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Emulation central - recommendations in 1st post

Discussion in 'jRPG Weeaboo Discussion' started by spekkio, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. flyingjohn Arcane

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    Is there any tool/frontend that can categorize older computer games(apple,commodore,etc) by genres?
    All i want is the ability throw thousand of unsorted apple stuff and let something actually categorize it.I have given up on manually sorting this stuff on how time consuming it can be.Script's get only 1/3 because of stupid naming convection(looking at tosec and their,the shenanigans).
     
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  2. Nifft Batuff Arbiter

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    In the past I looked for some similar tool, but in the end I resorted to write my own script to read the contents of my HDs, where the roms are stored, and to do automatically some web-scraping on gaming sites (such as Moby) to fill a database with different infos (including genres).

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    The script is written in "R" and it is all than user friendly... and is tailored for the structure of my HDs folders.
     
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  3. Unkillable Cat Prestigious Gentleman LEST WE FORGET Patron

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  4. flyingjohn Arcane

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    HAHAHAH,Found something that works.
    When in doubt go full retard.Took somebodies genesis script and just added my own shit.
    This is all you need:
    move "title*.*" ".\folder\"
    It is so simple and stupid it works.Just get a list from moby and just create a couple of hundred lines with games per genre.You can also use notepad ++ regular expression to replace every beginning and end line with ^ and $.
    Except one problem.
    TOSEC,YOU DO NOT ADD,THE AT MOST FILES .WHO DA FUCK NAMES THE BATTLE OF SHEGOL AS SHEGOL,BATTLE,THE.

    You can use this to go through thousand of files and cut the fat.
     
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  5. Puukko Arcane

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    Started FETH proper on Ryujinx, still using the POWER build from last month which has since been rolled into mainline. Using the 60 fps patch on my 5600x, it was pretty smooth sailing and I would call this version a solid candidate for the definitive version of the game, though there were some hiccups:

    - I experienced a couple crashes after intro dialogues, though they both happened after I had left the game running for quite a while. I played the game nonstop for about 6 hours afterwards and had no crashes, just one instance where the game froze for baout half a minute during battle before resuming.
    - it sticks to 60 fps a lot of the time but you can expect pretty heavy drops when running around town, all the way to the 30s. Given that the game normally runs at 30 and apparently lags in those parts on real hardware as well, this isn't that much of an issue.
    - the only real graphical issue is a fucked up skybox in a game where you will almost never be looking at the sky. There's some shimmering aliasing going on in some armors which no amount of resolution seemed to fix but again, not something I paid attention to during actual gameplay.

    I opted to try Gshade for some post processing, which is advertised as an improved fork of Reshade. I don't know about that, but I will say the effects like to bleed very heavily into background programs. Still, given those crashes I experienced, you won't want to be alt tabing much with this game anyway. It came with a bunch of FF14 presets which unsurprisingly didn't play nice with the game so I ended up just manually adding some vibrancy to turn up the colors s little bit.
     
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  6. spekkio Arcane

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    So, I've heard that the recent Ninja Gayden - Masta Edition isn't that mastah actually. Well, that's too bad, but nothing to cry about. After all, there are other options available...

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    Except some slowdowns, lack of rendering above the internal res and shitty camera, game is totally playable (Win7 + i7-7700 + GTX 1050 + 16 GB RAM). Ignore the FPS counter, though - FRAPS lies this time and emu runs much slower than 60 FPS).

    :dance:

    Hack & Slash bonus:

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    Runs fast, but with graphical glitches.

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    Slow & unplayable due to severe graphical glitches.

    And that's all the interesting Xbawks titles methinks. :roll:

    Files used:
    • xbox-4627_debug.bin & mcpx_1.0.bin from here.
    • HDD image from here.
     
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  7. flyingjohn Arcane

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    Armstrad cpc.
    Well,it has a pretty big chuck of the spectrum library but with better graphics.If you have a favorite speccy game and want to play it in actual graphics,the cpc has you covered.Also it mostly used disks so loading ain't a problem.
    Emu:
    Caprice32 is the recommended one.
    Press F1 go to load/save and load a disk image.
    Type cat and type run"gamename.bas to execute it.
    I prefer this to auto loading.
    For retroarch use the caprice core. Croco ds is not really comparable when it comes to accuracy.Just drop your disk file and it will autostart.
    And that is it,no bios,no shenanigans.

    Games:
    Lots of french only games.
    Rpg:
    Le diamant and le maitre seem interesting and have the best graphics of the ports.
    There is also lords of midnight and its sequel but they are pretty much identical to the speccy version.
    Shadowfire looks worse then the speccy version,which is a first.And you have the original bard's tale.Very similar graphics tot he apple ii.
    Strategy:
    CCP wargames are worth it.Any port from the spectrum has much better graphics.Shame that only about 1/3 of the library actually got ported.
    Everything else is a mishmash of speccy/apple ports.
    Let me show you my personal favorite:
    Avalanche:struggle for Italy:
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    It really can't compare to modern stuff,but i like it anyway.

    Edit:Also don't use myabandonware for cpc games,there are problems.
    Emuparadise has the most complete collection.
     
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  8. Unkillable Cat Prestigious Gentleman LEST WE FORGET Patron

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    Not completely true. It's true that a lot of CPC games released after March 1986 were lazy Spectrum-ports, to the point that not even the graphics got upgraded. But even though the CPC can display more colors than the Speccy (and without color clashing!) it has a huge problem you didn't address: Scrolling. The number of CPC-games that can pull off scrolling on a competent level can literally be counted on one hand, they are that rare. The Spectrum actually has a few games that are better than on the CPC because it can do scrolling properly. The greatest achievement in Amstrad-scrolling is the CPC-port of Pinball Dreams (2019) which in and of itself is nothing but a coding masterpiece. Also, any game with 4+ moving objects on-screen is going to slow the computer down to a crawl. It's a jack-of-all trades machine, but master of nothing.

    The CPC-port of Contra (named Gryzor for some reason) is one of the best ports of the game out there... except it has this weird "push-scroll" mechanic instead of normal, smooth scrolling.

    And that's before we get to the fact that the Spectrum often sports crisper-looking sprites than the CPC... even though they're only monochrome.

    Again, not completely true. The original 464-model had a tape deck when it came out in mid-1984, and it took a year for the new 6128-model (with built-in disk drive) to surface. By then the 464 had established its market, and for legacy purposes all new Amstrad-games were released on cassettes (a few titles even needing more than one) until about the time the Plus-range of CPCs appeared in 1990. By then a few disk-exclusive titles were coming out (Sid Meier's Pirates! for example) but then again the CPC's lifespan was on its last legs.

    Agreed, even though it's a far older emu. WinApe is a more recent one, but people are advised to have both on-hand due to compatibility issues.

    France was the only country that had a bigger Amstrad-market than Britain, and it's there (along with Spain) that you'll find the largest supporters of the CPC today.

    The CPC (and Spectrum) have a very small selection of RPGs and most of them overlap. Two notable exceptions/mentions on the CPC are Black Flag (1995) and The Shadows of Sergoth (2018), which has an upcoming Amiga-conversion.

    If you can tackle a French website, then CPC Power is pretty much the go-to site for all things Amstrad CPC. The real trouble starts when you try to find a proper rompack for it...
     
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  9. Morpheus Kitami Learned

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    To expand on this, there are some interesting French adventure titles on the CPC. Including, but not limited to some of Coktel Vision's lesser known titles and Ubisoft's unlicensed adaptations of 70s/80s horror films, like Dawn of the Dead, The Howling, and Hellraiser, though I forget the exact names they took.
    I suspect the reason why you're suggesting this is because they just put games into zip files, correct? I know that the only game I got from there was like that, not a floppy or cassette file but a literal zip of the contents.
     
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  10. Unkillable Cat Prestigious Gentleman LEST WE FORGET Patron

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    The bolded one is easy to answer, as "Zombi" was Ubisoft's first published title, and they published it first on the Amstrad CPC. (Later converted to other platforms, including the Amiga and the PC.)

    Humble beginnings, non?
     
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  11. mogwaimon Savant

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    wait so you're telling me that ZombiU, that FPS zombie game launch title for the Wii U back in the day, is actually a sequel/reimagining to an obscure computer game from antiquity that was the first product of a young Ubisoft? interesting
     
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  12. Morpheus Kitami Learned

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    Kind of? Allegedly its not, but that fools about as many people as Zombi being an original idea.
     
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  13. Unkillable Cat Prestigious Gentleman LEST WE FORGET Patron

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    Yeah, even most game reviewers twigged on to the fact that Zombi is an unofficial game adaptation of Romero's Dawn of the Dead from eight years earlier.

    Zombies. Shopping mall. Bikers. Helicopter. Both have those.
     
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