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A Year Ago Today... - October 20,1999 by JoseQ
Not much going on in the emulation world, so I guessit is time to take a look back one year and see what washappening. There were a couple of very interesting postingson the site by this time in 1998. So taking a few days backto October 16, of last year, we find an article I wroteabout bleem! Frequent readers may remember that I havenever believed in an emulator delivering on all the specsthat were published initially, thus thinking it was a fake.While talking to Randy, it's programmer, I decided to givehim the benefit of the doubt, and write a "What if we bleem!" articledetailing the sorts of impacts this emulator could haveon the scene and the industry.
Another very interesting read was posted right nextto that one, this time an InterView. Bryan McPhail famous for drivers like Midnight Resistance, Robocop, Xenophobe, and morerecently games like Raiden have become supported thanksto him. You may want to know the man behind all thosecool drivers by reading the InterView.
And yet another interesting article not related to newsitself, but on the emulation scene. This one was writtenby 'Nightbird', and posted at EmuViews with the title: "Emulation Evolution". As thetitle suggests, Nightbird covers what emulation had cometo since it's beginnings to what it was a year ago. Doesit still hold true? Has it followed a certain path? Justread through it.
A small news article was postedto cover our then new ReViewer Maddog, an article postedby Naz which is no longer available, and a time when Iwas interviewed by the folks at the 411.
We were graced then by a release of the very popularHU6280 which was being updatedfrequently by then. However, this was when the emulatorlived in a DOS world and its Windows version hadn't shownup yet.
An article titled: "Mess will be first with Atari 7800" ended up not being true. The MESS page hadbeen updated with the first screenshots of Atari 7800emulation ever, and it was done by MESS. However, sinceMESS was bugged down by huge delays, Dan Boris decidedto pull his driver out and make a stand-alone emulatorwhich we got to know as v7800. However, MESS did comeout not too long ago, and it now supports Atari 7800emulation. I thought it was worth to note it wasn'tthe first though.
Another then updated emulator, Nofrendo, receiveda speed upgrade with improvementsdone by its author Matt Conte. However, even though theauthor specified that a new release was imminent, theemulator seems to have sadly died since. Really sadindeed, since he even got his own domain for it.
Another news update which you won't be able to fullyenjoy presented the first tasteat Neo Geo sound emulation when Org from ROMLISTrecorded a small mp3 file of his computer playing PuzzleBobble. He didn't want to specify which emulator it wasrunning, but it was definitely a teaser for all of uswho had only played Gekko by that time.
Yet another dead update, about the Rolling Thunder Emu F.A.Q.which was hosted at Dave's Classics even when it wasstill davesclassics.com. We all know how that stoppedworking a long time ago, and even now, it changed onceagain to Vintage Gaming and Dave's partial retirementfrom his site. Things sure have changed in a year there...
And not to be outdone by that mysterious emulatoron ROMLIST, MAME added full Neo Geo sound support to its core on October 20th oflast year. That was awesome news for many since Neo Geoemulation has always been very popular, and the lack ofsound had many people wanting more.
And the last update for the same day, exactly one yearago, was one of the last releases of Handy. Handy 0.50 had come out withsupport for full screen Direct Draw support. Made a nicebut weird difference since you would be able to play Lynx games much bigger than you could had ever done it before.

And that's A Year Ago Today...

One Article Up: MacMESS updated to 0.36b6!
One Article Down: MESS 0.36 b7!

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Name: SAV2880 Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 - (16:26)
Subject: True on Bleem
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That's a good point on Bleem! Of course we all speculated everything from the wonders of wonders, to the lows of lows as to what it would do to emulation. The truth of it is, it hasn't done much, if nothing else, cause a lot of the emulator authors who do it for free have the standards set so high that Bleem, while it's technically wonderful, just isn't there. I bought it, so I am hoping that 1.5 gets it much closer. :)

Scott

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Name: dude Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 - (10:44)
Subject: Ahh... Nostalgia.
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Thanks JoseQ for bringing back all of these GREAT memories. I remember (and maybe even downloaded?) that mp3 from ROMLIST. But wasn't it Puzzle Bubble?
Bleem STILL hasn't met all of those specs published so long ago that they claimed they had (at the time) already accomplished. As you well pointed out many changes are taking place all throughout emulation. But I see change as a good thing. Emulation is my favorite thing right after sex (maybe before :) because it (unlike sex sometimes) IMPROVES with age. Every emulator gets better with the passage of time. I'm sure some guys (and gals) out there would agree? Do you?

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Name: JoseQ Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 - (11:00)
Subject: Re: Ahh... Nostalgia.
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You were right, I misnamed the game. There's too many bubble games. I updated the article accordingly. :)

About the sex and emulation part, hey, speak for yourself mister. Heheh, I know some 16-20 year olds will disagree since it improved from none to some. :) After that, it's all downhill for most. Viagra might change that though, just make sure it doesn't get stuck in your throat, or you can get a stiff neck.

Emulation has gotten better with time, and it also always feels like it's only the beginning. There are always new stuff to look forward to, and I hope that at least that doesn't change.

I'll keep reporting for as long as it keeps happening! :)

JoseQ

>Thanks JoseQ for bringing back all of these GREAT memories. I remember (and maybe even downloaded?) that mp3 from ROMLIST. But wasn't it Puzzle Bubble?
>Bleem STILL hasn't met all of those specs published so long ago that they claimed they had (at the time) already accomplished. As you well pointed out many changes are taking place all throughout emulation. But I see change as a good thing. Emulation is my favorite thing right after sex (maybe before :) because it (unlike sex sometimes) IMPROVES with age. Every emulator gets better with the passage of time. I'm sure some guys (and gals) out there would agree? Do you?
>

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Name: dude Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 - (12:43)
Subject: Re: Ahh... Nostalgia.
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Emulation, despite the forces that work against it, will remain for all time. It is a GOD sent gift for us gameplayers, who have lost our game systems of old to trading, to "friends" who permanently borrowed them, sale (to get other system) or just hardware heaven.

Also, how many of you remember trading 2, 3 or more of your used games just for that ONE new game that had just come out at the local Flea Market? "Well there goes half my collection, but it's okay, 'cause I got ."

For as long as game companies continue to make software, and continue to release new hardware, emulation will prosper. For the programmers that are emulation's lifeblood will never (unless the game Industry (GOD forbid) crashes) run out of things to emulate.

As for those 16-20 year olds that you know, tell them they need to practice more. "Some" is not enough, practice makes perfect. :)

Keep up the good work JoseQ, you are the man!

dude

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