I was watching the movie Godzilla 2000 with my parents today. I don't want to give away too much "plot," but the female protagonist was inside a building set to explode in ten minutes while frantically trying to determine what the alien force was doing with the computers. We only get a quick glance at the screen, but I noticed something when I paused the video. Was that Street Fighter II? And Neil Bradley? With modern video capturing technology, I was able to get a closer look:
Indeed, it appears that the extraterrestrial entity was interested in nothing other than the "What's New" file of Mame 0.35, the esteemed Multi Arcade Machine Emulator by Nicola Salmoria and the MAME team. The list scrolls, but here's the part that's in this capture:
Speed Freak [Aaron Giles, Zonn Moore, Jeff Mitchell, Neil Bradley] Spelunker [Nicola Salmoria] Springer [Zsolt Vasvari] Star Castle [Aaron Giles, Zonn Moore, Jeff Mitchell, Neil Bradley] Star Cruiser (preliminary) [Frank Palazzolo] Star Hawk [Aaron Giles, Zonn Moore, Jeff Mitchell, Neil Bradley] Street Fighter II' Champion Edition [Paul Leaman] Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting [Paul Leaman] Street Fighter [Olivier Galibert] Street Smart [Bryan McPhail] Sundance [Aaron Giles, Zonn Moore, Jeff Mitchell, Neil Bradley] Super Burger Time [Bryan McPhail] Super Locomotive [Zsolt Vasvari] Super Marukin-Ban [Nicola Salmoria] Super Pang (KEEP 1 PRESSED WHILE BOOTING THE FIRST TIME) [Nicola Salmoria] Super Real Darwin [Bryan McPhail] TNK3 [Carlos A. Lozano, Phil Stroffolino] Tailgunner [Aaron Giles, Zonn Moore, Jeff Mitchell, Neil Bradley] Terra Force [Carlos A. Lozano, Phil Stroffolino] The Battle-Road [Eric Hustvedt] The Legend of Kage [Phil Stroffolino] The Return of Ishtar [Nicola Salmoria] Three Wonders (preliminary) [Paul Leaman] Top Secret [Aaron Giles] Touchdown Fever [Phil Stroffolino] Tropical Angel [Phil Stroffolino] Truxton / Tatsujin [Darren Olafson] Tumble Pop [Bryan McPhail] Turbo Force [Nicola Salmoria] Turkey Shoot [Michael Soderstrom]
In particular, see if you can read the text "(KEEP 1 PRESSED WHILE BOOTING THE FIRST TIME)." I believe that this is Mame's first appearance in an internationally acclaimed feature film. Note also that this release is from July 4, 1999, although without the cues of this and a few pieces of modern technology, I would otherwise believe that this film is no less than twenty years old.
If you'd like to see for yourself, the frame is from about 58 minutes, 30 seconds into the VHS tape, and the film itself starts about 2 minutes into the tape. If you can get a higher quality capture, perhaps digitally from the DVD, I would enjoy notification.
Last Updated: January 7, 2001