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GOG GALAXY 2.0

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Hello,

dont know if is allowed to discuss another programs but with GOG GALAXY 2.0 i think Launchbox get another big competiton. Dont want draw take any conclusions as its client is still in development but what they promise sounds more then Launchbox can offer. Yes it dont looks like they offer emulation but maybe it will be added easy with addons.  And it looks very modern and user friendly. Dont get me wrong i like Launchbox but it still lacks in some ways.

GOG GALAXY 2.0

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Interesting. However, it doesn't seem to offer much in terms of emulation, and even if they do, I think they're pretty late to the game and nothing too ground-breaking besides a SNS-like service bundled in with the program to interact with other gamers, etc. Besides, a little competition is never a bad thing 😁

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I'm going to participate in the closed beta when that starts up and see how it is. I'm curious to know how easy it'll be to add emulators and such, but although I'm sure it will have some nice features, I don't expect that it will replace Launchbox for me.

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This is for PC games only from what i can tell. No support for emulation and even if it did I wouldn't go for it. These services come and go anyway. I don't see how this replaces launchbox at all.

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Good description of what GOG Galaxy 2.0 is all about: https://www.gogalaxy.com/en/

I think that like anything else, this will have its place and purpose alongside what LB already does. I don't care about GOG as a launcher, but I do like the cross-platform friends, library, and achievement functions.

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I'm in the beta and I think the main point it has over LB is that it is easy to integrate with a much larger number of game providing platforms than LB, due largely to having published an API for precisely that purpose, allowing users to create "Integrations" for platforms they like. Particularly useful for me is the Humble Bundle integration, which achieved in about fifteen seconds what took me a few hours on LB, and which can update the information similarly quickly, as opposed to me having to remember to update LB each time I acquire something there. It is definitely competition in the "game collection management" space, and the platform list they have posted on GitHub does include a number of popular emulated systems, so I don't think it is wise to assume it will remain without emulator support forever.

https://github.com/gogcom/galaxy-integrations-python-api/blob/master/PLATFORM_IDs.md

That said, LB already has mature emulator support, and if one of two things is done (or some mix of the two), it should be relatively easy to pick up on the portion of what GOG does that LB users are likely to want, which is the library integration with the various services. Either a similar API could be developed, and LB users could build integrations of our own, or the GOG integrations could be researched to get key information that could then be used to add those features to LB directly. It wouldn't be a terrible idea to flat out copy GOG's API if the structure is at all compatible with LB, as then all the GOG integrations would inherently become additions for LB as well.

Alternatively, an Integration could be written to use LB as the launcher for all the systems it covers, thus pulling users from the GOG userbase?

Addition: Also, there is one other feature that both Galaxy and the Steam launcher have that I would love to see in LaunchBox- the ability to filter by whether or not the games are currently installed. Given the nature of Launchbox, I understand that for emulated games there isn't always a way to tell if the ROMs are present at the moment, but even if it was Yes/No/Schroedinger, it would be nice to have. I always thought the reason it wasn't there was because the information wasn't visible to other programs, but there must be some way for other programs to tell if a Steam game is installed, because Galaxy filters it correctly. I would love it if LB could absorb that ability somehow.

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Personally I'm using GOG Galaxy 2.0 now for all my PC Game needs and LB/BB for all my emulation needs and with the new retroachievement features in LB 10.8/10.9, there is no better emulation frontend for me to use.

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