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Truth or Fake? - October 06,1998 by JoseQ
You have seen reports of BLEEM, you may even have seenpictured, and you may have very well visited the BLEEM Home Pageand filled out the form to be a beta tester. One thingthat I'm sure you haven't done, is play with it. I may betalking too loud, or maybe too much, but BLEEM is fake. Andhere is my detailed report. But first, if you don't knowwhat BLEEM is, here's an introduction.
A few days ago, some few Emulation Site Owners (notincluding yours trule) were sent an e-mail note about this"secret" Playstation emulator. Like its CapXtra friend, itdid everything no other emulator did. It has sound, it playswell on a P166, it has movie decoding, and of course, itplays ALL your favorite Playstation games. One EmuSite wentout of its way and "accidentally" posted all the detailsfrom this "secret" mailnote. The author, who wanted to keepthis all a secret, also managed to send this site somepictures, and continue to send them pictures of theemulator showing its true potential. The Golden Award goesto EmulationUnlimited for going out of its way and posting all thisinformation (as given to them) about BLEEM. You might go there and check the news section.
Now, why do I call this a fake? Ok, first rule of thumb.When something seems too good to be true, most of the timeit is. They have been claiming that this is the best thingout there, and some extra bla bla bla. Thats the firststrike right there.
Second, by doing some investigative work, I found myself talking on the phonewith the owner of Whats the secondrule of thumb? When a person doesn't know what they're talking about, they certainly can't code an emulator. Whenasked if they had any sort of inside documentation aboutthe emulator to be able to emulate it to perfection, theycompletely denied that. No documentation was made available.Then I asked "Then you did all the hard work yourself, anddid a good job at reverse engineering huh?", to which I gotthe reply of "No, none of that either". So I guess they justread the CD-ROM data and decided the best way to play thosegames. Second strike.
Third strike was even more obvious. The person on thephone babbled about BLEEM's praise for quality, and qualityonly. He complained about downloading HUGE emulators (likePsyke, which is a minute and a half download on a 33.6 modem), and then they "don't work". "BLEEM works, and it'snot like those other emulators coded in C" and bla bla bla.To which I replied "Oh, you did all this work in ASM thento get speed and all?" to which again he said "No, none ofthat". I thought that maybe they were using Qbasic, so I hadto ask "What is it then?". After a very confident pause, hesaid "It's machine code". Lucky for me I spent 5 years getting a Computer Engineering degree and I obviously knowto differentiate between ASM and machine code. They're sogood they actually programmed in binary form. Damn it'sgotta be fast! Strike Three, at least this guy on the phonehas struck out.
Why would someone go through all this trouble then? Hmm,everyone wants to be famous every once in a while. And tobe honest, there's a certain emulation site who wants toget a lot of attention all of the time, and this certainlyworked. I can't see the connection since the page and guyon the phone are in California, and Emulation Unlimited isbased in the UK, but it all seems weird how this site keepsgetting shots from the emu. Next question is, yeah but paya Domain Name? Well you can signup for a domain name and getbilled 30 days after it's been working, so that's a possibility.
Bottom line is that I advise you not to get happy aboutthis, as even the guy on the phone said they were planningon selling this emulator. I wouldn't hold my breath on that.In my opinion this emulator is very fake. As all of you, Iwish this guy would shut me up, and send me a working PSXemu with sound. Which of course I wouldn't try cause I don'tlike getting my HD erased, and either way I have no PSXCDs. So good luck BLEEM, you're in my history album rightnext to CapXtra, another very famous Emulator.

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Name: Lech Posted: Friday, October 27, 2000 - (21:30)
Subject: Bleem!
Bleem! is a kick ass emulator that runs many PSX games.
before you go bagging it i suggest you try it out. your review is crap and bleem works great even though i only have the demo.

It is the best PSX emulator out by a mile.

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Name: Sonic Oak Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2000 - (12:05)
Subject: It works for real
I am running on a cheesy Pentium 400. Bleem works miracles and seems to be equal to its Playstation counterpart in every way. How can you complain? You should complain if you have a bad copmputer and are stuck with nothing but a 166 Pentium.

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Name: PSEXTREMER Posted: Saturday, June 10, 2000 - (6:52)
Subject: About time
Bleem is soooo hype. Yeah, it plays most PS games, but it plays most of it in crap form, you'd be nuts cause you'd have to buy a dual 800 processor with a geforce256 2, and still achieve half the speed of say VGS or PSEMU pro which has support for 3d cards. Bleem makes the graphic looks good, but man, someone forgot about sound, I wish someone would still update the old psemu pro code, that one turned into the vgs, but I think for compatibility reasons and performance figures, they only used software rendering, man, I would like ot see the psemu pro do some of the latest games in 3dfx glide or d3d.

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