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Week In Review - August 10,1998 by JoseQ
Well yay, it started out as a slow week but it got fast at the end,and it had an awesome ending. Let me start by saying why I've beenhaving some troubles with the multi-language site. Last saturday as Iwas about to install Linux, my Windows partitions suffered a completeformatting by some buggy FAT32 driver in Linux. As a result I lost allmy e-mails, documents, source codes for my old games, most of my3D Meshes, etc. etc. So you know if you were waiting for some e-mailfrom me, I lost your address, so send me some here.
So let's get it on as to what happened this week. Initially we hadsome great news reading about how System16 got full YM3438 support.This meant that some games, specifically the System18 games, will nowhave real sound emulated from the ROMs. No more samples for thosegames (Alien Storm among others).
As promised then, Psyke was releasedas well as a closely following VooDoo2 patch for some people withproblems. I've heard mixed comments as to how Psyke is working withmost people not getting many games to work at all. If you've had a goodexperience with it, please let me know.
Later in the week, the NeoRAGE team decided to Show somemore screenshots from upcoming releases at ROMLIST. Thesewere from games like Waku Waku 7, Fatal Fury Real Bout, and Shock Trooper.
After that we had some slow days and news about Retrocade Betas,Neo Geo ROMs, andRenegade were posted. Renegadeis very close to being fully working and should be around in one of thenext MAME betas.
Finally, after a long hiatus, Dtmnt came back with a newrelease. It was supposed to be a faster release and with a little moresupport for sound. This was the first of 3 releases during the week! Youcan download any of the 3 versions at our Emulators Page.
Also, we were very proud to be included in a magazine article. Themagazine is called Edge and is distributed in the UK. Emulation Experienceowner was kind enough to scan the article and post it so we could allread it. It is five pages long and touches some interesting points aboutMAME and emulation in general.
After much debate about why would Retrocade exists, Idecided to write something up and came up with the Top 5 Reasonswhy Retrocade exists, and why you will like it. If you still have your doubtsread it. I've played it, and I love it. It looks like it will be everyonesfavorite emulator (that's my opinion).
Mr. Koot of Snes9X fame, Releaseda Windows beta version of his great SNES emulator. This had somefeatures disabled but they will be fully working and available once thefinal version comes about in a few weeks.
We had our first InterView since we were shutdown! DanB talked with usabout his experiences writing emulators, working in different projects,the laws around emulation and MAME. Read this very interestingInterView. Thanks to Dan for his time in answering all those questions.
Incredibly enough, and a short time after the Release Candidate,MAME was released.This version is virtually identical to the previous RC1 release. It includesa much better Wonder Boy in Monster Land driver which Itested last night. Its still slow, and sound was very buggy, but this timeit is very playable as all the graphics are there. I'm looking forward toplaying this game entirely. Other than that, no ROMs were changed.
And as if that weren't a good enough of an ending, Shane R.Monroe of Insert Coindecided to begin transmission. RetroRadio came about last nightfor the first time. It is a Real Audio show that is scheduled to last about10 minutes every week. It will feature video game profiles, trivias and aweekly update. This is one great idea many people tried to capitalize on,and was done greatly by the big Coin, with style and finesse. If you havelistened to it two times or less, pay him a visit, it is worth your while.
That's it for this weekly update. There are many news floating aroundand I will be updating during the day as always. Thanks for reading!

One Article Up: MAME32 0.33 has been released!
One Article Down: RetroRadio begins transmitting!

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