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punjman
08-30-2004, 11:04 PM
I noticed in my MAME ROMs folder that I have Holosseum, which is kinda cool, but also kinda crappy...

But I don't have Time Traveler... I looked around and couldnt find much info on the game, other than on KLOV.com. Anyone know if this game is emulated?

thx

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Ugly Joe
08-30-2004, 11:34 PM
> But I don't have Time Traveler... I looked around and
> couldnt find much info on the game, other than on KLOV.com.
> Anyone know if this game is emulated?

IIRC, That 'hologram' hardware that sega put out orginally had Time Traveler. It was a laserdisc game, though, so it was very prone to breaking down. Holosseum was installed on them instead so that the cabinet wouldn't be a total waste. I don't think it's emulated, though I don't know why (either no dump is available or some difficulty in emulating laserdiscs, I would guess).

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MooglyGuy
08-31-2004, 12:29 AM
http://www.system16.com/sega/hrdw_laser.html#tt...Kthx.</a>

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Lillymon
08-31-2004, 12:58 AM
There's a PS2 port as well remarkably enough. Official PlayStation 2 Magazine UK gave it 0/10. Their scale only goes down to 1/10 usually, making Hologram Time Traveller (the name I saw it under) the only game to break it.

I have no idea if the PS2 port was ever released in the US (I'm assuming it was originally released in Japan, but I have no proof of that either). I've found even less information on the port than the original. The magazine is the only evidence I've even found of the port existing.

I'd like to see emulation of the LaserDisc version though. If only to see if it can make Dragonball Z 2 Super Battle look good by comparision...

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The 9th Sage
08-31-2004, 02:02 AM
> There's a PS2 port as well remarkably enough. Official
> PlayStation 2 Magazine UK gave it 0/10. Their scale only
> goes down to 1/10 usually, making Hologram Time Traveller
> (the name I saw it under) the only game to break it.

Heh, well...I personaly feel emulation of it or this port make the game pointless...the whole reason to play it was the fact that it was a hologram. I remember just wanting to play it in the arcade for that reason alone.

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Lillymon
08-31-2004, 04:16 AM
> Heh, well...I personaly feel emulation of it or this port
> make the game pointless...the whole reason to play it was
> the fact that it was a hologram. I remember just wanting to
> play it in the arcade for that reason alone.

Well it wasn't exactly holograms. It was a regular arcade monitor that used a special reflective mirror to make it seem like you were looking at holograms. It should be perfectly possible to buy an average mirror and angle it just right to get the desired effect.

Of course, if someone with a genuine cabinet could take some measurements and put basic schematics onto a webpage somewhere, it would help a lot.

Strangely, it seems that Holosseum did at least some of the effects on the actual monitor (check out the MAWS shots (http://www.mameworld.net/maws/romset/holo)). What's the story with that?

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MooglyGuy
08-31-2004, 04:57 AM
> Strangely, it seems that Holosseum did at least some of the
> effects on the actual monitor (check out the MAWS shots).
> What's the story with that?

The game itself simulates the characters being reflected off of a flat mirrored floor. Presumably the mirror operates on the same principle as those illusion mirror-bowl things that create a mirage of an image hovering in the air instead of being directly up against the mirror as it actually is, to create the holographic 3D mid-air look.

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