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Bleem - November 03,1998 by NightBird
Nightbird is an independent Writer for EmuViews
Bleem. This emulator has been surrounded in scepticism since it was announced about a month ago. Why? Because it seemed way too good to be true. As the old saying goes, "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is." That old quote has held true for the most part, and fakes like CapXtra, and Banshee are proof of that.
But Bleem is unique in the aspect that we've all seen the screenshots and still we wouldn't believe. "The boy who cried Wolf." comes to mind, in that story a young boy would yell "WOLF" at the top of his lungs, and the whole town would run. I'm guessing that this is exactly what's happened with the emulation community. We've become so afraid of fakes we won't even consider them as real until definate proof is available.
This is quite a sad state of affairs when a programmer's hard work won't be recognized because it seems "too good" to be possible. I myself believed Bleem to be fake, I'm sure almost everyone did.
Now that Bleem has been confirmed to be real, everyone wants it. I know I can't wait to check it out when it's released. And you won't hear me say "Oh I knew it was real all the time!", I DID think it was fake, and have been proven wrong. I've never been this happy to be wrong in my life.
So what does this mean to the future of emulation? That depends on how you look at it. You might think Bleem is going to be the standard by which all other emulators are judged. That would be a horrible mistake, one should NEVER compare one's work with that of another. Programmers should do what they know they can do, so what if X emulator can run more games than Y emulator, X emulator didn't get there over night. Authors should continue to work, shouldn't take Bleem as a threat.
If on the other hand, you think Bleem will lead to emulation's downfall, well, only time will tell what develops. I'm no Psychic, I can't tell the future, so emulation can either flourish or decline rapidly from here on.
Well, I just had to get that said. To the Bleem Team, this Doubting Thomas has seen the light, and it is good! Looking forward to experiencing it for myself.

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