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News Roundup: Jaunary 20 - March 21

mossy_11 on Friday, 22 March 2013. Posted in News

Apologies for the break in service. We should be back to roundups every 4-5 weeks from here on out. We could always do with volunteers to help carry the weight, though.


Atari 2600 emulator Stella hit version 3.8 in February, with major changes to the sound system and ZIP archive handling. 3.8.1 followed at the beginning of March, with a few bugfixes and support for TIA RSYNC writes. See the Stella news page for more details. As always, you can get a download link here.


After taking more than nine years to reach its first stable release, ResidualVM has already popped out another one. Version 0.1.1 fixes around 20 bugs in the engine code and a dozen in Grim Fandango’s game data. Get it from the ResidualVM downloads page.


Sega Saturn emulator Yabause got its first update in 14 months near the end of January. Version 0.9.12 (link to announcement post) includes major updates to both the software and OpenGL renderers, adds ISO support to the OS X port, and adds the debug interface to the Qt port. Grab it from the Yabause download page.


Four years to the day after its last release, Sega Master System, Game Gear, SG-1000, ColecoVision, and NES (those last two are newly-added) emulator CrabEmu has been updated to version 0.2.0. You’ll have to download it for the full (and lengthy) changelog, but there’s been extensive work done on the GUI and Master System core.


Continue reading for more emulator updates from the past two months, including new versions of FS-UAE, XRoar, DBGL, VirtualBox (of course), and more.

News Roundup: December 9 - January 19

mossy_11 on Sunday, 20 January 2013. Posted in News

Codeweavers released CrossOver 12 in mid-December. This version introduces an experimental new “Mac Driver” that removes the requirement for the X Window System (thereby making installation friendlier to casual users). CrossOver 12 also includes improvements to Wine and improved support for many applications. See here for the announcement post.


It’s been a long time coming, but ResidualVM finally has a stable release. ResidualVM is ScummVM’s sister project, focused on the handful of 3D LucasArts adventures—Grim Fandango and Escape From Monkey Island—plus Myst 3 Exile. This release supports Grim Fandango, making the game playable on modern computers. Head over to the ResidualVM website for a download and more information.


Nintendo Wii and Gamecube emulator Dolphin officially ticked over from 3.0 to 3.5 in December. This milestone rounds up work done over nearly 18 months, resulting in hundreds of nightly builds, and brings the “stable” codebase mostly up to date. You can get version 3.5 or the latest nightly builds from the Dolphin download page.

Continue reading for more emulator updates, including new versions of PPSSPP, QMC2, Mednafen, Stella, PCSX-Reloaded, and more.

News Roundup: November 8 - December 8

mossy_11 on Sunday, 09 December 2012. Posted in News

There’s a new PSP emulator on the scene! From one of the members of the Dolphin team, in collaboration with the fine folks of the Internet, PPSSPP uses a JIT (just in time) compiler to keep its hardware requirements minimal, and it’s looking very promising. At this early stage (0.4 at the last release) it has been confirmed as supporting several games, but nothing at 100% compatibility. It’s being developed on five platforms simultaneously, so expect rapid progress. Check it out. (The Mac version must be built from source.)


The classic and groundbreaking real-time-strategy game Dune II is now playable in your web browser. Based on the game’s open-source implementation OpenDune, Dune 2 Online seems pretty faithful to the original experience. I haven’t encountered any problems yet, but I’m still early on in the campaign.


ZX Spectrum emulator zxsp reached version 0.8.0.pre9 this week. The developer wrote a long-ish post explaining the new features in detail. In short, the emulator now supports audio input from a standard audio input device, and it includes memory inspectors. Get it here (scroll to the bottom).


It was a quiet month in emulation on the Mac, but continue reading for more updates—including progress on the Mini vMac Cocoa port and new versions of QEMU, VICE, and FCEUX.

News Roundup: September 16 - November 7

mossy_11 on Wednesday, 07 November 2012. Posted in News

Sorry it’s up so late. I’ve been busy meeting deadlines.


We’ve been mighty spoiled by Sixtyforce developer Gerrit recently. The 0.9.6 update reported on last time was quickly followed by 0.9.7, with automatic update notifications added alongside a slew of bug fixes. Get it from the Sixtyforce (or 64ce, as I hear the cool kids call it) website. And don’t forget to register to support further development.


SpeedofMac’s website went down a while back, and hosting troubles led to him moving to ConsoleEmu.com. Head there for the same downloads and information about (NES and later) console emulators that you came to expect from the previous incarnation, now with a more platform-agnostic outlook.


BSNES is no more; byuu has renamed his super-accurate Super Nintendo emulator Higan after adding multi-system support. You can now also use it to play NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS games. The source code is Linux only at this stage. No word yet on whether Richard Bannister is in any way equipped to port it to the Mac. This is the official Higan page.

Continue reading for more emulator news, including major updates to FS-UAE and zxsp and new versions of OpenMSX, ARAnyM, Stella, Bizhawk, and more.

News Roundup: August 15 - September 15

mossy_11 on Sunday, 16 September 2012. Posted in News

Nintendo 64 emulator Sixtyforce got a rare update recently. Version 0.9.6 adds code-signing, 64-bit Intel support, bug fixes, updated memory protection, USB controller hot-pluggable support, faster texture conversions, basic Conker’s Bad Fur Day support, and loads more. It also drops PowerPC support. See here for the full release notes. Limtc on the forums has reported less jerky performance and better sound. Grab it here, and be sure to let us know how it performs for you. 


Parallels 8 has been released. New features include full Mountain Lion integration—full screen, Mission Control, multi-touch gestures, Launchpad, Notification Center, etc—a presentation wizard, dictation, shared bluetooth, shared trash, drag and drop attachments in Outlook, and some other stuff. You can run Mountain Lion as a guest OS, too (bring on the infinite recursion). It also comes with the usual performance improvements and enhanced security. Check it out here.


There’s heavy competition, though, as VMware Fusion 5 dropped this month. It comes “loaded with more than 70 new features.” There’s Launchpad integration, AirPlay Mirroring, Notification Center support, a new UI, Mountain Lion guest support, Windows 8 “optimization,” USB 3 support, “near-native” performance, improved battery life, faster 3D graphics, one-click snapshots, a new Linux 3D graphics driver, and a new “embedded learning center.” You can peruse the full sales pitch here.


Continue reading for more updates, including new versions of DBGL, VirtualBox, QEMU, Bochs, and others, and an upcoming FS-UAE 2.0 release.

News Roundup July 8 - August 14

mossy_11 on Thursday, 16 August 2012. Posted in News

MacScene's new sister site Archive.vg launched its public beta at the end of July. It's shooting to be the IMDb of video games, and has had some great feedback so far. The Archive.vg iPhone app was just released on the App Store (free!), with near-full access to the database—it's missing screenshots, but it has credits and contributors (which you won't find on the website just yet). The app also has collections, which you can expect on the site at a later date. On the Archive blog, two articles may be of special interest to MacScene regulars: An Emulator for the Rest of Us—How OpenEmu Changes Everything and The Perils, Challenges, and Uncertainty of Collecting and Preserving Video Games.


Dapplegrey, a DOSBox frontend, reached a major milestone sometime recently—version 3.0. I can't kind find any release notes, but it has a shiny new UI and organisational features—along with a new icon. Mountain Lion users take note that it's not signed for Gatekeeper. You can get it from the Classics for X website.


Classic adventure game interpreter ScummVM version 1.5.0 "Picnic Basket" has been released. This update adds support for 11 more titles, including Backyard Baseball 2003, Dreamweb, Blue Force, and Once Upon A Time: Little Red Riding Hood. Changes include "dramatically" improved MT-32 emulation and TrueType font support. See the Release Notes for more details. As always, you can download the latest release from the ScummVM downloads page.


Continue reading for more emulator updates, including new versions of OpenMSX and Sheepshaver, a name change for gbpablog, and more.

Introducing Archive.vg—Now in Public Beta

mossy_11 on Wednesday, 01 August 2012. Posted in News

Yep, it's official. We're definitely not vaporware. You can go visit the site right now and have a look around. Go! Check out the blog, browse around the games, register and post on the forums, upload screenshots/wallpaper, and spread the word. We want Archive to reach as many people as possible.

Click here to go directly to the announcement post.

And since MacScene is primarily an emulation site, make sure you read our first feature story: An Emulator for the Rest of Us—How OpenEmu Changes Everything.

News Roundup: June 7 - July 7

mossy_11 on Saturday, 07 July 2012. Posted in News

After nearly a year without updates, PlayStation 2 emulator PCSX2 has received two new versions in a week. Version 0.9.6 was updated to perform better in OS X Lion. Then 0.9.7 Alpha was released a few days later. Zedr0n included side-by-side screenshot comparisons to showcase the visual improvements between 0.9.6 and 0.9.7. You can get it, and check out the screenshots, at the PCSX2 for Mac website. As with all alpha software, proceed with caution.


MacScene regular seanstar has released new software for the NES Power Glove—more than 20 years since the ill-fated contraption was mercilessly retired. NESGlovPhone lets you perform music in real-time, on an actual NES, using the Mattel Power Glove to interact with the NES sound chip. It offers a "reasonably intuitive musical interface" and multiple modes of interaction. So it turns out it wasn't an April Fools joke. If you have a working Power Glove, NES, and devcart, get your copy at the Psych Software website.


Apple II emulator Virtual ][ has hit version 7.0. The new update provides full OS X Mountain Lion compatibility, improves accuracy of high-resolution colors, modernises the appearance of the main window, added the Bulgarian character set, and added the option to save a memory dump of the virtual machine to a file. Get it from the Virtual ][ website.


Continue reading for more updates, including new versions of Micro64 (plus a video), SheepShaver, CrossOver Mac, Boxer, Stella, and more.