Jump to content
LaunchBox Community Forums
Jason Carr

LaunchBox 2019 New Feature Poll

LaunchBox 2019 New Feature Poll  

1,698 members have voted

This poll is closed to new votes
  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


Recommended Posts

2 hours ago, Jason Carr said:

Ah, that makes sense. I've actually never heard that request before, but I can see how that would be nice. Noted. :)

I'm surprised that didn't come up in the live stream, but maybe it's my fault for saying that bezels are better handled by the emulators themselves. It's definitely a possibility for the future that we could manage bezels for MAME and/or Retroarch. It just would have to rely on the emulators to actually show them.

How difficult would it be to go the RocketLauncher route and have the emulator window captured inside the predefined bezel?

2 hours ago, NoFace22 said:

Yep, I'm surprised that I'm the only one asking lol
One can only dream, thank you for all the time and effort you put into this Jason!

You aren't the only one, it's the only launchbox feature I've wanted for two years so I can finally kick rocketlauncher to the curb.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, Arusuko said:

How difficult would it be to go the RocketLauncher route and have the emulator window captured inside the predefined bezel?

You aren't the only one, it's the only launchbox feature I've wanted for two years so I can finally kick rocketlauncher to the curb.

The Rocket Launcher solution requires running everything in windowed mode (not exclusive fullscreen mode), which is more than a bit of a hack. So far, we've managed to implement both the startup and pause screens with proper support for exclusive fullscreen mode games and emulators, and I took that approach after a lot of research and study. I believe that a lot of the trouble that Rocket Launcher runs into with emulator updates (and a lot of the added complexity) comes from trying to do things the windowed way, and I've decided that we won't be taking that approach. With Retroarch supporting more and more platforms these days, it doesn't make much sense to hack in a Rocket Launcher type solution.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Arusuko said:

How difficult would it be to go the RocketLauncher route and have the emulator window captured inside the predefined bezel?

You aren't the only one, it's the only launchbox feature I've wanted for two years so I can finally kick rocketlauncher to the curb.

I know, Bezels (which are working for all my systems perfectly in RL) and the fact that RL can help me edit, save, and launch joy2key profiles on a per-game basis are literally,...i repeat, literally the only two reasons it is still installed.  Once you get used to having a bezel for every system pre-wii, it's hard to envision your setup without it.  Which is why I have to keep RL here.  It keeps the windowed stuff under control almost 100% of the time, so I don't get the apprehension.  And i need the keymapping launch per-game for my ms-dos platformers and shooter (raptor!).  And putting all your eggs in the retroarch basket just alienates everyone who doesn't use it.  Mednafen covers most of my systems aside from dolphin and dreamcast.  I only use retroarch for 4 systems.  So just hoping that everyone will use retroarch for every system and therefore have bezels for everything doesn't really help overall. 

i'm not actually super worried about it, it's just a bummer to not see it even on the radar at all.  But I'm holding out hope that in the years to come, it will finally just become something that is expected for a front-end to do, and isn't viewed as such an issue.  Or maybe becomes easier to implement.  I remember when having the "wheel" was a huge leap forward.  So i'm sure it will get there. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Jason Carr said:

I can understand that. Android is at least a step in the right direction though. We've been trying, as observed by the poll we put out some time last year. We just didn't really get enough of a positive response.

Just my 2 cents to add to this, for what it's worth, although 2 cents won't buy anything in today's economy :) With so many (millions) of Android phones and other devices out there, this is an extremely large and relatively (as of yet) untapped market for an emulators/games frontend like LaunchBox. And I think at this point, the pc version is more than mature enough to be put on the back-burner for a short while as the Android version becomes developed. Certainly there are already frontends out there for Android, but nothing which really captures the hearts and imaginations of most gamers and nothing that made me want to say, "wow, what a great app!" while trying it out. Anyways, keep up with the good work as always and looking forward to seeing what future developments arise in the near future

Edited by bundangdon
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I voted for the new features, however I hoped I'd see something like "Attract mode overhaul".

I think attract mode in Big Box right now is kind of lacking features and options for customization. Jumping from game to game, playlist levels, etc. is completely random. With the level of complexity of Big Box views (nested playlists) more options would be nice, like change level after a certain number of video are played. I'd even say that attract mode in hyperspin, as old as it is, is a bit better because it lets you choose to play videos until the end before jumping over.

Am I the only one in this?

P.S.: didn't mean to be polemic, just giving some suggestions to enhance the experience. As always great work guys! :D 👍

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great list. I would love more focus on community high scores and comparing your scores with other players.

I used to love competing against my son-in-law but he's not played for ages (since I hammered his Donkey Kong score!)

Would love to use high score tables to inspire me to try new games and see where I can get to on the table. It would be like playing against a load of mates. :-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Damn, I missed the live !!
I know it's too late, but just in case, here are my requests :

BIGBOX STARTUP VIDEO :

  • Have the choice between: waiting for the video finish to launch BigBox (or) to cut the video as soon as BigBox is loaded.
  • Add a "Startup Video" folder in themes folder, to be able to have a different video by theme.

FOR THEME CREATOR :

  • Add the ability to load XAML into the BigBox Wheel. To not only have a single media, but a layout. 1 file for the Select-Item + 1 file for the Unselect-Item.
    Exemple : CoverBox + GameTitle + Custom BackGround. The possibilities are endless!
  • Possibility of mixing major layout family. For example, in the same screen, have on the left the platform list AND the games grid on the right. With a smooth navigation: navigate left, choose your platform, then navigate to the right and choose your game. All this in the same screen.
  • Un-link Platform/GameListView and Platform/Game Detail screen ! For custom design.

😘 Thx @Jason Carr 

 

 

Edited by viking
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Would really like to see support for programming the U360 joystick based on the game type loaded..  I know you can do it with the current run before and run after settings on a per game basis, but a more automated solution would be great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd like to see implemented a Visual icon/indicator for games with multiple versions. This very useful to keep you collection tidied up. With all the alternate versions of ROMs, hacks, etc. under the parent game and it is always good to have a visual marker to see which games have alternate versions. Thanks for all the hard work! 

Edited by SolidHyunkel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Would definitely love to see Steam achievements support in views and that Android thing sounds interesting! Was hoping RPCS3 trophy support was in the poll ha ha.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, TheKillingBean said:

I don't see in the list the option for "play random game". Or is this already implemented.

It came up during the live stream and there wasn't much interest, especially considering that we have the wheel spin random option already in Big Box.

9 hours ago, bundangdon said:

Just my 2 cents to add to this, for what it's worth, although 2 cents won't buy anything in today's economy :) With so many (millions) of Android phones and other devices out there, this is an extremely large and relatively (as of yet) untapped market for an emulators/games frontend like LaunchBox. And I think at this point, the pc version is more than mature enough to be put on the back-burner for a short while as the Android version becomes developed. Certainly there are already frontends out there for Android, but nothing which really captures the hearts and imaginations of most gamers and nothing that made me want to say, "wow, what a great app!" while trying it out. Anyways, keep up with the good work as always and looking forward to seeing what future developments arise in the near future

As long as Android ends up in the top 20, we'll be tackling it, though I will work on it off and on a bit so that the desktop version isn't starved for new features.

9 hours ago, GoukiKain said:

I voted for the new features, however I hoped I'd see something like "Attract mode overhaul".

I think attract mode in Big Box right now is kind of lacking features and options for customization. Jumping from game to game, playlist levels, etc. is completely random. With the level of complexity of Big Box views (nested playlists) more options would be nice, like change level after a certain number of video are played. I'd even say that attract mode in hyperspin, as old as it is, is a bit better because it lets you choose to play videos until the end before jumping over.

Am I the only one in this?

P.S.: didn't mean to be polemic, just giving some suggestions to enhance the experience. As always great work guys! :D 👍

I am surprised, but it didn't come up in my search for items for the poll, or in the live stream. Noted though. :)

8 hours ago, Johnny T said:

Great list. I would love more focus on community high scores and comparing your scores with other players.

I used to love competing against my son-in-law but he's not played for ages (since I hammered his Donkey Kong score!)

Would love to use high score tables to inspire me to try new games and see where I can get to on the table. It would be like playing against a load of mates. 🙂

MAME high scores with community sharing is #13 right now, so it's definitely on the docket, at least for now. It's one of the ones I'm most excited about as well. :)

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Shawson said:

How about a multithreaded ui so that while importing data you can carry on using launchbox?

Not really sure what you mean, as LaunchBox is already multithreaded and you can already carry on using LaunchBox while an import is running. That functionality has been available for a long time.

5 hours ago, viking said:

Damn, I missed the live !!
I know it's too late, but just in case, here are my requests :

BIGBOX STARTUP VIDEO :

  • Have the choice between: waiting for the video finish to launch BigBox (or) to cut the video as soon as BigBox is loaded.
  • Add a "Startup Video" folder in themes folder, to be able to have a different video by theme.

FOR THEME CREATOR :

  • Add the ability to load XAML into the BigBox Wheel. To not only have a single media, but a layout. 1 file for the Select-Item + 1 file for the Unselect-Item.
    Exemple : CoverBox + GameTitle + Custom BackGround. The possibilities are endless!
  • Possibility of mixing major layout family. For example, in the same screen, have on the left the platform list AND the games grid on the right. With a smooth navigation: navigate left, choose your platform, then navigate to the right and choose your game. All this in the same screen.
  • Un-link Platform/GameListView and Platform/Game Detail screen ! For custom design.

😘 Thx @Jason Carr

Hi @viking, just FYI, the startup videos currently will play the full video, unless you press a key; in that situation it will cut the video off whenever Big Box is ready. So the first item there is already possible, assuming you don't mind pressing a key. It works well this way because you have the option of displaying the whole video or not.

I've noted all of those items. I agree they would all be amazing, though I will admit the bottom two are major changes so they would be a serious challenge. ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, the idea of having some sort of lobby where you can see logged LB users, what is currently being played and possibly join, highscores, and a way to break them, sounds too good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Zeosstud said:

Would really like to see support for programming the U360 joystick based on the game type loaded..  I know you can do it with the current run before and run after settings on a per game basis, but a more automated solution would be great.

A controller companion-type solution was discussed in the stream, but didn't get a whole lot of positive responses. I can see it being very useful, but there are also good apps out there for it already.

1 hour ago, SolidHyunkel said:

I'd like to see implemented a Visual icon/indicator for games with multiple versions. This very useful to keep you collection tidied up. With all the alternate versions of ROMs, hacks, etc. under the parent game and it is always good to have a visual marker to see which games have alternate versions. Thanks for all the hard work! 

This is on the poll and doing well at #5, so it looks like this will be coming.

1 hour ago, The_Keeper86 said:

Would definitely love to see Steam achievements support in views and that Android thing sounds interesting! Was hoping RPCS3 trophy support was in the poll ha ha.

Steam achievements aren't doing quite as well as I would have hoped; currently at #21, but that's close to the cutoff. ;)

1 minute ago, Kondorito said:

Yeah, the idea of having some sort of lobby where you can see logged LB users, what is currently being played and possibly join, highscores, and a way to break them, sounds too good.

That sounds a bit more involved than simple game-specific MAME leaderboards, but there are some good ideas there.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, paladin181 said:

GOG support please!! Not to mention Origin, Uplay, Bethesda, Battle.net, and Epic...

We almost put all those on the poll, but there wasn't a whole lot of interest. Unfortunately the GOG one that is on the poll isn't being highly voted, either.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Jason Carr said:

That sounds a bit more involved than simple game-specific MAME leaderboards, but there are some good ideas there.

Yeah, I know; I was just dreaming out loud. Don't mind me :)

I am very pleased of the Poll overall outcome. Looks like it's going to be an awesome iteration.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, Jason Carr said:

We almost put all those on the poll, but there wasn't a whole lot of interest. Unfortunately the GOG one that is on the poll isn't being highly voted, either.

I see that. GOG Galaxy 2.0 is really nice, at least in theory. In practice it's still a broken mess, and given their track record for actually making working software, I was hoping for this or another front end launcher like

Spoiler

playnite

to make a difference. Feel free to take out the spoilered info if it's against the rules to mention other launchers like this one. I love Launchbox (it's why I bought the license) but the community seems to be going a different direction from me. :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...