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DarkRoom is a theme for BigBox that relies heavily on 1120x1080 fanarts / game illustrations and has been influenced by CoinOps design.

It has been designed for a 16:9 ratio, 1920x1080 resolution. I am not sure if it is displayed properly in other resolutions as I don't have any means of test for that.

For now 37 systems are covered:

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Home Console:

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- Amstrad GX4000

- Atari 2600

- Atari 5200

- Atari 7800

- Atari Jaguar

- Atari XEGS

- Bally Astrocade

- Casio PV-1000

- Colecovision

- Commodore CD32

- Emerson Arcadia 2001

- Fairchild Channel F

- Funtech Super Acan

- Mattel Intellivision

- NEC TurboGrafx 16

- Nintendo 64

- Nintendo Entertainment System

- Nintendo Family Computer System

- Nintendo Sufami Turbo

- Nintendo Gamecube

- Nintendo Wii

- Nintendo WiiWare

- Panasonic 3DO

- Sega 32X

- Sega CD

- Sega Dreamcast

- Sega Genesis

- Sega Master System

- Sega Pico

- Sega Saturn

- SNK Neo Geo CD

- Sony Playstation

- Sony Playstation 2

- Super Nintendo Entertainment System (with regional variations)

 

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Arcade:

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- SNK Neo Geo MVS

- Namco Classics

 

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Computers:

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- Windows Indie

 and more are on the way:

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- APF Imagination Machine

- Bandai Supervision 8000

- Bridge Companion

- Casio Loopy

- Entex Adventure Vision

- Epoch Super Cassette Vision

- GCE Vectrex

- Interton VC 4000

- Magnavox Odyssey 2

- NEC PC-FX

- NEC SuperGrafx

- NEC TurboGrafx-CD

- Nintendo 64DD

- Nintendo Satellaview

- Philips CD-i

- Philips Videopac

- RCA Studio II

- Sega SG-1000

- VTech CreatiVision

- WoW Action Max

This theme has :

- 1 platform view, which presents a delayed video with random games from the current platform/playlist. That means this theme doesn't need generic platform videos (except for meta category like Arcade, Computers, Consoles, etc ...); also, non auto-populated playlists will not display any video for now.

- 2 game views: a wheel view and a text game view

Configuration Files

In "Launchbox\Themes\DarkRoom\Views\Configurations", there are several xaml files (1 for each supported system).

In case one of your system has a different name from the one the theme is using (Example: "Arcade SNK Neo Geo MVS" instead of "SNK Neo Geo MVS"), you can just:

- copy the xaml file and rename the copy with the name from your collection (or directly rename the original), but from an evolutive point of view, it would be better to create a xaml file "Arcade SNK Neo Geo MVS.xaml" with that inside (to simplify, the content makes it so that "Arcade SNK Neo Geo" inherits "SNK Neo Geo MVS" system)

<ResourceDictionary xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
                    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml">

    <ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries>
        <ResourceDictionary Source="pack://siteoforigin:,,,/Themes/DarkRoom/Views/Configurations/SNK Neo Geo MVS.xaml" />
    </ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries>
    
</ResourceDictionary>

- change the name of the platform fanart / clear logos located in "Launchbox\Themes\DarkRoom\Images\<Platforms or Playlists>\<Fanart or Clear Logo>"

Video

Files in Download sections

- DarkRoom.zip contains main theme files.

- All other zip archives contains fanarts / illustrations for the theme that must be placed in your systems fanart folders: "Launchbox\Images\<platform_name>\Fanart - Background"

I will add more as time comes ...

 

Special Thanx

@Rincewind for his time in helping me fix an issue with the theme. I would not have been able to figure out what was wrong alone.


 

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Looks great gonna try it first thing tomorrow. 

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This theme is really nice.

Happy to see that I am not the only one relying on per game hand-picked 1120x1080 fanarts (I'm working on a CoinOps replica theme myself) :)

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Yes although that the most time consumming part to have this theme working, as fanarts/illustrations are quite hard to find for some games.

I will have to post them as well for systems where I have an "almost" complete collections of them (or at least for the games I have integrated in Launchbox).

I wanted to add them as additionnal files in my theme download section but I couldn't find a way to do it.

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First update available in the download section (DarkRoom.zip)

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- Added Sega Master System, Colecovision and Mattel Intellivision game views

657238217_SegaMasterSystem.thumb.jpg.9cd9644835417f9c5086aabe49d7f2df.jpg1509413430_MattelIntellivision.thumb.jpg.60a197df53367539422bf46318018526.jpgColecovision.thumb.jpg.8a5fb11d7fa40afd6c829ca1f7008285.jpg- Fixed some bugs that made BB crash

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Right now 26 platforms are covered with platform artwork complete.

I have still 30 more of them on the way (the theme includes them but they miss posters and figures) that I want to finish before starting anything else.

That's 56 home console systems (including windows indies and Arcade SNK Neo Geo MVS).

I intend to cover at least all the systems that I integrated into LB, which is around 150 including Mame playlists.

Pinball FX2 is part of it, so yes I will do it but not now right :)

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really cool work!  i was looking for if anyone was doing anything like porting the latest coinops diamonds concept of showing arcade machines with the game demo playing and what you're doing is similar from the consoles pov and came across this thread showing off your Darkroom action!

 here's a couple of screens that is what i'm referring to on the arcade pov where it shows the demo within a cabinet with the associated marquee and control panel.  cant imagine building all that for all the arcade titles lol and dont know how many are actually built for.

 

image.thumb.png.dd479ee3272f25a780fbc61f8a9d7cea.pngimage.thumb.png.6553a9b1e21724e02fb8a7abb72690a5.png

 

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Thanx.

Yeah I know of this Coinops built.

Its not really possible to do in BB without doing it almost entirely in code behind + its only relevant for Arcade

Definitly not in my scope ;)

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What fanart folder should I put the illustrations in, the one in "image/PlayStation 2/Fanart - Box - Front" or the one in image/platforms/PlayStation2 etc..?

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The illustrations are background images, so they must be placed inside "Launchbox\Images\<your platform>\Fanart - Background" folder.

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2 hours ago, RedSnake said:

The illustrations are background images, so they must be placed inside "Launchbox\Images\<your platform>\Fanart - Background" folder.

Thank you.

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Update available in the download section ("DarkRoom.zip", "Atari 7800 - Illustrations.zip")

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Hi all.

- Added Game Views for Casio PV-1000, Atari XEGS and Sega 32X platforms:

48055469_CasioPV-1000.thumb.jpg.0fdd640f98508aa88b8abe858c9cef1b.jpg1949882033_AtariXEGS.thumb.jpg.5a5b315381aac6f738b1e00fbaa9ceac.jpg1299284904_Sega32X.thumb.jpg.4274a623d383225b16af5ed5505bad14.jpg- Added Atari 7800 game illustrations in the download section as well. The files must be extracted in "Launchbox\Images\Atari 7800\Fanart - Background"

 

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Update available in the download section ("DarkRoom.zip", "Sega 32x - Illustrations.zip")

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Hi all,

Version 1.0.3 add the following:

- Fixed a freeze occuring for Arcade platform category and its playlists,  and a font issue. Thanks a lot to @Rincewind for helping me figuring out what was the problem!

- Added Sega CD and Sega Pico game views

1529019789_SegaCD.thumb.jpg.451e02ad666cb678a2a8226eda0a34e4.jpg1401444_SegaPico.thumb.jpg.e5890b7b60f094935b580cb5c6f4bd55.jpg- Added Sega 32X illustrations pack
 

 

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I love this theme. And the illustration packs are great. Thanks for sharing :)

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Update available in the download section ("DarkRoom.zip", "Atari 5200 - Illustrations.zip", "Casio PV-1000 - Illustrations.zip")

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Hi all,

Version 1.0.4 adds the following:

- Support for "ScrapeAs" platform properties. That means that if you named your system "NES" and scraped it as "Nintendo Entertainment System", it *should* work properly, however you still have to change system Fanart name to match your system name

- Added Nintendo Family Computer System, Funtech Super Acan, Fairchild Channel F game views:

943041071_NitendoFamilyComputerSystem.thumb.jpg.8751d90722e31d7bcff438cefc5d05b9.jpg1300519148_FuntechSupacan.thumb.jpg.9fb95f2d73f0c9f50314b5a71c471485.jpg598563901_ChannelF.thumb.jpg.bfba673c3882186840f36b29d0b0f1d3.jpg- Added Atari 5200 and Casio PV-1000 illustrations

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Update available in the download section ("DarkRoom.zip", "Funtech Super Acan - Illustrations.zip", "Nintendo Sufami Turbo - Illustrations.zip", "Atari XEGS - Illustrations.zip")

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Hi all,

Version 1.0.5 adds the following:

- Added Nintendo Sufami Turbo, Emerson Arcadia 2001, Namco Classics game views:

1076442870_NamcoClassics.thumb.jpg.b89e1c76d25d332d46a7c3234ee93bef.jpg1957753323_NamcoClassics-Vertical.thumb.jpg.91e285cc375db034f855bf44b3a334d8.jpg

2001.thumb.jpg.ee9306d539223df79971ef3dd1f573f1.jpgSufami.thumb.jpg.48345f3f60fee2177e4d1572dcff6608.jpg- Added Funtech Super Acan, Atari XEGS and Nintendo Sufami Turbo illustration packs

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