HyperSpin Media Folder
In your main installation directory you should see a media folder. Go ahead and open it up to see whats inside.
The first thing you see is that there is a media folder for each system thats on the Main Menu.
Besides seeing a folder for each system you will also see a folder for the Main Menu media. Let's take a peek inside the Main Menu folder.
Below is the basic layout of a system media folder. All systems have this same layout.
Since this is the folder for the Main Menu, anything you see on the Main Menu will be inside these folders. Pretty simple right? Now that your in the Main Menu folder you see 4 more folders. Images, Sound, Video and Themes. These are the 4 basic types that make up your interface.
The main thing you need to know here is that in HyperSpin a single item on the wheel can be one of two things. It can be an individual theme that you or someone else made. Or it can be part of a default layout. If its an individual theme then everything you need for that theme will be in the theme folder, which will be a zip file containing the artwork for that theme. If its part of a default layout then it usually utilizes the other 3 folders for its assets.
The main focus of HyperSpin is on MAME, 99 percent of all the themes made for HyperSpin are made for MAME due to its popularity and the large amount of artwork resources for arcade games. Since quality artwork for individual games for console systems is a lot harder to find then you're not going to see themes for consoles as much. A better approach for consoles is to use the default layout that we discussed earlier, use a generic overall theme that someone makes, and use boxarts, cartridge, or other related art to use in the default theme.
We will discuss themes in closer detail in a little bit, let's first look at the anatomy of HyperSpin first to give you a better idea of how these media assets play individual roles in the interface.