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  1. Hands-On Pause Theme

    The goal of Hands-On is to display physical information about the game you're playing without having to exit the emulator. It was first designed with arcade games in mind so if all your media is in place you'll see control diagrams, the game's physical control panel, an image of the full cabinet as well as 'Clear logo', 'Advertisement Flyer - Front' and 'Platform Clear Logo' all on one screen.
    Rather than show your controller mappings -- Retro808's Game Controls pause theme is excellent for that -- I just wanted to better see how many buttons, sticks, or pedals an arcade game had and what it physically looked like. Coincidentally, while working on my theme Antny released their Transparent Control Panels pack which provides exactly the kind of true-to-life, close up images I was aiming to incorporate. Really worth grabbing if you like the idea of my theme.
     
     
    What about consoles and handhelds?

    That's where the setup gets a wee bit more complicated. I didn't find that there were a lot of game-specific control images out there so for consoles I focused on showing the hardware, controller, and cart/disc. Case in point, until I started working on this I had no idea the Virtual Boy had buttons on the back of the controller! Having that kind of reference at hand really helps keep in mind the hardware you're emulating.
    To accomplish a similar look to the arcade side I've created two separate directories you'll need to copy over named 'HW_Console' and 'HW_Control'. These contain my incomplete set of custom images based on my personal preference. But good news: since they're separate from the directories that LaunchBox scrapes you can freely replace mine with any hardware images you'd like without screwing up your existing setup. Most of mine came from Evan Amos who has provided hundreds of high quality images for Wikipedia.
    I hope to keep expanding the console and controller selection over time as a separate release. Look for it here.
     

    How to set it up
    In the zip you'll find the following folders and files:
    Hands-On Pause Theme v1.0 README.txt LaunchBox Images HW_Console HW_Controller PauseThemes Hands-On Pause Theme Fonts (be sure to install the included font) Images Default.xaml These are the folders that need to be placed within your LaunchBox install.  'HW_Console' and 'HW_Controller' folders go into your Launchbox\Images directory. 'Hands-On Pause Theme' goes into your LaunchBox\PauseThemes directory. Finally, go to LaunchBox > Tools > Options and under 'Game Pause' select the new 'Hands-On Pause Theme' entry. You're ready to go!


    NOTES on the theme's behavior:
    I never use the menu options on pause themes so I condensed them down to a single line at the bottom middle of the screen. Press up/down to cycle through the options for Save, Load, Achievements, etc. The arcade cabinet image sits on top of your arcade clear logo. This is intentional to keep the cabinet images at a good size while making the platform logos more visible for consoles. It's not my favorite thing but I couldn't figure out how to hide just the arcade platform logo. All of the images look much better if you can get transparent PNGs. Cabinet photos seem to frequently have solid backgrounds so they look a little odd. Pause Often! If you have more than one image scraped for LaunchBox's default types the pause theme will cycle through them. I couldn't find a way to control this behavior but have grown to like the surprise of different images. For consoles the theme pulls both a cart image and a disc image. If you somehow have an image of each type for the same game, they'll both be displayed on top of each other. See below for how to edit that.  

    How to customize it
    Simply replace my 'HW_Console' or 'HW_Controller' images with whatever PNG files you want. Make sure they are named exactly how your platforms are named in LaunchBox. My versions have a shadow pre-applied to match the other images in the theme so yours might look a little flat.
    The theme only supports PNG files by default. If you'd like to use JPG instead, edit Line 133 and Line 156 of Default.xaml to replace the '.png' with the file extension you're using.
    If there are any elements you don't like or don't want to see, open the Default.xaml file and delete them. Don't want to see cart or disc images? Delete the section below <!-- For Consoles: Disc Image -->, etc. I tried to label everything as clearly as possible.
    If you're looking for great sources of controller, console, and platform images check out these releases. They're fantastic and expansive!
    Dan Patrick's Platform Logos Professionally Redrawn AsparagusTrevor's Controllers - Outlined Colour, Controllers - Stencil Platform Images, and System Media - Stencil  
     
    Sources & Design

    I use Juketsu's Slipstream Startup Theme so I based mine on their matching pause theme. It's fairly heavily edited, mostly retaining the font, color, and default background image. Thanks Juketsu for OKing my reuse of the files. Custom controller and console images largely based on  Evan Amos' work at The Vanamo Online Game Museum on Wikipedia.
     
     
    Custom Platforms Covered in 1.0

    North American territory, original model hardware, personal selections:
    3DO (predominantly Panasonic model) Atari 2600 (Woody) Atari Lynx (both styles) Fairchild Channel F Mattel Intellivision NEC TurboGrafx-CD (CD add-on and DUO options available) NEC TurboGrafx-16 Neo Geo AES Nintendo 64 Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA, SP, Micro models) Nintendo Game Boy (Original, Color, Pocket models) Nintendo GameCube Nintendo Virtual Boy Sega 32X Sega CD (Model 1 with Genesis) Sega Dreamcast Sega Game Gear Sega Genesis (Model 1) SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color (Color model only) Sony PlayStation (launch model) Super Nintendo Entertainment System THANKS!
    I hope you all like my first pause theme, let me know if there's anything you'd like to change and I can try to help you customize it.
     

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  2. Mattel Intellivision On-Screen Overlays

    This is a complement to my recent Intellivision controller images upload. It adds those controller overlays to the fantastic work of @Mr. RetroLust and their fantastic Lights Off bezels, specifically the 1970s CRT. I did do some editing to their bezel -- lightening the reflection, flipping the bezel horizontally, darkening everything, and adding the appropriate channel #3 -- but got their approval to include it in this release. Many many thanks to @MrRetrolust for their work and inspiration!
    How To Set Up
    Included in the zip download are all the image and config files you'll need, stored in the folders you need to copy them into. Note that your game files need to have the same naming structure for them to automatically show the bezels. My titles are based on the way LaunchBox scraped the data when I set up Intellivision so you *should* be good if you did the same.
    retroarch\config\FreeIntv
    These files tell Retroarch to automatically apply each overlay when the game is launched, so you don't have to manually set each one.
    retroarch\overlays\GameBezels\Intellivision
    You may need to create the GameBezels and Intellivision folders. I believe several other bezel packs also utilize this folder structure. These are the images and config files for each game. If you wanted to tweak any of my designs, this is where you would do it.
     
    Sources & Design
    The image of the Intellivision controller comes from Ricky Romero on Dribbble. I edited it to cover the game overlays somewhat realistically and add some shadowing effects. There are additional darkening and shadow effects applied to the on-screen overlays so they don't stand out quite as much.
    The overlays themselves come from various sources but were mainly copied from intvfunhouse.com (and by extension, Psycho Stormtrooper and the LaunchBox Games Database).
    Very little editing has been done to the overlays to clean them up. Some received a basic sharpening, some blemishes were cleaned up, and the tops of a few were split apart so the titles show more legibly above the frame. These are NOT meant to look 100% exactly like they do when nestled in a real Intellivision controller.
     
    Unique Overlays
    Most Intellivision games came with two identical overlays for Player 1 and Player 2, but some ambitious releases used unique designs and functions across multiple overlays. In these cases you can see an additional controller peeking out from behind the front one. That's an indication that there are more than one overlays for that title and you can find the rest in my Intellivision controller images upload.
    Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'n Bytes Melody Blaster Microsurgeon Triple Challenge (Checkers, Chess, Backgammon) USCF Chess World Series Major League Baseball  
    Games Included
    I did not create an overlay or controller image for demo, test, prototype, unreleased, or homebrew titles. Basically this is just  the retail releases and any handmade overlays that Psycho Stormtrooper had contributed in the past. Below is a list of the games with overlays that I created:
    ABPA Backgammon ~ Backgammon (World) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (USA, Europe) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Treasure of Tarmin (USA) Air Strike (USA) (Proto) Armor Battle (USA, Europe) Astrosmash (USA, Europe) Atlantis (USA, Europe) Auto Racing (World) B-17 Bomber (USA, Europe) Beamrider (USA, Europe) Beauty & the Beast (USA, Europe) Blockade Runner (USA) Body Slam! - Super Pro Wrestling (USA) Bomb Squad (USA) Boxing (World) Bump 'n' Jump (USA) BurgerTime (USA, Europe) Buzz Bombers (USA, Europe) (Alt 1) Buzz Bombers (USA, Europe) Carnival (USA, Europe) Centipede (USA) Championship Tennis (Europe) Checkers ~ Draughts (USA, Europe) Chip Shot - Super Pro Golf (USA) Commando (USA) Congo Bongo (USA) Defender (USA) Demon Attack (USA, Europe) Dig Dug (USA) Diner (USA) Donkey Kong (USA, Europe) Donkey Kong Junior (USA, Europe) Dracula (USA, Europe) Dragonfire (USA, Europe) Dreadnaught Factor, The (USA) Duncan's Thin Ice (USA) Electric Company, The - Math Fun (USA, Europe) Electric Company, The - Word Fun (USA, Europe) Fathom (USA, Europe) Frog Bog (World) Frogger (USA, Europe) Happy Trails (USA, Europe) Horse Racing (World) Hover Force (USA) Ice Trek (USA, Europe) Jetsons' Ways with Words, The (USA) Kool-Aid Man (USA) Lady Bug (USA, Europe) Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack (World) Las Vegas Roulette (World) Learning Fun I - Math Master, Factor Fun (USA) Learning Fun II - Word Wizard, Memory Fun (USA) Lock 'N' Chase (USA, Europe) (Rev 1) Lock 'N' Chase (USA, Europe) Loco-Motion (USA) Magic Carousel (USA) (Proto) (Alt 1) Magic Carousel (USA) (Proto) Major League Baseball ~ Big League Baseball ~ Baseball (World) Masters of the Universe - The Power of He-Man (USA, Europe) Melody Blaster (USA, Europe) Microsurgeon (USA, Europe) Mind Strike (USA, Europe) Minotaur (USA) Mission X (USA, Europe) Motocross (USA) Mountain Madness - Super Pro Skiing (USA) Mouse Trap (USA, Europe) Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'N Bytes (USA)(Mr. BASIC) Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'N Bytes (USA) (LEFT Vampire Bats) Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'N Bytes (USA)(LEFT The Cannon) Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'N Bytes (USA)(RIGHT The Cannon) NASL Soccer ~ Soccer (World) NBA Basketball ~ Basketball (USA, Europe) NFL Football ~ Football (World) NHL Hockey ~ Hockey (World) Night Stalker (World) Nova Blast (USA, Europe) Pac-Man (USA) (Atarisoft) Pac-Man (USA) (INTV Corp.) Party Line - Blow Out (USA) (Proto) PBA Bowling ~ Bowling (World) PGA Golf ~ Golf (World) Pinball (USA) Pitfall! (USA, Europe) Pole Position (USA) Popeye (USA, Europe) Q-bert (USA, Europe) Reversi (USA, Europe) River Raid (USA, Europe) (Beta) River Raid (USA, Europe) Royal Dealer (USA, Europe) Safecracker (USA, Europe) Scooby Doo's Maze Chase (USA, Europe) Sea Battle (World) Sewer Sam (USA) Shark! Shark! (USA, Europe) Sharp Shot (USA, Europe) Slam Dunk - Super Pro Basketball (USA) Slap Shot - Super Pro Hockey (USA) SNAFU (World) Space Armada (World) Space Battle (World) Space Hawk (USA, Europe) Space Spartans (USA, Europe) Spiker - Super Pro Volleyball (USA) Stadium Mud Buggies (USA) Stampede (USA, Europe) Star Strike (World) Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back (USA, Europe) Sub Hunt (USA, Europe) Super Cobra (Europe, Canada) Super Pro Decathlon (USA) Super Pro Football (USA) Swords & Serpents (USA, Europe) Tennis (World) Thunder Castle (USA) Tower of Doom (USA) Triple Action (World) Triple Challenge - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon (USA) Triple Challenge - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon (USA)(Backgammon) Triple Challenge - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon (USA)(LEFT Chess) Triple Challenge - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon (USA)(RIGHT Chess) TRON Deadly Discs (USA, Europe) TRON Maze-A-Tron (USA, Europe) TRON Solar Sailer (USA, Europe) Tropical Trouble (USA, Europe) Truckin' (USA) Turbo (USA, Europe) Tutankham (Europe) US Ski Team Skiing ~ Skiing (World) USCF Chess ~ Chess (USA, Europe) Utopia (USA, Europe) Vectron (USA, Europe) (Alt 1) Vectron (USA, Europe) Venture (USA, Europe) White Water! (USA, Europe) World Championship Baseball (USA) World Cup Football (Europe) World Series Major League Baseball (USA) [LEFT American League] World Series Major League Baseball (USA)(RIGHT National League) Worm Whomper (USA, Europe) Zaxxon (USA, Europe)

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  3. Mattel Intellivision Realistic Controller Overlay Images

    The FreeIntv core does a great job of making the Intellivision's unique controls accessible on modern pads. But even with easy access to all the buttons, I'm always wondering "which ones does this game actually use?".
    Scans of the overlay sheets, in wildly varying quality, are easy enough to find but I wanted something a little more unified and true-to-life. So I went through 135 original Intellivision releases and made these side-by-side images of the left controller with the overlay and the right controller without (or featuring unique overlays for a couple specific titles).
     
    Sources & Design
    The image of the Intellivision controller comes from Ricky Romero on Dribbble. I edited it to cover the game overlays somewhat realistically and add some shadowing effects. The overlays themselves come from various sources but were mainly copied from intvfunhouse.com (and by extension, Psycho Stormtrooper and the LaunchBox Games Database). Very little editing has been done to the overlays to clean them up. Some received a basic sharpening, some blemishes were cleaned up, and the tops of a few were split apart so the titles show more legibly above the frame. These are NOT meant to look 100% exactly like they do when nestled in a real Intellivision controller.
     
    Unique Overlays
    Most Intellivision games came with two identical overlays for Player 1 and Player 2, but some ambitious releases used unique designs and functions across multiple overlays. In these cases, images are provided to show each one. These titles include:
    Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'n Bytes Melody Blaster Microsurgeon Triple Challenge (Checkers, Chess, Backgammon) USCF Chess World Series Major League Baseball  
    Games Included
    I did not create an image for demo, test, prototype, unreleased, or homebrew titles. Basically this is just  the retail releases and any handmade overlays that Psycho Stormtrooper had contributed in the past. Below is a list of the games with images that I created:
    ABPA Backgammon ~ Backgammon (World) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (USA, Europe) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Treasure of Tarmin (USA) Air Strike (USA) (Proto) Armor Battle (USA, Europe) Astrosmash (USA, Europe) Atlantis (USA, Europe) Auto Racing (World) B-17 Bomber (USA, Europe) Beamrider (USA, Europe) Beauty & the Beast (USA, Europe) Blockade Runner (USA) Body Slam! - Super Pro Wrestling (USA) Bomb Squad (USA) Boxing (World) Bump 'n' Jump (USA) BurgerTime (USA, Europe) Buzz Bombers (USA, Europe) (Alt 1) Buzz Bombers (USA, Europe) Carnival (USA, Europe) Centipede (USA) Championship Tennis (Europe) Checkers ~ Draughts (USA, Europe) Chip Shot - Super Pro Golf (USA) Commando (USA) Congo Bongo (USA) Defender (USA) Demon Attack (USA, Europe) Dig Dug (USA) Diner (USA) Donkey Kong (USA, Europe) Donkey Kong Junior (USA, Europe) Dracula (USA, Europe) Dragonfire (USA, Europe) Dreadnaught Factor, The (USA) Duncan's Thin Ice (USA) Electric Company, The - Math Fun (USA, Europe) Electric Company, The - Word Fun (USA, Europe) Fathom (USA, Europe) Frog Bog (World) Frogger (USA, Europe) Happy Trails (USA, Europe) Horse Racing (World) Hover Force (USA) Ice Trek (USA, Europe) Jetsons' Ways with Words, The (USA) Kool-Aid Man (USA) Lady Bug (USA, Europe) Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack (World) Las Vegas Roulette (World) Learning Fun I - Math Master, Factor Fun (USA) Learning Fun II - Word Wizard, Memory Fun (USA) Lock 'N' Chase (USA, Europe) (Rev 1) Lock 'N' Chase (USA, Europe) Loco-Motion (USA) Magic Carousel (USA) (Proto) (Alt 1) Magic Carousel (USA) (Proto) Major League Baseball ~ Big League Baseball ~ Baseball (World) Masters of the Universe - The Power of He-Man (USA, Europe) Melody Blaster (USA, Europe) Microsurgeon (USA, Europe) Mind Strike (USA, Europe) Minotaur (USA) Mission X (USA, Europe) Motocross (USA) Mountain Madness - Super Pro Skiing (USA) Mouse Trap (USA, Europe) Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'N Bytes (USA)(Mr. BASIC) Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'N Bytes (USA) (LEFT Vampire Bats) Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'N Bytes (USA)(LEFT The Cannon) Mr. BASIC Meets Bits 'N Bytes (USA)(RIGHT The Cannon) NASL Soccer ~ Soccer (World) NBA Basketball ~ Basketball (USA, Europe) NFL Football ~ Football (World) NHL Hockey ~ Hockey (World) Night Stalker (World) Nova Blast (USA, Europe) Pac-Man (USA) (Atarisoft) Pac-Man (USA) (INTV Corp.) Party Line - Blow Out (USA) (Proto) PBA Bowling ~ Bowling (World) PGA Golf ~ Golf (World) Pinball (USA) Pitfall! (USA, Europe) Pole Position (USA) Popeye (USA, Europe) Q-bert (USA, Europe) Reversi (USA, Europe) River Raid (USA, Europe) (Beta) River Raid (USA, Europe) Royal Dealer (USA, Europe) Safecracker (USA, Europe) Scooby Doo's Maze Chase (USA, Europe) Sea Battle (World) Sewer Sam (USA) Shark! Shark! (USA, Europe) Sharp Shot (USA, Europe) Slam Dunk - Super Pro Basketball (USA) Slap Shot - Super Pro Hockey (USA) SNAFU (World) Space Armada (World) Space Battle (World) Space Hawk (USA, Europe) Space Spartans (USA, Europe) Spiker - Super Pro Volleyball (USA) Stadium Mud Buggies (USA) Stampede (USA, Europe) Star Strike (World) Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back (USA, Europe) Sub Hunt (USA, Europe) Super Cobra (Europe, Canada) Super Pro Decathlon (USA) Super Pro Football (USA) Swords & Serpents (USA, Europe) Tennis (World) Thunder Castle (USA) Tower of Doom (USA) Triple Action (World) Triple Challenge - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon (USA) Triple Challenge - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon (USA)(Backgammon) Triple Challenge - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon (USA)(LEFT Chess) Triple Challenge - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon (USA)(RIGHT Chess) TRON Deadly Discs (USA, Europe) TRON Maze-A-Tron (USA, Europe) TRON Solar Sailer (USA, Europe) Tropical Trouble (USA, Europe) Truckin' (USA) Turbo (USA, Europe) Tutankham (Europe) US Ski Team Skiing ~ Skiing (World) USCF Chess ~ Chess (USA, Europe) Utopia (USA, Europe) Vectron (USA, Europe) (Alt 1) Vectron (USA, Europe) Venture (USA, Europe) White Water! (USA, Europe) World Championship Baseball (USA) World Cup Football (Europe) World Series Major League Baseball (USA) [LEFT American League] World Series Major League Baseball (USA)(RIGHT National League) Worm Whomper (USA, Europe) Zaxxon (USA, Europe)

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