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  • Hello All,

    people at Recalbox have made a fine job too!!! that's impressive. Tbh I don't have a preference on how to publish these metadata, I'm fine with either @Zigurana's proposal or Recalbox' way. I'm new to Github and stuff so the easiest for everyone the better.

    @sselph: 100% agree. That's a concern of mine I got for some time. I did my best to stick to no-intro names for the rom names wherever possible (exception: MAME, FBA / Neo Geo). The rom names do use no-intro yet the names showing in ES are not the no-intro ones (usually I've stripped the Japan or Europe from the no-intro leaving just the real name of the games). I do confirm that naming all roms for all systems in a consistent way is a must here (stating the obvious!).

    let's try to keep the ball rolling on that topic as it seems people are interested :) Meanwhile I keep working on the SNES gamelist \o/

  • hi there, I've finished Mame and FBA (not all games only my favorites for now). And I've redone the PC Engine entirely before starting SNES. Are there still people interested in this "project" ? If so I really need some guidance here on the next steps please. If you want me to post the gamelists somewhere let me know. same for box arts. I could create a PR on Recalbox too if that helps? just let me know :)

  • Hey! I sure am interested!
    It's just that I am travelling Indonesia at the moment, and my access to the forum is limited. I'll be fully online again in a week and a half.
    Lets discuss then what the most efficient way forward is. Maybe we can use / reuse the recallbox data in some way.

    In any case, I think you should continue only if it is something you like to do. Then, the quality of the work will speak for itself, and will inspire others to pick up where-ever you leave it.

  • @nemo93 Great work you've done!
    I'm interested too.

  • @sselph Any chance for mobygames to be included in your scraper as a source and Vic20 as a platform? That would be really appreciated.

  • I for one am incredibly interested in this idea. I was coming on here to ask how people got such nice box arts, so consistently, across their games, other than just going through them manually.

    @nemo93 I would love to get access to those files, if you have any way of sharing them.

  • Ok it's good to see some traction and interest around that topic :) For now I focus on finishing SNES... and it's massive. Oh boy! Yet it's really something I enjoy so not an issue for me to carefully craft those metadata.

    Once SNES will be completed I'll do another round to check and review all previously done systems. By then I'm sure @Zigurana will be back from vacations, fully relaxed and fresh with ideas on next steps!!! I have no idea as we speak on best way to share and store the files with you. Also the copyright issue is a serious consideration even if I'm almost certain the fair use could apply here (for both texts and images).

    Vic20 is not part of my system list but I guess that I could have a look at it if that makes sense.

    My objective is simple: to have as accurate and interesting description for each game + best looking boxarts. Given the limitation of ES and hardware we can't have 4k images (useless anyway right?) so I stick to 600px width which turns out to be satisfactory in most cases. It's good compromise between quality, file size and resource usage.

    Keep posting if you're interested and if you'd like some systems to be "manually scraped"!

  • Great to hear - very interested :)
    I've been toying around with exactly the same idea recently, but it is a lot of effort. I started to go wobbly after 32x ;) Appreciate the work.

    My inferior approach was to use libretro thumbnails and sselph's super scraper to provide meta data and pick up the odd missing image. Been using png format though - not sure about that, but it does offer easy interoperability with lakka as well. Good also to see Recalbox doing this too, will check that out.

    Would definitely be a great addition to the project.

    I came across the rather wonderful arcade previews on this forum, now that would be awesome for the console stuff.

  • @nemo93 This would be amazing! I don't consider a game completely added until it's been scraped. You need that metadata and screenshots. Many times a simple screenshot makes you go oh I remember that game or it can jog a whole lot of memories. As for other info in MAME I always load history.dat and mameinfo.dat.

  • Good to see people's interest! I'm having a hard time with Super Nintendo as the number of games is just insane for that system!!! Yet I'm making progress and I won't let it go before it's 100% done.

    By the way if you know some good places to get box arts in good definition for that system that would be great. Especially the Japanese box arts as they're extremely hard to find in decent quality. Thanks!

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