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The Rumor Mill - July 7, '99 by JoseQ
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.
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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