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LaunchBox 2019 New Feature Poll

LaunchBox 2019 New Feature Poll  

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  1. 1. Round 1 - Choose all features that you would like to prioritize:

    • New Paid Android Version (Select Games on the Desktop, Export to Android)
      539
    • Platform-specific Zoom and Aspect Ratios for LaunchBox
      332
    • Marquee Video Support, Customization Options for Placement and Image Types
      422
    • Add Alternate Names, Game Type, Max Players, Wikipedia Link, and Video Link fields from the LaunchBox Games Database to LaunchBox
      544
    • Integrated Retroarch Netplay Lobby Browser
      458
    • Display Platform/Playlist/Category Information in the LaunchBox Game Details Sidebar when No Game is Selected
      327
    • Add Sort By Options to Big Box (another item in the alphanumeric list)
      433
    • Integrate MAME High Scores and Show Community Scores
      499
    • Disable Certain Controllers (such as Flight Sticks), Multiple Controllers with Different Bindings
      222
    • Bulk Edit Additional Apps
      294
    • Per-Game AutoHotkey Script Support
      329
    • Previous and Next Buttons in LaunchBox Edit Window
      365
    • Automatic Multi-Disc Playlist Creation for Retroarch
      470
    • Backup and Restore Options for Data and Settings
      687
    • Big Box Wall View Overhaul
      451
    • Game Screenshot Grabber
      410
    • Big Box Theme-Specific Settings (Save and Restore Settings for Each Theme)
      474
    • Indicator/Icon for Games with Multiple Versions Available
      594
    • Bulk Edit Platform and Move Media to Proper Folders
      497
    • Option to Reverse Sort Order in LaunchBox
      217
  2. 2. Round 2 - Choose all features that you would like to prioritize:

    • Amiga WHD Name Conversion (Like MAME)
      325
    • Icons for Types of Controls (Keyboard/Mouse, PS4/Xbox Controller, Wiimote, Nunchuk, etc.)
      746
    • API importer for GOG
      387
    • Option to Force Update Games Database Metadata
      446
    • Option to Manually Check for Updates
      524
    • Retro Achievements Gamer Score, Profile, and Leaderboards
      567
    • Proper Support for Year-Only Release Dates
      250
    • Auditing Overhaul - Add Missing Fields and Allow Full-Library Audits
      434
    • Parsec Integration
      173
    • Allow Launch With for Additional Apps/Versions
      282
    • Media Cleanup Overhaul - Review/Change Items, Move to Folder or Delete
      525
    • Xbox Controller and PS4 Controller Home Button Support
      1062
    • New Document Fields for Hintbooks, Cheats, and Maps
      417
    • Video Clip Grabber for Missing Videos
      608
    • Steam Achievements in Details like Retro Achievements
      422
    • Visual icon/indicator for Broken Games
      535
    • Filter to Games with Missing Media
      590
    • Proper Support for MAME Software Lists
      392
    • Big Box Parental Restrictions (Use Pin Code to Hide Games with Certain Ratings)
      251
    • Option to Name Media via ROM File Name instead of Game Title (where possible, won't work for non-ROM-based platforms)
      235


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Retroachievements brining out the big guns with Playstation 1 support today... Now im looking forward to this poll item eventually coming even more then before.. 

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When will the next poll be? And I assume it will have a live chat to join as in the past? It will be interesting to see what might be added in 2020!

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Usually there isn't another poll until all the items that made the cut from the last one are implemented so I'm guessing its still going to be some time still.

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I'm still looking forward to the new icon indicator system to be implemented from the previous poll... That's going to a pretty awesome feature.

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On 1/15/2020 at 2:28 PM, PanteraZombie said:

I'm still looking forward to the new icon indicator system to be implemented from the previous poll... That's going to a pretty awesome feature.

Is that what became "badges"?

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18 minutes ago, FlightRisk said:

Is that what became "badges"?

Not real sure what you're referring to with badges...? The icon labeling system I mentioned is the ability to add different small icons visible over specific games that you can choose to identify things such as multiple discs, multiple versions, broken, hidden, controller type, # of players... stuff like that. That's probably my most anticipated future feature.

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I don't guess there's currently any way to create a dynamic playlist for arcade "High Scores" or, for games that support it, "Retroachievements"? I'm not seeing any real way that LaunchBox can identify these features to create rules for a playlist, and can't really think of a work around... other than individually sorting through games and manually adding them or creating a custom field. But I'm starting to see a real benefit of wanting to know which games support these 2 features other than going through a huge collection and selecting one by one.

Edit: I should probably clarify for the High Score Leaderboards... I would like to be able to identify the arcade games that actually have active high scores set within the community.

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Both things are done by hitting a web service that can take a while (at least in computer time) to grab information for. It is why neither feature shows in the detail screen on initial load and only appears once information is gathered. That combined with the fact that both of these items change in real time (making value caches pretty unstable) makes it hard to get a flag set properly for either that would allow those playlists.

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3 hours ago, C-Beats said:

Both things are done by hitting a web service that can take a while (at least in computer time) to grab information for. It is why neither feature shows in the detail screen on initial load and only appears once information is gathered. That combined with the fact that both of these items change in real time (making value caches pretty unstable) makes it hard to get a flag set properly for either that would allow those playlists.

Yeah, though it's worth noting that it's relatively easy to create badges/filters/etc. for games that *support* the high scores, so I am planning to do that eventually. Eventually I expect most everything that supports high scores will have at least some high scores anyways, so that shouldn't be a big deal. That said, there is no good way to do that for retro achievements.

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Thanks for the responses, that makes sense. The badges and filters for high scores would be great to have! As far as Retroachievements, I wonder if an option, similar to "download updated community star ratings" can be implemented to scan their database to use in order to sort out what games in your library supports them. This one wouldn't need to be real time anyway, just a once in a while scan to update your Retroachievement library would be more than enough...

In the meantime, I think I might just create custom fields for these to make playlists, these 2 features really help me pick out games to play out of a large library.

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I've got to say I've only just started using the Retro Achievements and the Hi Score features which are excellent. They make you want to play the games again which is a plus. Thanks to the devs for implementing them 

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On 4/1/2020 at 1:08 PM, PanteraZombie said:

Thanks for the responses, that makes sense. The badges and filters for high scores would be great to have! As far as Retroachievements, I wonder if an option, similar to "download updated community star ratings" can be implemented to scan their database to use in order to sort out what games in your library supports them. This one wouldn't need to be real time anyway, just a once in a while scan to update your Retroachievement library would be more than enough...

In the meantime, I think I might just create custom fields for these to make playlists, these 2 features really help me pick out games to play out of a large library.

Yeah, that's feasible, sans for the confusion surrounding any changes done on retroachievements.org. As for now, I think we'll leave it out. We are hoping to revamp things significantly once the next version of the retroachievements.org API comes out, but we don't really know when that will be.

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I usually have a list of ideas, but I think for now I would like to request a way to search the Versions as a category. I know also some Emulators haven't been a 100% in working with Pause Screens in which I have yet to test until the Home/Guide button was functional for that, and I'm aware that may take a very long while until any of that gets worked on again, but thought I'd add that here.

I also would like to see a way we can add Video in the Series section of BigBox along with Clear Logos and other things as we already do for Platform Categories instead of doing it via a Playlist. I think also to have it be done that way with Publishers and Developers too along with whatever other category anyone wants to do that with for the sake of being more customizable and giving others a far more unique look than any other as they wish to do so.

I think another idea I would like is being able to see the artwork and details of other titles that have been combined instead of just being a list of text too.

Another one I would like to see is something like a Joy-to-Key but built-in to help make setting up control schemes much easier since some games can be a hassle to use a similar App with in making sure your game controller will actual play at launch and properly close after you exit to avoiding things conflicting in function

That's all I can think of off the top of my head for now, and can't wait until the next Poll comes for 2020 too

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A badge for Homebrews would be awesome for Platforms like Atari 2600

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The only thing i want is a folder for guides and media like the Pause menu from Rocketlauncher. Manuals are nice but I look at guides way more than I ever look at manuals. I can add guides as a separate app and view them in the Details view but there's no way to access guides or walkthrough videos from the Pause menu while playing the game.

Can't believe such a simple thing was never implemented.

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4 hours ago, Styphelus said:

The only thing i want is a folder for guides and media like the Pause menu from Rocketlauncher. Manuals are nice but I look at guides way more than I ever look at manuals. I can add guides as a separate app and view them in the Details view but there's no way to access guides or walkthrough videos from the Pause menu while playing the game.

Can't believe such a simple thing was never implemented.

Has me thinking that Pause Menus should be customizable as to what things you would want to appear in them for both useful or just to look cool. Not sure if we should have it as a per game or per platform basis though, but I think that extra bit of customization would be satisfying to whatever type of gamer's preference can be.

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52 minutes ago, RULLUR said:

Has me thinking that Pause Menus should be customizable as to what things you would want to appear in them for both useful or just to look cool. Not sure if we should have it as a per game or per platform basis though, but I think that extra bit of customization would be satisfying to whatever type of gamer's preference can be.

I think it would be cool to have within the Pause Menu options tab... "+ custom Pause Menu item". You can then give it a label, then link it to any folder you like such as "guides" or "commercials".

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1 hour ago, PanteraZombie said:

I think it would be cool to have within the Pause Menu options tab... "+ custom Pause Menu item". You can then give it a label, then link it to any folder you like such as "guides" or "commercials".

 

I would love to see a more fleshed out Pause theme like you suggested. Your example would be great if it is able.

I'm currently having to put my fighting game moves lists in the Manuals folder so they are accessible during the Pause theme. I do the same for my Pinball instruction cards. It's a work around, but it works well.

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1 hour ago, PanteraZombie said:

I think it would be cool to have within the Pause Menu options tab... "+ custom Pause Menu item". You can then give it a label, then link it to any folder you like such as "guides" or "commercials".

For me I already have commercials set for my gameplay video, and even by region as long as they have one made just so it all feels very museum to me and others who play. I think even if something isn't my style I would like it to be open to happen for whatever may tend to satisfy another, and seems @Jason Carr really understand that which makes me respect him further since he's not one of those guys who made it his way only without taking requests like some others may do. So I feel as long as someone mentions something they want to see in LaunchBox/BigBox on the Forums, he's gonna do his best to make it happen, even if that feature may take a while to get to on his ever-growing list, it'll be so worth the wait once he gets to it.

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