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06.Feb.2012 (Webseite)

Emulator: FPSE 0.10.3
Version 0.10.3 of the "Free Play Station Emulator" (FPSE) was published for AmigaOS, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS and AROS/x86.

The update fixes some problems with the link-mode-emulation on 68k and x86 systems. Additionally a new plugin for the lowlevel.library was added which makes it now possible using controlpads on all systems. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Point and Click Adventure: Goldmedaillon
The point and click adventure "Goldmedaillon" ("Zloty Medaillon", Youtube video of the demo version) was originally published as Shareware and is now available as free version in German, English and Polish.

The game can be played only from harddrive. Before you start the game you have to edit the text file ZM.pref and to enter the path of the directory where the game is. Besides, the game cannot deal with FastRAM, so you have to swich it off or use the system tool "NoFastMem". (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AmigaOS 4 / MorphOS: AmiDARK-Engine 0.5
Frédéric Cordier describes the AmiDARK-Engine as "Game Development Kit" inspired by DarkGDK. It is a collection of macros and functions for C-programmers which is supposed to make it easier developing games.

Version 0.5 also is available for MorphOS. Before the author won an Efika inclusive MorphOS licence. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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05.Feb.2012 (Webseite)

Interview: Bjørn Lynne ("Dr. Awesome/Crusaders")
Bjørn Lynne is responsible for a lot of soundtracks of several Amiga games and also is well-known in the Amiga demo scene as "Dr. Awesome/Crusaders". (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 04.02.2012
The following archives have been added to the Aminet until 4th February 2012:
XBazeSP.lha              biz/dbase  13K       XBaze v7.3.1 spanish catalog
CLI2WB.lha               dev/gui    41K   68k Run CLI prg from WB,define lo...
SDL_Mixer-Amiga-1_2_1... dev/lib    772K  68k minimalist SDL mixer build    dev/src    2K    68k Backwards Compatibility Python.
eurochamp.lha            docs/misc  153K      Statistics of soccer Euro Cha...
f1champ.lha              docs/misc  66K       Statistics of Formula One '50...
worldcup.lha             docs/misc  515K      Statistics of soccer World Cu...             driver/vid 96K   68k Warp3D for WinUAE
WormWars.lha             game/actio 758K  68k Advanced snake game
WormWars-OS4.lha         game/actio 962K  OS4 Advanced snake game
abrick-ix48.lha          game/think 476K  68k 1 or 2 player tetris clone
crosscrabtris_morphos... game/wb    7.9M  MOS A mix of crossword scrabble a...
ffmpeg-git7df9937-m68... gfx/conv   22M   68k FFmpeg + FFplay video player
ACE-MorphOS.lha          misc/emu   458K  MOS Amstrad CPC Emulator
AmiArcadia_OS4.lha       misc/emu   2.9M  OS4 Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadiaMOS.lha        misc/emu   2.8M  MOS Signetics-based machines emul...
oricutron.lha            misc/emu   1.3M  MOS Oric-1 / Atmos emulator
mp3info85a_sdl.lha       mus/edit   167K  68k MP3 info & tag edit.
mikmod_sdl.lha           mus/play   387K  68k Play & convert various mo...
uade.tar.bz2             mus/play   5.7M  OS4 Unix Amiga Delitracker Emulator
EvenMore_MOS.lha         text/show  535K  MOS Freeware Textviewer (MorphOS ...
IconLib_46.4.lha         util/libs  249K  68k icon.library patch in optimiz...
modifyle.lha             util/wb    112K  68k stylish ASL filerequester rep...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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OS4Depot-Uploads until 04.02.2012
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until 4th February 2012:
uade.tar.bz2             aud/pla 6Mb   4.1 Unix Amiga Delitracker Emulator
libming.lha              dev/lib 1Mb   4.0 libming - library tool for creat...
wordmeupxxl_demo.lha     gam/act 26Mb  4.0 Word puzzle game
wormwars.lha             gam/act 977kb 4.0 Advanced snake game
hueflow.lha              gam/puz 370kb 4.0 popular and very fun color puzzl...
netpbm.lha               gra/con 12Mb  4.0 NetPBM - collection of Image Pro...
movieicons.lha           gra/ico 619kb 4.0 Icon collection for DVD movies
getpixel.lha             gra/mis 1Mb   4.1 Get hexadecimal colour of a pixe...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 04.02.2012
The following archives have been added to the AROS-Archives until 4th February 2012:
aspireos_v.1.6.rar           dev/mis 132Mb AspireOS Codename "Let there be ...        gam/puz 310kb popular and very fun color puzzl...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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MorphOS-Files-Uploads until 04.02.2012
The following archives have been added to the MorphOS-Files until 4th February 2012:
ScummVM                  1.4.1   gam/adv  12302 ScummVM is an engine for pl...
ACE                      1.2     uti/emu    458 Amstrad CPC family computer...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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Rob Hazelby (ANF) Game reviews February 2012
For their February 2012 reviews, the website focusses on games beginning with the letter O: Ork Attack, Operation Firestorm and Og!, the latter being their game of the month. (snx)

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MorphZone (Webseite)

Event: Belgian Amiga Club Meeting
Simon Vergauwen writes: The Belgian Amiga Club's first club meeting for 2012 will be on 10/03/12. From 18:00 till at least 24:00 you can find us at the following address: John Tulpinckstraat 15, 2070 Zwijndrecht, Belgium.

AROS, MorphOS or AmigaOS - you are all welcome with or without your machine and meet up with fellow Amiga survivors. As always we try to give you a good reason to visit us:
  • A key for WHDload can be purchased at a very special price (thank you WEPL)
  • There will be a soldering workshop, so don't forget your soldering iron
  • One if not two AmigaONE X1000 will be shown and also a Sam460ex
  • Classic gaming on the big screen

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Obligement (Webseite)

Amiga Games Award 2011
On February 4th 2011, the magazine Obligement have announced the results of the Amiga Games Award 2010. This represents the best Amiga games voted by amigans on all Amiga platforms.

  1. Mr Beanbag (Jigsaw Lounge)
  2. Bermuda Syndrome (Century Interactive)
  3. Barrage (Michael Speck)
AmigaOS 4:
  1. 1941 Extreme Deluxe Dual Players 2.0 (Badblocks, Hugues Nouvel)
  2. Swamp Defense (EntwicklerX)
  3. River Pirate (EntwicklerX)
  1. Return To Castle Wolfenstein (ID Software, Gray Matter Interactive)
  2. 1941 Extreme Deluxe Dual Players 2.0 (Badblocks, Hugues Nouvel)
  3. Simutrans (Hansjoerg Malthaner, Simutrans team)
  1. UFO: Alien Invasion (UFO: Alien Invasion Team)
  2. Assault Cube (Rabid Viper Productions)
  3. Cube 2: Sauerbraten (Wouter Van Oortmerssen)

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Benchmarks: AmigaOne X1000 compared with other PPC-hardware (Update)
The first benchmarks of the AmigaOne X1000 have been posted on various forums (sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The following graphics were created by MorphOS developer Harry 'Piru' Sintonen, used here with kind permission from Mr. Sintonen.


With the MP3 encoder LAME the file AKsack.wav was converted into the MP3 format without using any parameters. All systems used LAME builds with Altivec support. The value for the X1000 was confirmed by OS4-developer Hans de Ruiter.


With the raytracer Blender the included example bricks_and_water_plugin.blend was rendered with the following command line:

blender_binary -b projects/bricks_and_water_plugin.blend -o ram:pool -F JPEG -f 0

The value for the X1000 was reported by AmigaOne tester sundown, the value for the Sam440ep by the developer who ported Blender to AmigaOS 4, Andy "broadblues" Broad.

MPlayer: H264-decoding

With the MorphOS MPlayer (and the corresponding AmigaOS 4 port MUI-Mplayer) and the parameters specified below the graphic the H264-encoded video file was decoded without showing the result on the screen. The value for the X1000 was reported by X1000-tester Stephen "stevieu" Umney.


Using the client, keys for the OGR-NG and RC5-72 projects were calculated (source). All Systems are using the Altivec unit of their processor for these tests - with the exception of the Sam460, which doesn't have Altivec.

Copying file

A 46 Mb file (AKsack.wav) was copied from one partition to another and then from a partition to the Ram Disk. The results of this test are affected by many external factors like the filesystem used or the mass storage device the partitions reside on. The value for the X1000 was reported by X1000 owner Mufa.


The benchmark tool RageMem tests the access time for various memory types. Due to a missing MorphOS version, the test on a PowerMac was performed running the AmigaOS 4 build on OS4Emu:

RAGEMEM v0.37 - compiled 11/06/2010                                        

PowerMac G4@2Ghz           A1 X1000 PA6T@1.8Ghz       Pegasos 2 G4@1133 Mhz

L1: 16 KB                  L1: 64 KB                  L1: 32 KB            
L2: 1024 KB                L2: 2048 KB                L2: 512 KB           
L3: none                   L3: none                   L3: none             
Cache Line: 0              Cache Line: 64             Cache Line: 32       

--- CPU ---                --- CPU ---                --- CPU ---          
MAX MIPS: 5982             MAX MIPS: 3084             MAX MIPS: 3398       

--- L1 ---                 --- L1 ---                 --- L1 ---           
READ32: 7606 MB/Sec        READ32: 6851 MB/Sec        READ32: 4318 MB/Sec  
READ64: 15209 MB/Sec       READ64: 13682 MB/Sec       READ64: 8634 MB/Sec  
WRITE32: 6518 MB/Sec       WRITE32: 6851 MB/Sec       WRITE32: 3701 MB/Sec 
WRITE64: 5072 MB/Sec       WRITE64: 13681 MB/Sec      WRITE64: 2880 MB/Sec 

--- L2 ---                 --- L2 ---                 --- L2 ---           
READ32: 2166 MB/Sec        READ32: 3276 MB/Sec        READ32: 1942 MB/Sec  
READ64: 2560 MB/Sec        READ64: 4784 MB/Sec        READ64: 2529 MB/Sec  
WRITE32: 2445 MB/Sec       WRITE32: 2531 MB/Sec       WRITE32: 1745 MB/Sec 
WRITE64: 3348 MB/Sec       WRITE64: 4090 MB/Sec       WRITE64: 2193 MB/Sec 

--- RAM ---                --- RAM ---                --- RAM ---          
READ32: 276 MB/Sec         READ32: 2857 MB/Sec        READ32: 144 MB/Sec   
READ64: 276 MB/Sec         READ64: 4000 MB/Sec        READ64: 144 MB/Sec   
WRITE32: 804 MB/Sec        WRITE32: 2732 MB/Sec       WRITE32: 197 MB/Sec  
WRITE64: 810 MB/Sec        WRITE64: 3383 MB/Sec       WRITE64: 425 MB/Sec  
WRITE: 752 MB/Sec (*)      WRITE: 352 MB/Sec (*)      WRITE: 795 MB/Sec (*)

--- VIDEO BUS ---          --- VIDEO BUS ---          --- VIDEO BUS ---    
READ: 32 MB/Sec            READ: 15 MB/Sec            READ: 51 MB/Sec      
WRITE: 180 MB/Sec          WRITE: 161 MB/Sec          WRITE: 221 MB/Sec    

(*) "Tricky"

Update: (04.02.2012, 15:30, cg)

Added the dnetc benchmark. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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