> Iirc, the Cinematronics emulator was the first PC based emulator for arcade machine
> games. I saw screen shots of it running several cine games several months before the
> earliest test release of Sparcade (or DAScade as it was called initially). Iirc, the
> earliest version of Sparcade was released in 1994. The Cine emulator was not publicly
> released until about a year or so after Sparcade.
> I can dig out old emails and usenet posts if the exact dates are required.
> According to Wikipedia, Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits was released on April 10,
> 1996 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_Arcade%27s_Greatest_Hits) - which was
> about 2 years or so after the earliest Sparcade releases (need to check emails /
> My memory about "Digital Eclipse Williams Arcade" is hazy, but I think Greg is quite
> right - it was released on Mac first, a year or so before PC.
> UPDATE 01: The information here confirms that it was released on Mac first:
> 1994 Joust Macintosh
> 1994 Robotron: 2084 Macintosh
> 1994 Defender
> I cannot recall now whether this predated Sparcade, etc (as I said, need to check
> emails / files).
> UPDATE 02: Just searched Google Groups and the earliest post I could find about
> Sparcade was this one from Oct-1996:
> A reply from me is at the end of the thread. Sure bought back memories ...
Someone could probably go digging around in CAESAR's collection of single-game and multi-game emulators (of which it retains the most *recent* versions) and look through their changelogs to determine which was the earliest (or if no changelog, wayback their stated homepage) for further fact checking.
You're probably right, though.