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God knows why I started this but I'm in the process of adding (or trying to) all the games I have that aren't on the DB. It's not going to be anywhere near as complete as some of the undertakings I've seen on here (like C64 Dreams!)but it should see about 1000 games added that aren't there. I think I've added 100 so far (done A to C and numbered games) and that's taken nearly 2 weeks. 

I'm only adding metadata, front cover, gameplay, title, and any clear logo's that the scraper has already picked up. Most of the covers weren't great so have been looking for better quality versions, cropping and touch them up if they need it (see below).

Depending how long this takes me I'm thinking about going back and adding the missing metadata for the games that are already on the DB. I just wanted to post about this cause the only other person that knows I'm doing it is my wife and she thinks it's insane!

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Awesome work , so glad that the spectrum is getting an uplift and thanks for all your hard work it's really appreciated. Please keep us updated with the progress 

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It's nice to see the UK/European 8-Bit machines getting a bit of attention. I'm a  BBC Micro man myself, although I also have a soft spot for the others, especially the Spectrum, Dragon, Enterprise and MTX.
 

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Hey, just thought I'd add another example of the type of stuff I'm doing. For this game "De-Fusion" I could only find one copy of the cover art and as you can see it's got some damage. I upscaled it using waifu2x (which gets rid of some of the jpg noise too) and cleaned up the damage the best I could. 

 

All in all I'm pretty happy with it although I'll probably never even play the game!


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I have about 650 clear logos that match the covers. It was an old project I was working on for Hyperspin. I might have some covers I started cleaning up as well. Will have to look through my old stuff. Let me know if you are interested.

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On 9/6/2019 at 2:58 PM, Styphelus said:

I have about 650 clear logos that match the covers. It was an old project I was working on for Hyperspin. I might have some covers I started cleaning up as well. Will have to look through my old stuff. Let me know if you are interested.

Hey, if you have that stuff I'd love to see it. I'm ok with cleaning up images but any clear logo I tried looked rubbish and was binned. 

I actually started back at college the other week so don't have as much free time as I did when I decided to start this, I'll keep plugging away though as I'm enjoying myself.

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Ok cool. I'll upload them somewhere tonight. We should create a place like the Hyperspin vault where we can all share the work being done. The ZX Spectrum actually shares a lot of covers with other systems like the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Apple II and even the BBC Micro.  We could be filling up the wholes for the systems as well. 

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Here you go. The file is attached. There are 764 clear logos and they all match the box covers. Luckeyboy67 posted a bunch of them today here:

I have no idea if they match the covers or not. Haven't had a chance to look at it. 

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Thanks Styphelus. 

On a different note, I have spent any spare time I've had over the last 3 or 4 days reconstructing the box for Prince of the Yolkfolk for some reason. The version on the DB isn't great and I couldn't find a better one than on https://zxart.ee but it had weird colour banding. Someone with actual skills in Photoshop might have been able to fix it but I decided to try to remake it altogether, using a poster I found online that didn't have any logos or anything. Only issue it had was marks where it had been folded which I've done my best to get rid of. 

So, here's a copy of the one off zxart and the one I made for a comparison. Thanks to seaview for making the brand spanking new clear logo - it bothered me that it was over the king's face in the original so I was able to make it a bit smaller and put it higher to avoid that. Also shifted the image across a bit so that jester's face is now visible. 

 

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The ZX Spectrum, because of its huge library, has a lot of games with the same exact name. They are separated on the Games DB, however, Launchbox does not detect them as separate games. For examples the game 180. There are 2 different games called 180 by 2 different developers. Launchbox only gives the option of picking 1 180 game but downloads the artwork for both of them.  This is also an issue when downloading videos from emumovies as it will only download the video associated with 1 of those games. What is the solution in this case?

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3 hours ago, Styphelus said:

The ZX Spectrum, because of its huge library, has a lot of games with the same exact name. They are separated on the Games DB, however, Launchbox does not detect them as separate games. For examples the game 180. There are 2 different games called 180 by 2 different developers. Launchbox only gives the option of picking 1 180 game but downloads the artwork for both of them.  This is also an issue when downloading videos from emumovies as it will only download the video associated with 1 of those games. What is the solution in this case?

I've had to download these again as I realised that I was never gonna play darts games but I get what you're saying in regards to the DB. It's only finding the one game made by CSS in 1984. To find the other one you can search for the alternative name "pub darts" and it will find it. 

The issue then is, the images for both games are fine on the DB. However, when you add the second game it overwrites the images from the first game as they have the same name! The way I found around this is, take the first game and search for it so that it's linked to the DB. Before you search for the images, change the title to "180 (CSS)". With the second game you'd be changing it to "180 (MAD)". 

The images on the DB for both of these games are fine but I think there might be an issue with the ones on emumovies so I would avoid downloading them. Unfortunately, I have no idea about the videos as that's not something I bother with.

On a related note, there is a THIRD game called 180 (according to the ROMS I have) but thankfully that was actually called "One Hundred and Eighty!" so there's no confusion.

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Just a quick update for anyone that cares, I'm still working on this. A to E has been done, over 150 games added so far I think. Progress is slower than I like as I started my second year at college and I've been busy.

 

Here's the cover for the last of the E's, cleaned up with paint.net to the best of my ability.

 

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