Well, you've all come to love The Weekly Rumor Mill
and I'm not about to dissapoint you with delaying it
any further. I know many of you would like to know some
more about that Williams DynaRec emulator, and maybe some
info on things happening behind closed doors that may
impact the way we see emulation today. So Rumors or not,
it is time for me to let you in on the underground info.
|The Rumor Mill - July 7, '99 by JoseQ
First some tidbits many people have been asking me
on the Neo Geo ROMs front. Rumor has it that the testing
has gone fairly well according to preliminary results.
However, it has almost hit the limit with the current
lineup of Neo Geo games. This may mean that either no more
games are added, or that maybe they will be replaced
by other games. I am really not a Neo Geo connosieur, so
suggestions are welcomed (nothing close to 1999 will be
placed there though).
Another set of interesting developments come from
the actual arcade game industry. It seems that Capcom's
bet on the emulation world will not be the only one. Things
I've heard might point to yet another player entering the
licensing of ROMs arena. And what I've really heard that
makes the news the more exciting is that this player is
quite big. What this could mean to emulation is really
amazing in my opinion as it could trigger more and more
companies to follow suit. To be able to reach our goal of
having emulation be unquestionably legal would mean
Nirvana for the scene.
And probably what you wanted to hear about was the
DynaRec emulator that I've been touching base with during
the last few Rumor Mills. Most people tend to think of
this as vaporware and I just want to emphasize that it is
not. In fact, it is still being worked on, and more testing
has been done around close fronts. Another one of the most
frequent questions people have asked me is if I know when
the emulator will make it out. Unfortunately there is no
date slapped on it, and alls I can tell you is that
development is going slow, but still going. And perhaps
the definite most popular question is how fast will it run,
and guys and gals, the most honest answer I can give to that
is that it is too early to give any statement on that.
Very early results which are not hindered by the addition
of user input code or sound emulation have amazed me
to say the least. I can say, and this is solely my opinion,
that you should expect to be able to run games like
SmashTV on a P2-300 full speed with sound and no troubles.
However, that is still to be determined and don't quote me
on that, it is barely slightly technical speculation, it
should be accurate enough though.
Unfortunately the usual players have been more quiet
than usual. I haven't heard of any Raine reports, or even
HiVE appearances. Shark has made slight showings in the
beta pond but still no cigar when it comes to a release.
However, if a release does show up, you can count on EmuViews to cover it. Thanks for reading!
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