who initially got me hooked up with space and a server, you rock!!
If you're bored (like me right now ;) you might wanna try musicvideos.com and watch some streamed musicvideos. Both new ones and old ones :) You will have to register (it's free though) to watch those videos. If you have a fast connect, you should check out the 300kbps versions of the videos!
JoseQ has posted another Rumor Mill, what this about giving away an arcade cabinet ?!
Amiga Memory has released 2 new games, Jumping Jack'son and Lethal Weapon :)
In happier news, Arcade ROM Heaven is no longer black, and Guru-Choc has posted a heartfelt explanation. There's some nice MAME news there as well, and he still needs volunteers for his gift fundraising project, to be awarded to his 2 millionth visitor! -P-
Martin from Emulation64 has quit, at least for a while. :( Hundreds of ROM demands can get to you after a while. -P-
Thursday, October 7th 1999 - Last updated @ 08:43 EST
Come Back 64 is a freeware Commodore 64 emulator available for DOS, Windows, Windows CE port, Java and UNIX/Linux. It can be downloaded in source and binary form. The games ACE2 and Leader Board are included with the binaries. -C-
Mike Stulir has once again gotten his hands on a nice preview copy, this time it's SPACE INVADERS for the PSX: Yet another classic videogame lives again. Activision has recently released a modern version of the Taito classic coin-op game "Space Invaders". To look at my review, be sure to click on the "Space Invaders" link on the Back In Time web site. He also writes that you should "look for a preview of Q*Bert in the next few days. Q*Bert is another classic coin-op game that is getting a modern facelift. The game is currently in "alpha" stage, but my spies have provided me with a copy of what has been completed so far. Q*Bert will be published under the Atari Interactive label by Hasbro Interactive."
Seems I posted some news that was already posted yesterday (clrmame prob4) :) That's what you get when you have one of the most actively updated sites on the net (and the main dude in charge doesn't read the updates correctly :) Word to the staff !
Wednesday, October 6th 1999 - Last updated @ 22:56 EST
Josh of Nintendo Domain is working hard to build a complete collection of box art, cart art & instruction book scans, and
screenshots for ALL NES games! He's up to 150+ so far, and welcomes any help in aquiring more. -P-
Animaniacs (JU) for the Genesis was released at Genesis Power. According to Snorter, the commonly available dump on the net is a JUE with a bad checksum. -P-
Roman Scherzer has released ClrMAME Pro Beta 4!!! This superb MAME ROM management utility can be found here at MAME World or here at the original homepage. Many new features, fixes and updates - and don't forget that the binary & documentation files are renamed and old fastscan files will no longer valid. -P-
Well, that's one way of making sure they don't get lost :)
AMAME 0.36 beta 6 has been released @ MAMEWORLD. This release has Grip support (thanks to Robert J. Ragno) and has hopefully fixed Sidewinder support. AMAME is a compile for PII and AMD CPUs.
CKMAME, the command line MAME romset checker for zipped files, running in DOS or Unix, has been updated to version 0.4.1. Get it from its homepage at MAMEWorld.
I just saw that Zophar's Domain has served over 5,000,000 as of today :) Congrats to one of the most complete emulation pages out there!
Apparently, not only the classic version of Donkey Kong is playable in Donkey Kong 64, but also the original version of Jet Pac, that addictive game for the Speccy! Thanks to Glenn and ninge for the news
Someone is selling a human brain @ eBay ?! Thanks to Seryas for the link. update eBay has removed the auction for this "item".
Tuesday, October 5th 1999 - Last updated @ 22:48 EST
Arcade ROM Heaven posted some interesting things recently. First off, Crazy Climber 2! :) Next was the news that MAMEdev needs a Nintendo Vs. board to examine - help if you can. Finally, he broke some VERY interesting news regarding the game people seem to either love or hate... You'll see what I mean. -P-
Gridle updated MAME WIP again!!! Can you say Crazy Climber 2? =) -P-
Mek has put a VERY nice site over at Zophar's: http://gamepics.zophar.net. It has huge amounts of pics from lotsa games for lotsa systems. Worth a check :)
BouKichi has released version 0.53 of his Gameboy emulator, DBOY. He has also uploaded every single DBOY release he ever made, so if you're feeling a tad nostalgic (or want to see the progress he made) be sure to check them out :) Thanks to Kosh for the news.
Zoop has posted a pic of a 32X emulator called AGES, the screenshot is from last APRIL and is infact real. Developement has halted since then, because there weren't any 32X BIOS roms available. Zoop is also looking for help in acquiring a prototype Sega Master System. Before you all start bidding on it, please contact Zoop and see if you can "join forces" on the bid.
Monday, October 4th 1999 - Last updated @ 23:23 EST
Saint's Arcade Controls site posted some great info about using rotary joysticks (Ikari Warriors etc.) with PC's! Some of you will want to read this. -P-
Some loser seems to be selling MAME with Pacman for $25. I'm NOT posting the URL, but it's been reported to Nicola (Good work red nose). Shame on anyone trying to profit from MAME team's hard work. I hope this guy goes out of business FAST. If anyone discovers similar schemes, please let MAME team know about it - their e-mail's are in the readme.txt with MAME. -P-
The CPS Patch Center has released version 1.1 of their Street Fighter Alpha CPS2 Callus patch! Faster and lots of fixes! -P-
MAME Testers has released their latest mameinfo.dat file! This is a great little file that displays known bugs by choosing history in the MAME tab menu. 270 games listed so far. Thanks to some very odd person with green hair and way too much makeup. -P-
Cicca kindly mailed about the exciting things going on at Zwaxy's MAME Action Replay Page (MARP)! Their 1st 3 month Tournament just ended - Congratulations to the 2 winners (a 1st place tie at 366 points between BeeJay and JoustGod), followed by Brian McLean (362), Cicca (341) and Q.T.Quazar (335)!
Anyone can join the MARP competitions - all you need is MAME and some skill. :) Voting for the games to be featured in the upcoming (November 1st) MARP Tournament is going on NOW! So join up, vote or even just download some replays to watch. :) -P-
TheGuru made a small mistake when he updated his Arcade Art site yesterday, so you'll need to download a small pack and rename a few pics. Want to know what should be changed/added ? Easy, just go to the Arcade Art Site :) Thanks to TheGuru and PRoToCoL for the heads-up.
The MAME & RAINE Flyers Site has been updated, pack #12 adds 26 new flyers to the archive and replaces 8 ones. The total number of images in the archive is now 867. You can use these flyers with MAME & RAINE.
Xray1 pointed me towards the NeoGeo Shock-Zone, a nice site dedicated to NeoGeo, but this one has an added bonus; it has scanned NeoGeo game manuals online!
Looks like someone is finally starting a Sega 32x emulator :) I have no idea if it's real or not and if/when it will be released, but it looks real enough ? Thanks to Kilrathi for the news.
MGX 0.13 has been released and it looks like this version adds .zip rom support :) MGX is a gamegear & SC-1000 emulator, thanks to Kosh for the news.
I was browsing and came across this site called VIDEOSEEKER, and I was amazed when I saw it had some streamed Saturday Night Live clips! Then I noticed that they had the clip of Eddie Murphy as "Buh-weet" online, if you havent seen Eddie Murphy as "Buh-weet" (1981), you are missing out! There's also a clip of Eddie Murphy as Jesse Jackson, who's trying to apologize for his "HymieTown" (1983) comment. Both these clips are also on the Eddie Murphy "Saturday Night Live" video, too bad mine is kaputt.
True Reality 1.23beta for Windows has been released! This N64 emulator has had a major update, the list of new things is pretty big, for once, try reading the README.TXT :) For more information on this N64 emulator, check the TRWIN Site. Thanks to Zach for the news.
MacSloMo, the slow arcade emulator for Macintosh written entirely in BASIC, has been taken over by Derek Smith from the original developer, TJ Grant. In Derek's own words: "Flog the dead horse....bad horse! bad!". He has released an update to v0.66 accordingly. -R-
I made a small mistake when reporting about Kiwi's Spielspass: it's not his site, he "merely" did the CGI scripting :) PLEASE stop mailing the people at Spielspass about the Game Genie neogeo bios!
Cripes! I can't keep up with MAME World! Now they have MFE, another shiny new frontend, as well as other good stuff. KC, Roc & Zan - stop updating damnit!!! =P -P-
Sunday, October 3rd 1999 - Last updated @ 23:48 EST
Genesis Power released NBA All-Star Challenge (U) for the Genesis, NOT 32x! Unlike most of the dumps available on the net, this one has a good checksum. Now that all 32x dumps are nearly done, they will concentrate on Genesis redumps. -P-
Ramze told me about Hong Kong Toys, a pretty cool international retailer with all sorts of cool, very unofficial devices for gamers! One device called Multi-Emulator Z claims to play numerous types of ROMs on a PSX. -P-
MAME WIP was updated with some new text - some interesting Namco System 2 progress! -P-
ChipTune is a cool little site featuring lotsa music in .mod,.sid and other formats! (Thanks Rez) -P-
ZeoGrad has released a new version of this lovely PCE/TG16 emulator HU-GO, you can download the new version here. Thanks to sfx11 for the news, I overlooked your mail yesterday :) (* It's also online here - scroll down a bit! -P- :)
TheGuru has updated his Arcade Art site, here's what's new: Here's a MASSIVE update, almost 8 meg of new cabs added. There's 168 new pics. Some have been replaced, and some renamed to a clone because a better "main pic" has been found so the total is now 1006 cabs ! Don't think, just download it :-) So, what are you waiting for, start downloading! Thanks to TheGuru and PRoToCoL for the news
Saturday, October 2nd 1999 - Last updated @ 21:30 EST
MAMEWorld is now mirroring CKMAME, a DOS ROM checking utility! -P-
Apprentice has interviewed Fx3, author of RockNES! Just one of many interviews and such in EmuUnlim's E-mail Wars series. -P-
Want to play Spectrum & Sega Master System games on your Playstation? Then check out this site! (Thanks again Emulatronia) -P-
I'm working on getting the Mac & Windows version of MAME 0.36 beta 6 online for our visitors... My 56k connection is slow, so give me some time... -P-
MAMEClassic (windows frontend) has been updated to 0.36.6, and is available now from MAMEWorld! MAMEClassic is a 32-bit front-end for MAME which supports separate default settings for Raster and Vector games. -P-
USC, my alma mater, has developed a machine that can recognize speech better than humans can! This is the first step to building a real life Terminator robot! : ) I found this to be a fascinating read, it will no doubt completely change the way neural networks are built from now on. This may not be retrogames related, but I remember the neuro sciences building being built when I was attending school there, I'm glad to see something good finally coming out of USC for a change. -C-
Kiwi, known for his Game Genie NeoGeo Bios, has started his own news site. It covers console and emu news and is in German. If you want to check it out head on over to http://www.spielspass.com/
TuxNESVersion 0.72 was released yesterday. There is also a note by the author about the possibility of merging code with NEStra. -C-
CPS2Shock lives!!! =) Using their SuperHero-like programming skills, Haze, Razoola, D-zine, Malcolm, Phill and others are donning their capes & joining the team. Their goal: to crack the uncrackable CPS2 encryption, and set right the wrongs perpetrated by poor conversions and lost arcade titles. Good luck! (No, I'm not high, just overtired...=) -P-
The messageboards are down right now, hopefully it'll be fixed in a bit.
Here's 1964 0.30, the open source Nintendo64 emulator for Windows!!! This file contains 2 binaries, one has a new Dynamic Recompilation core (faster, but less compatible), while the other is interpreted. Check the homepage for more info and source sode. (Thanks EmuUnlim.) -P-
MGX 0.12FC was released!!! MGX is a Sega Master System/ Game Gear emu by BouKiChi, who also authored DBoy. (Thanks Dave's.) -P-
DBoy 0.52 released!!! Don't know what's new, but DBoy is a superb Gameboy emulator. Homepage. (Thanks Dave's for the news.) -P-
Almost forgot... EmuUnlim is now back with a cool new design!!! Go look for yourself. :) -P-
Emualliance told me about Jackal, a new and reportedly very fast Playstation emulator!!! It was coded by Expert & Floating Point. This is a late night update, so I haven't tried this emu yet myself. More details can be found at the Jackal homepage. -P-
RS' Place has posted new WIP shots of their KoF99 project. -P-
The CPS Patch Center has now released their CPS2 Street Fighter Alpha patch!!! This IS NOT CPS2 emulation - it's a patch allowing a combination of SFZCH and SFA ROMs to be played. The entire site has been revamped, and worth checking out. -P-
Friday, October 1st 1999 - Last updated @ 22:12 EST
Thanks to Namco's excellent MAME screenshot archive, I was able to survive an unfortunate mistake on my part regarding the delete key. :P (Thanks Gav & Evil Roy Slade for telling me about it.) -P-
Genesis Power released MetalHead (PAL) for the 32x dumped by NeoZeed! -P-
Robert J. Ragno's MAMEGrip has been updated to beta 6, and is available at the Downloads/Useful Files section of EmuAdvice! If you use a Sidewinder, GRiP or Exterminator etc., this is your binary! Thanks to some guy with a big red nose and really big shoes. -P-
GeoShock posted a good interview with Sebastian Hernandez (from CPS Patch Center) done by Emulation X! In related news, Haze has decided to attempt to decrypt the CPS2 68K encryption - Good Luck Haze! -P-
The CPS Patch Center has revealed the secret URL with more information regarding their SFA CPS2 patch! They also say it's nearly finished. -P-
Cosmic Carnage (A) (PAL) for the 32x dumped by NeoZeed was
released at Genesis Power! -P-
Just a quick correction regarding Craig Rothwell's BUNG contest entry - it's NOT Jumping Jack, but actually Project X! Good luck Craig! -P-