> Second of all if this shortcut was already known > about it certainly wasn't known about to the general public or to the guy who spent 2 > years making this hack so that's a non-starter isn't it?
Getting it running requires a combination of hacks, some of them were known. He is the first to put it together in a usable form.
The question that was asked is:
"What's the deal with this? Is there any reason it's not included in the official MAME?"
The answer has been covered. It might be possible to special case the hacks, but that isn't ideal. So until he figures out a better way of doing it (or someone else does) then it's a standalone version.
> The majority of people > believed it didn't work because the current dump was bad which wasn't true.
I don't remember anyone saying the dump was bad. The game seems to be written badly that it requires a level of timing accuracy that is beyond what we have right now.