> > OFF TOPIC:Out of curiosity,when did MESS begin?
> If I'm to believe the filedates listed for the first DOS MESS source/binary package,
> it's June 4th, 1998 which places it in between 0.33b3 and 0.33b4 releases of MAME.
I researched this a month or so ago.
The earliest binaries built and offered online for all ports have a build date of June 3rd, 1998, so you can use that.
(Mac OS binary - June 3, 1998 (I think) - ARM/RISC OS binary: June 3rd, 1998 - DOS/Windows binary: June 4th, 1998 - but the documentation revision date for both is June 3rd, 1998)
... and the first announcement is on USENET (for the ARM/RISC OS port) on June 4, 1998.
(dunno about where news on the DOS version would have been posted)
Diving into the private MESSDEV mailing list archive, looks like the source was uploaded to a public FTP on June 3rd, 1998.
Given all that, I'd use June 3, 1998.
... I should probably add this to the MESS wiki somewhere
(FWIW, I was not around for any of it. I didn't start with MAME til around 1999, and not with MESS until many years after.)