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The Rumor Mill - January 18,2003 by JoseQ
Well, it's been a while since I got around to writing a Rumor Mill, and while I don't have a lot of content like the good old days, I feel I have enough to give you guys a short look at what the word on the street is about some of the most active projects going on today. I hope that this edition gets some of the good'ole spy birds back into action, and maybe recruiting some new ones. So without further ado, here's what came down in this week's reports:
The longest report I got was pretty darn exciting. It involves the Java emulator CottAGE. The things being designed for this emulator makes the hair on the back of my neck stick out. Do you remember going to your favorite arcade and seeing your name on the 2nd place of the Hi-Score list? Didn't that make you want to play it even more? Well get ready for this. The guys behind CottAGE are working on a Hi-Score server, so that the scores are recorded on the net, permanently. Remember CottAGE is based on MAME, so it's basically adding support for the hiscore.dat file, with the added challenge of synchronizing it via the Internet as well as working out the possible simultaneous games going on. Anyhow, a net-wide hi-score system is something I've always wanted to see, and this might just do it. We've devoted a spy bird to exclusively follow Erik while he works on this feature.
More stuff surrounding the CottAGE project include the emulation of the CPS1/CPS2 sound system in Java. This may be coming out as a music player of sorts so that you can listen to Arcade game music via the web; and you know many of the Capcom tunes were pretty nice, and with David Raingeard and Romain Tisserand working on it, I'm sure it'll be great. My spy bird also caught a glimpse at CottAGE running in full screen. It has been apparently ported by David Grace and it can now run as an applet or application. Work is maybe already under way for the possibility of adding this feature to the web version.
The last interesting bit on the report, is that Gollum is planning to update CottAGE to put it in sync with MAME 0.63. Not only that but one of the pictures sent to me by this reporter included a look at the project's timeline. And it looks like the next few games supported are some of my favorites: "Ghost'n'Goblins" and "Contra". We'll follow this project closely to see what they can achieve.
Our France correspondent following Bock (of MEKA and SMS Power fame) sent in a report, although this one wasn't very pleasing. Bock has been very busy with other things, and his time devoted to the emulators has been nearly non-existent for the past few weeks, so don't expect any MEKA updates anytime soon. However, we're keeping a close eye as looks might be deceiving, and no one really knows what Bock might be up to.
We also setup camp near Quinntesson's AGES camp. While we have had a bit of trouble figuring out what Quinntesson has been working on we have developed a theory, and here's why: Our reports all indicate that Quinntesson has been spending a lot of time working on the emulator; however the screenshots we've managed to capture don't point to any major difference from the previous release. Our theory is that it must be a re-write of some kind, apparently moving the GUI to Windows API from MFC based on some documents we've managed to get our hands on. While this may not mean much to you or me, it should indeed help with the emulator stability and a cleaner code for the author to work with. In time we'll see if our theory is correct, but we're crossing our fingers on that it is.
Speaking of user interface changes, our main spy from down under, has caught Mike Beaver working on some GUI changes of his own. Apparently Mimic will have a Windows 9x-esque interface of it's own when Mimic 3.0 hits. That's all we could gather from that continent, but hopefully we will have more info for the next edition.
And last but certainly not least, we managed to setup a new camp around Ricky Liu's KiGB gameboy emulator development facilities. You will be very happy to know that Ricky has been working on emulating the Gameboy's Serial Link interface, but not for single PC emulation, but via the Network! Now you may say: "I've seen other emulators do that!" and you would be absolutely right. However, those can only get this to work with a few games. The list we saw included 25 games already tested! Most of them are marked as working fine, some as "slow" and two of them failed; but that's considerably more than any other emulator. I remember playing Tetris with my Gameboy for hours with friends via the Serial link, and in games like that, a little latency wouldn't hurt much, so as soon as this comes out, feel free to e-mail me if you want to get a Tetris game going. Kudos to Ricky for working on such a cool feature.
Well, that's all I have for this edition of the Rumor Mill. Now that I'm getting my spy birds active again, I might be able to get this going as a weekly feature, so we'll see about that. For now I hope you enjoyed this one. I want to definitely thank my spy birds for the wonderful work they did, and of course, thank you for reading!

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Name: Someone! Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - (1:28)
Subject: yeah!
From: user-0can461.cable.mindspring.com
Woohoo!! Nice to see this feature back. It's one of my favorite!!! Yeah!!

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Name: HowardC Posted: Monday, January 20, 2003 - (23:27)
Subject: Re: rumor mill
From: 24.197.93.245
Great to see some movement on this site again. It was my fav back in the day when I was a mear noob. :-)

Here's some rumors that I actually have some control over.

Look for mame to have a new dat file added in the forseeable future. Also look for the ipac to get some competition very soon. Oh and several cabinet front ends will be going high tech shortly, with each one adding, different, exciting, new features respectively.

Just my addition to the speculation. Let the gossip begin and welcome back JoseQ. :D

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Name: Crozbi Posted: Monday, January 20, 2003 - (11:56)
Subject: CAPS!
From: 195.153.38.154
We want to know about CAPS! Do you know anything about CAPS?

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Name: IceMan Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003 - (18:39)
Subject: excellent
From: webcacheh11a.cache.pol.co.uk
nice to see my favorite bit of EV return,

cheers JoseQ!

Ice

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Name: Posted: Monday, January 20, 2003 - (8:14)
Subject: Re: excellent
From: bzq-179-94-45.cablep.bezeqint.net
>nice to see my favorite bit of EV return,
>
>cheers JoseQ!
>
>Ice
>

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Name: RylandS Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003 - (16:32)
Subject: mame roms
From: 206-72-66-78.dsl.dock.net
Here is a rumor I am trying to find more on. Now that tombstone project is dead all the burners moved to another site, does anyone know what the new site is? This is only a rumor as far as I know but I hope it is true!!!!!!!!

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Name: a burner... Posted: Monday, January 20, 2003 - (12:38)
Subject: Re: mame roms
From: 205.200.189.2
Yes, it is true that the tombstone site is dead. The fact is though, if you looked around both before the site and still now you could find people to burn for you. I know the old tombstone site and AGEM mention something about an irc channel...

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Name: found it Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 - (21:23)
Subject: Re: Re: mame roms
From: 206-72-66-78.dsl.dock.net
Tombstone is not dead, it just split, the user pages are back but the burner pages moved to freemameroms.com

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Name: Revenant Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003 - (10:21)
Subject: Nice...
From: dialup-67.28.85.5.dial1.sacramento1.level3.net
This is the first time I've seen this site but I have to say...very nice. I love to hear rumors about a subject that I love. Keep up the good work.

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Name: Lynx Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003 - (7:01)
Subject:
From: proxy.parks.lv
Nice to see JoseQ back.
Ignore everyone who annoys you and keep your great work.

Greetings from Russian Emulation Team
http://Romov.Net

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Name: Kotatsuneko Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003 - (2:35)
Subject:
From: i107228.ap.plala.or.jp
hey hey hey!

here it is, ah had a nice danish and a can of tea just like in the old days at the lab...

thank you thank you thank you mr q and your spy birds for the return of such a great part of the scene....

oh and hey Portugese Pilot! great to see you back here! hope Anticupid and all the regulars return! Gameboy said he even saw Paranoid here last week!

kots/stolendata

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Name: ivwshane Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003 - (2:26)
Subject: Yes!!!!!!!!!!
From: astound-64-85-226-207.ca.astound.net
Alright the rumor mill is back!!!
And it's a pretty good one to boot!
Great work JQ! I hope your other spy birds get motivated to do some spying of their own.

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Name: Sephirstein/jj_frap Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (23:14)
Subject: That's a way, Jose!
From: hse-ottawa-ppp234975.sympatico.ca
Way to shut up those who kept calling you a lazy, selfish publicity hound!

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Name: WTC Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (19:17)
Subject: Nice to see the RM back
From: ool-4351014e.dyn.optonline.net
Hi JoseQ. I'm glad to see you bring back the rumor mill. This is a feature that is unique to your site, and I always loved reading it in the past. Regarding that feature that CottAGE is adding--won't the hiscore.dat files have to be synchronized with dipswitch settings? They should be grouped according to what the settings are, otherwise there will be players playing the easiest mode with more lives and beating the high scores of those who can play the harder modes with less lives. This would be very time consuming since there are many combinations of dipswitch settings. Maybe they can do something where unless the dipswitches are left at the default values, the scores won't be saved.

I just played Mr. Kougar and thought about this. I'm using a newer MAME where the dipswitches are set at the default settings compared to the previous version where I switched it to 5 lives mode. I'm surprised I got over 48000 points and got much higher than I ever did with the default settings than I did with 5 lives. Too bad I forgot to put the hiscore.dat file in the MAME32 directory, since the score is now gone.

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Name: JoseQ Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (19:35)
Subject: Re: Nice to see the RM back
True about the Dipswitch settings, but since this is a Java based emulator, they have control over that, so everyone would be playing with the same settings.

Remember you would be playing on the browser, so they have some control over how the games are played. -I think-

JoseQ

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Name: WTC Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (20:15)
Subject: Re: Re: Nice to see the RM back
From: ool-4351014e.dyn.optonline.net
So I guess if MAME ever wants to incorporate this change in the high score system, it should consider this since it's not Java based (though I think some versions of it are Java based).

>True about the Dipswitch settings, but since this is a Java based emulator, they have control over that, so everyone would be playing with the same settings.
>
>Remember you would be playing on the browser, so they have some control over how the games are played. -I think-
>
>JoseQ
>

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Name: Darren Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (16:16)
Subject: woo hoo!
From: ip68-100-198-20.nv.nv.cox.net
Rumor mill !!! Great to see you back JoseQ, nice job as well. ;-)


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Name: cooliscool Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (14:30)
Subject: good ol' rumor mill..
From: adsl-154-184-181.bna.bellsouth.net
GJ JoseQ. :)

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Name: Renegade Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (11:28)
Subject:
From: adsl-66-140-172-178.dsl.wchtks.swbell.net
Glad to see ya back JoseQ! Nice to see the rumor mill too ;-)

I hope your old "spys" report for duty.


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Name: PortuguesePilot Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (11:27)
Subject: rumor mill
From: 217.129.48.168
nice to see the rumor mill back in action.

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Name: nicolasldc Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (11:05)
Subject: rummor mill
From: 200.206.215.15
welcome back rummor mill!
hope it becomes weekly again!
nice job JoseQ!!!

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Name: Rad Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2003 - (10:55)
Subject: rumor mill
From: inktomi3-not.server.ntl.com
Nice to see the rumor mill back :-)
This will be the highlight of the week for sure.

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Name: Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003 - (14:46)
Subject: Re: rumor mill
From: alyon-106-1-2-123.abo.wanadoo.fr
whoops !
sorry !
wrong door !
where are the toots ???

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