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Rumor Mill is Back! - January 13, '99 by JoseQ
Now that I'm finally getting back up to speed, I've got time to return the Rumor Mill to its right place on Wednesdays, and boy do I have some cool stuff cooking over here. A few new emulators, maybe some dates, and as always, just rumors, so please don't go to the authors with what I said here. Also remember that these rumors come from reliable sources most of the time, so although rumors, they might be more true than you think.
I'd like to start with our NeoRage friends. Janne and Anders have been pretty much invisible since the last release of their awesome emulator. Remember how they surprised us with that release? They even fooled me as I already had a "New Rage" icon ready for the news of their new release and then they come out with NeoRage. It may be no secret that they are still hard at work on a project related to emulation. I've heard what it is, but certainly can't comment on it, but it definitely is a nice surprise what we will get once again. I hear it's close to completion too, so we will probably be seeing from one of our favorite duos pretty soon.
Another not so rumor, but maybe one that you missed in my earlier report. JROK is coming out with a Namco System 1 emulator the likes of which plays games such as Pacmania, Galaga 88 and Dragon Spirit among other things. Well I've heard from a very reliable source that the public beta should be arriving in fact, "any day now"! So if you see that JAS-SYS1 icon again on this page, just head on to the Emulators Page, cause that means it's out. Initially although theoretically being able to support all Namco Sys1 games, it will only support Pacmania which is probably one of the most awaited games right now. Then it will get support for other games, probably one at a time. Can't wait huh?
The rumors surrounding a MAME release nearing completion might be not so off after all. Many new drivers were submitted even before MAME 0.35b1 was released, but due to many core changes, beta 1 was released so that there was a stable core code before plugging all those drivers in it. So expect to see over 10 games added to the next version of MAME. Unfortunately Street Fighter I is not one of them (yet) so discard that rumor. it will take a little while longer for that one to show up.
DragonYen from Elite Gamer has been posting clues about a big announcement that should come up tonight or tomorrow. God knows the clues are pretty hard unless you have got plenty of time on your hands. Clue #8 was pretty simple, and it says something about Neo Geo. So could it be another Neo Geo emulator? Maybe a faster emulator with full sound as well? Certainly sounds interesting.
One last thing before leaving... Don't you think M72 should be having a release pretty soon? We read a long time ago about new games being added. I believe Nao has something up his sleeve and may want to surprise us once again. Once again, we patiently await.
That's all for this edition of the Rumor mill, I hope most of these come true in a short period of time, don't you?

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