ScummVM 0.8.0 Released and Beneath a Steel Sky Updated

ScummVM 0.8.0 has been released.  It comes with the following improvements:

  • New improved launcher and in-game GUI
  • Support for Inherit the Earth and Gobliiins
  • Playstation Portable, Playstation 2 and EPOC/SymbianOS ports
  • CGA and Hercules rendering modes for some games
  • Preliminary support for NES and C64 LucasArts games
  • Much improved support for Humongous Entertainment children games (Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, Putt-Putt, Spy Fox, Fatty Bear, Backyard Sports and Buzzy)

In addition, the freeware CD edition of Revolution Software’s Beneath a Steel Sky has been updated to the last-known-released version, and it has been updated with the now-needed SKY.CPT file. You can download the latest version from  ScummVM’s downloads page.

DreamCon 2005

This year, the Midwest Gaming Classic won’t be held, so last year’s Dream On at the Midwest Gaming Classic is now the DreamCon. The convention will be held at the East Coast Gaming Expo on July 25th, 2005 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

As the Midwest Gaming Classic is the usual place for new GOAT Store Publishing games to debut, DreamCon 2005 will feature a playable demo of Cool Herders.

It will also be host to many familiar names from the Dreamcast community. Sam Steele will be present with updated versions of DCSquares and DCBlap. Lawrence Sebald will have updated versions of his RPGs, ljsdcdev and DCRPG on hand. I.M Weasel will have his Macintosh burning tools available. Curt Grymala will represent DC Evolution and DCHelp with a “burning station” and several of DC Evolution’s compilations available on a high-quality CD-R with a laser printed label and booklet with a CD case. I will represent The GOAT StoreDreamcast-SceneScreamcast, and Cydoca Entertainment. Playable versions of Grizzlies: Forest Prelude and Feet of Fury will be available. Fackue’s Dreamcast Development discs will also available to anyone who wanted to get into Dreamcast developing.

ScummVM 0.7.0 Released

ScummVM 0.7.0 has been released, just in time for Christmas Eve.  It comes with the following improvements:

  • Added preliminary support for 26 Humongous Entertainment titles
  • Added support for FLAC (lossless) encoded audio files
  • Added native support for Macintosh versions of some SCUMM games — this means the ‘rescumm’ tool is now mostly obsolete, and you can now play those games directly from the original CD
  • Added smooth horizontal scrolling for The Dig, Full Throttle and COMI (matching the original engine)
  • Added support for compressed speech and music in Broken Sword 1 and 2
  • And as usual, we fixed lots and lots of bugs

Future of Dreamcast Production

Dan Loosen has posted news about the status of Inhabitants and Maqiupai as well as future Goat Store games in this topic on the Dcemulation forums. Here is an excerpt from the post:

WE ARE BACK IN PRODUCTION! Yes, that’s right! The games are FINALLY being pressed! I don’t yet have a timeline, but I will keep everyone updated as best as I can. What I was guessing would happen did not happen… at least not in the way that I was guessing it would. Basically, you’ll have to trust me when I say that there is a LOT of stuff that I don’t have the authority to talk about, but has gone right. We officially did not end up with the permission that I sought. The future of production DC games (however) looks very secure. And the system will be much more streamlined. As soon as I can get everything lined up, you should start hearing news about the next two games that we are getting ready to put into production. The first one is GOAT Games Vol. 1, as many people could probably guess. The second game should be a big surprise to many of you

The GOAT store is also setting up an affiliate program for which you can have a link or a banner on your website and for every sale that is made through that referral link, you get 5% of that sale.

So get the news of these games out by spreading the word to every game site, review site, and news site that you can think of, and join the affiliate program to get a percentage of the sales!

BOR Revolution

Vg-Network is now hosting BOR Revolution! This is a new Beats of Rage site that provides all Beats Of Rage Mods in one convenient file. The site was started by beats of rage modders Mr Q, dcsteve, and Kungpow12345. You can also upload your own mod up to 400 megs if you contact them to verify some info to prevent spam. At that point you will receive a password that you can always use for uploading.

Visit the site at http://borrevolution.vg-network.com/.

Genesis Demo & DC Anthology


Turrican2k has released a fixed version of his Dreamcast demo, Genesis, which was part of the Consolevision image, DC Anthology. This version is an archive of that demo with the DC Anthology menu removed, and the images in their proper places (/t2k/images instead of /images).

He also released his archive of the DC Anthology image, as it’s no longer available on the internet. You can download it if you’re feeling nostalgic here:

http://dreamcast.dcemu.co.uk/dcanthology.php

Site Redesign

With the closing of the last bastion of Dreamcast files for Dreamcast browsers, dreamcast.planetweb.com, I have decided to use Dream On to fill in that gap. I have redesigned the site slightly to make it Dreamcast browser friendly. I will be adding VMU files to the site over the next few weeks. After that, I will add a script to the site to let you contribute your own files and saves.