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  1. Howdy folks, I've been beavering away at this for the past year or so as a project to learn Python. Retool converts Redump and No-Intro dats to 1G1R, doing a better job than dat managers with parent/clone dats. It has both GUI and CLI versions. You'll still need a dat manager to use the files Retool creates, such as CLRMamePro, RomVault, or Romcenter — you just won't need to use their 1G1R modes, as Retool will have already done the work for you. Why not use CLRMAMEPro or Romcenter's 1G1R mode with a parent/clone dat? Historically if you wanted to create a 1G1R set, you'd use a parent/clone dat in combination with a dat manager like CLRMAMEPro or Romcenter. After loading the dat into the dat manager, you'd set your desired regions and region order, and whether or not to filter by languages (assuming the dat has <release> tags properly set up — something which is vanishingly rare). You'd then trust the dat manager to choose the perfect parent title for you from your favorite region, discarding the clones from other regions. Here's the thing. The parent/clone dat format was created for MAME, to enable one of the ways in which it organizes its ROMs. A "parent" ROM in MAME contains the base or common files for a game, while "clone" ROMs only contain files that are different from the parent. If you load a clone game in MAME, it's smart enough to load the base files from the parent, and any of the modified files it needs from the clone. Standard 1G1R through a dat manager is effectively a hack on top of this system. In 1G1R mode a dat manager takes the parent and ignores the clones, in an effort to only include the "best" or most desired version of a title. While on the surface this seems reasonable, if you look a little closer you start to see the cracks. The primary issue is that dat managers and parent/clone dats don't have a concept of title priority. For example, what happens when there are two copies of the same title from the same region, but they have different names? Or different version numbers? Or were published by different companies at different times? Which title does the dat manager choose then? Retool figures this out for you. It even identifies the languages of each title by using multiple sources — the implied language spoken in the region the title is from, languages explicitly listed in the title's filename, and languages listed on Redump's website, which aren't always included in filenames. After you set up the GUI or user-config.yaml to your liking, Retool's output is already 1G1R, meaning you don't need to select 1G1R mode, regions, or languages in your dat manager — just load the dat and go. Clone lists While Retool is smart enough to automatically match certain types of parents and clones, there are certain situations that require manual assignment, like when a title has a different name in different regions. To achieve this, Retool keeps clone lists. At the time of writing, Retool's clone lists are the most thorough that I know of. I manually combed through titles in most dats, and cross referenced them on Wikipedia, Moby Games, Retroplace, GameTDB, VDGB, VGM, YouTube, Amazon.jp, PlayAsia, Sega Retro, PSCX2 Wiki, PlayStation DataCenter, The Cutting Room Floor, and Atari Mania. I checked out the parent/clone dats for No-Intro, and occasionally I went through Redump's site for Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Chinese characters for titles, so I could do translations and find out what they were called in other languages. When all else failed, I did some good old web searching in order to turn up information. At some point I discovered FilterQuest, a similar tool, and added some missing titles from there. Clone lists are updated independently of the program, and are formatted as JSON files. They are stored in a subfolder called clonelists, which is in the same folder as Retool. You can update them from the GUI using the File menu, or by running updateclonelists.py. Features Region ordering, and language filtering. Keep supersets (things like special editions, game of the year editions, and collections) as separate titles, or choose to make them the canonical 1G1R parent. Can exclude the following title types: Applications Bad dumps Compilations with no unique titles Coverdiscs Demos and samples Educational titles Multimedia titles Pirate titles Preproduction titles (alphas, betas, prototypes) Promotional titles Unlicensed titles The most thorough clone lists available, which can update from the internet. A GUI (works best in Windows. It works in Ubuntu, but looks a bit misshapen. This should improve as the underlying module improves). A legacy parent/clone dat creation mode, and a tool called CloneRel, so you can analyze the relationships Retool creates. This is mostly useful if you intend to update clone lists yourself. Where can I read more or download Retool? Over on the Retool Github page, where there are usage instructions for those familiar with Git and Python, and also for Windows users who haven't had much CLI, Git, or Python experience. I'd love to provide a binary (.exe), but the reality is that doing so for Python makes the file huge (>40MB) as it needs to bundle both Python and QT, and it makes the startup time for the Python interpreter extra slow. What else is out there? There are a few different projects that all have slightly different focuses, like Pixelpiper's DCTF, AndreBrait's 1G1R romset generator, and UnluckyForSome's FilterQuest.
  2. I'm relatively new here, but I am very active in contributing alternate ROM set titles, especially with respect to the No-Intro database. I have a few questions. Also, please excuse me if I am being profoundly dumb, or if I have missed the obvious. First question. Is there a way to see who/why someone rejected a particular contribution? Or is the case where-by if no reason is given, the rejection is recorded without the possibility of dispute? I have been slightly frustrated by people not properly cross-examining my name contributions, because for example, one or two people seem to be rejecting names and titles with commas in them such as "Siedler, Die". They are also not providing a reason why. If they were to take a second to check https://datomatic.no-intro.org/?page=show_record&s=40&n=0401 or searching at the SPS http://www.softpres.org/games for example, they would find out that my name submission is correct. This is a naming standard convention that also applies to TOSEC https://www.tosecdev.org/tosec-naming-convention Second and third question, which is also a suggestion. Does Launchbox use a hash table? Are there any plans to collate all the ROM DAT names from popular DAT collections so we can link names to the Launchbox database? I feel that the process I have been following thus far is less about submitting a name, but rather, saying that "this" ROM is from "this" DAT collection, where the name information is already pre-set. It would be great to see the Launchbox database implement a more robust way of recognising ROMs. Also, I feel that this ability should be tied directly into the front-end application interface, perhaps by offering a wizard that asks the user 1) Are you a contributor? or 2) Are you just here to game? Optimising the user experience by tailoring the options available.
  3. What does this solve: Manually applying xDelta patches Manually downloading xDelta patches Requirements: 7zip AutoIt xDelta Internet Connection How: Upon execution of the script, it will unarchive any 7z, Zip, Rar files you have & get the CRC-32 value of the file, then use this to download the correct xDelta patch, then apply the patch. Then afterwords you will need to process the resulting file with ClrMamePro & DAT from No-Intro for proper naming and archiving. Instructions: Install 7zip if it's not already installed on your system. Install AutoIt and set it to execute scripts when double clicked. Now Right Click on Desktop and select "New\Folder" from the context menu, and Rename it "NDS Rom Update". Now open the folder "NDS Rom Update" and Right Click on it's background and select "New\Folder" from the context menu, and Rename it "Bin". Now once again Rick Click on the folders background and select "New\Folder" from the context menu, and Rename it "Fix". Now download & extract xDelta into "Bin" folder. Now download the AutoIt script "NDS Rom Update.au3" from this thread and save it to "NDS Rom Update" folder on your Desktop. Now open Windows Explorer or whatever your favorite File Manager happens to be and navigate the location of your ClrMamePro backups. i.e. "C:\Program Files\clrmamepro\backup\No-Intro\Nintendo - Nintendo DS (Decrypted)\" Now copy all the files there and any that might be under a folder called "_unknown" to your "Fix" folder. Now finally execute the AutoIt script "NDS Rom Update.au3" by Double Clicking it and if all went well after some time you'll get a dialog box saying the batch has completed...and you should have the resulting files in a new folder called "Fixed" Next time you run ClrMamePro use "Add-Paths" under Settings to add Fixed as one of the paths, you'll also need to check "Use Add-Paths" under ReBuilder then when you press the "Rebuild..." button it should pull in the new files. This is an old script of mine...and basically forgot about it...till I just did an audited on my NDS roms...600 M.I.A....ran this..did another audit...came down to about 200 M.I.A....so a big improvement. Your mileage will most certainly very. NDS Rom Update.au3
  4. I must be just missing it, but where can I find a datfile to use in clrmamepro for the .197 recent MAME download? I looked on dat-o-matic and they are all for separate consoles, there is no "Mame" or "Arcade".
  5. Hey, so I've been moderating for a while, and I've been wondering - should we start adding names on the DB according to No-Intro naming conventions? I usually curate my games with the No-Intro lists, so if we change names or at least add alternate names on the DB which correspond exactly to the No-Intro lists it should make scraping some games a lot easier. For example, No-Intro usually names games like The Legend of Zelda as "Legend of Zelda, The", which doesn't get scraped correctly on Launchbox. So I guess what I'm asking is - will there ever be a feature to update Launchbox DB with No-Intro/TOSEC/Redump conventions or data? Cause that would would be great for achieving parity with other game databases across the web.
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