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Rowr14

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  1. Amazing work, looking forward to integrating this with my mega drive theme! Always wanted to work on this but didn't find the time, great job!
  2. Still not working in what's new for me, the link above worked though. What is added to this xml from the standard one? Be aware genre data for this xml is out of date see below thread for details.
  3. Ok no problem just taking a look now, I should be able to rename these to conform with the xml if I get some time this week. If so I can re upload here if your cool with that.
  4. I think he is asking if the files are named to the usa convention or pal so as to know for what xml it will work with? I'm downloading now I can take a look. I've taken a run at converting PAL cart art I found to suit the default USA xml, it required a lot of renaming due to game titles being named differently in PAL regions. Take a look here for more info. As I said i've tackled this before so I may be able to take a run at it if it requires renaming. I'll also take a look at the theme I linked to ensure it's compatible with my theme or if I need to make some adjustments (so the video lines up etc) As i'm very interested in making this pack work with my PAL theme to complete the entire PAL conversion Great work by the way.
  5. No... Thank You! You are doing great work with those videos. I've been holding off while I chipped away at my Arcade genre stuff, but now that that's (sort of) done I'll be delving into hypermarque and customised fades etc. from what I've seen so far your videos will be a huge help for that. I've been at this for a few years now but I've already learnt a number of things I had no idea were even possible from just a few of your tutorials.
  6. I am happy to share, the only thing is my xmls exclude a few different control schemes. For example my run n gun xml is missing a handful of titles that use spinners, or smash tv that uses dual joysticks for example. Also I'm still running off .189 at this stage. Your best bet will be to use a program like romlister to pair down and create your own custom genres, though it is a bit of a learning curve and process. I'm happy to share at least what I have which are non standard genres though, just be aware they are not necessarily 100 percent correct or suitable to what you might want. Which ones in particular are you after? In some cases I've split or renamed existing genres. I'll add some resources to the bottom of this upload tomorrow in regards to an xml pack around here that is available that has most of these genres for standard setups also you can use it to pair down your stuff pretty easily with dons hypertools in regards to two player lists etc. EDIT - I've added those links, when I get some time later I'll add some of my custom genre xmls in the link for people to reference from
  7. Version 1.0.0

    1,459 downloads

    Ok guys been working on this for a while, thought I would put out the 1.0 while I've got the chance... ...Presenting genre backgrounds and wheels for MAME/Arcade! Here is a collection of wheels and backgrounds in the style of my SNES and Mega Drive/Genesis packs. Unlike those packs, there are no included xmls with this pack as I have spent hours hand sorting my genres in a specific and unique way that will not match the average user 1 to 1. Unfortunately what this means is you are going to have to get your hands a bit dirty this time to make this pack work for you, the backgrounds and wheels are provided and organised, but you are going to need to do some renaming in order to suite the images to your xml files. Also you may find there are certain publisher or specific genre wheels that don't have included backgrounds or wheels here. The good news is there is a large selection to find something appropriate to complete your own setup, there are multiple images for just about every genre and I HEAVILY ENCOURAGE you to go through and rename the images you like, rather than the defaults I have selected. If your not sure what is involved in setting this up check out @ninja2bceen 's excellent tutorial video on genres. I take no credit for any of the background images, i've merely edited existing images that are out there to suit. I have created a few of the wheels from scratch, and given some existing ones a face-lift. There's a fair few hours of work here and I hope it shows. When I have some time there is a chance I will come back to this to increase it's scope and rename the images to match the standard naming conventions so it can be a little bit more plug and play. As usual i've included the default image for the border so as people can create their own backgrounds. I've also included my genre.xml which is unlikely to suit you directly but might help as a starting point. If anything seems incorrect, or you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments. Enjoy! A few resources: Check this thread for links to phulsofs xml packs. --------------------------------------------------- Check this great tutorial for using Romlister to create your own genres: https://forums.libretro.com/t/howto-generate-pretty-curated-mame-playlists-the-easy-ish-way/5529 --------------------------------------------------- Here is @SupraKarma's Mame pack, it contains wheels for all occasions and was the base for this pack, anything not included here you should find there. Also check here for the 'Base pack' It may be more recent and complete I'm not sure. --------------------------------------------------- Here are my other genre packs for SNES and Mega drive/Genesis
  8. Version 1.0.0

    1,068 downloads

    The wheel sounds packs I've found for various systems were much too quiet compared to the base sound pack. I've gone through and normalised them to increase decibels, while also reduced the default pack which I found comes in like a wrecking ball. Most of these packs I found on the ftp and were not available on the site anywhere when I looked a while ago, though that might have changed over time. The Playstation and Master System packs have been put together by me but I can't take credit for anything else aside from adjusting the decibels, there is a chance I hand edited a few of the other packs to remove some of the more annoying or less impactful sounds files. I've also included the default wheel click with reduced decibels in case anyone prefers it. Let me know if you think anything doesn't seem right. Enjoy! Here is another great tutorial from @ninja2bceen if you need some help installing these.
  9. In your HyperSpin folder. I'd imagine whatever is on your desktop is just shortcuts to the applications in the folder on the drive.
  10. I would say if it ain't broke don't fix it. I can't say if there is anything in this release that fixes those issues to make it worthwhile, though I doubt it. That said, all this involves is copying some updated executables over so I don't see why you couldn't try it yourself and roll it back if you have issues.
  11. Still a great front end for 4:3 (some of us still want to use a crt). That's why I ended up here, and I don't regret the sub.
  12. Yeh I've been holding off for those reasons, i'll look into those other programs you mentioned though as I was under the impression it was adobe or nothing for this stuff. Good to know there are other options!
  13. Great work thanks guys! Animated wheels very cool! I might have to bite the bullet and get a program that deals in swf.
  14. Version 1.0.0

    278 downloads

    These are my Genre backgrounds for the Sega Genesis/MD. You can see a few examples above. Put these in 'Media\Sega Genesis\Images\Genre\Backgrounds' in your Hyperspin folder. These go with my Sega Genesis/MegaDrive genre fix and include xmls and images from @SupraKarma's Ultimate Genesis pack. (Linked below) I've included the xmls here for convenience, but head here for more details. There are multiple backgrounds for some genres so definitely please take a look and pick which you prefer. Just rename without the attached number. Enjoy!
  15. Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Genres Fixed View File I have been chipping away for the last few weeks giving the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive the same treatment as with my SNES genre fix and backgrounds. I have edited genre information from @SupraKarma's xml from the Ultimate Sega Genesis Pack. Basically if you want to use the Genesis/MD genre function it's worth grabbing this xml. I've included with the zip the xmls already split by genre and also a handful of useful xmls from SupraKarma's pack such as coop, exclusives, multiplayer etc. Everything has custom backgrounds included. My approach to this xml was more thorough than when I originally went through the SNES xml which I fixed in order of worst offenders to least genre wise. This time I went through from start to finish and judged every title individually based on video, wikipedia entries and other lists and resources. The occasional game I loaded up to play a bit to be sure. My results went back to the SNES xml in cases of multiplatform games and that been tidied up a bit and re-uploaded for consistency, the link is below if you are interested. Roughly what has been done: This XML was the opposite of the SNES in the case that a huge amount of titles were assigned to 'Platform'. Randomly every 20 titles or so something was assigned to 'Platform' that was just in no way shape or form a platforming game. Many titles were also moved to more appropriate places - usually 'Action'. The 'Shoot em up' category was filled. Previously they were in 'Shooter' 'Educational' was added and the correct games assigned. Many games were assigned to 'Adventure', generally 'Action-RPG' type titles which have less emphasis on stats and strategy. 'Arcade' was added. Titles that were ported from arcade versions, classic arcade compilations or even newer titles that have arcade type gameplay (e.g. fix it felix). Beat em ups that qualified for this however were left in the 'Beatemup' genre (e.g. GoldenAxe) I opted to move the flight sims into it's own category 'Flying' (in staying consistent with the snes xml) as there were enough titles to warrant it's own category. Numerous other corrections which I've forgotten. The Sports categories for the most part were correct as were Beat em ups, so thanks to whoever put that work in. I did opt to remove some categories from sports such as bowling and skating and move those titles to the general 'Sports' category as they only contained a single title. I also removed the compilation category and assigned those to relevant sections. Thanks again to @SupraKarma whose awesome Ultimate packs have inspired this work and also where the xmls, wheels and sports category backgrounds are from. The Ultimate Sega Genesis pack is linked below. Below are links to the Backgrounds that accompany this xml (though they are included in this upload for convenience) and to my SNES genre fix. Please let me know if i'm missing anything in the upload or anything doesn't seem right. Enjoy! Submitter Rowr14 Submitted 04/26/2018 Category Databases (XML) Credits @SupraKarma
  16. Version 1.0.0

    568 downloads

    I have been chipping away for the last few weeks giving the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive the same treatment as with my SNES genre fix and backgrounds. I have edited genre information from @SupraKarma's xml from the Ultimate Sega Genesis Pack. Basically if you want to use the Genesis/MD genre function it's worth grabbing this xml. I've included with the zip the xmls already split by genre and also a handful of useful xmls from SupraKarma's pack such as coop, exclusives, multiplayer etc. Everything has custom backgrounds included. My approach to this xml was more thorough than when I originally went through the SNES xml which I fixed in order of worst offenders to least genre wise. This time I went through from start to finish and judged every title individually based on video, wikipedia entries and other lists and resources. The occasional game I loaded up to play a bit to be sure. My results went back to the SNES xml in cases of multiplatform games and that been tidied up a bit and re-uploaded for consistency, the link is below if you are interested. Roughly what has been done: This XML was the opposite of the SNES in the case that a huge amount of titles were assigned to 'Platform'. Randomly every 20 titles or so something was assigned to 'Platform' that was just in no way shape or form a platforming game. Many titles were also moved to more appropriate places - usually 'Action'. The 'Shoot em up' category was filled. Previously they were in 'Shooter' 'Educational' was added and the correct games assigned. Many games were assigned to 'Adventure', generally 'Action-RPG' type titles which have less emphasis on stats and strategy. 'Arcade' was added. Titles that were ported from arcade versions, classic arcade compilations or even newer titles that have arcade type gameplay (e.g. fix it felix). Beat em ups that qualified for this however were left in the 'Beatemup' genre (e.g. GoldenAxe) I opted to move the flight sims into it's own category 'Flying' (in staying consistent with the snes xml) as there were enough titles to warrant it's own category. Numerous other corrections which I've forgotten. The Sports categories for the most part were correct as were Beat em ups, so thanks to whoever put that work in. I did opt to remove some categories from sports such as bowling and skating and move those titles to the general 'Sports' category as they only contained a single title. I also removed the compilation category and assigned those to relevant sections. Thanks again to @SupraKarma whose awesome Ultimate packs have inspired this work and also where the xmls, wheels and sports category backgrounds are from. The Ultimate Sega Genesis pack is linked below. Below are links to the Backgrounds that accompany this xml (though they are included in this upload for convenience) and to my SNES genre fix. Please let me know if i'm missing anything in the upload or anything doesn't seem right. Enjoy!
  17. Version 1.1.0

    286 downloads

    I've put together some genre backgrounds for the SNES. You can see a few examples above. I was fairly critical in trying to find the best art I could and went with nostalgia as much as possible, some boxart, some official and some fanmade. Put these in 'Media\Super Nintendo Entertainment System\Images\Genre\Backgrounds' in your Hyperspin folder. These go with my SNES genre fix with xmls and images from @SupraKarma 's Ultimate SNES 2.0 pack. (linked below) I'll include the xmls with this upload for convenience but head here for more details. The sports category backgrounds and all the wheels are from @SupraKarma's pack but I've included them here for convenience with permission. There are a few multiples included, (driving1.png, driving2.png etc.) Just remove the number to use an alternate background. I've included the Wheel Border image in case you want to do any of your own. Enjoy!
  18. Super Nintendo Entertainment System Genres Fixed View File I've spent quite a few hours fixing the genres for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The short story is, if you plan to use the genres function for SNES, download this. The long story is... They were about 40 percent inaccurate, and I those are blatant errors not just squabbles. I've built off SupraKarma's official xml, as I understand the genres haven't been touched in a long time, I assume over the years as games have been added to the list they have been filed away willy nilly. I have only edited Genre info and nothing else. A rough list of what has been done: The 'Action' genre was extremely bloated and has been cleaned up. It had everything from platformers to shooters to puzzle games. 'Sports' genre was full of titles that needed subcategorising, e.g. 'Sports/Fishing', 'Sports/Baseball' etc. Now 'Sports' only contains what's leftover that doesn't have a subcategory, such as olympics, European sports like cricket and rugby and other oddball titles. Practically now if you go to the baseball category you can see ALL the baseball games. If you would like a an xml containing the entirety of sports games, that is available in SupraKarmas Ultimate SNES pack which will be linked below. A huge amount of titles that should be in the 'Beatemup' genre were all in 'Fighter'. This was a big one for me as it makes the genre function fairly useless. Created genres for Arcade and Board Games as those titles didn't fit anywhere else and need their own wheels. Moved all titles from 'Miscellaneous' into their correct genres. Most 'Miscellaneous' titles ended up in 'Educational' and 'Puzzle', went through both of those genres and switched a bunch of titles where they should be. Pretty much went through every genre and checked every title. Every genre needed work, though some less than others. I didn't make any hasty decisions and cross checked everything with multiple resources on the Internet (which had a lot of conflicting information itself) Now obviously in the case of Genres there is a lot of room for squabbling over where a game might belong, especially given that this era was the starting point for many genres that still weren't established at the time. My viewpoint has been a practical one of 'Where would I go if I wanted to find this specific game' and I've tried to stick to that when making the harder decisions. An example is the 'Simulation' genre has games such as Mechwarrior and tank simulators. City builder sims etc can be found in 'strategy'. Putting these two different takes on 'Simulation' in the one wheel would not be practical. Also this wheel could arguably include flight sims, but 'Flying' has it's own category. That said I'm happy enough that at this time the idea of the 'city builder' or 'god game' was literally sim city and populous and not much else making it fairly impractical to apply newer genre interpretations on these older libraries. Many games are considered split genre e.g. 'Action/Adventure', 'Strategy/Simulation', 'Puzzle/Platformer'. In these cases I've done my best to put the game in the most appropriate place, though there is definitely some room for interpretation and argument on some titles. If you would like to make a case over a particular title i'll definitely take a hard look. Incorporating split genres was considered, but ultimately I feel that more wheels complicates the concept of simplifying browsing through genre. There is little point in having 80 different categories with just a few games in each one. That and it would be a huge undertaking for small returns. I've also gone through and made custom genre backgrounds for the SNES which i'll include here because it's easy enough but will post separately to the relevant section. I spent longer than it would appear putting them together and they look great imo. The sports backgrounds are unedited from SupraKarmas Ultimate SNES pack but included here for convenience. The extra non genre xmls included in my download (two player, Multiplayer, Exclusives etc) are from @SupraKarma 's Ultimate SNES pack (linked below) which contains an enormous amount of xmls, wheel and background art to sort everything from rating to year to publisher. On a side note, the genre data in these hand made xmls has not been edited so still has the old genre info - though it makes no practical difference to the output. If you are chasing a PAL version of the theme in this pack, I've created one to accompany it with renamed PAL carts. Sega Genesis/Mega Drive will be next for me, it doesn't appear to be as bad, but needs work nonetheless. Submitter Rowr14 Submitted 04/10/2018 Category Databases (XML) Credits @SupraKarma
  19. Version 1.1.0

    691 downloads

    UPDATED to 1.1 I didn't plan to update this but I've updated for better consistency with the upcoming Sega Genesis/Mega Drive genre fix. Numerous fixes across the board and better split between Action and Platform genres. This should be final, but if someone wanted to create a wheel for 'run n gun' or wheels to differentiate horizontal and vertical shootemup games I would be happy to further split this down and create backgrounds. Let me know if that interests you. ------------------------------------------------------------ I've spent quite a few hours fixing the genres for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The short story is, if you plan to use the genres function for SNES, download this. The long story is... They were about 40 percent inaccurate, and those were blatant errors not just squabbles. I've built off SupraKarma's official xml, as I understand the genres haven't been touched in a long time, I assume over the years as games have been added to the list they have been filed away willy nilly. I have only edited Genre info and nothing else. A rough list of what has been done: The 'Action' genre was extremely bloated and has been cleaned up. It had everything from platformers to shooters to puzzle games. 'Sports' genre was full of titles that needed subcategorising, e.g. 'Sports/Fishing', 'Sports/Baseball' etc. Now 'Sports' only contains what's leftover that doesn't have a subcategory, such as olympics, European sports like cricket and rugby and other oddball titles. Practically now if you go to the baseball category you can see ALL the baseball games. If you would like a an xml containing the entirety of sports games, that is available in SupraKarmas Ultimate SNES pack which will be linked below. A huge amount of titles that should be in the 'Beatemup' genre were all in 'Fighter'. This was a big one for me as it makes the genre function fairly useless. Created genres for Arcade and Board Games as those titles didn't fit anywhere else and need their own wheels. Moved all titles from 'Miscellaneous' into their correct genres. Most 'Miscellaneous' titles ended up in 'Educational' and 'Puzzle', went through both of those genres and switched a bunch of titles where they should be. Pretty much went through every genre and checked every title. Every genre needed work, though some less than others. I didn't make any hasty decisions and cross checked everything with multiple resources on the Internet (which had a lot of conflicting information itself) Now obviously in the case of Genres there is a lot of room for squabbling over where a game might belong, especially given that this era was the starting point for many genres that still weren't established at the time. My viewpoint has been a practical one of 'Where would I go if I wanted to find this specific game' and I've tried to stick to that when making the harder decisions. An example is the 'Simulation' genre has games such as Mechwarrior and tank simulators. City builder sims etc can be found in 'strategy'. Putting these two different takes on 'Simulation' in the one wheel would not be practical. Also this wheel could arguably include flight sims, but 'Flying' has it's own category. That said I'm happy enough that at this time the idea of the 'city builder' or 'god game' was literally sim city and populous and not much else making it fairly impractical to apply newer genre interpretations on these older libraries. Many games are considered split genre e.g. 'Action/Adventure', 'Strategy/Simulation', 'Puzzle/Platformer'. In these cases I've done my best to put the game in the most appropriate place, though there is definitely some room for interpretation and argument on some titles. If you would like to make a case over a particular title i'll definitely take a hard look. Incorporating split genres was considered, but ultimately I feel that more wheels complicates the concept of simplifying browsing through genre. There is little point in having 80 different categories with just a few games in each one. That and it would be a huge undertaking for small returns. I've also gone through and made custom genre backgrounds for the SNES which i'll include here because it's easy enough but will post separately to the relevant section. I spent longer than it would appear putting them together and they look great imo. The sports backgrounds are unedited from SupraKarmas Ultimate SNES pack but included here for convenience. The extra non genre xmls included in my download (two player, Multiplayer, Exclusives etc) are from @SupraKarma 's Ultimate SNES pack (linked below) which contains an enormous amount of xmls, wheel and background art to sort everything from rating to year to publisher. On a side note, the genre data in these hand made xmls has not been edited so still has the old genre info - though it makes no practical difference to the output. If you are chasing a PAL version of the theme in this pack, I've created one to accompany it with renamed PAL carts. Sega Genesis/Mega Drive will be next for me, it doesn't appear to be as bad, but needs work nonetheless.
  20. Hey mate just wanted to say thanks for the amazing work. In particular for the various Multiplayer xmls you have put together, personally I think the value of these older games and systems are being able to share them reliving childhood memories with friends or with the younger generation experiencing it for the first time and those xmls really make that possible. 

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    2. Rowr14

      Rowr14

      Ok, I came across this on the first one i looked up as a tester actually - I found a mix of box's with GA and KA (I'd guess GA is from the sega rating though I didn't look into it further as yet) . I'd intended to ask about that before I started proper. I've got a few other things I will run by you for your advice/opinion as well before I get going. I'm probably going to chip away at this here and there so it could take a month or two perhaps to get through - I guess i'll see how it goes.

      I'll message you later on or tomorrow and see if I can clarify a few other things :)

       

       

    3. SupraKarma

      SupraKarma

      I'm happy to receive any help with database work. :) Everyone's so eager about the artwork around here, and these databases are still trash.

      Take your time, absolutely.

      The main reason we use the HSRS for some games that are actually rated already is, Rocketlauncher has all of the artwork for most of the rating systems already - so if you use Rocketlauncher fade in screens, you can have it display the rating while your game is loading.

      But now that we're on the topic, it almost seems wrong to replace one rating system with another.

      Tell you what - for those 'Sega Rating System games,' name them like this:

      VRC - GA (General Audiences)

      VRC - MA-13 (Mature Audiences)

      VRC - MA-17 (Mature Audiences)

      VRC - NYR (Not Rated Yet)

      VRC stands for Videogame Rating Council. If I'm going to have you put in the time, I'd rather have you do it right.

      I've approached Brolly from the Rocketlauncher Dev. team in the past, and he implemented a new HSRS rating for me. I'm sure he'd be open to adding the artwork for the VRC ratings as well.

      And worse case scenario (he says no), we can just include the art ourselves with the download for the updated/improved database. :) 

    4. SupraKarma

      SupraKarma

      As for ESRB rated games, you will want to fill in the field for those with:

      ESRB - KA (Kids To Adults)
      ESRB - EC (Early Childhood)
      ESRB - E10+ (Everyone 10+)
      ESRB - E (Everyone)
      ESRB - T (Teen)
      ESRB - M (Mature)
      ESRB - AO (Adults Only)
      ESRB - RP (Rating Pending)

      Again, this is so that the artwork for the ratings will appear on your RocketLauncher fade in screens. :)

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