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Rumor Mill II - February 24,1999 by JoseQ
Well, rather than update, I will just write up a newarticle to make sure you don't miss these bits that Ifound. For that I just created a new little icon so thatit wouldn't be twice on the page. However, it is stillwednesday, so why not send some more rumorsyour way, eh? I finally heard from one of my favoriteemulators and I'm very pleased with the info I received,and then some more status reports.
To start with the Rumor Mill again, the Qman has learned that even thoughwe havent had a release of M72 since October (believe itor not), the emulator is far from dead. In fact, thedevelopment has continued with the building of a fastercore. Instead of having the old C core under the hood, thenext release will house a brand new ASM based core, whichis sure to speed the performance up for those great games.I know we're all looking forward for those new M92 games,but faster R-type alone should be enough for those of you,shooter fans.
Speaking of speed, good old Larry Bank has informed methat Cage keeps on getting speed gains with recently Dig Dugand Pengo becoming playable on a 486-66. I know most of uswould have to dig up our graveyard to get a 486-66, but there are many little brothers, and parents running onthose vapor based machines. I know my dad like these kindof news. However, he will probably not be very happyabout the next ones.
Jrok has informed the Q, that the new JAS emulator, JAS-SYS1 is still on schedule for a release in two days. That'sright, friday should mark the day when the public can stoplooking at Pacmania screenshots, and start playing thegame. However, rumor has it that your system will have tobe pretty strong if you want to have the whole Pacmaniaexperience. Think about a PII-350 for all the music, sfxand graphics to move along at the designed speed. And hey,Galaga '88, Q says wait a little longer.
Another quick rumor I just remembered. Rumor has it thatEmuNews Serviceis coming back with a vengeance. Not only have I heard thatit will be revamped into a whole new design, it will comeback with a friendly URL and non-AOL hosting powers. Soexpect to get to Emunews easier than ever, and with a wholenew set of looks. Now you may be wondering when as well.The Qman has digged out a date for you, and what I hear isthat as soon as this weekend! Be prepared for a nice comeback!
Well that's pretty much it for rumors this week. If Iget any more, I may update again. Releases this week? As ifJAS-SYS1 won't be enough this friday, that will pretty muchbe it. Other than minor update releases, don't expect Reality 2to be playable for at least two more weeks. MAMEnet? It'llbe some time, don't hold your breath. It's a great concept,but very difficult to integrate into the official dev branch. As Neil said in his InterView, it will be some weeksbefore we get Retrocade. That pretty much wraps it up. Thanksfor reading The Rumor Mill!

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