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MAME Hi-Score Display - A plugin for BigBox 1.0a

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MAME Hi-Score Display - A plugin for BigBox

Use this plugin to view a games high scores from BigBox’s Game Menu.

Features

  • Creates a menu item called “View Hi-Scores” that allows you to display high scores for most games in your Arcade platform directly in BigBox.

What's needed

  • (3) files that are included in the downloaded zip file (the plugin)
  • 2 lines of text added to the "TextGamesView.xaml" file for your current BigBox Theme
  • MAME configured to save high scores
  • Saved high score files (These are automatically generated by MAME once it’s configured to save them in the "hi" and/or “nvram” subfolders of your MAME emulator)

What it won't do

  • Show high scores for games using emulators other than MAME.
  • Show high scores for games in LaunchBox.
  • MAME is not built to save high scores the same way (or at all) for all arcade machines, so not all games are supported by this plugin

Contributors
@jayjay – The one who came up with the idea and did all the hard stuff.
@JoeViking245 – The one who helped with all the easy stuff.
@fromlostdays – The one who made these instructions easier to follow. 

A HUGE Special Thanks goes to GreatStone’s utility “hi2txt”.  This utility converts MAME’s high score files into a readable format which ultimately makes this plugin possible!!
http://greatstone.free.fr/hi2txt/index.html

 

Installation and setup instructions:

Step 1: Installing the Plugin
Step 2: Editing your BigBox Theme to add support for the Plugin
Step 3: Making sure MAME is set up to save high scores
 

Installing the Plugin:

  • Download the plugin, Mame_Hi_Scores_v1.0.zip, from the LaunchBox download section
  • After you’ve downloaded the zip file, be sure to unblock it in Windows by right clicking it, selecting Properties, and clicking Unblock434432205_Unblockdll.jpg.ca44bf5c0712edda88a3feb25e718026.jpg
  • Open the zip file and extract/copy the "Hi_Scores" folder into ..\LaunchBox\Plugins

 

Editing Your BigBox Theme to add support for the Plugin:

You just need to add two lines of text, each in a specific place, in one of the theme’s .xaml files so that your theme can display the Hi -Scores. This should work for all themes.

  • Go to the "Views" folder of the theme you are using and find the file "TextGamesView.xaml".
    • e.g.  D:\LaunchBox\Themes\my_current_theme\Views\TextGamesView.xaml
  • Right click on "TextGamesView.xaml" and select Edit

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  • Insert the following line after the last existing "xmlns" entry located near the top of the file:
xmlns:hsc="clr-namespace:Mame_Hi_Scores;assembly=Mame_Hi_Scores"

   It will look similar to this:2003255578_Edit2.thumb.jpg.caa37654b6585d896af131d24bb185d0.jpg

  • Now scroll all the way down to the bottom of the document.
  • Insert the following line* just above the text "</Canvas>":
<hsc:Hi_Scores Height="{Binding Source={x:Static SystemParameters.PrimaryScreenHeight}}" Width="{Binding Source={x:Static SystemParameters.PrimaryScreenWidth}}" HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center"/>

*NOTE: The word “canvas” may show up multiple times in the document. You’re looking for the last instance of it, at the very bottom of the text just above </UserControl>. Also note that the indentation of the line doesn’t matter. The above is one single line of text, so be sure and copy and paste the entire line. Depending on your text editor, it may ‘wrap around’ and look like two lines, which is not a problem. 

 It will look similar to this:641378449_Edit3.thumb.jpg.653cf694a37fc389d29c0f0a986aa364.jpg

  • Save and close TextGamesView.xaml .

 

Setting up MAME to save high scores:

Using a recent official MAME release –

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    • By default, plugins are enabled in MAME.  You can verify yours by looking at the “mame.ini” file located in the root MAME install folder.
    • Open “mame.ini” and scroll down to (or press Ctrl + F and search for) “Scripting Options”.   “plugins” should be set to 1.  If it’s 0 (zero), change it to 1.

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    • Next, open “plugin.ini” also located in MAME’s root directory and change “hiscore” to 1.2012490098_mame2.jpg.d69d04bd2ec61529d9ec2b1647f98540.jpg

     

     

If you have an older release of MAME, you may need to do the following steps instead.

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  • Go to this website: http://www.mameworld.info/highscore/download.htm and download a copy of the file hiscore.dat that corresponds to your version of MAME.
  • The file (hiscoredat.zip) will need to be unzipped. Place the file hiscore.dat in your MAME/Plugins folder
  • Open up your MAME.ini file in a text editor. In newer versions, this file will be in the same directory as the MAME.exe
  • Press Ctrl + F and search for “Scripting Options”
  • Next to the word Plugins, type “1” no quotes
  • Next to the word Plugin, type “hiscore” no quotes

It will look like this:

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Congrats! You’re all setup! Now that you’ve setup the plugin, why not give it a try?

How to use:

  • Start BigBox
  • Go into the "Arcade" Platform
  • Select a game
  • Near the bottom of the Menu (if the selected game has a high score file saved) you'll see "View Hi-Scores" 
  • Select "View Hi-Scores" to see your high scores for that game!

What's New in Version 1.0a   See changelog

Released

Added "Hi_Scores" folder inside Mame_Hi_Scores_v1.0a.zip which now holds the 3 files.  Just copy that folder (as per the original instructions).

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This is a great plugin. I love this idea and I will definitely be looking to use it in my themes. (So much to learn and so little time). I was thinking that this would make a great addition to the pause screen. Any idea how to add this to the available options list? It would be so cool since launchbox allows us to make platform specific everything. I think that it would be nice to pause and check high scores every once in a while and add that option to the 'Arcade' specific pause screen.

Anyway. Great plugin and thanks for making it.

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Hey @cemfundog.

At the moment you couldn't add it as a pause screen menu item but it is possible to add it as a custom user control. 

 

I'm not sure when mame updates it's hi-scores though. If it updates on game exit, then any hi-scores on the pause menu couldn't be updated til you quit the game and restart it.

 

If you know how to compile code. I'm sure as @JoeViking245 is a cool dude ;) he wouldn't mind PMing you the source so you can modify it to how ever you like.

 

 

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12 hours ago, jayjay said:

Hey @cemfundog.

At the moment you couldn't add it as a pause screen menu item but it is possible to add it as a custom user control. 

 

I'm not sure when mame updates it's hi-scores though. If it updates on game exit, then any hi-scores on the pause menu couldn't be updated til you quit the game and restart it.

 

If you know how to compile code. I'm sure as @JoeViking245 is a cool dude ;) he wouldn't mind PMing you the source so you can modify it to how ever you like.

 

 

Well I guess its time to learn User Controls. Thank you for your reply and help @jayjay

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Pretty good plugin. Works well. Hope to see this expanded upon if possible. Maybe to work with retroarch mame cores? or making it appear on the game details portion of launchbox.next.

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Thank you everyone!

High Scores appearing in Game Details is being looked at (for both LB & BB).  If/when that's done, then maybe someone can figure out how to transfer that to a marquee ( @midd ) .  :) 

As for getting it to work with RA - MAME, @PlagueDox neither of us use RA for MAME.  If there's enough interest, we could possibly look into it.

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Thanks guys! this works great!

Is there a way for this to show up as part of the game view? love to see high scores as I scroll through games

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i think ive done something wrong, im using critical zone v2 and my textgamesview file looks different, i also have two of them.

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35 minutes ago, putnamto said:

i think ive done something wrong, im using critical zone v2 and my textgamesview file looks different, i also have two of them.

Launchbox/Bigbox now has native support for MAME hi scores.

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8 hours ago, neil9000 said:

Launchbox/Bigbox now has native support for MAME hi scores.

Yeah I know,  but that's for online leaderboards,  I'm looking for local leaderboards... Unless I'm missing something obvious

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1 minute ago, putnamto said:

but that's for online leaderboards

Good point. lol

There is only one of these files.  (Look for the "s" after "Game")image.png.c1caceed5b38c1ebb56768e3d7ad26e4.pngCan you show us what your TextGamesView.xaml file looks like?  At least the section that 'looks different'.  I assume you're taking about the top part (about the first 10 lines)

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23 minutes ago, JoeViking245 said:

Good point. lol

There is only one of these files.  (Look for the "s" after "Game")image.png.c1caceed5b38c1ebb56768e3d7ad26e4.pngCan you show us what your TextGamesView.xaml file looks like?  At least the section that 'looks different'.  I assume you're taking about the top part (about the first 10 lines)

i was adding the lines to the wrong file, i went back, removed the lines, then put them in the proper place, and now when i launch into a game detail page i get this
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EDIT: ok i fixed that problem, but high score still isnt showing up
heres my .xaml file
top
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and bottomimage.thumb.png.b74babdca5695d94a3a96df467d966ed.png
 

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Ya, error was in the 'bottom' part. Glad you found it.

Is save high scores enabled in MAME?
Does the game you're testing support saving high scores?
Does the game you're testing have a high score file saved?
   (You need to get on the leader board before a high score file will even be created)
When you start the game you've gotten onto the leader board, do your initials show in the games' high scores?

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2 hours ago, JoeViking245 said:

Ya, error was in the 'bottom' part. Glad you found it.

Is save high scores enabled in MAME?
Does the game you're testing support saving high scores?
Does the game you're testing have a high score file saved?
   (You need to get on the leader board before a high score file will even be created)
When you start the game you've gotten onto the leader board, do your initials show in the games' high scores?

in the mame ui plugins section of the settings menu i saw that hi score was off, i turned it on, later i will go get a hi score and see if that fixed it.

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