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Rumor ReView - August 3, '99 by anticupid
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With the heat wave most of the Northern Hemisphere has been experiencing over the past couple weeks the Raine we received on Saturday bringing to end the week long frenzy of announced features for the new version. In addition to the normal bug fixes several new games have been added, the most notable being Bubble Bobble. While the rumor about the new release of Raine was confirmed, it added fire to the pending rumor about a Windows port. And, what would a Raine release be without some more games in the executable pending discovery. The speculation has already begun on the message boards as to what these games are.
With all these new Taito games being made playable I can't help but think of the fondness the Dead Serious Clan displays for all things related to Taito in their Shark emulator. Not only did Shark have a new release this week, but Carl-Henrik, the programmer of Shark, also confirmed the new features in the latest version with an e-mail to SYS2064. These new features include Snow Bros support, new screen modes for Twin Cobra and Flying Shark, the ability to make recordings of your playing prowess and a better structured manual. There are also reports floating around that the current executable includes a message saying this will be the last version of Shark, while this rumor is pending confirmation it does make sense with the new emulator from The Clan on the Horizon.
While no news came out of the Mame camp this week about the pending emulation of a system from the recent past there has been lots of speculation. I have seen rumors for just about every unemulated system in the past decade or so, with the most not worthy ones being mentioned being Konami games like Simpsons and CSP2 games. Information on the progress of Mame usually is very easy to find but the information on this rumor is being well guarded, so we will have to wait a little longer.
Some arcade rumors also produced no news this week and maintain their pending status. Included in this list is the Dynamic Williams Emulator, the Sega System32 emulator, and HiVE. Other arcade emulators that have seemingly going missing in action after releasing beta versions are notable by the inclusion of Jas-SYS1, the once promising Namco System 1 emulator and the highly regarded but seldom seen Retrocade.
All the news this past week was definitely from the arcade side of things as console emulators also gave us lots of action. While PSEmu Pro didn't make any changes to its pending status from last week news did surface about Connectix and their plans to release a Playstation emulator for Windows. For those of you not familiar with the Connectix name you might be surprised to hear they are the people behind Virtual PC, a program that allows Macs to run Windows via emulation. They are also the subject of a lawsuit from Sony regarding their Virtual Gaming Station, a Playstation emulator for the Mac. On Friday news surfaced than the Windows version of Virtual Gaming Station is ready of release pending the settlement of the injunction barring its release.
The other pending rumors about console emulators from last week included new releases for Meka and v7800 maintain their status since there were no new developments on these fronts. Sadly the forthcoming annoucement of another gaming company offically licensing their games for use with emulation is still pending.
The return this week of Giga-Power with interviews done by Emulation-X confirmed the rumor JoseQ mentioned about the return of an emulation site.
Well that's all for this week's review. Hopefully all the developers will take a break from the heat and go inside and do some coding this week so we can bring you another nice bunch of confirmations in next week's review.

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