Arcade 64

Now this sounds like my kind of party! (Thanks to Davo for the link on that one).

Dont think retro fashion, think RETRO GEEK! Vintage computing and gaming meets arcades and the finest local and international live acts for a night of blistering beats, acid, techno, breaks and console bleeps. Get down to the big ass bass or blister those thumbs on a NES, Atari, C64, Neo Geo or any of many other gaming flashbacks powered up and on site for those of us who were more geeking up at home then doing the John Travolta…. screw the 80’s… insert coin to play!

MAME 0.80 released

Over the weekend MAME 0.80 was released. Updates and new games since 0.79 (including changes made in the 0.79u1, 0.79u2, 0.79u3 & 0.79u4) are:

  • Area 51 (Nov 15, 1995)
  • Atari PSX
  • Battle Garegga (Austria / Hong Kong) (Sat Feb 3 1996)
  • Battle of the Solar System
  • Bongo
  • Botanic
  • Bulls Eye Darts
  • Cool Boarder Arcade Jam
  • Double Cheese
  • F-15 Strike Eagle
  • F-X
  • Galaga (Midway set 2)
  • Galaga (Namco rev. B)
  • Great Sluggers (Japan)
  • Hunchback (Galaxian hardware)
  • Kung-Fu Taikun (alt)
  • Kusayakyuu
  • Lethal Enforcers (Japan ver JAD)
  • Lethal Enforcers (US ver UAE)
  • Mad Alien
  • Mahjong Electron Base (parts 2 & 3, alt., Japan)
  • Mahjong Electron Base (parts 2 & 3, Japan)
  • Mahjong Electron Base (parts 2 & 4, Japan)
  • Mahjong Neruton Haikujirada (Japan)
  • Martial Champion (US ver UAD)
  • Psychic Force EX (?)
  • Quadro Quiz II
  • Quasar
  • Quasar (Alternate)
  • Quiz 365 (Japan)
  • Radikal Bikers
  • Samurai Shodown III / Samurai Spirits – Zankurou Musouken (set 2)
  • Shanghai Matekibuyuu
  • Sorcer Striker (World, alt)
  • Soul Calibur (SOC14/VER.C)
  • Space Fever (black and white set 2)
  • Space Fever (color set 2)
  • Space Launcher
  • Speed Up
  • Strikers 1945 (Alt)
  • Super Slam (alt)
  • Super Tank Attack (prototype?)
  • Surf Planet
  • Talbot
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (US 4 Players, set 2)
  • Tetris (bootleg set 2)
  • Time Pilot (Atari)
  • Violence Fight (US)
  • Wiggie Waggie
  • Zintrick / Oshidashi Zentrix (hack / bootleg)
  • Zoom 909

Also new and worth checking out on the MAME from is m.a.w.s., which is an online database of all MAME ROM information.

MAME 0.79 released

MAME 0.79 was released 31th January. Of note is the changes to the memory management:

Another big memory change. [Aaron Giles]

The biggest change is the way address maps are declared in the drivers. Rather than having separate read and write address maps, there is now support for a single, merged map. In order to minimize the amount of code churn, there is currently still support for two separate address maps per address space, but they are combined into one internally early on in the memory initialization and setup.

Other changes to it are as follows:

New Games supported or promoted from GAME_NOT_WORKING status:

  • Scramble Spirits
  • Triv Four (1985 Status)
  • Super Triv III (1986 Status)
  • Winning Spike
  • Whizz
  • More More Plus
  • Pairs Love

New Clones supported or promoted from GAME_NOT_WORKING status:

  • Perestrokia Girls (without Fuuki license)
  • Changes (EME license)
  • VS. Tennis (Japan)
  • Dual Assault

New Non-Working games / clones supported:

  • Varia Metal
  • Denjin Makai (protected)
  • Super Hang On Limited Edition
  • Plasma Sword (parent to Star Gladiator 2)

XMAME 0.78.1 released

Looks like XMAME slipped out the other day. Changes in this version are:

  • Everything from MAME 0.78 and MESS 0.78.You can now “make tools” without first having to “make osdepend”. Fixed a couple of minor problems with src/unix/Makefile and src/unix/unix.mak. (Adam Di Carlo)
  • Rearranged a bit of code to allow the MESS tools to build.
  • Added JOY_SDL to the makefile so that the SDL joystick plugin can be enabled for non-SDL targets. The SDL target still enables the plugin without requiring JOY_SDL to be set.
  • The ALSA module now builds against ALSA 1.0. Fixes Bugzilla bug 501.
  • Changed the abbreviation of “-pause_brightness” to “-pbrt” to prevent a conflict with “-playback”.
  • Added double buffering, enabled via “-doublebuf”, to the SDL target. (Thomas Jarosch)
  • Deprecated the SDL target’s “-modenumber” in favor of “-vidmode_w” and “-vidmode_h”. (Thomas Jarosch)
  • Updated the included zlib library to 1.2.1, which should be faster than 1.1.4.
  • Fixed an infrequent spurious error reported by zlib 1.2.1. (Mark Adler)
  • OpenVMS support should be close now. (Robert Alan Byer)
  • Changed the man path to $(PREFIX)/man/man6, which is more FHS-compliant according to Andre Majorel.

The source is available over here. Its looks like there is no RPM packages from FreshRPMs yet though. For the list of newly supported games, refer to my previous post on the release of MAME 0.78,

Old school gaming exhibition starts this week

This week the Weapons of Mass Distraction exhibition starts. The opening night is actually tonight. Things kick off at 6pm apparently. Details (again) are:

Weapons of Mass Distraction
50+ machines from the 1970s/80s and assorted gaming parapharnalia
opens January 8th – February 4th, 2004
location Spacejunk Industries, 30 Pittwater Rd, Manly. NSW. Australia for more info

MAME 0.78 released

Yesterday, just in time for Christmas, MAME 0.78 was released. Changes to the games are as follows:

New Games supported or promoted from GAME_NOT_WORKING status:

  • 7jigen no Youseitachi
  • Aquarush
  • Ashita no Joe
  • Biofreaks (Prototype)
  • Bonanza Bros
  • Borderline (bootleg)
  • California Speed
  • Cross Pang
  • Crypt Killer
  • Dynamic Country Club
  • Ehrgeiz
  • Fighting Layer
  • Funny Bubble
  • Mahjong Angels
  • Mahjong Campus Hunting
  • Mahjong Yarunara
  • Mr Driller
  • Quiz Rouka Ni Tattenasai
  • Quiz TV Gassyuukoku
  • Super Tank
  • Tekken 3

New Clones supported or promoted from GAME_NOT_WORKING status:

  • Chinese Hero (older)
  • Delta Race (omega Race bootleg)
  • Fighting Hawk (World)
  • Lode Runner III – The Golden Labyrinth
  • Pairs V1.2
  • Premier Soccer (EAB)
  • Vs. Atari R.B.I. Baseball (set 2) [Pierpaolo Prazzoli]

New Non-Working games / clones supported:

  • Ace Driver
  • Battle Arena Toshinden 2 (USA)
  • Beastorizer
  • Brave Blade
  • Champion Baseball Japan set 2
  • Crackdown
  • Gain Ground
  • Gallop Racer 2 (USA)
  • Judge Dredd (Rev C)
  • Judge Dredd (Rev B)
  • Mr Driller 2
  • NBA Jam Extreme
  • Primal Rage 2
  • Quiz Syukudai wo Wasuremashita
  • Scramble Spirits
  • Star Gladiator
  • Strider 2 (ASIA)
  • Strider 2 (USA)
  • Super Masters Golf
  • Target Balls offline

Currently the excellent MAME information and ROM repository is offline. It would appear that their web hosting company went bust.

Update 08/Dec/2003: For those of you who desperately want back, and can’t figure out how to find ROMs by any other means, you can either hit up Usenet (alt.binaries.emulators.mame) or hookup with a ROM burner in your area. Also other suggested reading is on Usenet. Also this site looks like it could be good for getting individual ROMs.

XMAME 0.76.1 Released

XMAME 0.76.1 finally was released on Sunday. FreshRPMS has updated RPMS for RedHat users, and also the packages for the great GTK+ based frontend gxmame has been updated to handle the changes to some of the switches which were introduced in MAME 0.74.

Also worth mentioning is a new(ish) site; MameDB. Since the demise of, there hasn’t been a site which has all the information on the games provided in the accessable format which provided. MameDB is there to fill that gap.

New games for MAME 0.76 are as follows Continue reading “XMAME 0.76.1 Released”

XMAME 0.74.1 released

A new version of XMAME has finally been released. You can grab a patch against 0.72.1 or the full tarball. I guess it should only be a matter of time when the FreshRPMs packages are done.

Changes since 0.72.1:

  • Everything from MAME 0.74 and MESS CVS.
  • Reapplied David Mitchell’s fix for the XInput inertial effect when a mouse or spinner is used. (Jake Stookey)
  • Added support for controllor setup via “-ctrlr“. Note that “-hotrod” and “-hotrodse” have been replaced by “-ctrlr HotRod” and “-ctlrlr HotRodSE“.
  • Added support for the Sun Forte 7 C compiler. (Greg Menke)
  • Added support for Mesa and Sun OpenGL on Solaris. (Greg Menke)

MAME 0.74 released

*sigh* My MAME collection is still sitting back at 0.71, and I haven’t had a chance to get all the updates of 0.72 and 0.73. One day. Looks like 0.74 is more of a minor update/bugfix from 0.73. According to the following has been added:

  • Apocaljpse Now
  • Bang! (japan)
  • Dancing Eyes (DC1/VER.A)
  • Explorer
  • Hangly-Man (set 3)
  • Quiz & Variety Sukusuku Inufuku (Japan)
  • MegaTech: Afterburner
  • MegaTech: The Revenge Of Shinobi
  • MegaTech: Shinobi
  • Kosodate Quiz My Angel 3 (KQT1/VER.A)
  • Natsuiro Mahjong (Japan)
  • Ojanko Club (Japan)
  • Miyasu Nonki no Quiz 18-Kin
  • Super-X (NTC)
  • Super-X (Mitchell)

The Windows version of MAME can downloaded over here. Unfortunately MacMAME and XMAME haven’t been updated since 0.71 and 0.72 respectively. 🙁