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The Rumor Mill - July 28, '99 by JoseQ
Are you ready for some Rumors? Then you've come to the right place because this edition of the Rumor Mill is packed with good stuff that will be getting into you, the good guy, very very soon. More details about RetroFX and what they've done, Shark news, Raine news, even some news about the Dynamic Recompilation Williams emu; they are all included in this week's Mill. So let's get it on!
So let's get this cat right out of the bag. I know you've read the RetroFX site from top to bottom, but what you haven't found is a good look at what they can do. Well I can solve part of that problem real quick with a good screenshot can't I? Well, the problem is that you can't see the extra animation frames in there, you can't see Arthur breathing, you can't listen to the re-mastered tunes, and you may not see a real-time rendered flame take place. Is your appetite wet? Just wait a few days and you'll be drooling for certain download to finish. However, be aware that this will be one hefty package to carry, but it'll get there, don't you worry, you'll get on hands. In the meantime, practice on the non-retro-fx'd version of GnG so that you can go through the new version easily since it is the exact same gameplay, it'll just feel like a new game...
But let's get to some rumors that I didn't even mention in the first paragraph, and they concern the biggest emulator of them all. I can probably get in trouble for saying this so I'm going to barely touch it. There has been a lot of work done on a not so old family of games that were previously labeled as very difficult to emulate because of some custom CPUs. However, thanks to the geniuses included in the MAMEDEV team, what was an unfeasable task has been slowly becoming a reality and shall be soon be in your hands. I'm probably not talking about the next MAME release but definitely in the 0.36 cycle, and sooner rather than later. You'll know what I'm talking about soon enough but I can't give a lot of details without authorization. If I get it, and also a couple of screenshots, I'll post a dedicated article about it.
But lets get back to the rumors I mentioned in the intro paragraph. Shark news you need? Well I've heard from incredibly good sources that a new Shark will be coming our way soon, and probably as early as this week. The other set of good news is that the Dead Serious Clan seems to have a good sense of humor in hiding things inside the emulator and letting the fan crowd find them, and this new version will be no exception. We'll see when it comes out.
I also know you saw the Raine news earlier about the two new games added. Well more news shall be coming soon, and they too involve japanese games, however some of them might be specially interesting to you since their american counterpart doesn't exist, thus making them not the Japanese version, but completely new games being added. What would you say if I mentioned anything about a release happening this month? However unlikely, do look for one very early next month.
And you probably were just looking to read what's new about the Dynamic Recompilation based emulator for the CPU intensive Williams games. Well guess what? Yours truly has been honored with yet another update in time for this Rumor Mill. I can safely say that this emulator amazes me more and more every time, and that it is definitely making good (if not great) progress. Albeit slowly, but that's just because just like most of us, the author needs to devote time to the job that puts the food on the table, and that has caused time-sharing between real life and TMS34010 recompiling time. With a new twist in this new version I did achieve triple digit frame rates on my system (P2-400) with no music or controller code though. So I'm still betting that it will be enjoyable on the average system today, and those with P2-333s or better should be able to get the full experience, that is just my opinion and pure speculation though.
Well, what do you think? Was this a good Rumor Mill? I would like to think so. I do hope that I can dig up some clearance for the MAME rumor I mentioned earlier and give you the scoop on it. In the meantime, just enjoy what's out there and relax, time will bring incredible rumors to reality. Thanks for reading!

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