- News for January 20, '99 -





The Rumor Mill - January 20, '99 by JoseQ
Welcome to another edition of the Rumor Mill. As you may have noted, not a lot has happened in a while. After having six news updates on Monday, I had nothing to post yesterday. So still, I had time to gather some rumors for you to chew on while the big wave hits (if it ever does). It may be a rumor, but something tells me that everything I say nothing is happening, something does happen, so [knocking on wood] let's just hope something starts happening soon. So here are the rumors.
First from the Raine front. Remember how I've been expecting this little baby to come out since last year? Well apparently it's starting to get serious now, as we should start getting more of those ROMs ready to distribute in the next few days which is a good sign for an upcoming release. I think people will agree with me in that we prefer less new games and more releases rather than one release with a lot of new games. Specially if each of them takes a long time to download over regular connections. So this may be a rumor, but expect to play that naughty Raine game before the end of the month.
I am very fortunate to know of a very very cool game being added to System16, and no, it's not Body Slam. I doubt we will be seeing it anytime soon, but I [and I know everyone] will be inmensely happy when this game hits the emulation scene. A System16 release? There may be one soon, but I would expect maybe next month, unless Nao and Thierry feel good enough to let us have those sample-less voices running on our PCs soon.
There have been many changes submitted after MAME 0.35b1 was released, but the list has gotten a little silent recently. It may also be a sign of a new release coming out soon, or also of some having problems getting those changes into their builds. Don't expect to see Pole Position or Street Fighter I in the next release, but a couple of new games, and better Sega support among other things.
Speaking of Street Fighter I, I have read from a very reliable source, that a non-MAMEDEV is working on the SF1 driver. I have even seen pics that look pretty convincing. The game is apparently playable but there are some graphic glitches in the background images among other little problems. Give it a month or so before you get to play this game on MAME or maybe a standalone emulator.
The sounds on the JAS-SYS1 emulator are getting better and better I hear. Supposedly, sound emulation is complete and working. The only problem is, you will need a pretty hefty machine to play the games with full sound enabled. Something like a PII-333 comes to mind when you think of all the hardware involved in those games. Something to look forward too. Hopefully we will get an alpha-release pretty soon. Expect to see it here as soon as it hits the net.
There are plenty of rumors of secretly worked on N64 emulators, and Windows versions of existing emulators, but too many and too vague to go into them in this edition of Rumor Mill. So until next week, I will leave you thinking about the future of Emulation. Thanks for reading!

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