Vectrex Download Area
Vectrex has been completely redone, including: Video Snaps, System Intro, Boxes, Cartridges, Game Snaps, Manuals, Overlays and Title Snaps. The Video Snaps were submitted by celly and were made using the ParaJVE emulator. Click on the Spoiler tab for a file list of added videos.
Vectrex Download Area
Since HyperList had a Database for Sega ST-V I went ahead and re-did all of the videos from that set using MAME. I also created a specific System Intro video for the set. The video snaps created for this set will also be included in the next MAME video snap update. Below is the System Intro video that I made for the collection.
Sega ST-V Download Section
With all of the excitement over the new Cave shooters that were added then removed (and then added back on the sly) from MAME interest was expressed in doing just a Cave system. So I redid all the videos (MAME was updated as well) and also made a system intro video for the system. Game and Title snaps have been added as well. The set is available on our FTP and in the download section.
Cave Download Area
I am happy to announce some upgrades to our Automated Download Service Server and Content.
We have recently been receiving reports from outside the US, primarily the UK, that the download speed of the service was in the 100k - 200k range while speeds from our FTP file server were usually above 1 mb/s. With the growing popularity of the service this was decided to be unacceptable. As of today we have added a new server with a direct network connection to Europe. This should effectively increase the download speed by a factor of 10 in areas such as the UK. In addition to the network and bandwidth improvements the opportunity was taken to roughly double the processing power of the server. This should lead to much quicker operation of the service as well, since matching and processing of the media happens on the server.
The following systems have recently had media replaced, added, or updated:
American Laser Games
Amstrad GX 4000
Commodore Amiga CD32
Fairchild Channel F
Magnavox Odyssey 2
Microsoft MSX 2
NEC PC Engine
NEC PC Engine CD
NEC Turbo Grafx
Nintendo Famicom Disk System
Nintendo Virtual Boy
Nintendo Super Nintendo
Nintendo Gameboy Advance
Sega Master System
SNK Neo-Geo CD
Taito Type X
Taito Type X2
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A
Any feedback on the download service upgrades or set updates are greatly appreciated. Please let us know what you think in the comments section.
This year, some of the GameEx staff decided that it would be cool to put together a theme competition to spark some interest in theme creation. It's still in it's infancy, but it would be good to get the ball rolling in case anyone here would like to enter.
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:
$100 from EmuMovies $100 Gift Card for Amazon from GameEx/Spesoft 2 UltraStik 360s with Restrictor Kits courtesy of Ultimarc 1 iPac 2 courtesy of Ultimarc 1 Lifetime License of GameEx 1 Lifetime Membership to EmuMovies
1 X-Arcade Dual Joystick from X-Gaming $50 Gift Card for Amazon from the GameEx Team 1 Year License of GameEx 1 Year Membership to EmuMovies
1 LED-Wiz USB Lighting and Output Controller courtesy of Groovy Game Gear 1 copy of the book Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine autographed by the author John St. Clair courtesy of ArcadeControls.com 1 Year License of GameEx 1 Month Membership to EmuMovies
1 Full Version of Xpadder with Lifetime Updates 1 Wired XBOX 360 controller courtesy of the GameEx Staff 1 Year License of GameEx
More prizes may be added, it really depends on the number of entries we get.
You can submit as many themes as you like, but only one prize per author will be awarded. The entries will be judged by the GameEx staff on accessibility, overall design, and integrated features/placement.
Judging will be done by myself, Tom Spiers, Headkaze, Frequency, and Circo. Theme user feedback will also be taken into consideration by the judges. Your theme must be a new theme, not a rehash of an existing theme. Your entry can be submitted anytime between June, 2011 and June, of 2012. Prizes will be awarded on July 15th, 2012.
Please submit your themes to the submission thread located here. This topic will be updated with all theme submissions, and the previously mentioned thread will be the place for users to comment on the entry or offer suggestions. If you make any changes to your theme, please PM me so I can make the adjustments in the contest thread. All submissions will be considered final on June 30th, 2012, so you may make as many changes and/or updates to your submission before then.
When you are ready to submit your theme, please follow these guidelines:
Fill in the ENTRY POST worksheet located below. (Copy & Paste the sheet into your post and fill in the blanks). Add either 3 snapshots of your theme, or a YouTube video of your theme, to the post. Upload your theme to GameEx directly, or to a public download site such as MediaFire or MegaUpload. (Please, no RapidShare links!)
If you have questions, feel free to post them here. I will be updating this topic as need arises. Of course, the rules and prizes may be changed periodically without notice. Any changes will be made in writing, and an update will be posted in the submissions thread.
Happy themeing everyone!
EXAMPLE ENTRY POST:
Theme Title: _______________________________
Theme Type: _______________________________
Theme Version: _______________________________
Theme Resolution: _______________________________
[snap1] [snap2] [snap3] -or- [YouTube Video]
Theme Description: ______________________________
Theme Features: ______________________________
Date Submitted: _______________________________
Download URL: _______________________________ (No RapidShare Links Please!!!)
Download Size: _______________________________
Additional Notes: _______________________________
The AAE (Another Arcade Emulator) Collection has been updated.
Audited to HyperList 1.0
Clrmamepro Dat files included
Re-Encoded from Masters to x264/AAC
Audited to HyperList 1.0
Normalized Audio with AAC Gain
Clrmamepro Dat files included
Artwork Set List:
AAE Arcade Cabinets
AAE Arcade Marquees
AAE Control Panels
AAE Game Manuals
AAE Game Snaps
AAE PC Boards
AAE Promotional Flyers
AAE Title Snaps
Video Set List:
AAE Video Snaps
AAE System Intro Videos
To those that follow the forums closely, you may have caught wind of this already.... EmuMovies is in the process of switching to a new encoding process, in the end that means that our AVI video sets will soon fade away and new MP4 sets (and in turn completely new FLV sets) will be taking their place. The reason why is simple and there is mainly 2 of them.
#1 - File size reduction between 50-70% across the board.
#2 - Increased quality (especially the FLV sets)
In addition as I am finalizing these sets I am ensuring that at a minimum they are 100% compliant with the HyperList naming convention (when applicable). For those of you that are not aware let me take a brief moment to explain what the HyperList naming convention is. For the most part, again when it is applicable, the HyperList naming convention is the same as No-Intro. However, no-intro is in the habit of changing it's naming convention sporadically. These small changes would require the file names on over 50,000 videos to be constantly monitored. The goal of the HyperList team is mainly two fold:
#1 - Have a consistent naming standard for roms and artwork that is static ensuring the greatest compatibility across time and platforms.
#2 - Give us a filtered "minted" list of all English playable games for any given system.
What the team did was first put together a complete list of USA released games. Then add in any other "Mostly European" games that do not have a USA counterpart. This is more difficult than it seems as in many cases the European game will have a completely different name than the USA game. What we are left with is an extremely complete and usable set. Please if you have any questions or coments on moving over to this naming convention let us know.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
I would think at this point most of you would say that's a pretty good update, and I would agree, but I am not stopping there. No Sir!
In addition to all of this, ALL sets are having their audio normalized properly. The first go at this led to some pretty loud videos. Ok, that's not really doing it justice, EXTREMELY LOUD VIDEOS. EmuMovies member NoLogic (our resident scripting and software developer) has been working with me non stop to develop better tools for audio normalization (in addition to editing and encoding optimizations).
THERE COULDN'T BE MORE...OF COURSE THERE IS
Most of my efforts this year have been to really finalize these video sets and get out the best possible product that we could. Over the last five years the quality and content of the sets have been improved upon again and again. That meant that in most cases the newer sets was much more polished than the older sets. The newer sets have a fade in a transition between the game and title and a fade out. There are also much stricter standards on what is included in one of our game videos. Each set is getting the star treatment before being re-released. All videos have been painstakingly re-edited from the masters and in many cases completely redone. The goal being that we have a much more consistent quality product for our members.
EmuMovies usually ends up having a major back end hardware upgrade once or twice a year. The growth rate of this site has been staggering at times and it has caused quite a few headaches for me and some members of the team, but they have been the good kind of headaches (those our the kind of problems that websites want). Last year saw us upgrade servers and bandwidth on three separate occasions, and that is not near as fun as it sounds. Well luckily it seems like we are going to be good for awhile as the last server we moved to would be considered overkill by most. But there is a needed upgrade and right now it's delaying me getting all this content up. The time has come to upgrade to a commercial class internet connection here at EmuMovies HQ so I can handle the bandwidth necessary to get all of this new content up on our servers. (Yes we have more than one ) This is being installed early next week and it should speed things up nicely.
OK, BUT WHATS DONE?
I'll be honest, I started with the easiest stuff and am now getting to the hard stuff. Here is a list of what's complete and ready to go up.
NINTENDO VIRTUAL BOY
SEGA MASTER SYSTEM
SNK NEO GEO POCKET COLOR
TURBO GRAFX CD
FAMICOM DISC SYSTEM
NINTENDO ARCADE SYSTEMS
SNK NEO GEO POCKET MONO
SEGA DREAMCAST VMU
FAIRCHILD CHANNEL F
NINTENDO GAMEBOY COLOR
SEGA GAME GEAR
SEGA MODEL 2
SNK NEO GEO
TURBO GRAFX 16
ALSO WORKING ON (The Short List)
That being said, a big thank you goes out to our content contributors. We have quite a few members helping with missing videos and uploading to the WIP area of our FTP. That is helping me tremendously is getting these final sets out to you at a fast pace. If anyone would like to help contribute videos to the project please review our 2011 Video Submission Guide. Any sizable content contributions also result in that member being promoted to content contributor status which equates to full lifetime access to all areas of the site, elevated and bragable status, and access to tools and areas of the site not available to the general public. You want to be cool right?
So that's it in a nutshell, there have been a few minor site updates, including this project blog. I will continue to post frequent updates here and hopefully our other content contributors will follow suit.
2011 Video Submission Guide
The big MAME update continues, I have added, replaced or updated 791 videos for the MAME .144 video snap collection. They are now available on the FTP and Download Service. For a full list of the changes please view the attached list.
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