@Norstein For the PBP scraping, I think there is already an issue opened (see https://github.com/sselph/scraper/issues/90). You could try using Skyscraper, it can search by name only and I think it works with PBP files.
thank you. that file did the trick.
i wasn't using an old version of retropie though. in fact it was a fresh install of 4.1. i even updated all installed packages via the retropie setup.
maybe they changed it back?
anyway thanks again!