OK - my question is, was there ever a better beta (!) of bleem!cast released than the one that's been cracked?
There were *NEVER* any beta versions that were released -- this one was an early version that was NOT released, but was leaked by an internal beta tester almost a year ago.
This build was from May 2000 ... which makes it almost three years old now, and a full year difference from the actual released product.
If that one was so old, did another one ever get distributed and do we now expect to see that one turn up?
No versions were ever "distributed" -- they were sent, under NDA, to beta testers for testing.
One other rumour, doing the rounds, is that bleem!cast is 100% SH4 ASM - is that true?
By the way - I hope, whilst it might be annoying, that you see the cracked beta as an excellent advertisement for both of your's skills - from what I've heard, even this early version runs quite a few things well.
Considering that it's the result of a total of roughly four months' work (including a move to LA, Comdex, and figuring out the DC) it's not too bad.
Timewise, the build is only 25% of the final MGS and TK3 builds, and 30% of the GT2 build.
It isn't a "port", and nothing was reused from the PC version, save for the knowledge gained during its development -- for a whole variety of obvious reasons.
I agree with Rod completely: So many things are missing, unimplemented or buggy, it's a shame that people are seeing it in this state.
BTW, some mod should fix Rod's "banner" ... his should match mine.