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This theme is a port of the HyperSpin Unified Widescreen Megatheme project, which was originally started by gibbawho and continued by many other talented artists over the years. It’s supposed to bring a unified look (hence the name) across all platforms while giving every platform it’s own individual touch.

I’ve tried to stay very close to the original look and feel but also took some creative freedom, especially when it comes to the new fading info panel at the bottom of the screen.
This theme was designed for 16:9 screens and display resolutions only. Big Box will automatically scale itself to a 16:9 aspect ratio when you use a different aspect ratio on your machine.

 

Features:

  • Individual Artwork for a lot of different platforms and playlists + some alternatives you can choose from
  • Matches with the Unified platform video set from EmuMovies
  • Fully animated wheel pointer
  • Spinning discs for disc-based platforms
  • Various other custom animations
  • Uses the weather plugin by @Grila
  • Templates to build your own platform artwork are included as .psd files
  • Brings a small taste of the HyperSpin feeling to your Big Box setup

 

Currently featured Views:

  • Games Text List View: 3D Box
  • Games Vertical Wheel View 1: 3D Box
  • Games Vertical Wheel View 2: 3D Box + static cart/disc
  • Games Vertical Wheel View 3: 3D Box + rotating disc
  • Games Vertical Wheel View 4: Fullscreen video

 

  • Platform Vertical Wheel View 1: Fullscreen video + scrolling text
  • Platform Vertical Wheel View 2: Fullscreen video without scrolling text

More Views are planned, so stay tuned.

 

The theme includes artwork for the following 198 Platforms/Playlists:

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AAE
APF Imagination Machine
Acorn Archimedes
Acorn Atom
Acorn BBC Micro
Acorn Electron
American Laser Games
Amstrad CPC
Amstrad GX4000
Android
Apple II
Apple IIGS
Arcade Classics
Atari 2600
Atari 5200
Atari 7800
Atari 8-bit
Atari Classics
Atari Jaguar
Atari Jaguar CD
Atari Lynx
Atari ST
Atari XEGS
Bally Astrocade
Bandai Sufami Turbo
Bandai WonderSwan
Bandai WonderSwan Color
Big Fish Games
Camputers Lynx
Capcom Classics
Capcom Play System
Capcom Play System II
Capcom Play System III
Casio Loopy
Casio PV-1000
Cave
ColecoVision
Commodore 128
Commodore 16 & Plus4
Commodore 64
Commodore Amiga
Commodore Amiga CD32
Commodore CDTV
Commodore MAX Machine
Commodore PET
Commodore VIC-20
Creatronic Mega Duck
DICE
Daphne
Data East Classics
EACA EG2000 Colour Genie
Emerson Arcadia 2001
Entex Adventure Vision
Epoch Game Pocket Computer
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Examu Ex-Board
Exidy Sorcerer
Fairchild Channel F
FightCade
Final Burn Alpha
Flash Games
Fujitsu FM Towns
Funtech Super ACan
Future Pinball
GCE Vectrex
GOG
Game & Watch
GamePark 32
HBMAME
Hartung Game Master
IGS PolyGame Master
Indie Games
Interton VC 4000
Irem Classics
Java Games
Konami Classics
MAME
MGT Sam Coupe
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox Odyssey 2
Mattel Aquarius
Mattel Intellivision
Microsoft MS-DOS
Microsoft MSX
Microsoft MSX2
Microsoft Windows 3.x
Microsoft Xbox
Microsoft Xbox 360
Midway Classics
Mugen
NEC PC Engine
NEC PC Engine-CD
NEC PC-FX
NEC SuperGrafx
NEC TurboDuo
NEC TurboGrafx-16
NEC TurboGrafx-CD
Namco Classics
Namco System 22
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 64
Nintendo 64DD
Nintendo Classics
Nintendo DS
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo Famicom
Nintendo Famicom Disk System
Nintendo Game Boy
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Nintendo Game Boy Color
Nintendo GameCube
Nintendo Pokemon Mini
Nintendo Satellaview
Nintendo Super Famicom
Nintendo Super Game Boy
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Virtual Boy
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo WiiWare
OUYA
OpenBOR
Origin
Panasonic 3DO
Philips CD-i
Philips VG 5000
Pinball Arcade
Pinball FX2
Pioneer Palcom LaserDisc
PopCap
RCA studio II
SNK Classics
SNK Hyper Neo Geo 64
SNK Neo Geo AES
SNK Neo Geo CD
SNK Neo Geo MVS
SNK Neo Geo Pocket
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
Sammy Atomiswave
ScummVM
Sega 32X
Sega CD
Sega Classics
Sega Dreamcast
Sega Game Gear
Sega Genesis
Sega Hikaru
Sega Mark III
Sega Master System
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Model 1
Sega Model 2
Sega Model 3
Sega Naomi
Sega Pico
Sega RingEdge
Sega RingWide
Sega SC-3000
Sega SG-1000
Sega ST-V
Sega Saturn
Sega Triforce
Sega VMU
Seta Aleck 64
Sharp MZ-2500
Sharp X68000
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Sony PlayStation
Sony PlayStation 2
Sony PlayStation 3
Sony PlayStation Minis
Sony PlayStation Portable
Sony PlayStation Vita
Sony PocketStation
Sord M5
Spectravideo
Steam
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Nintendo MSU-1
Taito Classics
Taito NESiCAxLive
Taito Type X
Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer
Tangerine Oric
Texas Instruments TI 99-4A
Tiger game.com
Tomy Tutor
Touhou Project
Uplay
VTech CreatiVision
Vector-06C
Visual Pinball
Watara Supervision
Williams Classics
Windows
WoW Action Max
Zinc

 

The Add-on package includes artwork for the following 295 playlists:

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007 Collection
19XX Collection
2-Player Games
4-Player Games
Ace Attorney Collection
Ace Combat Collection
Action & Adventure Games
Addams Family Collection
After Burner Collection
Aladdin Collection
Alex Kidd Collection
Alien Breed Collection
Aliens Collection
Alone in The Dark Collection
Animal Crossing Collection
Arkanoid Collection
Armored Core Collection
Army Men Collection
Art of Fighting Collection
Assassin's Creed Collection
Asterix & Obelix Collection
Asteroids Collection
Atelier Collection
Avengers Collection
Back To The Future Collection
Backyard Sports Collection
Barbie Collection
Bases Loaded Collection
Batman Collection
Battle Arena Toshinden Collection
Battle Chess Collection
Battletoads Collection
Beat Em Ups
Beauty and The Beast Collection
Ben 10 Collection
Bleach Collection
Board & Card Games
Bomb Jack Collection
Bomberman Collection
Bonk Collection
Breath of Fire Collection
Bubble Bobble Collection
Bubsy Collection
Buck Rogers Collection
Bugs Bunny Collection
Burgertime Collection
Burnout Collection
Call of Duty Collection
Captain America Collection
Carmen Sandiego Collection
Cars Collection
Cartoon Network Collection
Castlevania Collection
Centipede Collection
Chuck Rock Collection
Classics
Clay Fighter Collection
Colin Mcrae Collection
Columns Collection
Command & Conquer Collection
Contra Collection
Crash Bandicoot Collection
DC Comics Collection
DDR Collection
DOOM Collection
Darius Collection
Darkstalkers Collection
Dead Or Alive Collection
Defender Collection
Die Hard Collection
Dig Dug Collection
Digimon Collection
Disney Collection
Donald Duck Collection
Donkey Kong Collection
Doraemon Collection
Double Dragon Collection
Dr. Mario Collection
Dragon Ball Collection
Dragon Quest Collection
Dragon's Lair Collection
Duke Nukem Collection
Dungeon Master Collection
Dungeons and Dragons Collection
ECCO The Dolphin Collection
ESPN Collection
Earthworm Jim Collection
F-Zero Collection
Fallout Collection
Fatal Fury Collection
Fighting Games
Final Fantasy Collection
Final Fight Collection
Fire Emblem Collection
Fire Pro Wrestling Collection
Flintstones Collection
Flying Games
Frogger Collection
G.I. Joe Collection
GTA Collection
Galaga Collection
Garfield Collection
Gauntlet Collection
Ghostbusters Collection
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Collection
Golden Axe Collection
Golgo 13 Collection
Gradius Collection
Gremlins Collection
Guilty Gear Collection
Gundam Collection
Hanna Barbera Collection
Harry Potter Collection
Harvest Moon Collection
He-Man Collection
Hello Kitty Collection
Home Alone Collection
Horror Games
Hot Wheels Collection
House of The Dead Collection
Impossible Mission Collection
Incredible Hulk Collection
Indiana Jones Collection
Iron Man Collection
James Pond Collection
Jeopardy Collection
Jetsons Collection
Jim Henson Collection
John Madden Collection
Jurassic Park Collection
KOF Collection
Killer Instinct Collection
King's Quest Collection
Kingdom Hearts Collection
Kirby Collection
LEGO Collection
Legacy of Kain Collection
Lemmings Collection
Light Gun Games
Lion King Collection
Lode Runner Collection
Looney Tunes Collection
Lord of The Rings Collection
Lupin the 3rd Collection
MLB Collection
Madagascar Collection
Mana Collection
Maniac Mansion Collection
Mappy Collection
Mario Collection
Mario Party Collection
Marvel Comics Collection
Medal of Honor Collection
Mega Man Collection
Metal Gear Collection
Metal Slug Collection
Metroid Collection
Mickey Mouse Collection
Micro Machines Collection
Might & Magic Collection
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Collection
Monkey Island Collection
Monopoly Collection
Monster Rancher Collection
Mortal Kombat Collection
Movie & TV Games
Mr. Do! Collection
Ms. Pacman Collection
NASCAR Collection
NBA Jam Collection
NBA Live Collection
NFL Blitz Collection
NFL Gameday Collection
Naruto Collection
Need for Speed Collection
Ninja Gaiden Collection
Nobunaga's Ambition Collection
One Piece Collection
Outrun Collection
Pac Man Collection
Paperboy Collection
Peanuts Collection
Phantasy Star Collection
Pirates of The Caribbean Collection
Pitfall Collection
Platform Games
Point & Click Games
Pokemon Collection
Popeye Collection
Populous Collection
Powerpuff Girls Collection
Predator Collection
Primal Rage Collection
Prince of Persia Collection
Punisher Collection
Puyo Puyo Collection
Puzzle Bobble Collection
Puzzle Games
Quake Collection
R-Type Collection
Racing Games
Raiden Collection
Rainbow Islands Collection
Rampage Collection
Rastan Collection
Rayman Collection
Ren & Stimpy Collection
Resident Evil Collection
Rhythm Games
Road Rash Collection
Robin Hood Collection
RoboCop Collection
Role Playing Games
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Collection
Rugrats Collection
Run & Gun Games
Sailor Moon Collection
Samurai Shodown Collection
Sci-Fi Games
Scooby-Doo Collection
Sesame Street Collection
Shadow of The Beast Collection
Shin Megami Tensei Collection
Shining Force Collection
Shinobi Collection
Shoot Em Ups
Shooter Games
Shrek Collection
Silent Hill Collection
Sim City Collection
Simpsons Collection
Simulation Games
Smurfs Collection
Sonic Collection
Soul Calibur Collection
South Park Collection
Space Harrier Collection
Space Invaders Collection
Spawn Collection
SpiderMan Collection
Splatterhouse Collection
SpongeBob Collection
Sports Games
Spy vs Spy Collection
Spyro Collection
Star Trek Collection
Star Wars Collection
Starfox Collection
Strategy Games
Street Fighter Collection
Strider Collection
Superman Collection
Syphon Filter Collection
TMNT Collection
TRON Collection
Tales Collection
Tekken Collection
Terminator Collection
Test Drive Collection
Tetris Collection
Thundercats Collection
Tiny Toons Collection
Tom & Jerry Collection
Tom Clancy Collection
Tomb Raider Collection
Tony Hawk Collection
Top 100 Collection
Top Gear Collection
Toy Story Collection
Transformers Collection
Turok Collection
Turrican Collection
Twisted Metal Collection
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger Collection
Ultima Collection
Virtua Fighter Collection
WCW Collection
WWF Collection
Warhammer 40K Collection
Warhammer Collection
Wario Collection
Warriors Collection
Wheel of Fortune Collection
Wizardry Collection
Wolfenstein Collection
Wolverine Collection
Wonder Boy Collection
Worms Collection
X-Men Collection
Y's Collection
Yoshi Collection
Yu Yu Hakusho Collection
Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection
Zelda Collection
Zork Collection

 

The theme will also display a default artwork for Platforms/Playlists which are not yet covered or wrongly named.

 

How to install:

This theme only works on LaunchBox version 8.2 or higher!

  1. Just download the archive and extract it to:  “..\LaunchBox\Themes\”
  2. Go to the “Plugins” folder inside of the extracted folder and right-click on of the .dll files. Choose Properties -> Click on “Unblock” at the bottom of the window. Close the window. Repeat that for all .dll files in that folder. If the "Unblock" button isn't there than you are already good to go.
  3. Open the Options menu in Big Box -> go to “Views” and change the Theme to "Unified".
  4. Change the “Games List View” and “Platforms List View” to one of the currently featured Views that are listed above.
  5. Make sure that in the Big Box Options -> Views –> “Show Games List Title” is enabled.

Info: Never rename the theme folder! The theme folder has to be named exactly "Unified" or the theme won't work properly! (that's btw. an universal tip for all other themes as well)

 

How to install the Add-on package:

Just extract the contents of the .zip file into your LaunchBox folder.

Note: You have to create the proper playlists for the collections yourself!

 


How to change the location and temperature measurement unit for the Weather plugin:

1.    Close BigBox in case you have it opened up
2.    Visit the website http://www.woeidlookup.com/ and search for a location of your choice
3.    Go to the “Plugins” folder inside the Unified theme folder
        Path: “..\LaunchBox\Themes\Unified\Plugins”
4.    Open the “GrilaBBWeather.dll.config” with a text editor of your choice. For example: Notepad
5.    Copy the WOEID from the website and replace the already existing ID in the config file with it
6.    If you want to change the temperature unit from Fahrenheit to Celsius just change the “f” under Units to a “c”
7.    Save the config file and you’re done :)

 

Known issues:

The logo of the Platform/Playlist and the individual video border don't show up in the Game Details screen and the theme displays the generic Big Box logo and metallic video border instead when it gets opened through any other Games View than the Text List View.

 

Tips for tweaking your LaunchBox setup for this theme:

  • In LaunchBox: Tools -> Options -> Cart Front Priorities -> Select all Cart and Disc related entries, deselect everything else.
  • In Big Box: Options ->Transitions -> Change "Game Image/Video Transition” to “Fade”
  • In Big Box: To avoid spinning cart art go to: Options -> Views -> Make sure that „Remember separate View for each platform” is checked. Than go either to the Keyboard Mappings or the Controller Buttons settings and set up a key/button for “Switch View”. Now you can go back to your platforms and switch the games Views for each platform individually on the fly.
  • Use the Unified Platform videos from EmuMovies for an overall uniform look. You can either download them as free user from the EmuMovies website or if you are an EmuMovies premium user you can get them directly through LaunchBox under: Tools -> "Download Platform/Playlist Theme Videos".

 

What is the Add-on package?

The theme itself will always only include artwork for Platforms and Playlists that also have a Unified Platform video available on EmuMovies in order to provide a seamless experience. Everything else goes into the Add-on package.

More generic playlists like franchises, series, genres, etc. are also only included in the Add-on package to avoid that the theme gets unnecessarily blown up it in its size.

The same goes for everything that differs too much from the default Unified style.

 

Individual platform artwork not showing up?:

The media files that are inside the “..\LaunchBox\Themes\Unified\Images\Theme\..” folder have to be named exactly like your platforms inside LaunchBox. I've went with the HyperList/RocketLauncher naming conventions for the filenames in this package.

If Big Box doesn’t show any individual artwork for a system that is listed above you may need to manually rename the relevant files for that platform in all four sub-folders.

Also make sure that in the Big Box Options -> Views –> “Show Games List Title” is enabled!

 

Discs are not spinning / showing up?:

Make sure you have the right Games List View selected and Disc images in your Cart Image Priorities enabled (see the tips section of this download description).


Thanks and Credits:

 


 

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Happy Easter everybody! I hope you like my little surprise here (this is not an April fools joke!).
I love the Unified Megatheme Project and therefore it was the last piece that I was missing in LaunchBox when I gave up on HyperSpin.

While I was working on this theme I’ve also made over 50 new Unified Platform Videos. They are not available yet on the EmuMovies website or through the LaunchBox platform video downloader but it’ll be just a matter of time when they will be uploaded there.

In the meantime you can get them already on the EmuMovies FTP server in my upload folder in case you are an EmuMovies premium member: /Upload Here/_Video Snap Submissions/CriticalCid/Platform Videos
There are still 13 platform videos missing to complete the set of this theme. I’ll do them in the next few days, so keep an eye out on my FTP folder.

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Loving the theme...its making my arcade cab smile:)

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I had always used the Unified platform videos in Big Box so I am really excited to try this one out. Loving it!

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Thanks you very much once again Sir Cid :D very great work as always !

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Wow, I have been waiting for something like this to make it look like HS forever! is this friendly for 150% resolution Win 10?

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13 minutes ago, zetec-s-joe said:

Wow, I have been waiting for something like this to make it look like HS forever! is this friendly for 150% resolution Win 10?

Yes, DPI fix is already included.

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Perfect! This will bring me straight back into LaunchBox now! glad to hear your covering all themes and artwork, this is great for LaunchBox

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2 minutes ago, zetec-s-joe said:

Are you able to link to the System Wheel art used?

Here you go:

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Holly! Nice job. Can't believe you converted all those themes. Fun memories of the old Hyperspin days. Never found out what happened to Gibawho. He just disappeared.

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Hey! Nice to see people are still making use out of those wheel arts I made ages ago! 

Awesome work on the theme too, loved the original in Hyperspin!

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15 hours ago, Styphelus said:

Holly! Nice job. Can't believe you converted all those themes. Fun memories of the old Hyperspin days. Never found out what happened to Gibawho. He just disappeared.

Yeah, it was quite a ton of work to convert all of it, especially when I ran out of .psd files and had to extract everything out of the actual HS themes.

 

1 hour ago, Crylen said:

Hey! Nice to see people are still making use out of those wheel arts I made ages ago! 

Awesome work on the theme too, loved the original in Hyperspin!

Thanks, I'm loving the design of your wheels and they are still my favorites across all of the other available wheel styles that I've came across.

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Does anyone know if there are unified videos for some of the more obscure systems? Like Casio Loopy or Epoch Super Cassette?

 

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If you click Reveal Hidden Contents in the first post of this thread you will see a list of supported platforms.

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