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Vertical Aspirations - A vertically oriented cabinet theme

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INTRODUCTION

This theme was built for people who have vertically oriented monitors in their cabinets - 1080x1920. It is based off of the Bezel and Lay File how-to videos I found on Youtube by the user Chad Wedlake (https://youtu.be/NUTnWWlcL3A) and are used with his permission. The files he used are derivative of the VCabinet artworks by Antolin Aguirre ( http://www.vcabinet.es ).

When I started this theme, I was well into creating vertical bezels for use in various platforms with RetroArch. I found it a challenge to set up each platform in a vertical fashion. I'm not sure when, but it was at least a couple months back when I discovered the Community Theme Creator and started playing around with it a bit. Wow, is it ever easy to use. Particularly if you know how layers work in programs like Photoshop or GIMP. Anyways, I started with just importing a bezel I had created and then added the video behind the bezel. Added the marquee view for the arcade games that have marquees and just used clear logos for the ones that didn't. Worked out pretty good I thought so I kept going. Then I thought, how about a view for the Pinball FX, Future Pinball and Visual Pinball tables I have? Well now I have it to a point that I feel like it should be shared.

For best results, I suggest setting a hotkey within BigBox to allow you to scroll through the various platform and games views. Many popular console platforms have their own views, but all platforms will display just fine with the default wheel or text views. The special views for Pinball are full screen table video views that do not look good with regular console or arcade videos. This theme was not designed with second monitor support in mind for pinball backglass videos or other marquees.

This theme was not tested with Platform Category Views, Genre Views, Playlist Views, or any other non-platform oriented views, but I assume they should work OK as long as your media is set up for those views.

I do intend at some point to also release the vertical bezel files I've created for the various platforms. This theme and the bezel files work great together to add a more seamless transition between game and frontend.

You shouldn't need anything special to get the theme to work as long as you have good media files. The theme mostly requires a good set of clear logos, box art, and game cart/cd media. You will also need a good set of videos as well as vertically oriented Pinball videos if you want to use the pinball views.

I'll release updates as I refine the theme. If you discover any weird bugs or have reasonable requests, please let me know.

CREDIT

I would like to thank Chad Wedlake for the use of his bezel template. @faeran for permission to use some of the xaml code from his excellent Vertigo Theme for the options views in the backend. @SonicFan53 for the clear platform images that the theme uses. And @y2guru for the excellent Community Theme Builder. I couldn't have done this without the Theme Builder. Incredible tool for theme building in BigBox! Thanks as always to @Jason Carr.

INSTALLATION

Download the zip file and unblock it by right clicking the file, go into properties and check the unblock check box and click OK. Once the file is unblocked, extract the folder into ==\Launchbox\Themes\

THEME VIEWS

In order to see the various games views for the different platforms, you'll need to change to each view. If you set a hotkey within Bigbox (Keyboard Mappings/Controller Mappings - Switch View) to change views, this makes it easy to change views without going into the settings each time.

Main Wheel

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Main Wheel Device View

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Main Wheel Vertical Text Wheel View

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Main Wheel Description View

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Default Games View

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Alternate Games View (Arcade platform only - I got next game)

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Vertical Text Wheel Games View

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Atari 2600 Games View

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Bally Astrocade Games View

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GCE Vectrex Games View

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Mattel Intellevision Games View

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TurboGrafx 16 Games View

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TurboGrafx CD Games View

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NES Games View

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Sega 32x Games View

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Sega CD Games View

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Sega Genesis Games View

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Sega Master System Games View

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Sega Saturn Games View

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Sony Playstation Games View

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Super Nintendo Games View

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Fullscreen Pinball Table Games View

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If you are interested in using any of the Bezels/Overlays within RetroArch, you can find them here.

 


 

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This is an amazing vertical theme. I have the 40 inch vertical cab from recroommasters. Your theme really shows it off. Any chance you also created cfg files for each system overlay to use as a platform default in retroarch? I'd love to play all my console games with the system overlays as a generic for each game. I dont see any vertical overlays for systems like u do for horizontal cabs. 

 

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On 8/14/2020 at 4:10 PM, frankiefurter said:

This is an amazing vertical theme. I have the 40 inch vertical cab from recroommasters. Your theme really shows it off. Any chance you also created cfg files for each system overlay to use as a platform default in retroarch? I'd love to play all my console games with the system overlays as a generic for each game. I dont see any vertical overlays for systems like u do for horizontal cabs. 

 

Thanks again

Thank you! This is the first feedback I've received, and its good to hear someone likes the theme. I would LOVE to see a picture of your cab with the theme running. I built the theme with the intention of building my own copycat Rec-Room masters vertical cabinet, but other projects got in the way this summer and I haven't gotten around to building it yet.

I do have the overlays and cfgs for several consoles. I've made different variations of each one. One variation with bezels and one without so you can use someting like the HSM Mega Bezel Reflection Shader with the overlay. I highly recommend that shader if your system is beefy enough to handle all that. I'll try to release what I have soon.

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3 minutes ago, bionictoothpick said:

This looks great! I'm using a 43" portrait mode TV.

That's great to hear! Let me know if you run into any issues.

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I appreciate the time and effort put in to developing this theme. Running it on the Rec Room Masters vertical cab and it works great so far (especially like the pinball view you added in for... well... Pinball FX3).

Thank you and let me know if you update it!

 

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On 9/18/2020 at 4:51 PM, Onslt69 said:

I appreciate the time and effort put in to developing this theme. Running it on the Rec Room Masters vertical cab and it works great so far (especially like the pinball view you added in for... well... Pinball FX3).

Thank you and let me know if you update it!

 

Glad its working well for you. Let me know if there is anything about the theme you'd like to see improved upon.

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13 minutes ago, bionictoothpick said:

I'd like to add a picture of  my controller with an overview of what each button does in the navigation menu...

Can you direct me to how to do that?

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I'm not sure I'm following what you mean. I understand the image of the controller and overview part, but where specifically are you wanting to see it?

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44 minutes ago, bionictoothpick said:

Yeah I could probably add something like that. I would need to add a generic controller in that space and (in the theme folder) you could replace the image with your own. Are you looking to replace the joystick graphic altogether? The one that moves back and forth?

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JaysArcade,

I'd leave everything as you have, but could you add a spot for a user created transparent png to cover the full screen?

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, bionictoothpick said:

JaysArcade,

I'd leave everything as you have, but could you add a spot for a user created transparent png to cover the full screen?

Is this something you'd need for all views including the various console views, or just the main view? There are quite a few views I would need to alter, which would be OK, but if you don't use those other views, it would be easier for me to just make the one change. I would likely not release this into the wild and just share it with you unless there is demand for it. 

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I'll try to get to this in the next week or so. I work and have a long commute so I don't have a lot of free time, but I do intend to whip something out on this soon.

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Looks good! You could delete the joystick gif in the theme folder if you would prefer to use the regular wheel. I might try to incorporate something like this in a future version of the theme. Give the user the option to create their own controller graphic. The inclusion of a graphic of the controls right in the frontend would be a good thing to have as it is missing in most themes. Especially considering how much space is available on the theme. Some pause menus show a controller configuration, but being able to see what the controls do in the frontend would ba a welcome addition. Thanks for the image. Let me know if you need anything else customized.

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This is awesome!  I have a silly question - I have a portrait-oriented TV in my cab but the lower quarter is hidden below the control panel (see attached, the green is the TV and the blue line is the visible portion.  I have custom bezel art that I created and .lay files for each game in MAME, but I'm getting around now to configuring Bigbox and I'm using a vertical theme but I don't know how to modify it to only use the right 75% of the screen (roughly).

 

Any ideas would be appreciated.  I'm comfortable with XML although I haven't started messing around with BB Themes yet.

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