> > I wish people would stop making claims like this, it's unfounded.
> > It's an uncommon revision of a very common game, for which updates were spewed out
> > regular intervals, it's far from the only case where there are revisions a few days
> > apart; with gambling machines especially it happened with great frequency.
> > as it was only the current revision for 2 or 3 days, only machines in that 2-3 day
> > period would ship with it, that explains why it isn't so common without any wild
> > theories about it being pre-release.
> > people REALLY need to stop shouting 'prototype' and 'pre-release' for anything rare
> > or that seems unfinished, it's starting to get incredibly irritating.
> Impressive public relations skills, now he'll really be receptive if any MAME dev
> were to attempt to reach out to him and inquire about getting it dumped.
I prefer a policy of honesty, too many people lately trying to use 'NOT IN MAME' and 'NOT DUMPED' as well as 'PRE-RELEASE' and 'PROTOTYPE' to inflate prices. Not impressed by it at all, not going to pander to such behaviour either.
We went through a spell of it about 10-15 years back where people started doing the same with bootlegs etc. because they often had different PCB designs or handwritten labels, that was just as irritating. We've also seen it with cheaply produced Korean PCBs for similar reasons, it gets old.
It's rare, it exists, but it's not exactly surprising for a company that churned out revisions like they were going out of style, nor is it likely to be that special.
I'd be much more interested in the rumoured early CPS3 revisions that were only available as pre-programmed flash, never on CD, whereby as soon as you put a CD in they'd update and be lost.