Multiple Emulator Frontends?...

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by spinal_cord, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. spinal_cord
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    Does anyone actually use them? I am working on one for my own use, so far though, I know of only one person who is even remotely interested in it.
    Current features include

    * simple to set up (no multiple xml files for launching individual games)
    * png and jpg boxart support
    * whooshy UI, just like you'd expect from me
    * animated background
    * loads any windows based emulator that accepts command line arguments for filenames
    * can (after a fashion) load windows games also

    [​IMG]
     
  2. ShinyJellicent12

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    That's actually pretty neat!
    I wanna try it
    :3
     
  3. Ammako

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    That kind of stuff exists?
     
  4. MasterPenguin

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    There's dozens of these, with the most popular probably being hyperspin. If you want to a dozen consoles into one program... There you have it. Doesn't get any better.
     
  5. spinal_cord
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    I already had a look at hyperspin, you have to set up each individual game by hand in an xml file. It is not a 'simple' solution to the problem.
     
  6. kevan

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    Will this let you choose between different emus and games?
    If so I'm in =D
     
  7. spinal_cord
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    currently, you can set the emulator for each file type in each folder. So a .smc file in snes/games can use a different emulator from a .smc file in supernintendo/games.
    It reads all files in each systems /games folder regardless of file type, so if there is a type it doesn't know about, it just wont load.
     
  8. kevan

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    I am so in then [​IMG]
    That would be amazing and I know another guy who would be in! (Skyrix)

    If you release it to the public PCSX2/Project64 support would be great [​IMG]
     
  9. Ammako

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    As long as it recognizes .sfc and .n64
     
  10. Godson777

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    This looks cool! If it works with GBA, SNES, and N64, then I'm in too! [​IMG]
     
  11. spinal_cord
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    I haven't tested n64 or psx yet, but I assume they would work.
    If you can associate a rom with any emulator in windows, that emulator should be ok in this menu.
     
  12. naved.islam14

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    Cool, I hope this project is succesful
     
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    I'm very interested in this
     
  14. spinal_cord
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    Just tested, you need project64 1.7 for n64 to work, there seems to be a bug in 1.6 as mentioned in a hyperspin forum somewhere.
     
  15. Mazor

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    Out of curiosity, what language are you writing this in?
     
  16. prowler

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    There's something similar being done though I haven't heard anything about it aside from the reddit post a few weeks back.

    This is the only screenshot of it I think http://i.imgur.com/QjdOG.jpg

    If I find the reddit post, I'll edit here.

    Edit: Welp. More info.

    Not highjacking, yours looks cool too.
     
  17. spinal_cord
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    From what I could be bothered to read of that loader, mine works a little differently. Rather than using the existing windows file associations, mine uses it's own, meaning that if more than one rom uses the same extension (e.g. *.bin or *.dat) it can still be loaded with a different emulator.
     
  18. spinal_cord
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    Head over to http://socoder.net/index.php?blogs=27502 for the latest (and maybe last) download of EmuMenu.

    It can currently load most emulators, windows games, dos games (through dosbox) and scummvm games. Technically it should be able to load other file types as well, such as mp3 or avi although I haven't tried.