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  1. Launch Box randomly pops up at 6:07 that's all. (wasn't sure where to put this, no forum really seems to fit, this seemed the most generic off topic one)
  2. worked my way through pages 3 + 4 (of 21)... somebody send Help Pizza!
  3. Anybody know where these SNES EU Cartridges come from? i don't see them in the Emu Movies or Hyperspin download sections, but they must be coming from somewhere. I've seen a few of them in the DB uploaded, but not enough to really feel like a consistent "set". As i don't have the full set i'll just leave these untouched for now (as cart - front, not changing it to fanart yet either) they do look real enough, had me fooled the first few pages, but they all look the same and clearly come from a template that somebody made... and i have to say i don't LOVE how they look, the top right not showing the grooves just weirds me out a bit, other than that they are nice and high res and certainly better than the fallback options i got. I have 2 other sets of EU carts, one is tiny pictures (i'm sure everybody hates those) that i'd rather not use at all but it is better than nothing and if you just look at it as front end icon you can even just about get away with it without noticing (if you use them for any kind of loading screen where they are displayed bigger, it would be noticeably getting blurry). in fact those are two different sets, one is 301x210 the other 275x192 but i think the 301x210 one just used the smaller ones and scaled them up a bit, either way both are TINY and you don't notice a visual difference once they are in the frontend... no idea why anyone would go through the trouble of making a set like this and then make it at such a tiny resolution where you can't even read the text on closer inspection the other EU set that i very much prefer looks like this (and looks the same as the JAP carts i got), only problem is i think they only made these for games that have no US cart at all, so it is "incomplete" if you do not use US as your primary version in LaunchBox. JAP region is generally far more incomplete (and naming is a bitch, i don't speak the language, why can't we just all stick with the No-Intro naming on these for consistency? *sigh*) but anyway i add these where i can: there are also the tiny carts available, same as EU for JAP that i use as fallback option here and there AND there is an even worse fallback option for Jap carts, that i only use as a "last resort". Those look very much "painted" and are kinda low res too. Still better than nothing. Oh and US carts i replace with these higher res versions a lot. I am also tagging these reconstructed carts as "Fanart"... i've seen some people in the past weeks REPLACE what is clearly fanart in the DB with photgraphs (not cut, no transparent BG, sometimes just plain bad ugly pictures i wouldn't want to have in my Frontend to begin with but the motto seems to be higher resolution = better by default with some people, so i'm hoping by tagging these as fanart they won't be replaced with photos from ebay in the future), they should be treated as entirely different categories if you ask me, so that is what i'm doing (and the moderators generally accept when i change it to fanart so i think i'm on the right track with that and i did that for a few other systems i updated previously (GameBoy Color for example) as well and nobody complained there either, i just wanted to say it out loud so maybe other users will start doing it that way too but it is clear that new users would always upload this stuff as cart front and not think twice about it being reconstructed fanart, some very few of which even has actual fanart as sticker that doesn't match the real thing). I'd prefer the term "reconstructed" (or "reconstructed - clear") like there is with Box Front Reconstructed but that is not an option in the DB so i'm sticking with "Fanart" (i mean i'd just rename the category, no need to add another one only to re-tag the entire LBDB, that'd be dumb). Updating 3D Boxes with what is currently available. US has recently received a nice authentic set (but i'm leaving the already existing 3D boxes intact, nothing wrong with them, i'm not replacing them as some people may prefer the old set's cleaner digital look, if you guys decide to kick the old ones out, that is on you, but i'm also not uploading the missing ones of those ...what i DO delete are these old weirdly angled ones, i'm sure you know which ones i mean, everybody hates those, right?). for EU there is a set that looks like this that i rarely see being uploaded, so i'm uploading these (note the spine is generic, not authentic but since there is only text and the nintendo seal on the left side for EU boxes i don't see a big problem with that); the authentic set from before also covers some EU exclusive games, again not every game so this may be a bit inconsistent, you may see me uploading both variants where available (so you can chose yourself what to keep after scraping). for the jap region Super Famicom boxes i have 2 sets, that look a little bit different, i upload both of them as there is not one set that is objectively "better" than the other, they both look fine and they both are not really complete sets, one covers games that the other doesn't and so on... so sometimes you will see two 3D Jap boxes for one game of both styles but often only one or the other. (sometimes the spines have different artwork, i can't find an example right now, but i am NOT gonna bother double checking which is more "authentic", somebody put in effort to make these so they are both worth having if you ask me, even if sometimes one is a bit more "fanart" than the other). I just added the US 3D cart set to my Media folder, they are uploaded already it seems, but i've been adding region tags on every page i went through so far and maybe i can plug a few holes if there are any while i'm at it. I know there is a JAP 3D cart set on Emu Movies that you can scrape (good luck with the naming inconsistencies though), but it is not in their download section on the website (or i'm blind) which is weird... (i'm not a huge fan of 3D carts myself, but i guess i can plug some holes there too while i'm at it). Why bother with JAP and EU artwork? Well first i'm from the EU myself (germany), so i want the EU stuff to look good for myself, especially the EU exclusive ones (i still set US as primary and play everything in english). For JAP games i recently started adding fan translated roms (i finally found a way that doesn't require me to patch them one by one, see https://romhackdb.com/ ). In general i think if we want to see more EU and JAP users for LaunchBox, who may not be using US as their primary region, then we should do some ground work in the database so it is not a complete mess when you import an EU or JAP only set... or they do it once and say "this is crap" and look for something else. And without EU and JAP users we won't get EU and JAP database moderators that can fix the errors or add content... chicken and the egg problem / when you build it they will come. (and lets be real, SNES is the one most popular retro system for a ton of people, this has to be as good as possible for the first impression if nothing else). Workflow: i'm going through the database "as is" from page to page, i will not be adding any missing games right now, i'm not keeping a checklist of what i uploaded and what i didn't, so i'm making no guarantees that there aren't some oversights here and there. I downloaded all pictures in a folder and am using the search function to find art for each game from all the sub folders at once, so naming inconsistencies (JAP games!!!) may cause me to miss a few here and there if nothing matches but otherwise i'll never get through all of it. If anybody has some comments / suggestions / artwork i'm missing, now is the time to tell me 😜 And if you want to help making SNES look good, well have at it. (maybe let me know so we are not screwing around in the same corner at the same time). Just moderating so the changes go through fast will help as well of course.
  4. If this is just about the new default theme, you can go to Options > Visuals and select the Old Default theme or whatever custom theme you used before (i strongly suggest "Bad Old Monkey" it is practically the old default minus a lot of wasted space between stuff). I'm not a fan of the new default either.
  5. it would be nice if we could see and edit the region of the picture like we can in the database.
  6. ok, true but explain that to the moderators who press the reject button
  7. MAME has added a new Turtles game to it's set and there is no DB entry for it yet. I want to add it but i'm not sure where in the DB because it is not really an "Arcade" game but one of these Plug & Play TV games... there is no extra category for those either. MAME also has those Nintendo Game & Watch LCD games, those do have an extra category in the DB of their own. https://turtlepedia.fandom.com/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles:_Battle_for_the_City Do i just add this to the Arcade section so it can be found when importing the MAME set or what do i do?
  8. I only really noticed this behavior with retro consoles that do have one fixed native resolution. For modern consoles and PC that would of course be ridiculous because there is no real native resolution.
  9. The thing is if the screenshots are at native resolution and scale up to whatever the screensize of the picture in LaunchBox is, it will still look sharp no matter what, so the high resolution is not really required, unless you want to look at it in full screen mode, which isn't really the point. You can have a screenshot at 1080p and a scaled up 256x240 picture and they will look identical but the 1080p screenshot will obviously require quite a bit more storage and with tens of thousands of roms that just bloats up the install folder size of LaunchBox.... so there is a bit of pro and con for you to consider. Personally i only reject screenshots if the game already has a ton of screenshots and it is getting to silly levels (2 to 4 is absolutely enough, there is no need for 10 or so screenshots), or if i see black lines from a 4:3 game screenshotted in 16:9, that would only result in letterboxing, those i always delete when i stumble over them. I don't think there are any hard rules for the resolution of screenshots.
  10. I would say, sure add them, but if they are altered from the original make sure to select Fanart so there is no confusion if its authentic or not later. It might also be good if you uploaded your work as a set in the download section.
  11. yepp, but as i've said i'm not sure it is just a guess since i can't remember anything else i've installed (doesn't mean i didn't ...it's just the old, try to remember what you screwed around with 3 days later) and this plugin already screws around with search engines inside Chrome so it isn't thaaaat far of a stretch. But most likely just coincidence, either way it's cleaned up now, i just thought i post this here just in case somebody else has the same problem.
  12. just FYI: i tried that RevEye plugin thing and i think it randomly hijacks the regular google search and redirects to the yahoo search, not 100% positive if it was that add on, but i don't remember adding anything else to chrome or windows recently. Some Anti Malware tool (not malware bytes) even detected the hijacking entry and removed it, so far i did not see yahoo again. again, not 100% sure if it was this plugin, but if anybody else suddenly gets redirected to yahoo, now you know what's what.
  13. @SiriusVI hmm... i didn't notice any input lag (i seem to be immune to that sensation anyway, F-Zero felt like it always did, Turtles in Time as well.), the picture also looked perfectly normal to me. 40M HDMI cable?... ok that is a bit nuts, but then how do you handle input? My Bluetooth gamepad would not make it that far (heck i know for soure my WiFi does not make it that far, i had to setup a 2nd wifi router just as additional hot spot, even the WiFi repeater thingy doesn't make it through the thick walls in the middle of the House).
  14. My Samsung TV is so old it can't do Netflix... what you are talking about is Science Fiction 😜
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