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FutureState Neon Deluxe v1.06 (Update 01-11-19)

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FUTURESTATE NEON DELUXE

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---Introduction---
This theme started out as a custom color skin for the FutureState theme by Hexxxer, I wanted to make something that would fit my gameroom's dark blue/purple blacklight lit environment, a bit like the good old dark arcades, where light plays an important role to the experience. 
It evolved after months of coding long, long... lloonng hours into this, I had to learn this coding language along the way, I hope it doesn't contain any errors and such.

Huge thanks go out to @Hexxxer for his amazing theme (FutureState) framework, controls (HexControls.dll) and kind permission, without him I couldn't have done this. Also a huge thanks to @NJDave71  for making it possible to see the game count for playlists through HelperControl_v4.DLL which is included in this theme. Thanks guys! And everyone else for all the inspiration, enthusiasm and dedication.


Enjoy :) please read these instructions well!


---Installation, Tips & Probable Issues---

1. This theme uses images and video pretty heavy, it could run slow on older systems, I did add some faster/lighter views, try to see what works for you  after you let the lists cache. Huge lists with thousands of games always run a bit slower as more data is being transfered.
I recommend doing the following to speed up BigBox greatly: 
* Uncheck all Background Images in launchbox/settings/image priorities
* Set all transitions to "None" in BigBox settings

2. This theme is probably only fit for use on a 16:9 aspect ratio, as I did use some absolute positioning of elements, I'm not very experienced yet to make a 4:3 relative positioning version, maybe someone else might be able to make such a version.

3. If you use a 4K display you probably have to set the Windows dpi settings to 200% in order to keep the layout intact.

4. You can find transparent background cabinets here at Arcade Cabinets Project 2.0: 

 

5. Download the theme zip file and extract the content to Launchbox/Themes/ folder.

6. Install the font file, you can find it in the extracted folder FutureStateNeonDeluxe/_InstallationFiles/

7. To make the placeholder work which shows the Cabinets/Advertisement Flyer - Back/Box Back in the screenshots needs some changes in your image priority settings within Launchbox. As the cabinets don't have their own placeholder to be coded in a theme I used the Cart 3D placeholder as I figured most people will only use one cart view or can set Cart 3D in image priorities to Cart Front. You can control a lot to your liking within image priorities, as long as you remember it's Cart 3D for this placeholder.
My setup in image priorities within Launchbox options:

1402706957_ImagePrioritysettings.thumb.png.26aa6ad1f737c941b0dede995805cd1b.png8. You might need to unblock the .DLL's in the plugin folder for them to work properly.


---Features---
Slide-in/out platform/game wheel, disappearing when not in use to make room for more possibilities. The logo's have a glow beneath them so you can still see black/dark logo's apart from the background.

Special Marquee monitor filler magic trick (previously released to be used in other themes as well). Using the empty space around marquees in a special way. If you rather have the default marquee views just copy 'GameMarqueeView.xaml' and 'PlatformMarqueeView.xaml' from the default theme views folder and overwrite in this themes 'views' folder.

And loads more...


---Views Description---

Platform View 1 (PlatformWheel1FiltersView)
* A lot of Platform details
* Device image
* Large video/image with ambient/glow beneath it
* Total games counter for platforms and playlists

Platform View 2 (PlatformWheel2FiltersView)
* Same as Platform View 1 except for a few differences
* Fanart platform image in place of device image
* Device image to the right side overlaying video/image

Platform View 3 (PlatformWheel3FiltersView)
* Same as Platform View 2 except for a few differences
* Details panel makes room for full size video/image

Platform View 4 (PlatformWheel4FiltersView)
* Full screen video/image

Platform View 5 (TextFiltersView)
* Text list of Platforms
* In the mid collumn Platform banner image, device image, fanart image
* Even more details about the platform/playlist


Games View 1 (WheelGamesView)
* 2 Game Screenshots
* Details I found useful
* Game description
* 3D box (You can switch image view on this placeholder with a button) with Cart image overlaying.
* Cabinet/Back Box/Back Flyer overlaying on left side over video/image
* Details overlaying video/image like your star rating, developer, publisher, genre, playmode.
* Custom icons for Broken, Portable, Completed, Favorite and ESRB rating.
* Platform logo in the middle
* Scanlines overlaying the video/image

Games View 2 (Wheel2GamesView)
Same as Games View 1 but with Cabs/Back to the right side

Games View 3 (Wheel3GamesView)
Same as Games View 1 & 2 but without cabs/back and without scanlines over the video, for views which have high quality video's and/or theme video's

Games View 4 (Wheel4GamesView)
A view which might be more suitable for quick browsing, slower systems and require more game details.
* Cab images without transparency look better in this view
* Static logo wheel
* Video below with glow beneath. The cabs/back images are filling the screen (maintaining aspect ratio) to the right for better readability of back covers and high quality cab images. I prefer this view for inspecting/sorting out my games.
* Larger Icons right/below side.

Games View 5 (TextGamesView)
A view to see even more game details, without video, the idea here is you can see the front and back image side by side while being able to read the back image. As if you would hold the cover in your hand.
* Static Text wheel
* Many details
* Large Icons
* Box/Advertisement fronts beneath image
* Cabs/Back to the right

Games View 6 (GameDetailsView)
Same as Games View 5

Another example of FutureState Neon Deluxe in action:

 

Here's the startup theme to accompany this theme: 

 


What's New in Version v1.06 (Update 01-11-19)   See changelog

Released

v1.06 (Update 01-11-19):

- Reorganized WheelGamesView, Wheel2GamesView, Wheel3GamesView fields; Version, Region, Developer, Publisher, Playmode & Genre to make it less busy, more logical and more compact and hopeful better readability. Removed text glow effect from these fields as the effect was hardly noticeable, theme has less to render and text looks sharper now.  (a small bit of speed gained)

- Notes block is a bit smaller, text fade out image layer removed as it was complicating any changes a lot. (a small bit of speed gained)

- Image place holder is larger, this means larger 2D/3D box art (or what you've chosen here) and larger carts/discs art :)

- Removed example CPS1 cabinets in installation folder to make file size theme smaller, replaced with link in post above to Arcade cabinets project

FutureStateNeonDeluxe_v1.06.zip

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48 minutes ago, alissongamer said:

Here the theme is getting very crashing, and the settings on my PC are very high. Can you solve this?

Can you explain your problem in as much detail as you can, like is it happening on large game lists? Video crashing? Have you tried other themes? Do you have plugins installed? Which version of launchbox are you running? How long did you use the theme and what changed during your use of this theme? 

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hi

in the platform views is there a way to push left to see recent games play or is that not implamented into the theme.

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12 minutes ago, andyco47 said:

hi

in the platform views is there a way to push left to see recent games play or is that not implamented into the theme.

I don't understand, can you explain it in more detail?

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22 minutes ago, andyco47 said:

hi

in the platform views is there a way to push left to see recent games play or is that not implamented into the theme.

 

9 minutes ago, Mr. RetroLust said:

I don't understand, can you explain it in more detail?

Yeah i dont think that has ever been a thing in any theme, or if its even possible.

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if i push right i get this on my playform views for recent games played on the platform i am on.

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Ah ok I was under the impression we where still on the Launchbox theme lol, If I'm not mistaken many views have been locked out from this theme so if you don't see it, it ain't there or you have to tinker with it yourself to get what you want.

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1 minute ago, andyco47 said:

why is the writing over the other writing.

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Because there's too much text for the code to properly handle, make the texts shorter is a solution.

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Love this theme, great work.  Question though, is there a way to make it so that the box art doesn't cover up the videos in games view?

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1 minute ago, DMB77 said:

Love this theme, great work.  Question though, is there a way to make it so that the box art doesn't cover up the videos in games view?

Yes, just switch the view, there is one with no image on the video.

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21 hours ago, neil9000 said:

Yes, just switch the view, there is one with no image on the video.

Can you tell me how to do this?  I went to views in bigbox and changed a few settings but it does nothing.  Also the theme doesn't look quite like the one you posted, do I not have all the required files?

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7 minutes ago, DMB77 said:

Can you tell me how to do this?  I went to views in bigbox and changed a few settings but it does nothing.  Also the theme doesn't look quite like the one you posted, do I not have all the required files?

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8 minutes ago, DMB77 said:

Can you tell me how to do this?  I went to views in bigbox and changed a few settings but it does nothing.  Also the theme doesn't look quite like the one you posted, do I not have all the required files?

Go to controller options in big box and map a button to "switch view", this will allow you to go through the available views by button press. You can customize the images you see for your platform so it will look differently in any setup.

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ur theme is brill but only thing its missing to me is in platform view is recent games played i have to go into say arcade and find the game i just played yesturday some themes u only have to push right key and it shows recent games played.

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4 minutes ago, andyco47 said:

ur theme is brill but only thing its missing to me is in platform view is recent games played i have to go into say arcade and find the game i just played yesturday some themes u only have to push right key and it shows recent games played.

Yes there are views with scanlines and without, check the description above. Glad you like, true this view had to make room for another view. There is an option in big box to remember which game you last played, lets say you played outrun the arcade version, when going to arcades games list you'll see outrun again. You could probably also make an auto playlist for recent games?

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ok thanks i have a platform for recent games playlist for recent games plus is there a way to disable the scanlines in all the playforms?.

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13 minutes ago, andyco47 said:

ok thanks i have a platform for recent games playlist for recent games plus is there a way to disable the scanlines in all the playforms?.

Theres one view that doesn't have anything in front of the video, this view has no scanlines, however if you want cabs/flyers/backs in front of the video but no scanlines simply go to Themes\FutureStateNeonDeluxe\Images\Theme and delete "scanline.png"

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