Happy Friday! K and I are officially homeowners!!! WOOOO!!! This long stressful process took way too much time, and too much energy. I don’t believe how wiped I am just from signing paperwork for a couple hours. This is a huge weight off my shoulders, and a big time sink now gone.
For the past few years I have been attending IAAPA, which is the big amusement part and arcade entertainment expo in Orlando. It’s really a remarkable event, and this years was no different. Some of the highlights was a Korean pavilion showing off a ton of new Korean companies and the games / motion simulators coming out of there. Stern Pinball was showing off the new Star Trek pinball game. It was a lot of fun. The best part of the day was the Namco Bandai booth. They had a bunch of new games, but the exciting ones were a new Mario Kart arcade racing game, and MachStorm, an AceCombat / Afterburner inspired game with an immersive cockpit. I will be posting pictures in another post. One of the more apparent things this year was much less piracy, stolen cabinet designs, and game clones. Previous shows there were blatant ripoffs and large displays that almost seemed to encourage it. This year, not so much.
The holidays are approaching, and I hope everyone who reads this has a good one. I am going to have time off work, which will be spent working on PiMAME. I’m hoping to have a January release of the new 0.8 version, and I welcome everyone to contribute to the github repos.
Kano computing is raising a kickstarter for a very innovative Raspberry Pi kit, and they have already reached the 500k mark. These guys are really nice and I have high hopes for them.
I am beyond stressed. I think I’m buying a house next friday. If all goes according to plan. Knock on wood, everything will go right.
Anyways, I have put up some new github repos for PiMAME. It’s regarding PiMAME 0.8, and it’s for the new web frontend and the pimame menu / launcher. They are no where near ready for use, but if you would like to help with the programming, feel free to fork the repo and send a pull request.
So, over the weekend we had a family emergency and had to drive across Florida. Everyone is ok. Everything is good. With all that stress, I apparently caught an ear infection and it has knocked me on my ass.
I’m still feeling out of it, but I pushed the release last night. Please let me know if it works.
It’s been a rough week. K and I have been looking at houses and we’ve had nothing but bad luck. We just lost the second house we had under contract because of appraisal issues. Housing is such an industry that could benefit from technology. I don’t understand how in 2013 I still need to FAX documents, “secure email” is a “works best in IE” website, and personal information is expected to be blurted out anywhere and everywhere.
I work for a university, I’m used to red tape and bureaucracy! I didn’t think buying a house would rival that!
Anyways! PiMAME 0.7.10 is being uploaded this weekend.
The updater version will include Alpha N64 emulation.
The SD card image will include that, a boot up screen, and the new kernel for xin-mo joysticks.
I will update the post when it’s finished uploading.
No PiMAME news this week. Still working on new stuff
This has been a hectic week. Two weddings and Halloween Horror Nights. Plus a ton of pages that were written for my classes. Woo!
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando was great this year. K and I have been going ever since we first started dating, and it’s where I proposed to her two years ago. It’s an awesome tradition for us. Last year they tried some new things like having moving scare zones, which didn’t end up working well. This year however, they went back to scare zones and based it on The Walking Dead. It was a lot of fun.
Pokemon X and Y
I haven’t played Pokemon since Red and Blue came out. I was addicted to the series. I have always loved Pokemon, but the later games just didn’t have the same feel to it. On a whim I bought X and I feel like i’m a kid again. Not only is the game fun, but the online features are great. Being able to battle and trade Pokemon with people all over the world is so much fun.
Add me as a friend, my friend code is: 3823 – 8512 – 0415
As an aside, I want to thank the community surrounding PiMAME. All the members on the forums that are helping each other, showing off their builds, doing awesome stuff with the software, you all make this project awesome. Thank you.