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Nostalgia uses the amazing platform videos created by @viking to create a per-system theme; thanks to viking for letting me derive from and name my theme after his work. It's designed for 16:9; tested at HD but not 4k since I don't have a 4k setup. Please let me know if you spot problems or have suggestions. It relies on a set of plugin controls I created, so you'll have to unblock either the entire zip file, or more specifically the DLL files in the theme's Plugins folder (see below). Due to its reliance on certain plugin features, the current version of this theme requires LB version 10+. Bundled with Nostalgia are some clear logos from viking's silver ring set, along with a few extras. Also bundled are platform banners created by @Grila and @Omen. For the best experience (including CRT curvature effects for videos), I recommend setting BigBox to use Windows Media Player.

  • Platform Views: Background as the current platform (from viking's video set) including a video playing within the arcade cabinet, TV screen, etc. If there is no video for the selected platform, category, or playlist, a random list of relevant game videos are played instead. If no vids are available, screenshots are used. Platform, category, or playlist details are displayed to the left of the screen.
  • Game Views: Selected game is displayed within a platform-specific background. If no game video exists, the game's screenshots are played as a slideshow while the game's soundtrack (if found in your LB setup) is played in the background. If neither game nor screenshots exist, a video of TV static plays. Game details are displayed to the left of the screen.
  • Filter Views: E.g., Genres, Series, etc -- in this view, a random list of game videos for the selected Series, etc. will play.

KNOWN ISSUES: (1) 3DS and DS videos do not display properly. This is due to how they were captured, i.e., with both screens on these dual screen devices being squished into a single video. A potential workaround is to crop out the auxiliary screen from these videos and use on the part from the main screen. If anyone knows how to do this, please let me know. I think handbrake would work for batch cropping. (2) There are missing platform backgrounds. I tried to include the most common platforms. Viking's background set is quite thorough; please send me any requests.

NOTE: Unblocking the ZIP file will also unblock the DLLs (e.g., Ao.Bigbox.Themer.dll and others) contained therein, giving your computer permission to run these DLLs. This is an issue with all plugins you might download from this forum. It's a Windows security feature. You basically have to vouch for a file before Windows will use it. I liken it to how a MS office document you download from an email runs in Protected Mode until you unblock it for printing, editing, etc. Below is the error you'll see if you don't unblock the file, as well as a screenshot of the solution.

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What's New in Version 2.0   See changelog

Released

* FIXED: upgraded to Ao.Bigbox.Themer v3.9.6 (requires LB-10+)
* FIXED: deferring video engine implementation to BigBox setting
* FIXED: removed mediaplayer pooling, little/no utility as of now

Ao.Bigbox.Themer Changelog...
https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/1747-aobigbox-customs/

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13 hours ago, eatkinola said:

@bundangdon, @neil9000 -- updated to support LB10+ ... Turned off by default is when then selection wheel fades to platform/game details. You can turn this back on if you want by quickly editing Views\Styles\Nostalgia.xaml ... near the top of the file, and the bundled PDF describes what to change.

@eatkinola thanks a lot for the update! Just wondering, how can I change the fonts for some of the views? For example, I really like the font used with the thumbnails view

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3 hours ago, bundangdon said:

how can I change the fonts for some of the views? For example, I really like the font used with the thumbnails view

For the most part, you should be able to edit the section where the FontFamily resources are defined. That section in PlatformWheel3FiltersView looks like this:

... 
<!-- FONTS DECLARED HERE BECAUSE DOES NOT SEEM TO WORK FROM WITHIN NOSTALGIA.XAML -->
<FontFamily x:Key="NostClockFontFamily">/Ao.Bigbox.Themes.Nostalgia;Component/Fonts/#Arcade</FontFamily>
<FontFamily x:Key="NostLoadingFontFamily">/Ao.Bigbox.Themes.Nostalgia;Component/Fonts/#Arcade</FontFamily>
<FontFamily x:Key="NostVertYearFontFamily">/Ao.Bigbox.Themes.Nostalgia;Component/Fonts/#Neon Pixel-7</FontFamily>
<FontFamily x:Key="NostWheelShadowListFontFamily">/Ao.Bigbox.Themes.Nostalgia;Component/Fonts/#Bebas Neue</FontFamily>
...

These references pull fonts from the Nostalgia DLL, but you could also pull a font installed on your system. There is a new(-ish) way to use fonts in BB themes without installing them on your system, but I've not used that approach so cannot comment on it. When editing the fonts above, you'll need to leave the key name alone; just change the content of the FontFamily tag, e.g.:

...
<FontFamily x:Key="NostClockFontFamily">SomeFontInstalledOnMySystem</FontFamily>
...

Changing fonts for certain view items (e.g., most of the lists) might change spacing a little and therefore mess with the layout. When I use lists in my views, for example, I space items so that none are cut off on the top or bottom of this list when scrolling since that irks me. 

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Working great. After more testing, the only issue I've had so far is I had no Gamegear platform image so I had to rename SEGA_GAMEGEAR.png  to SEGA_GAME_GEAR.png as well as in Views\Images\AVLF\Platforms\@index.txt. I also had to rename the Amiga consoles in said file and I think the theme config also to match Launchbox's default naming convention, ie, rename Amiga_CD32 to COMMODORE_AMIGA_CD32 for the platform images to show.

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1 hour ago, Tony said:

Working great. After more testing, the only issue I've had so far is I had no Gamegear platform image so I had to rename SEGA_GAMEGEAR.png  to SEGA_GAME_GEAR.png as well as in Views\Images\AVLF\Platforms\@index.txt but there's no platform video, just audio, so I'm assuming it's just incorrectly aligned to the Gamegear screen.

Nice to hear it's working well. That's a great catch with the SEGA_GAME_GEAR; I'll fix that for the next release. I'll check out the video positioning issue.

1 hour ago, Tony said:

I also had to rename the Amiga consoles in said file and I think the theme config also to match Launchbox's default naming convention, ie, rename Amiga_CD32 to COMMODORE_AMIGA_CD32 for the platform images to show.

FYI, the ALL CAPS naming convention (e.g., AMIGA_CD32) is something I use internally to get things to match up -- this is how the files and images in AVLF are named. There is a mapping in Plugins \ Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3.9.6.dll.config that defines how to get from user-defined names to my standardized name. The files in Nostalgia \ Images \ Platforms do not employ this mapping and must be renamed manually to match how you name the platforms.

P.s. I fixed the Amiga naming for the next release, too. Thanks again!

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"I'll check out the video positioning issue."

No need. Not sure what happened there, maybe I messed something up when editing, but it's fixed now after relaunching the theme.

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