I know many of you have been waiting for the Rumor Mill
this week as it has been coming kind of late during the past
few editions and the latest IRC greet seems to be: "JoseQ, where's the Rumor Mill?". Anyways, I'm ready to let you in
on a few tidbits I've heard regarding various topics that
are quite hot. I would also like to give a little more
info on the RetroFX project since many people seem to still
have a lot of questions about it. So let's get it on!
First, a note about MAME. Have you checked the official
MAME page lately? Have you seen all those updates? All I
can say is "Wow!". This next release is promising to be
something out of this world. And I know many of you felt
that this could never happen again. Well to tell you more
about what you've read about already (R-type) and the
M72 gang, you might be surprised to learn that there's
a lot more coming. Remember promises never delivered by
the emu known as "M72"? Well, MAME will deliver, and I
don't mean in the far future. Also, remember those games
that Retrocade supported that MAME didn't? (Arch Rivals,
Power Drive) Expect that to end very soon as well.
Enough about MAME for now, we'll get what we've been
waiting for soon enough. I know my new server will get a
very good load on its first days of service thanks to the
number of games in the coming MAME.
|The Rumor Mill - September 23, '99 by JoseQ
Want to learn stuff about RetroFX? Well, not really
any news, but some clarifications. Many people have taken
the assumption of RetroFX going commercial with GnG as to
it being a copyright infringement with Capcom and that it
could only hurt emulation. Well, let me add a few pieces
to the puzzle so that you don't have to deviate from the
possibilities. Don't you think the people behind RetroFX
would at least try to get a license from Capcom before
doing a commercial project of this kind? I bet that's what
they're trying to do although I really don't know for sure.
I can tell you this, if it was me, I'd go for it, and with
the way Capcom is behaving these days, who knows what could happen. Still please keep in consideration that nothing has
been determined as of yet, but also remember that RetroFX
will not try to sell a product so deeply copyrighted as
Ghost'n'Goblins is without their permission first.
The other thing that maybe needs a little clarification
is about the term 'Demo' that they use about their first
and public release (of course for free). People have been
wondering about what will the demo include, or more importantly, what will it not include or do. Well, the
'Demo' as I understand it will be a fully playable, fully
implemented, and fully RetroFX'd version of GnG. The limitations will come as to how far in the game you will
be able to play, or more likely, how far in the game the
graphics, sound and animation will be RetroFX'd. My vision
is a RetroFX'd Level 1, and the rest stays as is with only
Arthur looking as sharp as he was meant to look since he's
the same sprite in all levels. The music for level 1 at least
will also be the revamped version. I hope that clears things
up a bit.
More Rumors? Let me check the bag. Oh yes, I hear that one of the older sites in emulation will be sporting a new
design very soon. Not only that but more than a handful of
sites (emulators and other) will be opening their doors under that umbrella as well. That won't be all. Just stay
tuned for the announcement when it happens. I will more than
likely have a mention here.
Want to hear a little about v7800, the one and only
Atari 7800 emulator? Well, development of the stand-alone
emulator will probably stop in light of MESS actually
regaining momentum and possibly coming out with a release
in the close future. Thus Atari 7800 will be merged into
the emulator by Dan Boris and development will continue
as part of that emulator. That's what my reports are
showing. I guess it all depends on how MESS starts moving.
The rest of the rumors in the bag still carry the
'confidential' label on them, thus I can't really comment
on them. I can only say that there will be some surprising
elements showing up in the not so distant future. Until next
week, I'll close the bag, and wait for my correspondants
to drop in a few more rumors. Thanks for reading!
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