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Here is my first theme. This theme was made almost entirely in @y2guru's theme creator tool that is my absolute favorite community addition. Very cool for people like me who love to design. Thank you for making this y2guru. My intention was to make a seamless theme that felt like a console but offered a very different feel than all the already existing and amazing themes found on this forum. I Hope you like it. Let me know if you need more logos but keep in mind i can only work on this once a week.

Credits:

Not sure where to start, I was mostly inspired by @viking and @Rincewind for their contributions and then i found the 'Community Theme Creator' made by @y2guru which changed everything. But most of all, credit should go to Launchbox itself and this entire community. I have used several things i found at this forum but most of this theme was made by me. If I have missed someone I am truly sorry and it was not intentional. Please let me know and I will of course edit this page. 

ALSO:

@Wanderer189 has made a huge contribution to this theme in the form of several downloadable add-on packs full of clear logos for each platform. These include literally thousands of logos made for each Genre, Playmode, ETC. This is an amazing thing and I thank you for your hard work Wanderer. You are awesome. If you would like to get these logos for your setup they can be found here:

What is this theme:

  • This is a video snap based BigBox theme. Heavily designed around the use and display of video snaps.
  • This theme has several views including one that offers a different look for each platform including handhelds.
  • There is a large amount of custom graphics and logos and images and icons etc. Hence the large file size.
  • Use the startup and pause themes to complete the seamless setup.
  • All icons including stars for 'consumer ratings' and 'ESRB rating' are custom and included in the theme file. Use them all you want.
  • I am using the nostalgia platform videos and these are perfect for this theme. I may make my own someday but for now these are Great.

Available Downloads:

  1. Retro Console Theme.zip - This is the entire theme including platform and platform device logos as well as all icons so you don't have to download them individually. This does not include device logos, startup video startup or pause themes, collection logos, etc.
  2. Retro Console Startup.zip - The startup and shutdown theme I made to match with this theme. (screens below)
  3. Retro Console Pause.zip - The pause theme I made also to match this theme. (screens below)
  4. Platform Clear Logos.zip - Included in the theme download but also here in case you just want them alone. These were made specifically for this theme and there are currently 194 logos.
  5. Platform Device Logos.zip - Also made for this theme for the platform view that uses device images. Currently 122 logos.
  6. Collection Device Logos.zip -  Made to match this theme for the platform view that uses device images for each collection i use. I can make more upon request.
  7. Collection Logos.zip - Same as the platform logos. Made to match so they can be used in this theme.
  8. Platform Categories.zip - A bunch of category logos also made to match this theme.
  9. Startup Video.zip - A startup video I made just to add to the overall completeness of the theme. Not at all necessary but here if you want it.
  10. Retro Console Sound Pack.zip - Again not required but here if you want it. This is what i use in the video below. Just unzip it to your launchbox sounds folder and then select it in BigBox.

Recommendations:

  • Set your Image priorities in Launchbox as follows - Cart Front ( add disc images to the list - this is used in many views in this theme)
  • Set your startup and shutdown time limits in launchbox settings. (mine are: startup=5 sec and shutdown=3.5 sec)
  • I designed this around the Nostalgia Platform Videos. You can use anything but those will fit and line up best.
  • This theme assumes an xbox controller setup: A=Select, B=Back, X=Search, Y=Game Details and Select Button=Change View (not  required)
  • I also set the left bumper to platforms and right bumper to platform categories. (not required but helpful)
  • Get as many Banner, Steam Banner and Marquee images as you can. This theme offers a unique view for all arcade cabinet based games and will use those images. There is also a custom view for systems like Windows that also use them.

Future Plans:

  • Create a new view that uses the original loading video from each console. (started on 1-3-2020)
  • Complete the white silhouette console and controller images that are used in the startup theme.
  • Add animations to the theme ( @y2guru is working on this ability for his theme creator as we speak and I will update once it is ready)
  • Make platform videos to match this theme (maybe)

How to Install:

  • Extract Retro Console Theme.zip to your launchbox themes folder. This includes all the platform and device logos you need and will automatically use them. ( In order to use other logos just delete the ones in this theme folder)
  • You can also use the startup and pause themes to add more of a consistent flow.
  • Drop the startup video (if you want it) in the launchbox videos root folder.

This theme currently has 80 different platforms and includes the matching device logos, collection logos, category logos and more but some of these have to be added manually through launchbox (sorry). I can not figure out how to make them automatic.

Startup Video:

Theme Video:

Screenshot System View:

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Screenshots of each Logo Type:

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Screenshots - Startup and Shutdown and Pause Theme:

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Screenshots - Random and Extra Stuff:

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Screenshots - Platforms Views:

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Screenshots - Games Views:

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Screenshots - Other Views: (a few examples of the platform specific views)

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What's New in Version 1.1.2   See changelog

Released

This is just an update with the following:

  • A bunch of new Platform logos for both device and regular
  • if you want these new logos just download the files:
    • Platform Clear Logos.zip
    • Platform Device Logos.zip

As requested by the community.

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54 minutes ago, cemfundog said:

Nope. Just the single box view that is right there. The white up and down arrows represent the wheel controls. Tried to be unique on this one. 

Ok thanks!

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4 minutes ago, porni1982 said:
Greetings from Argentina ! Thank you very much for this wonderful topic! very beautiful ! I wanted to ask if you will have any installation tutorial! because it throws error in my BigBox!
 

 

 

Hello Argentina! I am currently working on a fix for different languages. Please try to switch to English and let me know if that fixes it. If so then please wait for a language fix but let me know.

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13 minutes ago, porni1982 said:

No no look I need an installation tutorial for your Retro Console theme - BB Theme - Startup Theme I am using lauchbox version 7.10! but I'm not sure where to place the theme folders! and throws me many mistakes when applying your theme

Oh Ok, well I will try:

  1. First of all you will need Launchbox 9.5 or newer.
  2. You must download and unzip each part that you want
  3. Drop the extracted folder to the matching Launchbox folder
    1. Pause theme goes in the 'PauseThemes' folder
    2. Startup Theme goes in 'StartupThemes' Folder
    3. Main Theme goes in 'Themes' folder

All of these folders are located in your Launchbox install location. You will then have to set them in both Launchbox and BigBox settings. I am not very good at writing instructions but I hope this helps.

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On 1/23/2020 at 1:42 PM, vanilli said:

I can see the platform wheel and I can hear the background music of the videos, but they are not seen. I attach an image. Nor can I see anything but the wheel, nothing about the platform or the game.
If you need to check something else, tell me. Thank you.

 

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Still working on this, just wanted to give you a heads up.

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Hello greetings ! I need help I just downloaded the theme for my big box version 10.10 but when I placed the theme in my launchbox themes folder! when I enter the big box I see myself very badly! I just unzip the retro theme folder in lauchbox themes! but I don't know why it doesn't apply as in your images help please
 

 

 

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56 minutes ago, nano1982 said:

Already the solutions change the language from Spanish to English! :)

Yep, sorry about that. It has issues when other languages but I am working on a fix. This issue might be solved in an upcoming version of @y2gurus Community Theme Creator. I used this tool to make my theme. He is working on a solution now but it might take a while.

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@cemfundog This skin is amazing, Every time I open BB, I say "WOW"!

Thank you very much for what you have shared with all of us. I have a question concerning the vertical 4 view in games section, I love the way the Windows platform looks. Is there a simple way I can make all the platforms look that way?

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6 hours ago, Wanderer189 said:

@cemfundog This skin is amazing, Every time I open BB, I say "WOW"!

Thank you very much for what you have shared with all of us. I have a question concerning the vertical 4 view in games section, I love the way the Windows platform looks. Is there a simple way I can make all the platforms look that way?

Thank you for all the great feedback. I appreciate it very much and I am glad you like the theme. However, accomplishing the goal you have requested would require remaking around 30 different views and making all new logos. Too much work although i must agree, I use that one for windows as well because it came out nicely. I may someday release an updated version of this theme with more view slots and might make that at that time. Sorry. Keep on gaming!

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40 minutes ago, tolatara said:

 

When using Launchbox with rocketlauncher, at the start of any game, the screen in the foreground of the Bigbox remains.

I am not sure what you mean by this as I do not use rocket launcher. Can you send a screenshot?

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@cemfundog @tolatara   I have this happening with a few of my games as well. For me, I have noticed it happening most when I am running everything to 2nd monitor (actually big screen TV). I have had it happen with both PC and emulated games. I have had this happen in the past and not sure what causes it or why it stopped, The game launches, but LB remains on the front and the game is left running in the background. I have to do a ALT - TAB to bring the game forward. It has happened to me with other another theme as well, so it may be the theme but something else causing it, such as Launchbox, Windows, gpu driver, VR headset (this has created similar issues for me in the past as well). I have never been able to pin it down

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9 hours ago, Wanderer189 said:

@cemfundog @tolatara   I have this happening with a few of my games as well. For me, I have noticed it happening most when I am running everything to 2nd monitor (actually big screen TV). I have had it happen with both PC and emulated games. I have had this happen in the past and not sure what causes it or why it stopped, The game launches, but LB remains on the front and the game is left running in the background. I have to do a ALT - TAB to bring the game forward. It has happened to me with other another theme as well, so it may be the theme but something else causing it, such as Launchbox, Windows, gpu driver, VR headset (this has created similar issues for me in the past as well). I have never been able to pin it down

Yep, I have that problem on some games also. I thought it was the startup and shutdown theme causing the issue because on those games if I turn off that option the problem seems to go away. Just a thought. Thank you for your input.

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2 hours ago, cemfundog said:

Yep, I have that problem on some games also. I thought it was the startup and shutdown theme causing the issue because on those games if I turn off that option the problem seems to go away. Just a thought. Thank you for your input.

I will have to check that out...thanks

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11 hours ago, scooter1974 said:

@cemfundog I really like your theme, great job all around! I had some down time this weekend and noticed there were only a few collection wheels in the theme, so I made a bunch (some I use, some I don't use) There are 190 in the zip file. I hope you don't mind me sharing these here. They are all in the format of "collection name\clear logo\image.png" so they are just drag and drop into your playlists folder.

 

What is the path to the playists folder, can't find it within the theme itself??

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2 minutes ago, Wanderer189 said:

What is the path to the playists folder, can't find it within the theme itself??

Hey @Wanderer189, thank you so much for making these and giving them to everyone here. You are awesome! As far as a pllaylists folder, I do not have one in my theme. I have been installing them individually as I create them for my own build and then adding them here via theme updates.

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7 minutes ago, cemfundog said:

Hey @Wanderer189, thank you so much for making these and giving them to everyone here. You are awesome! As far as a pllaylists folder, I do not have one in my theme. I have been installing them individually as I create them for my own build and then adding them here via theme updates.

@cemfundog I didn't create them my friend, please give all credit to @scooter1974 !!!!  He did the awesome work. Thank you scotter! I am just trying to figure out where they go....haha

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9 minutes ago, Wanderer189 said:

@cemfundog I didn't create them my friend, please give all credit to @scooter1974 !!!!  He did the awesome work. Thank you scotter! I am just trying to figure out where they go....haha

Oh whoops, your right. My bad. Sorry @scooter1974. Those files need to be uploaded to the launch box images folder. Specifically in the playlists folder.

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10 hours ago, cemfundog said:

Oh whoops, your right. My bad. Sorry @scooter1974. Those files need to be uploaded to the launch box images folder. Specifically in the playlists folder.

No worries my friend :) It is Monday after all :P

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This is a great theme. Loving that it's getting hype.

Just a quick question, are there Clear Logos for Platforms/Collections like Beat em Ups, Flying Games, Fighting Games etc etc?

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2 minutes ago, normchomsky said:

This is a great theme. Loving that it's getting hype.

Just a quick question, are there Clear Logos for Platforms/Collections like Beat em Ups, Flying Games, Fighting Games etc etc?

I just found @scooter1974 playlist pack just a few entries up. Thanks mate, exactly what I was looking for.

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On 1/23/2020 at 7:17 PM, cemfundog said:

Nope. Just the single box view that is right there. The white up and down arrows represent the wheel controls. Tried to be unique on this one. 

Hi @cemfundog, would it be too much to ask to add or change the view on the NDS and 3DS to a view similar to the Game Gear?  I like the dark wheel on the right with the game info box on the left.  Loving the theme!

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