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Hello, All!

The first release of year 2018, MasterGear 4.1.3 for Android, is now online:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release fixes adding game icons to your Android home screen. That function stopped working on newer Androids, since Google prohibited the use of "file://" URIs. Starting with this release, you should once again be able to hold your finger on a game in the File Selector and choose "Add to Home Screen". I have also fixed the DropBox crash that happened when your app folder had subfolders. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed desktop icon placement.
* Fixed crash when passing "file://" URI via desktop icon.
* Fixed DropBox crash when app folder has subfolders.

Happy New Year!
 

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.1.4, a new release of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator, is now online:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

For this release, I have added the remaining time display during replay and fixed a few things in the record-and-replay mechanism. Also, the Settings activity now uses the same textured backgrounds as the rest of the user interface. Finally, the Settings have been switched to Material Design. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed replay rollover mechanism.
* Added remaining time display during replay.
* Settings activity now uses black/white UI setting.
* Switched Settings to Material Design on Lollipop+.
* Fixed native crash when saving state.
* Fixed several other possible sources of native crashes.

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

This morning, I have pushed a new version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator, MasterGear 4.2 for Android, to the Google Play Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release is based on the same source code as the recently released MasterGear 4.2 for Windows and Linux. Additionally, I added a few AndroidTV specific fixes and made additional tweaks to the replay mechanism. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Released free MasterGear 4.2 for Windows and Linux.
* Fixed Settings background on AndroidTV.
* Disabled DropBox on AndroidTV for now, since there is no browser.
* Added shadow underneath the replay time display.
* Stopping replay when emulation reset or state loaded.

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.2.1, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator for Android, is now available:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This version helps AndroidTV users by making sure the first player always gets the stock gamepad. Also, both players are now able to quit the app and open menus. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Made sure first player always gets stock gamepad on Nvidia ShieldTV.
* Either player can open menu or exit emulation now.

Have fun!
 

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Hello, All!

I've released MasterGear 4.2.2 for Android this morning, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release has been recompiled with stricter compiler options. I have fixed all the warnings, removed deprecated code, and fixed saved states compatibility between 32bit (Android, Windows) and 64bit (x86 Linux) systems. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed saved state compatibility between 32bit and 64bit systems.
* Recompiled sources with "-Wall" and fixed warnings.
* Deprecated -DNO_WAVE_INTERPOLATION compilation option.
* Deprecated -DNEW_STATES compilation option.

Also, fMSX Deluxe and ColEm Deluxe are on sale today, for $1.99:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx.deluxe
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.colem.deluxe

Have fun!
 

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Hello, All!

I have published MasterGear 4.3 for Windows and Linux, the new version of my free and universal Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

http://fms.komkon.org/MG/ -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG43-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows version
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG43-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux version

This release has been rebuilt with the -Wall compiler option and all new warnings fixed. I have also fixed state saves compatibility between 32bit and 64bit builds and deprecated some old code. Both -DNEW_STATES and -DNO_WAVE_INTERPOLATION #defines are now gone, since that code is on by default. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed saved state compatibility between 32bit and 64bit systems.
* Recompiled sources with "-Wall" and fixed warnings.
* Deprecated -DNO_WAVE_INTERPOLATION compilation option.
* Deprecated -DNEW_STATES compilation option.

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.2.3, the latest release of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator for Android, is now online:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release adds the ability to pause replay at any moment, using UP button, then single-step through it using LEFT and RIGHT buttons. Once satisfied, press UP to resume replay, or any other button to continue playing the game. If you do not know what the replay feature is, swipe from the top of the screen to reveal the action bar, then press on the "rewind" button there. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added ability to browse through paused replay.
* During replay, press LEFT and RIGHT keys to browse.
* Press UP to resume replay, any other key to continue.
* Press any other button to continue playing.
* Made replay save states approximately every 170ms.
* Made RPLPlay() always return REPLAY_ENDED if no replay.
* Made WaitJoystick() exit when window closed.

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Hello, All!

I have published MasterGear 4.4 for Windows and Linux, the new version of my free and universal Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

http://fms.komkon.org/MG/ -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG44-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows version
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG44-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux version

This release lets you pause replay by pressing UP button. Once paused, you can browse through frozen gameplay with LEFT and RIGHT buttons. Press UP to resume replay, or any other button to continue playing. If you do not know what replay feature is, press F8 to check it out. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Made replay save states approximately every 170ms.
* Added ability to browse through paused replay.
* During replay, the UP button to pause.
* Press LEFT and RIGHT to browse through paused replay.
* Press UP to resume replay, any other key to continue.
* Made WaitJoystick() exit when window closed.

Enjoy!

PS: VGBAnext, my universal GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Classic emulator for Android, is currently on $2.99 sale at Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu
 

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.2.4 for Android, a new release of my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator, is now available for download from the Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release fixes crashes in the Joystick Layout Editor and the screenshot sharing code. I have also made the app compatible with Android Pie and enabled physical buttons support on Archos Gamepad. Finally, MasterGear is currently on $2.99 sale at the Google Play. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed crash in Joystick Layout Editor when buttons become too small.
* Fixed crash when trying to share a screenshot on newer Androids.
* Fixed compatibility with Android Pie.
* Now skipping fake virtual "joystick" supplied by Archos Gamepad.
* Upgraded Google Analytics library to the latest compatible version.
* Switched to Android Build Tools 28.0.1.

Have fun!
 

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Hello, All!

The new MasterGear 4.2.5, a universal Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator for Android, is available today:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

For this release, I have added an option to choose the input device (gamepad or joystick) to be used for the second player. By default, the app will start up with all the input devices assigned to the first player, solving the problems some AndroidTV users have been having. There is also a better routine for analog sticks detection, so some previously non-working analog inputs should work. See below for the complete list of changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added "Settings | Input | Select Second Player" option.
* Now able to select input device for the second player.
* Fixed problems with non-working input devices on AndroidTV.
* Fixed problems with non-working analog joysticks.
* Added light and dark skins to the Cheat Editor.
* No longer skinning Settings background, since Android does not support it.

Finally, my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator, Speccy Deluxe, is currently on sale for $1.99:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.speccy.deluxe

The latest Speccy adds cheats for 3300+ Spectrum games.

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.2.7 is now available from Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

Among other things, this release makes it possible to assign volume controls and other special keys to gamepad buttons. I have also fixed a bug where the action bar would stay on screen after adding a Cheat Hunter watch.

ALL CHANGES:
* Media keys can now be assigned to perform gamepad functions.
* Refactored "Settings | Input | Assign Joystick Keys" code.
* Fixed bug where button, used to close mapping dialog, was added to mappings.
* Added support for diagonal keypad buttons, present since Android-24.
* Fixed action bar stuck after using "Cheats | Cheat Hunter | Add Watch" dialog.
* Fixed desktop shortcuts not working on some filenames.
* Fixed starting some files from the Gallery.

In somewhat related news, my iNES and Speccy Deluxe emulators are currently on sale:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.ines -- iNES for $2.99
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.speccy.deluxe -- Speccy Deluxe for $1.99

Have fun!
 

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.4 for Android is now available from Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This release fixes possible crash when running SG-1000 or SC-3000 software, by truncating all VRAM addresses to 16kB VRAM size. Apple computer users will find the new option to hide dot-files created when transferring content from MacOS. Another new option makes the app save all files to /sdcard/MG folder. This includes gameplay states, screenshots, palettes, etc. See below for all the options.

ALL CHANGES:
* Synchronized version number with Windows/Linux releases.
* Now truncating all VRAM table addresses to 16kB boundary.
* Fixed accidental crashes when running SC-3000 programs.
* Added "Settings | General | Hide Dot Files" option.
* Enable hiding dot-files to ignore system files created by MacOS.
* Added "Settings | General | Prefer App Folder" option.
* Enable app folder preference to save new files to the application folder.
* Fixed "Completely Delete File" menu option.

PS: In somewhat related news, following emulators are on sale this week:

ColEm Deluxe for $1.99: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.colem.deluxe
AlmostTI for $2.99: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.ati
 

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Hello, All!

MasterGear 4.5 for Windows and Linux is now available for free from the MasterGear homepage:

http://fms.komkon.org/MG/ -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG45-Windows-bin.zip --free Windows version
http://fms.komkon.org/MG/MG45-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux version

This release fixes a random crash when running SG-1000 and SC-3000 software. All VDP table addresses are now truncated to 16kB VRAM address space when running in SG-1000 mode. I have also rearranged Windows menus a little bit. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Now truncating all VRAM table addresses to 16kB boundary.
* Fixed accidental crashes when running SC-3000 programs.
* Now only hitting MIDI drums once per screen when recording.
* Moved "Light Gun" option to the "Input" menu in MG-Windows.

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Hello, All!

I have published MasterGear 4.5 for Android, a new version of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, SG-1000, and SC-3000 emulator:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

This version includes native support for 64bit ARM CPUs. Unfortunately, I had to disable Cheatopedia, Cheat Editor, and Cheat Hunter features, since Google Play no longer allows them and bans any apps that come with game cheating features. You can reenable these features yourself, by downloading this file and unzipping it to the "/sdcard/MasterGear" folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MG-Cheats-031219.zip

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added native build for 64bit ARMv8 CPUs.
* Had to remove the cheats, since Google Play no longer allows them and bans apps containing cheats.
* Please, go and see the help page for information on how to reenable cheats.
* Switched to Gradle build.
 

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Hello, All!

I've published MasterGear 4.5.2 for Android, a new release of my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

The new release adds native support for 64bit ARM CPUs and fixes several bugs. Starting with this release, you can place Cheatopedia files into any subfolder of /sdcard/MasterGear. That should hopefully help people unable to move unzipped files around. Finally, swiping your finger sideways along the top or bottom screen edge will reveal the action bar. This new gesture is added to avoid clashing with the vertical swipe that reveals navigation bars in new Androids. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Now able to show action bar with horizontal flings at screen top/bottom.
* Now searching for ROOT.chts in /sdcard/MasterGear and all its subfolders.
* Enabled native build for 64bit ARMv8 CPUs.
* Fixed saved state compatibility between 32bit and 64bit architectures.
* Fixed native OpenSLES sound on newer Androids.
* Fixed a possible crash in Java code.
* Fixed toolbar application links.

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Hello, All!

I have published MasterGear 4.5.3, a new version of my universal Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

MasterGear is currently on sale for $2.99 and will stay this way for another few days. This release fixes tilt joystick operation and switches to Android Pie SDK. Also, pressing the BACK button once will now reveal the action bar.

To remind everyone, I had to remove cheats from the app since Google Play started banning any apps which even mention cheats. Starting with this MasterGear release, all you need to get cheats back is download this file into your "Downloads" folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

ALL CHANGES:
* Automatically unzipping MasterGear-Cheats.zip, if found in Downloads.
* Now showing action bar when the BACK button is pressed once.
* Fixed saving files to /sdcard/MasterGear when current folder not writable.
* Fixed tilt joystick operation.
* Fixed screen rotation after disabling the tilt joystick.
* Switched to Android Pie SDK (Android-28).
* Fixed State Exchange and box art downloads on newer Androids.
* Fixed crashes due to missing libraries on Android Pie.
* Oldest supported OS is now Android-9 (Gingerbread).

Enjoy!
 

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Hello, All!

I have published MasterGear 4.5.4, a new version of my universal Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg

MasterGear is currently on sale for $2.99 and will stay this way for another few days. This release adds new icons, including adaptive icons used in Android Oreo+. To remind everyone, I had to remove cheats from the app since Google Play started banning any apps which even mention cheats. To get cheats back, download this file into your "Download" folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/MasterGear-Cheats.zip

Enjoy!
 
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