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The Rumor Mill - February 3, '99 by JoseQ
I owe it to you to grab some rumors for this weekly column every wednesday and here it is. I've got a few good ones this week, although probably not as juicy as last week. But as always I must remind you that this is the Rumor Mill, things mentioned here might or might not materialize as they're sometimes just ideas, or projects in development that may not make it. So far, you must admit I have a pretty good track record though. So, on with the mill!
Well for this rumor I've been a little restricted on what I can say, but I can tell you that it may be impressive if it becomes a reality. There's this one emulator author, who is thinking about writing a stand-alone emulator for some games that require a lot of CPU power. This emulator, if it materializes, should offer a great speed improvement over the available emulator for these games by using dynamic recompilation. Now, I can't mention the games or the name, but I can promise that many many many of you would be happy to see an emulator like this. More on this probably next week.
On a related note, I was just informed that a certain Windows emulator had just probably set a speed record in performance. The author achieved 700 FPS playing Galaga in this emulator on a common P233 (this is no rumor) and also full speed on a 486-66. This has to be some kind of record since I can't even play Galaga full speed on MAME32 on my P120 although it suffers from the Compaq crippling factor. It's probably that you will be able to see this over the weekend by the way.
By now you've all probably heard about Duddie leaving the PSEmu Pro Project, but still staying close to emulation. How close you've asked? Well, this weekend we will all know what Duddie has in store for us. Some people even say he's working on a web page by himself, and of course, where else to host his page than with the guys at EmuUnlim.Com. Yup, they're working together on this, and we will all know what's behind the curtain this coming weekend. And you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the URL to Duddie's Page. Oops, I think I went too far.
Another rumor courtesy of The Fox, is that a Jaguar emulator is in the works. Yes, this emulator will be capable of playing games. Although there weren't many great games for that console, games like Tempest 2000 come to mind. Still, you can probably find these consoles very cheap anywhere.
Well that's it for this edition of the Rumor Mill. And here are my predictions for the major releases. MAME? Give it a couple of weeks. Isn't it neat that MAME32 and MAME are on par for so long time? It'll be a while before the next release. Raine? Who knows? System16? Within a month. M72? Completely unknown. Jas-Sys1, before March. A new Retrocade beta? Pretty soon. A release date is unknown though. Thanks for reading yet another edition of The Rumor Mill. Catch you next week!

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