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Archive.vg is Announced

Niemann on Wednesday, 16 November 2011. Posted in News

Today we announce the home of Archive and the Blue Door: http://archive.vg/

Archive.vg will be the central hub of a project which has grown far bigger than I had imagined over a year ago when we started.  Originally ViGi was imagined to be a simple video game database with user submittable content akin to an IMDB for video games.  Archive has evolved over the past year and has really grown into an incredibly ambitious project guided by an incredible group of developers, designers, and editors.  Media center developers, designers, large and small companies, emulator developers, video game enthusiasts, and retro gaming enthusiasts from all over the world have contacted us asking what the deal with this project is.  We've reached over a half a million calls to the database, with over two-thousand different developers and testers.

Obviously we're doing something good here.  And we want the MacScene community to be a part of it...

Archive has just launched our Blue Key registration page.  Obtaining a Blue Key will grant you exclusive access to beta material (sites, apps, etc) as the project progresses.  Our hope is that our Blue Key holders will serve as our lasting beta testing crew.  There are a limited number of Blue Key spaces available, so go grab yours now.

News Roundup: September 10 - October 12

mossy_11 on Wednesday, 12 October 2011. Posted in News

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died last week. Jobs oversaw development of the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and he masterminded Apple's late-90s revival. He also built Pixar Animation Studios out of Lucasfilm's Graphics Group (which he acquired in 1986). He changed the world, and it is less of a magical place for his passing. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.


Fans of the Glider series, which we've covered extensively here on MacScene, will delight in the news that their creator John Calhoun has released Glider Classic for iOS. It runs on any iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad with iOS 3.2 or later. Look out for my thoughts on the game in an upcoming Mac Classics Reborn post.


Mike Gleason recently released a new game for 68k Macs. Daleks Forever is a remake of the 1984 Mac game Daleks, which itself was inspired by an older UNIX game called Robots. You can see a long feature list and a few screenshots, plus get a download link, here.


You may have noticed that our new emulators database is looking a little sparse. We'd love your help in filling it up. Get in touch if you're interested.


Continue reading for the emulation news, including new VMWare Fusion, updates to JPCSP, Macifom, and Mini vMac, a new emulator, and more.

The New MacScene

Niemann on Sunday, 02 October 2011. Posted in News

Typically when MacScene reaches the end of development for a new version I write up a long description of new features.  I won't do that this time because we believe that the new version is the best designed, best organized, and best coded version, that there's no reason to waste your time explaining features you can discover on your own.  We have a beautiful new design, a media-rich focus and a huge speed increase (thanks to server upgrades), new forums, and a Made for Mac emulator database.

One behind the scenes change is upgradability.  MacScene can now be themed 100%, and each of components making up the different aspects of the site are independently upgradable without having negative impacts on the other pieces.  This (hopefully) means the end of the road for complete redevelopment of the site every two yeas or so.

We also have a lot of people to thank for the completion of this development.  Mucx, who did the logo advised on the design and set a high standard of excellence (over at the Archive project) which allowed us to pull flexible design elements from.  mossy_11, who spearheaded the content management of the old system and who has helped navigate the needs of our content editors for the new system.  menace690 who has always been a huge help at MacScene as well as Elemodo Software, serving as a truly extraordinary wingman.  Pixelcade, dickmedd, IUG, seanstar and everyone else who contributed to the discussion about the new site.

And of course, a special thanks to the community who make everything worth working on.  Enjoy the new MacScene.

News Roundup: August 5 - September 9

mossy_11 on Friday, 09 September 2011. Posted in News

cog_iconWe're leading the news roundup with something a little different this month. Following a suggestion from seanstar to plug little-known audio player Cog, I thought it'd be a good idea to (briefly) highlight a few audio apps for those of you with collections of game rip audio and other video-game sound formats. Please let us know in the comments if there are any others you recommend.

So first up there's Cog, a free open-source audio player that supports tracker formats (it, s3m, xm, mod), several video game formats, and a host of other common audio formats. With playlists, Growl support, and a small memory footprint, it's a great choice. But development has fallen away over the past few years. Use the latest nightly build rather than the 0.07 release, unless you run into stability issues.

Vox_iconThe lightweight Vox music player is in rather more active (albeit slow) development, and comes close to matching Cog feature-for-feature -- with the bonus of a slick interface and some cool effects plugins.

Old school Mac fans will be pleased to note that SoundJam MP is available for OS X, although it doesn't work in Lion (nor does it support any video-game music formats).

sidplayGetting a little more focused, the Commodore 64 music player SIDPLAY was recently updated to work in Lion. It mimics the look and feel of iTunes, and was designed with the huge High Voltage SID Collection in mind.

Richard Bannister's M1 and Audio Overload lack the bells and whistles of the other players mentioned, but between the two of them they cover 34 different video-game music formats (M1 is for arcade music only; Audio Overload is for everything else).

If you're looking towards Apple's iDevices, try Modizer for multi-format playback. Sid Player and Module Player offer music in the Commodore 64 and Amiga sound formats, respectively.

Keep reading for the emulator updates, including new versions of Parallels Desktop, Pom1, Atari800MacX, and more.

News Roundup: July 10 - August 4

mossy_11 on Friday, 05 August 2011. Posted in News

Apple has released the next major update to its Mac operating system. Mac OS X Lion, which is currently available only through the Mac App Store, serves as a great indication of Apple's future direction, and not just because it integrates the most successful aspects of iOS. There are changes afoot in the world of personal computing; Lion may well be both a beginning and an end. Check out John Siracusa's incredible 19-page review on Ars Technica for a complete breakdown

As always with major system upgrades, due caution is advised -- backup your system, research app compatibility, and be prepared for problems. Many older emulators will likely no longer work, as Lion drops PowerPC support altogether. Richard Bannister notes that all current releases of his emulators and other programs are "believed to be compatible," with the sole exception of audio editor Cacophony. Many others, as you'll see, have put out updates to address Lion compatibility.

Keep reading for more emulator updates.

News Roundup: June 5 - July 9

mossy_11 on Saturday, 09 July 2011. Posted in News

After a year of frequent incremental updates (around 2500), Nintendo Wii and Gamecube emulator Dolphin has been bumped up to version 3.0. If you haven't been paying attention since the 2.0 release, Dolphin has ditched the plugin interface in favour of a integrated architecture, in addition to reaching near-perfect audio emulation and much improved levels of performance and accuracy. See the Release Announcement for a more detailed rundown of the changes. You can get a pre-compiled build of version 3.0, as well as the more recent source changes, from the Dolphin download page.

Keep reading for more emulator updates.

SimStapler

mossy_11 on Sunday, 12 June 2011. Posted in News, Mac Classics Reborn

simstapler_classicSometimes a product comes along that you didn't want or think you needed, but which quickly transforms your life to the point where you can't be sure how you ever lived without it. Obvious examples in this technology-driven world of ours are computers, the Internet, mobile phones, and refrigerators (okay, that last one goes back a ways). Then, of course, there's SimStapler, the best anti-productivity tool known to man -- until YouTube arrived with its multitude of cute cat videos.

SimStapler is, quite simply, the greatest (and probably the only) office equipment simulator ever created. I would go so far to say that it is even better than using an actual stapler. And when it first came out you only needed a multi-thousand dollar Mac with System 7, a colour monitor, and a mouse to experience the wonders that it had to offer.

News Roundup: May 6 - June 4

mossy_11 on Saturday, 04 June 2011. Posted in News

iDevGames has announced the uDevGames 2011 Macintosh game development competition will begin on July 1. There’s serious prize money across several categories up for grabs, so professional, hobbyist, and beginner developers alike should check it out.

After two years without a news post, the Residual team gave an update on their progress in late April. Residual is a fork of the ScummVM project that aims to support LucasArts’ 3D adventure games Grim Fandango and Escape from Monkey Island. Grim Fandango is now listed as “completable with a few minor glitches” on the compatibility list. Daily snapshot builds are provided on the Residual downloads page.

Keep reading for more emulator updates.