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Jas-Sys1 coming soon! - January 12, '99 by JoseQ
What many people have been waiting for, got into my hands today for testing purposes. The Namco System 1 emulator being worked on by none other than JROK of JAS fame, is close to being released in public beta form. I got a chance to test this today, and I can say it plays incredibly well. I had a couple of chats with the author in the new #retrogamers channel on EfNet and came up with a few news bits you might be interested in reading about this new and upcoming emulator.
The emulator, which will be called JAS-SYS1, will come in stand alone form, initially with Pac-Mania support. I played this game and it played great, full speed using about 70% of the CPU on my PII-400. So expect to need more or less a PII-266 to play near close to full speed.
It requires the Scitech Display Doctor since it runs in 400x300 resolution. I recommend downloading the DOS version since that's all you will need and many people have had bad experiences with Scitech messing up with the Windows display.
As far cs sound is concerned, it didn't play the music but had the sound effects enabled. The emulator in itself runs through a setup screen much like those found in Doom and Duke3d for DOS. From it you can setup your sound card, joystick and/or keys to play using the keyboard.
For an alpha, I must say it plays real good. And I have been told by the author himself, that we could expect that beta release pretty soon. It seems that once again JROK will be the pioneer with a much awaited game. First it was with JAS and its Gaplus / Pac-Land emulation, and now PacMania. Kudos to JROK on his incredible work, and keep your eye on EmuViews for an upcoming InterView with him.

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