- News for February 22, '99 -





Week In ReView - February 22, '99 by JoseQ
Welcome folks once again to one of the two weekly articles posted at EmuViews. Actually, if you have any suggestion for another weekly feature I could publish, just let me know!. And now back to this past week which I can certainly say has been the busiest so far. Just take a look at the Index of Articles and you can see the long list. Over 20 news updates since the last Week In ReView which was done on Monday, definitely has to be a record for me. Well let's get on with the ReView and talk about what we experienced.
Well, weird enough we started the week and ended the week with HU6280 releases. Jamsponge, who was briefly InterViewed here, talked to us about the next steps in the development life for HU6280 who has, as of late, turned into an emulator for the Windows platform. We actually had three releases during the week. The first one introduced Load/Save feature, the second one introduced the use of a .ini file for configuration, and the third one, beta 6, improved on compatibility and fixed some bugs. Definitely a busy week for Jamsponge.
The other busiest emulator came in just after the first HU6280 update. RockNES, obviously an NES emulator, was released three times during the week. After the RockNES Update in which the plans for release were mentioned, we had a 0.70 release, version 0.71 which fixed some things and break other ones, but a fix was quickly released in version 0.72. Also a busy week for Kris and Fx3.
Going back to the 16th, I got great news in the form of a Double Dribble dump made available to MAMEDEV. This was one of my favorite NES basketball games that I didn't have a chance to play a lot in the arcades. This game featured close-up dunk shots which would add a lot to the game, specially at a time when screen resolutions were very low and 3D rendering was pretty much unheard of.
Later that day, I posted an EV News Article about the latest MAME ROMs and some other miscelaneous news like Dboy releases and the italian version of MAME.
Very late that night, I got notice that ZS-SPC was released and made available at Zophar's. This is a Zophar's Domain exclusive SPC music player (music from SNES games). Worth a try if you're also into music nostalgia. Music alone can bring back so many memories.
In two different instances, I posted about new E-mail wars published at Emulators Unlimited. The first one placed SAV2880 against Dan Boris of MAMEDEV, MESS fame. And the second one posted just today, posted Zing against 64bit of the moonlit coalition in a very interesting interview. Also related to Emulators Unlimited, was a RealityMan interview as part of a Fixo Files edition posted on the 18th. Also very interesting indeed!
This weeks Rumor Mill wasn't up to par with the previous editions but there were just not too many rumors running around. I'll try to make it up to you this week.
I had to write about Back In Time. This is a site I was told about which looked great and offered a lot of great content for nostalgic people from the Atari 2600 era and others. Definitely worth a visit!
MAME32 went Beta 3 very quickly compared to what we had been accostumed to. This put MAME32 up to par with the DOS version just a few days after the release! Good work done by the MAME32 team!
A preview was given at the BrSMS page about a new emulation that will be added to that emulator that looks like some kind of SMS Computer. In reality, it will emulate a rare computer released by Sega a long time ago.
This is the third time I InterView this guy, but every time something interesting comes out. In the latest InterView with Neil Bradley we talk about the future of Retrocade, Windows Retrocade and his opinion on the UltraHLE/IDSA deal. A lot of Nintendo bashing included.
Hot from the MAMEDEV list I got information that Aaron Giles had submitted a driver for the Exidy gun games! You can find more details about these games inside the article, but I can just tell you some of them were real bloody and cool by that time. I will be playing those as soon as they're included in MAME, which should be real soon.
Late last night, Shane Monroe posteda new version of Retro Radio. In this 46 minute long show, he talks about the effects of UltraHLE among other things. Definitely worth a listen while you browse or have fun in mIRC.
The PSEmu Pro Page was updated with news that PSEmu should not be counted out yet. A very interesting posting was made by none other than Tratax. A must read for those PSEmu fans.
On a sad note, EmuNews moved out of Classicgaming in not so good terms. On a very long statement left on the page, Jim Pragit moves back to his original home, and shortly thereafter, Classicgaming pulled the page out and put a statement in its place. As a consequence, Matt Conte follows suit and decides to move his page out too. He is looking for someone to host him, and I will let you know where to look for his page pretty soon.
That basically covered all the news postings of this past week. Mostly RockNES and HU6280 covered the emu releases during the week, but a lot of interviews also helped fulfill out Emulation Scene info needs. Hopefully this week will be filled with even more energy and enthusiasm and I will be here to post just about everything I can found in the scene. A huge thanks for reading this huge article!

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