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  1. Hi Jason, thanks, I will test out making some changes to platform categories inside of Launchbox to try to do what you are mentioning. I ought to have boiled my first post down a bit, so let me summarize this a bit shorter with images of what I'm trying to do: What I'm trying to do is configure things to where when I launch BigBox it would bring me to my platforms in a wheel with banners / random videos like so (which currently works as I'd like when I have platforms selected on startup) Then selecting Arcade would bring me to my Playlists, in a text list rather than a wheel (would be a nice touch to see video previews here but I'm not sure things are setup to display like that on a text playlist?) Then selecting a playlist would bring me to my games as a text list with video previews etc: However I can't seem to find any way to configure that.... at least not the playlists part, or being able to preserve having a wheel for platforms. With how LaunchBox / BigBox is currently structured, is it possible to view playlists right after selecting a platform when the Options > Views > Default Startup View is set to Platforms? Or is that only available through platform categories? My apologies if I'm missing some obvious things or things that may be obvious. I do see that the playlists are viewable under Platform Categories in Launchbox and not under Platforms. I think I'm not understanding what edits I would need to make in order to have Platform Categories basically become the platforms view, so I can view my playlists in BigBox (and not have to deal with an additional outer menu like Platform Categories). I do know I can get to a playlists view directly in BigBox in the menu, but it's not exactly what I'm looking for. Not quite sure how to edit things to appear this way, but I appreciate any input.
  2. Just checking back on this - by chance any LB moderators or others who might be able to comment on the above? Appreciate any input.
  3. Also not sure why those last two images are showing in my post above, I tried removing them a few times without success. My post should end right after my last line of text. Thanks!
  4. I am looking to configure my BigBox to do a specific thing visually and having a bit of trouble figuring out how to do it. I am using the Default theme and have it configured as follows: When I am at the main screen to view my platforms, this looks correct for how I would like it: When I select a platform that has playlists created, it goes straight to all games and does not show the playlists: If I change my view options to Platform Categories, I am able to get to my Playlists but this requires me to view the categories screen which I'd rather not use. So to get to Playlists in Arcade for instance I have to select Arcade: Which brings me to an endless wheel with Arcade as in the screen below. I would have expected it would go straight to my playlists: Choosing this brings me to a wheel of Playlists, I would rather configure this screen be a text list: And then selecting a playlist brings me to a text list of the games in that playlist which looks fine. The only thing remotely close to getting to what I'd like to see is by changing my options to all 'Text list with details', and using Platform Categories as my default startup view: But this looks like the following when using it. Shows my platform categories as a text list, with no videos or images: Choosing Arcade goes to another screen with Arcade: Then I get the playlists as a text list (but for some reason it still says Categories in bold text above it) still no videos: And then selecting a playlist gets me to the standard games list view, as configured they are all text list with details. Just to illustrate, I was looking for a way to configure my BigBox to look like the following on launch: Goes to platforms list with a wheel on launch with platform banners and random videos from each platform: Selecting Arcade would get me to my playlists in a text list, but would rather see some videos here and have it say 'Playlists', but categories is fine too: Then selecting the playlist brings me to the text list with details / videos as normal. Hoping someone might have some input on this, thanks.
  5. Ah, I think I found the reason: I de-ticked that and there they are. Jeez. Nevermind!
  6. Hi, I am unable to view playlists in BigBox and am getting a black / blank screen. I can navigate back away from the screen and choose any other view option such as Platform Categories and it shows all the other view options just fine. Just not the playlists. When I launched BigBox it prompted me to install a new version which I did. That was when I noticed the issue. However when I reverted back to the previous version LaunchBox-9.10-beta-4-Setup.exe and tested again, I am still getting a black screen on playlists. Not quite sure where to start troubleshooting, the only other things I've tried have been to change my theme in BigBox > Options > Views from Default to CriticalZone V2 Default, but there was no change in behavior. Also refreshed all images.
  7. I downloaded your wav file @Sharky151 and placed it in my LaunchBox\Sounds\Sci-Fi Set 3 by Clavius folder (I renamed the original to back it up). The Startup.wav starts playing audio right about the same time the BigBox screen shows up with my platform list, so the audio overlaps with the background audio from whichever system video is playing in BigBox. But it does fix the audio dropout, just overlaps weirdly for my tastes. Yeah this is a bit annoying to me too, the first thing you encounter when launching BigBox is .... an audio dropout / glitch. I've had this same issue on 3 sytems I've installed to now (3 different PC builds that is over the years).
  8. I am also in the camp of being on the fence about the 'Game Over' text on the exit screens. I downloaded a non-default theme and added a skull and crossbones from the standard wingdings font and made it a dark gray, I think it works nicely for my uses: Still messing around with it and thought I'd add this to the thread. There's some pretty funny wingdings at this link: http://www.alanwood.net/demos/wingdings.html Also some pretty funny webdings out there I wasn't aware of: http://www.alanwood.net/demos/webdings.html Just a thought!
  9. This looks awesome! 👏 Great work @Zombeaver When I was real young I'd beg my parents to get some specific game from a store, spent a lot of years as a kid going to friends houses and copying/trading games, going to local meetups and Commodore groups doing the same, and eventually downloading lots off BBS's. There are so many great games out there, but also many poorly made games! I remember being real excited getting a new game at a store or trading a stack of disks with friends only to find a bunch were awful. But the good ones are really really good! And still find myself playing C64. There's a mystique around the machine and whole experience and those years that I can't seem to shake. I kinda sorta started doing this same thing years ago but stopped at not too many letters of the alphabet in, there's just so much. I know I made some of my own custom video snaps for the handful of games in my Launchbox collection, and would be more than happy to share any of those with you if it helps at all. Super looking forward to your project and glad you are putting the effort in for this, it will make a ton of people happy.
  10. I have another PC with Launchbox on it and was able to import Steam games just fine with that one using the same account. So there is some issue that is local to my main game PC it seems. I checked my firewall settings and all the Steam entries are set to allow traffic through. I also uninstalled and reinstalled Steam, this did not help to resolve. Also downgraded from v9.3 beta 1 to 9.2 standard, and still have the same issue with Steam games. Hoping someone might have some additional ideas of something to check or troubleshoot.
  11. I just attempted importing a Steam Game using Tools > Import > Steam Games, when it gets past the portion to download images and such I receive: I added a few new games just a week or so ago and there weren't any issues. My account is public, and have an API key entered. I'm able to log in and access Steam just fine through the Windows app and the website, and the games play through the Steam Windows application. Just can't import anything into Launchbox, any ideas?
  12. Yikes, that's a bit embarrassing to realize... 🙄 I apparently need a great deal more coffee this morning, thank you for that @Belgarath I am a bit curious how this issue came about, likely something I did at some point (?) but again, not sure.
  13. I am not sure how long it's been this way on my setup or why/how, but in Platform Categories I am seeing all of my Platforms listed as individual entries (outside of the core Arcade, Computers, Consoles, and Handhelds categories). I wanted to organize my games in a different way with nesting, and then discovered this issue. I thought the easiest thing to do would be just right click and delete the category from Platform Categories, however after doing this for a few it also removed the Platform itself. For instance Atari 2600 was in Platform Categories, right clicked the platform and received: If I edit the Platform Category and check the root settings I'm seeing: Removing it from those brings Finally deleting the Platform Category by clicking 'Yes' on the first screenshot above removes the category but also the platform of Atari 2600 itself. I then have to re-import all my roms, which resolves the issue (Atari 2600 is listed in Platforms and no longer exists in Platform Categories as a separate listing of Atari 2600), but would rather not have to go through that last step of having to re-import everything. I guess my question is, is there a way to remove something listed in Platform Categories that I don't want to be there, without having to remove the platform itself and re-import my roms? From what I understand the default categories are Arcade, Computers, Consoles, and Handhelds. I have those, but for some reason also have all my Platforms listed outside of those categories too and wanted to just remove those from the categories list. For instance as shown below, Commodore 64 (among others) is an entry in Platform Categories outside of the Computers category.
  14. I'm not sure if this kind of idea has already been proposed or exists somewhere, but I couldn't seem to find it anywhere and thought I'd post. Was thinking about how it would be amazing to be able to access a web based page that lists your current game collection, broken down into the same platforms or systems that you have installed, and information about each game. Also the ability to filter on the same types of things like 2 player or 4 player, run searches etc. The idea in my mind for using this would be to have a tablet or ipad, pull up the page and scroll through what's installed to learn more about a game. This would be perfect for when multiple people are over and those that aren't actively playing can browse what else is installed and pick what's next to play. This would also be for sharing with other people to see what you have installed, or to look for yourself online when not using your launchbox setup and to confirm what you do/do not have. I can see how this (in theory) wouldn't be too terribly difficult to extract the information from launchbox to translate to a web page. It would be amazing to be able to have image and video previews and such, basically a web based access to how Launchbox or Big Box looks and accesses your collection, but only to view the things you have installed. Really just throwing out an idea here, I'm not developing anything but thought something like this would be pretty cool if it were possible. Almost seems like if this were possible / allowed, someone could host images and such (again no clue on what is legal or not or the 'who' would be for this idea) and provide a place with the main infrastructure, and ability to upload whatever would be necessary from your specific setup to the site which would populate your own collection page under your account.
  15. I have had the exact same issue with the stuttering startup sound. I disabled it recently since it was pretty annoying. Never thought about posting about it until I saw this thread, and it appears others are experiencing it. Any ideas on this?
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