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Looking for GBMac version 1.3.1 - offering a 500$ reward (via paypal) to anyone who can archive/upload it

BacioiuC

Well-known member
For the past 6 months or so I scoured the internet in search for a copy of GBMac v1.3.1 - a gameboy emulator for 68K macs. As opposed to all other gameboy emulators for 68k macs, this one is extremely performant and ran quite a lot of games at a high framerate even on my SE/30. There is a version (1.2.6b) uploaded to Macintosh Garden however that one is the "freeware" version, with less games supported and without the ability to save game progress. Version 1.3.1 was only released to people who purchased it and it has never been archived anywhere.

Macintosh Garden's listing also mentions that the app is still available for sale, however the developers e-mail address isn't available anymore (any email you sends receives a bounce-back mentioning that no such account exists). I've tried searching for an updated email from the dev without luck.

As such, I'm putting a $500 bounty to be paid via paypal to the person who can find a working copy of gbMac v1.3.1 version and upload it to Macintosh Garden. If by any chance someone knows how to get in touch with the original developer, let me know. I'm willing to throw quite a bit of money towards the dev to release it as freeware.
 

Bolle

Well-known member
Ohhh, I do know I have gbMac in my archives from back then somewhere - I doubt it’s 1.3.1 because I didn’t buy it, but I got it from *somewhere* before the great internet age.
Will have to check later on.
 

Watchsmart

Active member
Edit: Never mind. I see that the dev is "Hideki Naito"

Do you have the name of the developer? I can try asking some of my friends in Japan to scour the Japanese blog world, but it would be great to give them more to go on!
 

olePigeon

Well-known member
Download.com and Tucows were the eventual software blackholes. Everyone started hot-linking to their downloads instead of hosting their own like people used to do, and now countless pieces of software have vanished off the planet when those websites died.

Remember when people used to mirror FTP sites so we wouldn't lose files incase one of them went down?
 

Byrd

Well-known member
Hands up if you spent a good five minutes with your Google-fu skills to try to find it :D

No $500 here.
 

BacioiuC

Well-known member
I think I spent about 6 months trying all avenues, even going on actual hotline servers and even paying to access one in search of it! I think the best bet is to try and find the original developer. My initial plan was to get in touch with him (tried LinkedIN, e-mail, github with no replies yet) and see if I can pay for distributions right of the emulator and put it available for everyone.

I'll keep looking and the bounty is still on!
 
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