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The Rumor Mill - September 13, '00 by JoseQ
You guessed right! It's time to post yet another edition of The Rumor Mill. The response to this column has been great since it came back (not to mention people asking for it while it was away) so I'm very happy to be here once again on this Wednesday to post about the rumors on the scene... Believe it or not, there's some juicy stuff in this issue as well. Probably some of this stuff might not interest all of you, but I'm sure it will be mighty good stuff for some. So let's dip right into the bag, shall we?
Here's some stuff that arrived in the reports mailbox almost a week ago! Javanese, the NES emulator written in Java has been making some good progress, being able to run games at full speed with a Pentium 400 nowadays. It has also been seen playing as an Applet! Plans seem to point that this might be publically released soon. They're undergoing major changes in the cores and CPUs, but eventually they should get the act together and release an instantly multi-platform emulator.
Speaking of multiple platforms, it seems that our friendly Atari Lynx emulator, Handy, has been seen being worked under numerous different operating systems during recent times. My agents easily captured transmissions going to porters for the following platforms: BeOS, Digita, Linux and Acorn. How does doubling your Kodak Digita use for an Atari Lynx as well sound? Talk about reviving old experiences. I'm sure BeOS and Linux users are excited about this as well.
Changing topics a bit... Even though we had a System C2 emulator release just two days ago, it seems that another release nears. Our agent caught Charles MacDonald recompiling his emulator after finding a few bugs, so a bugfix release should happen shortly (possibly before this weekend). More interestingly though was a huge red box my rumor bird managed to see very well hidden at Charles MacDonald's house. The only thing that could be read from it was a date for this Sunday... We will see what could possibly be inside there by then. It may be a huge surprise I've been told and judging from Charles' reputation, it'll be great indeed.
I know many of you are wondering about another rogue coder, Dave, of Final Burn; the only After Burner emulator in existence. Well, hold on to your horses as that might not be the case for long. Every report I receive seems to point out that Dave is colaborating with Phil Stroffolino of MAMEDEV to get a MAME Driver going... Could this benefit from existing (and well proven) cores in MAME? We can certainly hope so. All of Dave's focus has been devoted to this, so don't expect a Final Burn release to happen as often as it was going last week.
Our strategically placed correspondent outside of Norbert Kehrer's home sends in reports that his camouflage seems not to be working too well lately as he was almost caught this week! However, before fleeing the scene he managed to catch "Pooyan" running on those wonderful Java Arcade Emulators... so don't be surprised if you see JAE updated soon with this game. While this title is a bit old, it still was lots of fun. Expect to see this title release before the next Rumor Mill is posted.
Do you want to hear some more stuff on the Mysterious Sega CD Emulator I keep reporting on? Well, these reports I get myself, so here's what I've gotten this week. The author has been facing troubles with the debugger in the current 68K core he's using, so he's working on getting his own core for this chip. This will help tremendously as custom built debuggers should accelerate development of the emulator. So once that happens, I would expect to see many more Sega CD stuff being decryptes and shown to the public? My numbers put this as happening quite far into the future. I hear Atani and this guy have quite a contest going on who gets to the Holy Grail of Sega CD Emulation.
Speaking of Sega stuff, for those interested, some not so good news regarding Ages, and Virtua... It's been kind of silent on those camps. Maybe lack of time, or maybe my reporters aren't that good at spying? Either way... nothing to report.
Let's talk a bit about Hardware eh? I just contacted a representative based close to the HanaHo offices in Cerritos California, who was happy to send some very interesting reports! It seems Hot Rod owners will finally be able to go the USB route, and believe it or not, this includes CURRENT Hot Rod owners! A special device to connect your PS/2 Hot Rod through a USB port will be made available for a low cost. While the additional price might not make some people happy, it is an extra functionality you would otherwise not have (anybody remember Stick It! ? well forget about them, they're out of the game).
That's not all about HanaHo though as some very intriguing pictures were gotten from the wharehouse up there! Hopefully they will be here in the next edition, in the meantime picture this: A Ms. Pac-Man cabinet in a bit of a smaller scale, with a PC inside and playing MAME... it has all the cool yellowish colors, all the rounded shapes... in essence, it looks like a Ms. Pac-Man cabinet! They seem to have designed a cab that is a bit more 'stylish' if you will, and it should be put on sale shortly! The price on this I hear might be a bit higher than the ArcadePC Mini, but trust me, it looks as if it will be worth it. And it'll be probably easier to convince the missus of something like this in the house, than the manly looking ArcadePC.
What, not enough room for an ArcadePC or a Ms.Pac-Man lookalike either? Well picture this then: A cocktail ArcadePC for your home! Rumors of this had seemingly leaked around the Internet in recent days and we managed to confirm it. This little cabinet is cooler than it sounds. It has a full "Hot Rod Classic" on one side for vertical games and a four way stick with one button to the right and the left sides of that Hot Rod for Horizontal games that you can play head to head against your friend! This one you should have no trouble fitting in a home or apartment! Thanks to our HanaHo agent for all of this info. I hope I can have pics for you by next week!
And scraping the bottom of the bag, I found some interesting stuff on RockNES, our current favorite when it comes to NES emulation. The DOS version has undergone minor MMC5 changes which will increase compatibility with some Japanese titles. For those Windows fanatics (as myself) there's some very coool news regarding RockNES X! The porter is currently integrating the latest DOS release, but reports indicate that even with some old DOS sources, the Windows port is 15% faster than the current DOS version! This means it can run full speed on Pentium 166! Low resolution calendar pictures seem to put a Windows release by this weekend. We'll see how that goes...
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that is all I have in the bag for this week. I hope you enjoyed it, and I look forward to next week where more Rumors will be revealed! Until then... Qmeister signs off!

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Name: Pete Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (9:55)
Subject: NeoRage X
I was gone on hoildays during the last 2 months, does anyone know what happen to NeoRage X, I thought they where planning a new release during this summer!!!!!!!! What happened ???

If anybody knows that would be so cool :o)

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Name: Jose M Posted: Friday, September 15, 2000 - (7:10)
Subject: Re: NeoRage X
>I was gone on hoildays during the last 2 months, does anyone know what happen to NeoRage X, I thought they where planning a new release during this summer!!!!!!!! What happened ???
>

Nothing happened ! Just another case of vapourware...

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Name: Jose M Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (9:03)
Subject: Linkers allowed ?
Is it ok if I put a link to your site in my personal homepage (not to the ROMS' but to your main page) ?
BTW where did I put the EV chat password ? Can't seem to find it. Damn...

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Name: JoseQ Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (9:21)
Subject: Re: Linkers allowed ?
From: (not JoseQ)
Sure, you can link to the main page.

The EV Chat password can be easily retrieved from the Login Page. Just type your e-mail address and no password, and it will e-mail it to you.

JoseQ

>Is it ok if I put a link to your site in my personal homepage (not to the ROMS' but to your main page) ?
>BTW where did I put the EV chat password ? Can't seem to find it. Damn...
>

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Name: Jose M Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (8:54)
Subject: Hooray
These rumor mills always remind me emulation's not dead, and the final frontier isn't PS2/Dreamcast support.
There's a lot to do in older games too...
Emulation programmers keep the good work, and ignore lame people always asking for daily releases of today's systems emulators. Emulation is really about the past - 3 to 5 yrs should be the goal - not about playing tomorrow's games...

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Name: Dwaalspoor 98 Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (2:12)
Subject: Gimme USB for my HotRod
I need it now :P

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Name: Dwaalspoor 98 Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (2:12)
Subject: Gimme USB for my HotRod
Now

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Name: Chrono Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (1:53)
Subject: Awesome Jose
I dont have any time at all right now, but this one kicks ass!


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Name: Marc Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (0:56)
Subject: what about...
what about the Williams Dynarec? What about Retrocade? What about the Ghost n Goblins remake? What about the First perspective Pacman?

On another note - how cool would be a Gameboy Color emulator be on a Digita? :-)

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Name: GM Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (3:10)
Subject: Re: what about...
Spending excessive efforts into optimizing emulation of one specific machine is pointless. By the time you're finished the difference in machine speeds would probably give a greater speed increase than your optimizations. For programs where more speed is better, this is reasonable, but for emulation, speed is only needed up to 60fps.

I wouldn't suggest anyone writing a dynamic recompiler for the Williams machines. By the time he's done the average machine will probaby have a gigahertz chip and will run MK2 at 60fps in MAME anyway.

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Name: Smeg Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (13:48)
Subject: Re: Re: what about...
Not everyone can afford to buy the latest "average machine" all the time though...and it'd be pretty wack just to do so to emulate a few arcade games.

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Name: Stein Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (0:40)
Subject: Afterburner? MAME???
Too good to be true!!

um... do you really intend on making us wait till next week for the HanaHo pics Jose?? =P that's cruel...

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Name: JoseQ Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (9:23)
Subject: Re: Afterburner? MAME???
From: (not JoseQ)
>um... do you really intend on making us wait till next week for the HanaHo pics Jose?? =P that's cruel...

Sorry, don't have them digitally. =(

JoseQ

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Name: uzplayer Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 - (23:55)
Subject: An ArcadePC Cocktail Cabinet?!
SHOW ME THE CAB! S H O W M E D A C A B!

- uzplayer -

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Name: Stein Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000 - (0:37)
Subject: Re: An ArcadePC Cocktail Cabinet?!
>SHOW ME THE CAB! S H O W M E D A C A B!
>
>- uzplayer -
>

Damn! I'd have to agree totally!!!

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