Virtue of Humility - Virtue of Humility has been updated to version 188.8.131.52 yesterday and it's a big update. Virtue of Humility is a rewrite of the classic RPG Ultima 4, but with some subtle differences, but playable like the one of old. Changes in this release can be viewed here
Final Burn Alpha 2.94 - Final Burn Advance has been updated today. Changes in this release are;
Added a driver for Cave games;
Added a driver for Rainbow Islands;
Added support for X-Arcade joystick;
Improved compatibility of the Direct3D blitter, and added new options;
re-added 3x macros for Street Fighter 2 style games;
Added 4-point interpolation to the ADPCM sound cores;
ArcadeWerx - Now that I live in a house and have room for a cab, I am thinking about buying an ArcadeWerx cab. Has anyone else out there bought one of these? If so, please post your experiences with the product here. I'd just like to know what others think before I spend $700.
MaxUAE 0.8.22 - MaxUAE is the Mac OS X version of UAE.
Dapple 1.22 - I guess you all know what dapple is by now. Changes:
1.22: Hooked the $1B interrupt, so that Ctrl-Break is effectively ignored except in the emulation itself. This time it works properly!
1.21: Ctrl-Break now resets, although when F10 is pressed, you see ^C. A cosmetic problem only; other than displaying ^C, nothing happens. (This could be very easy to solve, but I have to figure this out. It seems to be tied to the $1B interrupt; I hooked $23.)
Labyrinth of Worlds 0.4 - LoW is a rewrite of the first-person role-playing game Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds that came out in the early 1990s. One of the most celebrated game of its genre, this rewrite attempts to recapture the minutiae and spirit of the original. Changes: New gameplay features were added, including wearable items, an improved user interface, performance improvements, more complete conversation support (including being given items), working keys and locks, and numerous bugfixes and minor improvements.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! - I'd like to wish each and every one of you a happy new year and would like to thank you for your continuous support. Be careful with fireworks and make sure you don't drink and drive! [/daddymode off]
Make sure you enjoy yourself though and see ya next year!
Monday, December 30th 2002 - Last updated @ 22:18 EST
Dapple 1.20 - Dapple is an Apple ][ emulator, aiming to support a well-fitted Apple ][, ][+ or //e machine with 64K. It is (was) based on Marat Fayzullin's M6502 with 65C02 additions. Dapple ][ aims for a 128K //e.
Please e-mail Cowering if you have unrecognized ROMS you wish to get included in the next release (but READ THE DOCS FIRST)
BomberBastards 0.1.0 - Bomberbastards is a multiplayer bomberman clone for Linux with extended maps and lua scripting for AI players and custom game objects. SDL is used for the graphics. Changes: can be read here.
Hatari v.0.25 - Hatari is an Atari ST emulator for the two major platforms, Linux and MacOS X. Good for running old ST games! Changes: this version the support for big endian systems like PowerPC machines has been improved, especially the Spectrum 512 pictures are now working better there. Hatari now also compiles and runs on Mac OS X. Additionally the blitter chip is now beeing emulated, too, and there is also support for big VDI screen resolutions. And finally, you can now save YM and WAV sounds.
IRE 0.81 - IRE is a tile-based Computer Role-Playing Game engine based on Ultima 6, but with an emphasis on customisation. Everything is controlled using scripts. It runs on both BeOS and Linux platforms. Changes:
-Ability to start the game from a saved position instead of beginning a new game and then reloading
-Allogg support under Linux (Free-speech music playback)
-Savegame support has been rewritten and hopefully works more reliably
-A bunch of (esoteric) new features to the script
-Video mode selection in Windows finally looks as good as other platforms
-Room blanking fixes
-LHS support under Linux
-Lots of miscellaneous bugfixes
Neco 0.11 - Neco is a PC Engine emulator for Linux, and other SDL based platforms. Changes: There are now less crashes than before. Some ROMs work better (and unfortunately some ROMs worse). Graphics of some ROMS are more correct. User Interface changes.
Note: This post corrects the erroneous post below which stated only the Windows version was updated. Neco 0.11 will run on all platforms that run SDL.
openmsx 0.2.1 - openMSX is alpha software and currently only intended for developers. Changes include: Support YJK/YAE screen modes (screen 11 / 12), Scanline emulation in openGL renderer, Implemented frameskip, More accurate FDC emulation, More accurate timing, Better Turbo-R support, IDE emulation (experimental), Various other improvements.
XSIDPLAY 1.6.5pre20 - XSIDPLAY is a graphical front-end for libsidplay. Changes: The latest patch levels contain fixes for minor issues with configure-time detection of Qt 3 and libsidplay2 with pkg-config. Additionally, the layout of some dialogs has been adjusted or corrected, respectively, and a bug in the history feature has been fixed.
Atari 8-bit McDonalds - A prototype of an Atari 8-bit computer game based on McDonalds restaurants has been uncovered. Not only is the game actually playable but it's been dumped and made available to the public at Atari Age. More information, pictures and binaries can be found here.
Saturday, December 28th 2002 - Last updated @ 21:26 EST
SID Player Music Library V2 - Sidplay 2 is the second in the Sidplay series originally developed by Michael Schwendt. This version is written by Simon White and is cycle accurate for improved sound reproduction. Sidplay 2 is capable of playing all C64 mono and stereo file formats.
dapple - About three or four dapple releases have taken place the past couple of days.
Wine Tools 1.22 - Wine Tools is a Linux tool for Wine to setup a fake windows drive, install/uninstall Windows applications and edit the wine config file.
Friday, December 27th 2002 - Last updated @ 22:21 EST
Gorillas Advanced v1.0 - Gorillas Advanced is a remake of the old QBasic classic, Gorillas, for the GameBoy Advanced. You can download it and get more info about it at Ben Stark Games
OSXII v0.6b - OSXII, the AppleII emulator for Mac OSX has been updated to version 0.6b. This update includes a sound fix, write protect option, disk slowdown, more freeware, nulib2 binary.
SSH2 1.60 Released - SSH2 is the new name of the Gens SH-2 core which was released to the public today.
Thursday, December 26th 2002 - Last updated @ 19:27 EST
Project Tempest v0.4 - Project Tempest, the Atari Jaguar emulator has been udated to version 0.4. Changes are;
Neco v0.11 - Neco is a PC Engine emulator for Windows and BeOS. Only the Windows version has been updated at this time. Changes (From it's homepage
"Found some bugs from here and there. There are now less crashes than before. Some ROMs work better (and unfortunately some ROMs worse). Graphics of some ROMS are more correct. But I mainly worked on the interface.
You can now load a ROM by the interface (and not by the configuration file). Neco is skinable (just a few things are skinable for the moment). And finally, I added a menu from where you can load a rom, load a skin, switch to fullscreen mode, switch to gamescreen mode, run/pause a ROM, reset a ROM and show/hide a view."
Caprice32 v3.50 - Caprice32 is a 32-bit Amstrad CPC Emulator. Changes in this version are;
Rewrote all DirectX code to be more robust and error tolerant.
The CPC screen is no longer being painted with hardware stretch blits by default, which should prevent the extreme slow-downs some users experienced.
Caprice32 now goes to sleep when loosing focus or getting minimized: CPU usage drops to zero.
Emulation can now be switched between windowed and full-screen mode. Full-Screen mode is user defined in resolution and bit depth.
Switched to a different timing mechanism which keeps the emulator running closer to the original speed than before.
Fixed sound playback - pops and clicks during playback should now be a thing of the past.
Emulator Configuration is once again being stored in a file in the emulator directory and no longer in the Registry.
New screen rendering methods: scanlines, line doubling (software), and line doubling (hardware).
New speed selector in the Options dialog: the emulator speed can now be fixed at multiples of the original CPC speed.
Added the option of colour and green monitor.
Added error condition checks to zip, DSK and SNApshot routines.
Added a modified DSK check at emulator exit so user won't loose their work.
Implemented a completely new way to manage input: users can now map the CPC joysticks to any keyboard key or other connected control device, in any combination. See the updated documentation for more details.
Mouse cursor now auto-hides to be less obtrusive.
Support for French and Spanish keyboard layouts.
Some fixes to the Z80 OUT handler involving the GA colour palette and PPI Port C.
Added support for CDT tapes: still some work to be done here, as most SpeedLock protected games fail to load! Enjoy in moderation...
Added 48 and 96 kHz sound playback options - high frequency notes and "buzzing" tones sound _much_ better now!
Added a Frames Per Second display so users can judge how fast the emulation is actually running.
Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - Last updated @ 17:32 EST
MAME on your Telephone? - Peter's place is a web site that was slashdotted today, it has some nice ports of some emus for a phone. Check out a screenshot here.
Raine 0.37.1 - Raine 0.37.1 has been released and is really just a bugfix release. Changes can be viewed here. Thanks Firewave.
UltraHLE 2064 v1.0 - UltraHLE 2064 is a N64 emulator based upon UltraHLE 1.0.0 source code from Epsilon and RealityMan. The "whatsnew" for this release is absolutely huge and would take up most of the front page but you can view it here. Features of UltraHLE 2064 are;
UHLE Xengine video system (Glide/D3D/OGL support in one revolutionary plugin)
'Zilmar Spec' Plugin Support
UltraHLE gfx and sound core components converted into 'Zilmar Spec' compatible plugins (can be used with most current emus)
Save Chip Support (eeprom/flashram/mempack/sram)
Added some missing opcodes
Heaps of HLE (you don't need to know more)
Added better exceptions handling
LLE/HLE PIF emulation
Better graphics ucodes detection
Rom's now identified thru crc, not header (much better for individualising roms!)
Path Settings in gui
Added new and easy ini settings
Improved cheats support
Emulates both more unique titles and roms variants (regions and versions)
Spaces Problem Fixed (roms or folders with spaced caused severe lock up problem)
Guru - Some christmas presents have arrived at The Guru's. Thanks to Firewave for the news.
Monday, December 23rd 2002 - Last updated @ 20:47 EST
KiGB v1.11 - KiGB, a multi-platform Gameboy emulator has been updated again. Changes/updates are;
Adjusted the timing to read SCY, SCX, WY, WX and LCDC during scanline rendering. The flashing dashed line of Jeopardy disappeared. Also, the problem of missing one line near the top for Castelvania 2 (after a level was completed) was fixed.
[Linux] Statically linked. KiGB did not require any shared libraries.Bug fixes:
The left and right sound channels were swapped. Fixed.
Fixed a bug in generating sound waves. Noises disappeared in Bomb Jack, Mega Man V, Gensan 2 and others. The speech of Gensan 2 was now sounded perfectly.
Fixed a bug in the CPU timing of an opcode.
[Linux] Windowed mode instead of full screen mode was displayed when KiGB was started with a ROM in full screen mode. Fixed.
C.A.P.S., The Classic Amiga Preservation Society just has had its first release!
CAPS, has been working for two years to create the technology to preserve original Amiga games complete with copy protection. Now the fruit of this project is starting to become available. The first release Wizard Warz is possibly one of the rarest ever Amiga games, but now preserved for the future. More releases will follow in due course. The new WinUAE release includes support for C.A.P.S. disk images using a plugin that can be downloaded from the C.A.P.S. website.
Also on the site is a WIP update, explaining what has been happening in detail. No games are downloadable though, but are likely to become available from the "usual places".
Sunday, December 22nd 2002 - Last updated @ 23:23 EST
MAME WIP - Updated. Gotta love those games from the 80s!
WinUAE Update - WinUAE is the Windows port of the UAE Amiga emulator. Changes/Updates in this version are;
Changing joystick options in ports-tab caused joystick to not respond in some cases
Bad performance on laptops with power saving enabled
Mouse handling updates
RDB SmartFileSystem 1.58 (and older?) crash fixed
More filesystem bug fixes
uaescsi.device reset crash on Win9x
Some games had problems detecting slow ram (for example Lotus 3), fixed
MIDI SYSEX buffer overflows fixed
Sound timing always defaulted back to PAL when WinUAE lost or gained focus, fixed
Slow Day - It seems that all of the emulator developers are out doing last minute Christmas shopping as today seems to be a very slow day in the emulation community.
Saturday, December 21st 2002 - Last updated @ 23:40 EST
Linux Gaming - LinuxGaming is a great new web site to get news on games for Linux. Check it out!
Mame32 Plus! Update - Mame32 Plus! has been updated to version 0.62.4 today. Changes in this version are;
Fixed the position of vertical games (full screen mode
Fixed the crash bug in the new SaI modes added in 0.61.2
Fixed transparent in-game menu display bug in Vector games.
Updated Japanese / Chinese game list to 0.62
Fixed errors with GCC 3.2: src/palette.c, src/ui/dxdecode.c
(original post by Griking, html fixed by me)
Tas' Link of the Day - Here is the link of the day courtesy of TAS_2012. Update:Bitstorm has provided a mirror here.
dapple m65c02 1.4 - The dapple guys have released a modified version of Marat's M6502 emulator to support the M65C02 instructions. Release notes can be read here.
Bochs 2.0 - Bochs is a portable x86 PC emulation software package that emulates enough of the x86 CPU, related AT hardware, and BIOS to run Windows, Linux, *BSD, Minix, and other OS's, all on your workstation.
- 2x emulation speedup!!!
- added plugin devices and guis. Now you can compile with many more options, and choose between them at runtime.
- added emulation of AMD x86-64, MMX, SSE, SSE2 instructions
- add wxWindows port (a graphical configuration interface and display lib) and SVGAlib port (full screen display for Linux without X11)
- improvements in many I/O devices: for example up to 8 hard disks/cdroms, TUN/TAP network interface, 360k floppies,
- improved MacOSX/Carbon interface and updated MacOS9 port
- GDB remote stub, allows symbolic debugging with Bochs simulation.
- support for up to 32gig hard disk images
Wine 20021219 - Wine Is Not an Emulator. It is an alternative implementation of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs. Changes: DLL linking is now done through import libraries. There are a couple of new tools to make Winelib easier to use, many Direct3D improvements, improved Windows compatibility of the regression tests, and lots of bugfixes.
dapple - dapple has released two new updates today (one is experimental.)
DAPHNE v0.99.6pre1 - Daphne is a program that lets one play the original versions of many laserdisc arcade games on one's PC. Changes: This pre-release is only available for testing on Gnu/Linux based systems. Thanks to TAS_2012 for the news.
Friday, December 20th 2002 - Last updated @ 20:52 EST
Tom Atom - Tom Atom is a new freeware Gameboy Color game created by developers Small Blue Cube. The game is an Action/RGP with "six different weapons, tons of enemies including bosses, great graphics, dialogs with other characters and good time playing the game." Give it a try with your favorite GBC emulator.
AdvanceMenu 2.2.2 - AdvanceMENU is a GNU/Linux, DOS and Windows frontend for AdvanceMAME, MAME, MESS, RAINE and any other emulator. Changes:
* Fixed the MNG playing in 32 bits modes. This is potentially a crash bug fix.
* The bitmap scaler now uses the same algo of the MNG player.
* The game index is now saved when the sort order is changed or when the game position changes because you play it.
* Added a new raw keyboard driver for Linux [Kari Hautio].
* Fixed some issues in the ./configure scripts.
* Removed the blinking cursor in the Linux `fb' video driver [Kari Hautio].
* Removed the option `video_depth'.
* Upgraded at the SVGALIB 1.9.17 library.
* Removed the support for the 8 bit palette mode.
* The `color' option now support a true color specification with the format RRGGBB in hex values.
AdvanceMAME 0.62.2/AdvanceMESS 0.62.0 - AdvanceMAME is a port of the MAME, MESS and PacMAME emulators for Arcade Monitors and TVs but also for normal PC Monitors. Changes:
* Added a new raw keyboard driver for Linux [Kari Hautio].
* Changed the yield behaviour on high system load. Now the yield operation is done before the syncronization point. It should reduce the effective system load.
* Fixed some issues in the ./configure scripts.
* Removed the blinking cursor in the Linux `fb' video driver [Kari Hautio].
* Added support for YUV overlay in the SDL driver with a new zoom mode. With this driver the image is zoomed by the video board. Check the new `device_video_mode' option.
* Upgraded at the SVGALIB 1.9.17 library.
* Fixed a bug on exit with a multiprocessor system.
* Added a new `sound_mode' option which replaces the old `sound_stereo'. It also support a (fake) `surround' effect.
* The `advcfg' utility now uses the user and system list of modelines if the device_video_p/h/vclock option is present.
dapple - I just created a program that automatically adds dapple updates once per day. ;-)
NES Emulation Update - Thanks to JAW for the following NES news:
Fixed PPU pattern writes (not allowed for games with CHR ROM, whoops);
Fixed mapper #15 (100-in-1 Contra works);
Fixed mapper #44 (Super 7-in-1);
Fixed mapper #227 (1200-in-1, wrong 32k selection);
Fixed mapper #229 (31-in-1);
Fixed mapper #234 (Maxi 15, graphics are ok);
Proper mapper #90 state loading;
Changed cpu dumping file from nes6502.dmp to nes6502.log;
Made a lot of internal changes and optimized the loading/reset procedures;
Major cleanups and junk code remotion.
New Translations Update - Courtesy of our friend Shih Tsu, we bring you the following translation information... Translation Corporation released a complete English patch for the Super Famicom RPG Dual Orb 2, hacked by Nightcrawler, translated by Akujin, and edited by Akujin and David Mullen. Shih Tsu adds "It's supposed to be a fun and particularly challenging RPG, and the translation looks fantastically professional!" Nest, the AGTP recently released Gideon Zhi's new complete English translation patch for Rockman and Forte! According to our translation field agent Shih Tsu, two versions were released, one with Japanese naming conventions and the other with American ones! He adds "both of which have very pretty-looking title screens and other graphics work as well as fully-translated CD databases, among other firsts."
New Light Gun for S-Video TV's - Saint from the great ArcadeControls.com emailed me about a new USB Light Gun from Act-Labs for PC's that works with TV's instead of monitors. The previous USB Light Gun was for PC monitors only. They're taking pre-orders now to see if the demand exists for the new product.
Thursday, December 19th 2002 - Last updated @ 22:50 EST
KiGB v1.10 - KiGB is a Gameboy / Gameboy Color emulator for Windows, DOS and Linux. The many new features, updates and bug fixes are detailed in the readme
PCSX2 - PCSX2 is a Playstation 2 emulator for Windows and Linux. It does NOT run any games yet. In fact, it isn't even close. More than anything else it is being considered a development tool of sorts. The authors have released their source code as well in the hopes that others will contribute to the project.
dapple - get your daily dose of dapple updates.
Raine 0.37 - A new version of Raine, a very fast multiple arcade game emulator, was released! New stuff follows:
New games added : s.s mission, thunder dragon 2, hyper pacman (bootleg), and macross plus (without sound...)
Games now fully playable with sound : macross 2, acrobat mission, mutant knight
Also we now have the scale2x video effect from the AdvMame project, and the scanlines were rewriten to work everywhere (you can even combine them with scale2x !).
Story MIA - The below-mentioned story regarding Nintendo's lawsuit against Sony seems to have been removed from the Console Talk site. Whether this was due to the story being only rumor, or other reasons, remains to be seen. Currently, Google News returns no hits on anything regarding Sony/Nintendo lawsuits. We'll let you know if more information becomes available.
Browsing C-64 style - Opera's new beta release of version 7 of their web browser has a special mode that will interest fans of the old Commodore-64 computer. Exactly how *useful* this mode will be on modern websites remains to be seen.. :) Check it out if you're a C-64 fan.
Wednesday, December 18th 2002 - Last updated @ 21:47 EST
Boycott Advance 0.2.7 - The Win32 version of Boycott Advance has been updated to version 0.2.7. Changes in this version are;
(WIN32) Fixes joystick default buttons
(WIN32) Fixes keyboard default keys
(WIN32) Start cleaning up the code
(WIN32) Add dozens of maker company name for ROM information
(WIN32) Add real name, maker code, game code, language for ROM information
(WIN32) Fixes default values in INI file
(WIN32) Add command line options help
(WIN32) Add/Fixes Autorun support
(WIN32) Fixes BIOS file selections
(WIN32) Fixes ROM file selections
(WIN32) Start fixing resources for easier localization by fans
Fixes BIOS call A [Sonic Advance/Harry Potter]
Fixes a BIOS sound call [Phantasy Star Collection]
Add support for EEPROM 4K/64K autodetection [Super Mario Yoshi Island
Fact or Fiction? - In off topic but amazing news, Sony has supposingly been ordered to pay Nintendo 10% of all past and future proceeds stemming from a lawsuit over who owns the name "Playstation". This amounts to a whopping 2.3 billion USD in back-payments. Full store here
pinsuite-0.0.2 - pinsuite is an editor for Emilia Pinball. Changes: Small bugfix.
dosemu 1.1.4 (devel) - DOSEMU stands for DOS Emulation, and is a linux application that enables the Linux OS to boot any DOS and run DOS programs - including DPMI applications. Changes: can be read here.
Mamory 0.1.2 - Mamory is a library for ROM management in emulator-related projects. It also has a CLI client. Changes: This release fixes a problem with the mameinfo.dat and history.dat files used by xmame, and adds an indication of the disk space required for synchronization. It also secures memory allocations.
Tuesday, December 17th 2002 - Last updated @ 21:29 EST
Nebula Bugfix v2.21c - There's been a quick bugfix released for Nebula. This version fixes the crashes that occur while playing CPS1 games. ElSemi has also posted a patch for owner of Voodoo video cards or if you're experiencing "white textures".
Good Tools Update - GoodGBA has been updated to version 0.999.7. You can get it at RareRoms
X-Arcade Solo Pricing... Grr... - Shawn from XGaming just emailed me and clarified the pricing. My X-Arcade Solo review has been changed once more (and hopefully for the last time) to reflect this new information. Basically for $99 you get the Solo, a PC adapter and one console adapter. Check the end of the review for more info.
dapple - dapple is getting closer to a 1.0 release.
Cromwell BIOS - The xbox-linux project has released the first beta of the Cromwell BIOS which allows linux to run on an xbox without having to use a hacked MS ROM.
z88dk 1.5 - z88dk is a generic z80 Cross compiler with generic libraries. The Cambridge z88 was the original target, but libraries are also available for the following: Spectrum, ZX81, VZ200, Sharp MZ, CP/M, TI8x calcs, Sam Coupe and many others. Changes: can be read here.
X-Arcade Solo Correction - XGaming originally told me the Solo would be introduced for $99, including a PC adapter PLUS two console adapters. However, since that deal does not appear on their site or their online store, I've edited my X-Arcade Solo review to reflect this. Thanks to those who pointed this out to me.
DCStella v0.2e - DCStella is an Atari 2600 emulator for the Dreamcast console. Congratulations to the DCStella team, the project is now one year old. Changes in htis version are;
* New release (V0.2e) with a new cool feature: cheats! and a monitor to find them. :)
* A new theme done by Christopher A. Haslage is available for download.
Monday, December 16th 2002 - Last updated @ 21:41 EST
Yape Updated - Yape (Yet Another Plus/4 Emulator) has been updated to version 0.42. Changes in this version are;
* Fixed a crash on some machines in full-screen mode
* Fixed a bug in handling sound channels
* Fixed a bug with the speed indicator (no more 105% I hope...)
* Fixed a bug concerning emulator ID set in the ini file
menubar is gone from the fullscreen mode until it'll work properly
bochs 2.0.pre4 - bochs is a portable x86 PC emulation software package that emulates enough of the x86 CPU, related AT hardware, and BIOS to run Windows, Linux, *BSD, Minix, and other OS's, all on your workstation. Changes: A summary of whats new in the 2.0 release is here.
pinsuite-0.0.1 - pinsuite is a pinball editor for Emilia Pinball.
Updated M6502 Emulation Core Released - Marat Fayzullin just released a new version of his 6502 emulation core, available from here. Changes: fixes decimal mode operations.
NEBULA: MODEL 2 SOUND SUPPORT! - Daemon was kind enough to point out that Nebula 2.21b had been released with Sound support for Sega's Model 2 board. Here's da skinny:
- Fixed a bug that made nebula allocate huge amounts of
RAM, causing crashes in win2k/XP
- Nebula Model 2 updated
- Added Sound emulation
- Jukebox updated...
- Improved SCSP emulation
- Fixed some problems that made the CPS/Neogeo games
not appearing in the list
Sunday, December 15th 2002 - Last updated @ 22:03 EST
X-Arcade Solo Reviewed - I've posted my review of the X-Arcade Solo, a brand new one player arcade control panel for use with PC's and consoles! Read it here. Quickie front page summary: the Solo r0x. =)
Gex Updated - Gex, a Gameboy emulator for Windows has been updated to version 0.8.7. Changes in this version are;
* Very very higher compatible
* I detected a bug in Rom bank selecting.
* So you can play roms like Zelda or Pokémon.
* Halt opCode fixed
* Real Speed at 60 fps
cc65 2.9.0 - cc65 is an almost ISO C compatible C compiler which produces binaries for 6502-based computers. Targets that are supported out of the box are: Apple ][, Atari 8Bit machines, Commodore C64/C128/C16/C116, Commodore Plus/4, Commodore 600/700, and GEOS for C64.
Changes: The compiler now has better support for unknown pragmas. Register variables are back again and they work better than ever before. The linker is able to generate cc65-specific o65 modules. Changes to the libraries include a module loader allows o65 extension modules to be loaded at runtime. These fully relocatable modules can be used as drivers, overlays, or whatever. C file I/O support was added for the following platforms: C64, C128, C16, C116, Plus/4, VIC20, PET. A new API to access extended memory has been added.
Catweasel Linux Device Driver 0.3.2 - cwfloppy is a Linux device driver for the Catweasel Advanced Floppy Controller manufactured by Individual Computers. Changes: This release adds support for the new PCI Catweasel. Error reporting in the "cwformat" program has been fixed.
Virtual Jaguar WIP - This news is about two days old now but I'm still getting caught up from the downtime. The Virtual Jaguar website has been updated with pictures of some newly supported games.
PotatoSMS - PotatoSMS is an online java based Sega Master System emulator. All of your favorite SMS classics at your fingertips with no messy rom downloads needed. It does require the Sun Java Plugin in order to work correctly though. It will NOT work using Microsoft Java VM
Saturday, December 14th 2002 - Last updated @ 22:15 EST
RockNES 2.20 - RockNES, the NES emulator for DOS has been updated with lots of changes including the addition and fixing of many mappers. Note that the Windows version RockNES-X is on indefinate hold, as the author does not have time to work on this port.
MameInfo v4.24 - Mash has uppdated MameInfo to version 4.24.
4.24: Bugs (12th Dec) and newest WIP. Added CottAGE 0.11 and Laser 0.20a. Update the Hardware.txt.
ClrMamePro Updates - ClrMamePro has had two updates since last reported here.
If you use MAME artwork (flyers, marquees, etc.) and get the message: "ROM Path ..... matches a setname"...ignore it :O) It's only recommended to change the name of the rompath when using romsets. It's just a warning.
12/12/2002 - Version 2.86 released. Changes in this release are;
* fixed: another little diskimage related crash
* fixed: rebuilder forgets to remove some empty subfolders
* fixed: a rebuilder crash/datfile import issue for some biossets
* fixed: rare wrong/empty tree entry while doing set casefixes
* misc: automatic fastscan after drag&drop is now optional
* misc: don't skip a possible equally named 2nd archive if 1st has unfixable corrupt zipstructure
* added: logfile-/fastscan removebuttons
* added: warning if you use rompaths which match setnames
* added: more rebuilder options and pathvalues are accessable via scan results popupmenu
* added: year tags will be read, dir2dat can match/create and setinfo shows them
Mame Marquees - There's a new Mame Marquee Pack available for download at The Domain of Eldio. Thanks Smitdogg for the news.
Dapple v1.00 build 4 - Dapple has been updated yet again (and again) and there have been quite a few changes since last update here.
1.00pt4: Reinstated the code for charsets (it's now in I18N.C).
1.00pt3: Fixed another couple bugs in the video code: first the characters were drawn one pixel too far to the left (bits 6..0 instead of 7..1); also in //e mode the code for handling lowercase inverse text was bugged. That
brought back the mousetext-on-][+ bug, which was once again taken care of.
1.00pt2: Renamed PAGEFLIP.C to VIDEO.C to reflect its new purpose as the page-flipping code is no longer needed and was removed from 1.00pt1. Also re-added (using the F3 key for mono/color from ApplePC) amber console support. Removed redrawtext() completely, as it was a dummy function. Fixed a bug in the new video.c where programs using characters 128-159 got garbage (it looked rather like MouseText).
1.00pt1: New video code contributed. There is a performance hit as interrupts are made every 65, rather than 32767, cycles, but it's worth it to get rid of those damn lines. Monochrome etc. is gone for awhile. Dapple 1.00 might be the last version, as I move on to bigger and better things (a new Apple //e emulator!) Don't worry, it'll have the same home as Dapple and will still have a few of Dapple's more exotic features.
WineX Work-In-Progress - Transgaming has issued another status report on their development. They have made significant progress on speeding up one of the major bottlenecks in Wine which effectively brings cpu usage down by 50%-60% and runs five times faster than before. The prototype code for the new wineserver was released to the community, details can be found here.
Life Sucks... - Over the past month, I lost a dear friend (who has since been buried in Ghana, Africa), one of my best friends ended up in the hospital with meningitis (hersenvliesontsteking in Dutch), my best friend was finally reunited with his wife and I drove 800km (500 miles) to pick them both up at the airport in Frankfurt. Doing 240km/h (150mph) on German highways is pretty relaxing, eventhough it's not a smart thing to do :)
Bah - Apparently there are a few troubles with updating RG. Let's see if this gets posted. (The news posters said they couldn't post anything)
Thursday, December 12th 2002 - Last updated @ 02:39 EST
Visual Boy Advance 1.3.1 - VBA is a GameBoy Advance emulator for Windows and SDL platforms. Changes: There was a bug with Flash 64k on version 1.3. Thanks to Daikak for the news.
Wednesday, December 11th 2002 - Last updated @ 20:11 EST
Gunman's Proof Translated - The AGTP released a translation (Japanese->English) for a very interesting 1997 Super Famicom action adventure game called Gunman's Proof! I've personally been hoping to see this game translated, as it looks great - imagine a quality Zelda style game with a wacky thematic combination of wild west and flying saucers. (Thanks Shih Tzu)
Atari800 v1.2.5 - Atari800 is a multi-platform Atari 800XL, 130XE and 5200 emulator. This is the first update to the original Atari800 emulator since 1997 and is now being developed by a whole new team. Atari800 (the emulator) was originally designed David Firth
Flubba PocketNES 8U7 - Flubba updated his unofficial build of Loopy's amazing PocketNES, an NES emulator for Gameboy Advance! This release adds Herg's fixes for PocketNES (multiboot,sram, Pogoshell), and support for mapper #15 and #228 (The intro in Action52 is screwed). Source code is also available. (I scooped PocketNES' homepage & GBAEmu this time around, yay for me!:)
OSXII - OSXII is a new Apple II emulator for Mac OSX. There's no documentation on the website so I unfortunately I can't tell you what it's features are. Edit: A .pdf readme is now available on the homepage.
Tuesday, December 10th 2002 - Last updated @ 20:39 EST
Mess32 v0.62 - The Win32 version of Mess has been updated to v0.62. Changes are;
New System Drivers
- Odyssey 2
System Driver Changes:
- [SPECTRUM] Fixed snapshot loading.
- [COCO] Fixed some bugs related to handling of degenerate JVC files.
- [SNES] Fixed a GDMA bug that was causing graphics corruption. Added support for FastROMs. Improved object and background layering priorities. Colour addition & subtraction is greatly improved. Added vertical mosaic effect. Fixed Mode 7 rotation and draw outside screen area. Added x/y flip to Mode 7. Added support for the back colour constant.
- [APPLE2] Fixed keyboard and aspect ratio, and also added color, joystick, and natural keyboard support.
- The core is based on MAME 0.62. This incorporates all features of the update to this core.
- Added new snapshot/quickload code, to hide the details about loading snapshots and quickloads from the drivers.
- Added the ability for systems to override the friendly names of devices.
- [WIN32] Added the ability to toggle the frames per second view, differentiate between soft and hard resets in certain systems, and to save screenshots in the new UI.
Visual Boy Advance 1.3 - VBA is a GameBoy Advance emulator for Windows and SDL platforms. Changes: can be read at the web page. Thanks to Ashurax for the news.
Monday, December 9th 2002 - Last updated @ 21:15 EST
MAME Artwork - Gridle has updated the MAME Artwork page with the latest official artworks that can be used with MAME 0.63.
UltraHLE Alpha 1.1.6 - UltraHLE Alpha v1.1.6 has been released. Changes in this version are;
* Fixed several crashes on exit,that happened mostly on Win95.
* Fixed crash with some input plugins,when pressing on "x" button
* Jabo input plugin can be configured prior loading rom now
* Added gl2ideal v1.6 glide wrapper to archive as default wrapper
* You can choose between window/fullscreen mode and change different options by using GL2Ideal_Config.exe
* Added 2 more languages, Chinese & Greek
Zzap! Raine #6 - Issue #6 of Zzap! Raine has been released. Zzap! Raine is an online magazine featuring game reviews and tips for Raine emulated games.
Sunday, December 8th 2002 - Last updated @ 16:24 EST
Atari Homebrew News - Atari Age has posted about two new homebrew Atari games in the works. Bounce! is a new Atari 2600 games being designed by Fabrizio Zavagli and Z-Adventure is a new Zelda like Atari 5200 game being designed by John Swiderski
Delta 1.56.152 - Delta stands for Delta, Epsxe’s Little Traybased Autorunner. It detects playstation cds upon insertion into your cd drive, and runs epsxe in order to play them on your pc. It also can be used as a frontend for epsxe. It can be downloaded from this forum post.
Changes in this version are;
* Gamepad support! Requires DirectX 8.0 or later.
* Epsxecutor exporter/importer is updated so that it now reads/writes gamepad settings.
* Multiple cd support in each config file.
* Fixed a bug with prevented capital letters being used whilst renaming configs.
* Fixed a bug which caused Delta to display the wrong view on certain configs.
* Fixed a bug which made Delta unable to find the bios file with certain memory card settings.
Retrogaming Radio - The December 2002 edition of Retrogaming Radio is now available online. This episode features an "interview with the lovely Melissa Robinson and Conway Ho of Hanaho Games as well as the long awaited Dragon's Lair 3D review and a nice big Bits & Bytes section"
Saturday, December 7th 2002 - Last updated @ 23:59 EST
SCUMMVM 0.3.0b - The first official release in a while has occured of SCUMMVM featuring Dig and Simon the Sorcerer 2.
Mame32 Plus 0.62.3 - MAME32 Plus, a popular unofficial version of MAME with multiple language pack support, specifically based on MAME32, was updated! There are many new/updated drivers in this release, including the latest CPS2 stuff and more. (Thanks Gigadeath)
Caesar Turns Two - Caesar, the "Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference" just celebrated its second anniversary. Congratulations Logiqx and Pi!
System16 Updated - Toby emailed us about another big update at System16.com! Just about every section has been cleaned up, expanded and otherwise augmented with more arcade info. He particularly mentioned the Midway V-Unit section for some reason, maybe those War Gods screens have something to do with it... :)
Magic Engine News - I don't think we reported this earlier (?), but the Magic Engine homepage posted some great news over the past few weeks. First off, a new 1.0 version of their superb PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16 emulator should appear soon with lotsa nice updates, and secondly, a completey new PC-FX emulator is being developed as well! The PC-FX was a short lived Japan-only CD based console with some interesting looking games that made heavy use of streaming hand drawn animation - sort of like highly responsive FMV games. (Thanks Mustaine)
Mutant Storm or Robotron On Acid :) - A small developer called PomPom Games released a new Robotron style game called Mutant Storm for PC's that looks pretty snazzy! A demo is available, but the full version will cost $20. The developer appears to be considering a competition of some sort here at Retrogames (?), so maybe we'll have some freebies to give away or something...
AdvanceSCAN v1.4 - Andrea Mazzoleni released a new version of his command line based ROM management utility, AdvanceSCAN! This update fixes "a bug in the advmng utility when it was called with more than one file in the command line. The program was incorrectly adding a PLTE chunk at rgb images."
X-Arcade Solo Released - For those interested in a single player arcade stick, XGaming just announced the X-Arcade Solo! It won't be available nationwide until January, but having spent some time with an evaluation unit, I can say it looks very nice. Expect a review soonish, but imagine the old 2 Player X-Arcade sliced in half. Combined with adapters for various consoles (PS2, XBox, GameCube etc.), it's a really versatile controller to say the least.
Jukebox 2.5 - Jukebox 2.5 has been released today. This version "Added Sega model 2 sound emulation (SCSP)"
The official 'readme' and list of all updates in this version can be read here.
Friday, December 6th 2002 - Last updated @ 21:05 EST
New Atari 5200 Games Unearthed - Atari Age has posted pictures and binaries of two newly uncovered Atari 5200 games. Black Belt is a Karateka like fighting game and Final Legacy is a port of an old 8-bit Atari war game. It's amazing that unreleased games are still being found for consoles that are more than 15 years old.
Thursday, December 5th 2002 - Last updated @ 22:53 EST
Gamecube Emulated - The first Gamecube emulator has been released! Originally written for Linux, it has been ported to many platforms.. some more unusual than others.. Check the homepage for details. Now I can finally play Metroid Prime on my Twilight Zone!
For those of limited cranial capacity who will surely ask, yes I know it's fake..
CottAGE 0.11 - CottAGE, the java arcade emulator, has been updated with support for 8 new games and 22 clones, as well as new blitters, changed JEF core, better cpu and sounchip cores, and 7 fixed games.
CPSMAME 0.62 - Raz's CPS2MAME build was updated to include the latest XORs and with the fixes for the CPS2 games which were missed in the offical MAME 0.62 release.
XCade 1.2 - XCade is an arcade emulator for PalmOS. This version adds support for Galaxians and contains miscellaneous improvements.
Laser 0.20a - Laser 0.20a is out since I finally reinstalled MinGW - since my hard drive crash this summer - and updated Laser with the small fix by ss_teven that fixes Lupin 3. I'm going to be adding a supported games list as requested by a few people to the page, so I'm going to be running all the games supported by Laser for testing purposes. I'll be fixing bugs as I go along, no doubt. I'll update the DOS port as soon as I'm done with the list.
Wednesday, December 4th 2002 - Last updated @ 20:41 EST
CPS2 Shock Update - Razoola is celebrating his 10,000,000th hit by releasing two new Xors today. The new additions are;
And what are new Xors without a new Nebula as well? Nebula v2.62 has been released today as well. Changes in this update are;
Added new XOR tables for
- Dimahoo (US 000121)
- Great Mahou Daisakusen (Japan 000121)
- Battle Circuit (Euro 970319)
Changed Battle circuit parent set to Euro version.
Fixed Neogeo CD support broken in last version.
New Nebula is available from CPS2 Shock. The Xors can be downloaded from a.b.e.m on the newsgroups.
Misfit Mame Updated - Misfit Mame is a version a mame (based on mame .62 which contains games which are not included in the regular release of mame. Currently included in this release are arcade rom hacks, gambling and simulations,the multipac games and digger man.
XCade 1.1 - XCade is an arcade emulator for PalmOS. It emulates Space Invaders, Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and Donkey Kong Jr. This version fixes the flicker present in previous releases. Thanks to Stiletto for the news.
Monday, December 2nd 2002 - Last updated @ 23:57 EST
Daily Dapple - I haven't reported on Dapple updates recently since the emulator is updated so regularly but it's currently up to version 0.99 which was released earlier today. Update notes for this version are;
"Finally, the debugger, new and revamped, returns to Dapple. Not much good admittedly, but it's a start (and it's loosely based on, and shares about 20% code with Marat's 6502 debugger). This time 65C02 ops are recognized! PrtSc: F8 (Epson FX/RX-80 and compatibles only)"
New ClrMamePro - ClrMamePro v2.85 was released today. Changes in this version are;
* fixed: little diskimage lookup failure
* fixed: missing warningswindow message when auto-fix-bad zipstructure failed (e.g. due to read-only media)
* moved: long operation (integrity checks, etc) messages -> warningswindow
* moved: full zip integrity check was moved to the checksum dialog (so checksum and crc32 options have to be enabled) check-status is shown in the progress dialog
* misc: settings->paths can be manually edited by single-click
* misc: several scanning/fixing/integrity check window title updates
* misc: several internal trimming and backuppath code changes
* removed: advaced scanner option: delete useless zipsubdir structure (It's enabled by default now...remember: it's just a useless zipstructure entry...not a real subfolder).
Emulation in the news - An article on BBC News describes how some researchers in the United Kingdom developed an emulator for the BBC Acorn microcomputer in order to read some obsolete discs containing the "Domesday Project" data.. basically a snapshot of life in the UK during the early to mid 1980's. Fortunately for the project, not everyone subscribes to Nintendo's claim that "emulators are illegal" ;) Thanks to slashdot for the news.
NesterDC v7.1 - NesterDC is a NES emulator for the Dreamcast console. You can get a complete list of updates & changes here.
Satourne Progress - There are some new pictures of Metal Slug being run on the Satourne homepage.
Mimic Update - Mimic has been updated to version 2.11 today. "This is the Windows NT/2000/XP fix that I mentioned before. Some minor Sega fixes also."
Zophar's Domain - It appears as though Zophar's Domain is up to something again, having recently added a click-through counter to the main page (which still lacks news). Hopefully this will be a little better than that whole Believe fiasco a few years ago.. :)
Sunday, December 1st 2002 - Last updated @ 22:57 EST
New RockNES - The NES emulator RockNES has been updated to v2.10 today. Changes in this version are;
- Joystick calibration is back again;
- Fixed state saving/loading (older files are not compatible);
- Fixed a bug in the mapper #1 (MMC1);
- Fixed FDS driver (partially), broken from rewrite;
- Fixed a bug in the CPU cycle counter;
- Fixed 'no game loaded' error threat;
- Fixed input setup on joystick detection error;
- Fixed MMC3 IRQs somewhat, still imperfect;
- Fixed a small issue with the dummy sound driver;
- Fixed PRG/CHR page masking, thanks to Vagla for pointing me this;
- Config file cleaned, removed some deprecated options;
- PPU timing tweaked, still imperfect due to line-based render;
- PSG driver cleaned up a bit;
- Color RAM i/o optimized;
- New NES palette, taken from Rockman Complete Works (PSX);
- EAGLE filter is back again;
- Documentation cleaned and partially rewritten;
- A few CPU tweaks, finally up-to-date, thanks Matt.
UltraHLE Alpha 1.1.5 - There's been another update to UltraHLE Alpha. Changes in this update are;
- Added new ini by The Company version 2.0
- Fixed numerous critical issues with ini
- Emulator config now in separate file ultra.cfg,rather than in ini
- Fixed crash when refreshing rombrowser and no dirs are choosen
- Fixed crash when no plugins are choosen
- Fixed crash when pressing 'remove all' button and no dirs are choosen
- Fixed Name column sorting
- Added 3 more languages and fixes for several others
+ Slovenian (Luka)
+ Turkish (sakinol)
+ Japanese (Nekokabu)
NEStron Updated - NEStron, a Windows based NES emulator has been updated to v0.6.5b.
Changes in this release are;
* Added turbo/rapidfire
* Hopefully fixed a few controller bugs.
* Minor miscellaneous bug fixes.
* Cooler snow.
M1 v0.7.1 Released - M1 has been updated to version 0.7.1 today.
New in this release is (From the homepage);
"This version features a new advanced GUI for both Windows and Linux, several bugfixes, and 37 new games, including popular classics like Rainbow Islands, Darius, and Rastan. SDKs for both Windows and Linux will follow later this week for those interested in creating their own frontend or making other use of the M1 core."