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The Rumor Mill - September 23, '99 by JoseQ
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.
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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