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Why is there so much misinformation out there?



  • @mitu

    I'm on an Atomic Pi running Lubuntu (was 18.04 now is 19.04)

    I haven't had any issues with this site in particular, just the general information that's out there on the internet, specially on sites like Linux support websites and youtube..


  • Global Moderator

    i think a lot of people get enthusiastic about retropie (which is great!), and want to create their own guides. the problem is, these are often missing key steps, and/or are quickly outdated. youtube is rife with some very popular videos that describe in detail how to severely break a retropie installation :)

    but there's nothing we can do about that. at one point i did put comments under some videos with corrections, but most of those videos are still up, unchanged. all we can do is make sure our own documentation is good, and encourage users to take the information from the source.



  • @dankcushions

    Exactly. A big part of the issue is outdated documents.. Any time there is a different operating system involved, whether it's a major update to an OS you are already on or an update to Retropie, directories change, files change, commands change....things change.. If I follow the step-by-step guides that are even a year old, chances are, they're going to break my installation or my OS, and cause headaches and frustration.



  • @dankcushions said in Why is there so much misinformation out there?:

    youtube is rife with some very popular videos that describe in detail how to severely break a retropie installation :)
    but there's nothing we can do about that. at one point i did put comments under some videos with corrections, but most of those videos are still up, unchanged.

    And the sad thing is everyone still worships him as some sort of retropie guru.



  • @Iconoclast12 the truth is that everyone always wants improvements, new capabilities and more opportunity for customization with retropie even just on the raspberry pi, let alone expanding to other hardware. I have been shocked by over time the things that I thought “wouldn’t it be great if...” and it turns out wow you can actually do just that. The “problem” with all of that iteration is that all advice someone can give is necessarily “date stamped” at the time it is provided and can’t anticipate future improvements. Official “documentation” is helpful to an extent but there can’t be a one-size-fits all guide, either, because of all the various things people want to do, and l, more importantly what is “right” and “perfect” for one person’s intended use can is not at all what some one else wants. That’s why this is more a hobby for tinkerers than a release of commercial software or a commercial hardware product. For all of these reasons, as someone who reads the forums almost every day, I don’t see how this problem gets solved. It’s somewhat inherent in what it is.


  • administrators

    @benret said in Why is there so much misinformation out there?:

    You're not alone. I've spent the past 2 months trying to get 30-odd arcade games running correctly on a Raspberry Pi - sounds easy, no? I'm still working on it. There's a lot of trial and error troubleshooting to get it right, even if there are lots of tutorials on Raspberry Pi.

    Trial and error sounds like you're not using matching ROM sets. You have to match up the versions to the arcade emulator you are using.



  • @BuZz said in Why is there so much misinformation out there?:

    Trial and error sounds like you're not using matching ROM sets

    Yeah, that's beginner level MAME.

    This is the last bit of fun I had:

    terminate called after throwing an instance of 'char const*'

    Which is the second time I'd had to look that one up. PM me if you want the solution ;) [It's not what you think it is.]


  • administrators

    @benret there's no PMs. Not sure the purpose of your reply. If you have something to say, say it here. (Some context and info will help).



  • @mitu Hi there, I'm not trying to be a pain but this one could use updating:-

    https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/Nintendo-DS

    As a user on here am I able to update the documentation? Or do I need to create another account? I've never used github except to read and download.

    Anyway, It mentions anything requiring a microphone will crash, that was under the previous Drastic version. But the newer version of Drastic doesn't have this error and it appears the emulator even gives you fake microphone input. I'd need to test a couple of other games that require the microphone to progress but anecdotally, playing Apollo Justice on the weekend, I was expecting to get stuck needing the microphone but when I pressed the touchscreen button the emulator also gave a "blowing" input.

    So perhaps it needs to say:-

    "Note that while DraStic may run very well, it is currently experimental beta software. Previously, all games that require the microphone at any point would crash but with the newer version certain games will function that require microphone input. However, any games in "bookmode" (e.g Brain Training) will always play rotated at 90 degrees and cannot be rotated in Drastic."

    (Btw, I think that newer version comes when you install from the source? At the time I installed it manually when it was mentioned in this thread: https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/21826/newer-version-of-drastic-compatible-with-raspberry-pi)

    Also sorry for hijacking the thread!

    I think the reason documentation is so scattered and inconsistent is the intention of the raspberry pi, what is an acceptable solution for me might not be for someone else. But the intention of the pi is for the user to play around and figure out different answers on their own. Everything is compiled and built by hobbyists so inevitably when one person fixes one function, another breaks.

    Take scraping, some users will decide the best solution is to find the .xml files and manually input the data. Other users will create a new system for scraping the data, or will try different programs out. It's nice to have different options to explore and play around with.


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    @retropieuser555 said in Why is there so much misinformation out there?:

    As a user on here am I able to update the documentation? Or do I need to create another account? I've never used github except to read and download.

    A Github account is enough for editing the wiki.

    Anyway, It mentions anything requiring a microphone will crash, that was under the previous Drastic version.

    It might worth mentioning that you need to update the RetroPie-Setup script and update drastic. The 4.5.1 image does not have the new version URL and I found it useful to mention this when referring to a recent update - at least for now.

    Thanks for the contribution !



  • @mitu Thanks will do!



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