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mGalaxy Front End v7.0 Released

This version is packed with awesome new features and updates:
WebRadio added to available background music sources. Thousands of web radio directly available from the mGalaxy interface. Extended gamepad/joystick controller compatibility (no more limited to Xbox 360 controller only) Mouse compatible interface (no more limited to keyboard or gamepad) Theme customization: all themes now come with a setting panel. mGalaxy_Updater: new application to update/patch mGalaxy on new release. mGalaxy_Runway: Runway now trims logo images with a transparent pixel border. mGalaxy_Runway : auto folder assignment.
  More info and download on http://www.mgalaxy.com
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By Circo

Commodore Amiga Video Snaps Updated (Version 1.9)

Happy Holidays everyone! First off today we have an update to the Commodore Amiga video snaps pack bringing the pack to version 1.9. This update adds 27 new video snaps bringing the total number of videos for the Amiga to 1,808. Videos are available in Standard Quality on the EmuMovies website and in High Quality on via the EmuMovies FTP and Sync service.  Continue past the preview for all the juicy details.
 
 
EmuMovies Official Commodore Amiga Video Snaps Version 1.9
Added 27 Video Snaps Captures @Audi85  Edits & Encoding @Circo Details
 
Update your videos today
EmuMovies Website (SQ Only) Directly through your front-end or our app using EmuMovies Sync (HQ & SQ) EmuMovies File Server (FTP) (HQ & SQ) View all our updates on the EmuMovies FIles Feed   (We only post a handful in the news feed) Follow EmuMovies on Facebook Join EmuMovies od Discord
 
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By Circo

Nintendo NES Video Snaps Updated (31 Videos)

And now we get to the updates for the Nintendo Entertainment System, we have 8 new videos for the base set and 23 new videos for the Hacks & Homebrew collection.  These updates bring the base set to 1,009 videos and the hacks & homebrew set to 229 videos.  Big thanks to @Audi85 for submitting the original captures.  Continue past the preview for all the juicy details.
 
 
Nintendo NES Video Snaps Pack Version 1.9
Added 9 Videos Captures @Audi85 Edits & Encoding @Circo Nintendo NES Hacks & Homebrew Version 1.3
Added 23 Video Snaps Captures @Audi85 Edits & Encoding @Circo  
Update your videos today
EmuMovies Website (SQ Only) Directly through your front-end or our app using EmuMovies Sync (HQ & SQ) EmuMovies File Server (FTP) (HQ & SQ) View all our updates on the EmuMovies FIles Feed   (We only post a handful in the news feed)
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By Circo

Super Nintendo Video Snaps Updated (v2.0)

About six months in the making we finally have an all new version of the EmuMovies Super Nintendo Video Snaps Collection.  The version 2 update includes 811 new videos and is 841 video snaps total.  All new captures are by @DamnedRegistrations and @Audi85.  Final edits and encoding were performed by @Circo.  So waste no time and update you videos to all new higher quality versions.  Continue past the samples for details and more.
High Quality Sample
 
Standard Quality Sample
Version 2.0
Replaced 811 Video Snaps @Audi85, @DamnedRegistrations & @Circo Details
 
Grab the new video snaps immediately via:
EmuMovies Website (SQ Only)
Directly through your front-end or our app using EmuMovies Sync (HQ & SQ)
EmuMovies File Server (FTP) (HQ & SQ)
View all our updates on the EmuMovies FIles Feed (We only post a handful in the news feed)
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By Circo

GameEx Evolution v1.01 Beta Released

Proudly presented to you by Spesoft in partnership with Headsoft and FlashBang Studio.
Some of the features you’ll see in v1.01:
*** Features ***
Pre-configured system profiles for 200+ emulators
3 default themes (Default, Blue and Black)
Supports multiple orientations and aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, horizontal & vertical)
Multiple list display modes (List, Grid, Page, Carousel, Wheel and CoverFlow)
Multiple game lists (All, Completed, Favourites, NextToPlay, Played and RecentlyPlayed)
Databases for every system
Auto emulator app and asset download
Full system auditing and game list editor
MAME Software List support
Advanced MAME filtering system (Genre, Category, Manufacturer, Year, Orientation, Rotation, Controls, Players, Buttons, Alternating, Mirrored, Service, Tilt and Cocktail)
Advanced System filtering (Publisher, Developer, Year, Category and Players)
Other Filter Flags (File, Video, Region, Language and Media)
Advanced emulator launch and logging system
Steam game import
Stats (LastTimePlayed, HasPlayed, HasRecentlyPlayed, HasNeverPlayed, TotalTimePlayed, TimesPlayed, HasCompleted, IsFavorite, IsNextToPlay)
2D & 3D object support
32 and 64-bit support
Frame-based animation
Theme skinning system
Bitmap font support with editor
Extensions (including scripts and plugins)
Advanced variable system (all accessible via your custom Extensions)
Write your own Extensions in C# or VB.NET, Have access to Evo libraries directly!
Free extensions including hardware support for UltraStik, ServoStik, LEDWiz, PacDrive, U-HID, Blue-HID, Nano-LED, PacLED64, I-Pac Ultimate I/O, BetaBrite etc. All open source!
Command.dat support (Fighting game move lists)
Built-in manual and asset viewer
Auto image mounting
Much, much more!
 
*** Q & A ***
Q: Why did it take so long?
A: This has been a long time coming and that’s because we’ve spent extra time adding the features you wanted into the next evolution of gaming front ends!
Q: Who created it?
A: This is the most advanced FE ever written by the best in the scene. In development for over 5 years by coders with over 25 years in FE and arcade app development combined!
Q: Why did you create it?
A: This is a creation born out of love and passion for the retro arcade and emulation community. The cost was great but it’s our gift to you and this is only the beginning!
Q: Where is feature X your promo video promised?
A: We have included every feature we promised except for the Theme Editor. It’s still in production. Let us know if you’re interested!
Q: What about native HyperSpin theme rendering?
A: It’s in there we just don’t think it’s that important. We’re not trying to be HyperSpin but we’re fans of the project – hi Bill!
Q: What about RocketLauncher?
A: While we think it’s a pretty cool project we think if you’re paying for a FE like ours it should all be integrated. That’s why our Setup Wizard does everything! No 3rd party tools required!
Q: What’s the future of GameEx Evolution?
A: Very bright! But we need your support and for us to succeed we need your help to get the word out. So don’t just sit there, tell everyone the good news!
Q: I need help or have a question!
A: Great! Please visit our GameEx Evolution Forums
 
*** GameEx Evolution is: ***
Developed by Headsoft (headsoft.com.au)
Ben Baker (Headkaze) [Code, Design and Artwork]
Published by Spesoft (spesoft.com)
Tom Speirs [Sales, Code, Testing and Support]
With Help from FlashBang Studio (flashbangstudio.uk)
Michael Ware (Greatflash) [Database, Code, Artwork, Testing and Support]
And Hanka Design (hanka-design.com)
Markus Hanka [Logo, Early UI Design Prototypes]
Full Credits: gameex/com/evo-credits
 
*** Thanks ***
Also thanks to our staff for all their amazing and continued work on our forums over the years:
Adultery, Carny_Priest, DazzleHP, Draco, freezy, GimmeClassics, hansolo77, nullPointer, rablack97, RedDog, stigzler, Tempest, tthurman and zeenon
Download GameEx Evolution here
 
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    Rough Guide to Front-ends


    jackhammersalm
    • 10/16/2016

    Today's entry into my rough guide is a relative newcomer in terms of front-ends. So without further adieu, its time to introduce you all to

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    LAUNCHBOX

    I've been following this project for a year since I got a registered license for this to see everything and my first impressions of this wasn't the best because certain features wasn't in it yet I made a video which I handed to the developer who in turn ACTUALLY listened to me. The issues I had with 5.2 (that was when I first looked at it). First off, there was no tool tips. which is annoying another thing was its MAME naming conventions (it made 2 mistakes and major ones at that). When I did that last december, I gave a first impressions video to the developer. He used it and worked out the kinks out of it. Right now we are at version 6.11 and boy it has come a long way in a year. First off Jason (the developer) has gone out of his way to fix the glitches from the older version like naming conventions of MAME (which was one of my pet peeves with the project). Made in visual studio and has both ScummVM and DosBOX pre-installed with its configuration tools (I used this for my looking back at sparcade). First thing I noticed when I first fired up LaunchBox its welcome message was quite encouraging.

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    Add dos games, add steam and other platform games (like origin and uplay and considering you get free games off them just jump on them for freebies ir if you game games on their platforms as well). Add ROM files which is pretty self explanatory. finally adding window games themselves. With a introduction like that, There isn't so much stuff you can't do. The use of DOSbox and ScummVM are what makes this front-end different compared to normal front-ends because its a simple point and click or a click and drag. Everything else is self explanatory or automatically found via the game databases the system uses (this includes GamesDB which I have no end of complaints about). But this is only part of the story. If you purchase a license for LaunchBox, you get another mode and this baby is call BIGBOX.

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    BIGBOX is what you really use once you have finished screwing around with everything tinkering with setting and making sure you can play it comfortably. it looks nice and actually is well thought out. While not as flashy as something like Hyperspin or other off the wall Front-ends. LaunchBox's BIGBOX mode was designed for ease of use and true functionality. don't get me wrong, you can launch everything from Launchbox itself but its more designed to actually edit your settings and configure you setup.

    It still has issues but they are few and far between and you can actively see LaunchBox being developed by Jason on twitch.tv. He does a stream every so often when he can and he interacts towards his followers and users of LaunchBox here. You can actually approach him compared to most developers. I have talked to him as well. I have emailed the man myself during the 5.2 issues. The developer is a good person trying to deliver a solid product and but to me it still needs work but given time this is going in the right direction.

    Ok so here are the pros and cons of LaunchBox.

    OK the pros

    • Quite detailed in giving information
    • auto finds the inforamtion to the game you have inserted into the system.
    • DOSBOX and ScummVM Native.
    • Quite feature rich in terms of adding games.
    • constantly updated
    • BIGBOX MODE (on with paid registation)

    Not the cons

    • pay for product that unlocks all features (BIGBOX)
    • The menu can be a bit intimidating if you are not used to it
    • LaunchBox has issues with certain games

    While it has issues with this front-end and its a paid application but I'll be honest it actually worth the money considering the amount of work put into this. and I saw from version 5.2 to now and I see this project going places but it needs to fall into the trap of adding  too much too quickly without compromising the core system. While though it has issue it's still has soo much potential as well and with the developer being so transparent as well help this product immeasurably.

    This is a rough look at it considering I'm a hyperspin-phile and I don't disagree this project is going places. Anyways that it for another part to my rough guide and my next up on the bat is

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    Thats right I will be covering this in my next part of my rough guide.

     

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    Am I right to see two posts in two months?

    Were there supposed to be more?

    Check this out too, maybe we should organize that info.

    And maybe link to your "reviews' (assuming you will make more?)...

     

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