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The Rumor Mill - February 10, '99 by JoseQ
Updated! 8pm EST Read at the Bottom
Once again, the Qman returns with some nice rumors from around the scene. And I gotta tell you, this time I got some really cool stuff that you haven't read anywhere else. As a reminder, look at the header, and remember what you read here, may or may not materialize, although I will always hint you on when to expect that. The Rumor Mill is more like things in development and prototyping, and an outlook on things to come. This works out for authors who don't want to compromise placing a date on their plans and then having everyone bash them because of that. So let's get started with what I got for you today.
First the not so good news for the average Joe Emulation Gamer. It appears that CAGE will not be released publicly after all. The commercialization talks have once again resumed and it appears it will be a go for a retail product eventually. I'll keep you updated, but that's the latest, hot off today's press.
Speaking of commercial products, it seems that bleem is on its way to retail as well. Maybe not as you expected though. It seems that the bleem developers are in talks with some of the PSX software houses with a very interesting goal in mind. To get bleem inserted into the actual PSX CDs and have the actual PSX games just work on the PC thanks to bleem. Talk about a great idea! You could just go out and buy a Playstation game and play it on your PC at no extra charge while the bleem author gets his royalty as well. It's certainly a very ingenius concept.
As long as we are in the subject of console emulation. I've got some very interesting rumors from the SNES emulation world, official rumors from the two more popular emulators. Let's talk first about Snes9x. Seems like graphic interpolation is the hot topic recently since it has been added to MAME and BrSMS in the last week or so. Well Snes9x will be no exception as it is said it will get it soon. It is also mentioned that it will be the faster interpolation engine yet, so the performance hit won't be so big. Want more? This is a nice feature for those of you who used to play SNES on your Black & White TV. There will be a hidden easter egg that will display games in a greyscale so that you get that real old feeling like you used to have. If you are really nostalgic, that will really bring up memories.
Now to the other great SNES emulator, ZSnes. Well some of these rumors aren't good, but it appears zsKnight hasnt been working a lot on ZSnes lately. However some of the last changes include numerous speedups, as well as some bug fixes. A more interesting rumor, is that the code might even be released soon. This is something I'm sure many people would like to get their hands on. I'll keep you posted!
Other scarce rumors I got today seem to point out that a Jaguar Emulator is bound to be released really soon. Unfortunately there weren't too many games for that console, and it will probably be a little difficult to get the ROMs at first, but we'll see about that. I'll help as much as I can on that.
One last rumor is that the tip given out here earlier, is not the only hidden thing in the emulator. There are more things you can do with the keyboard to activate secret features. This is not too much of a rumor, but more like the real thing. More info on that later, if I find out what the secrets are.
And now the usual outlook on things to come. I expect to see a new beta of MAME within a week or so. Raine? Still no one knows. RockNES seems to be coming out soon. HU6280? Can we have any more releases? Retrocade... A private beta during this weekend. InterViews @ EmuViews? I've got a couple ligned up for you real soon. Thanks for reading!

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