First post, by Rikintosh
I have always missed a good game manager for my old computers. Formatting and reinstalling my favorite games is a lot of work, in ms-dos games I have to configure the correct sound card for each of them, create icons on the desktop and then (for my taste) look for icons for games that do not have it.
So I decided to create a frontend / manager, similar to the Launchbox bigbox, but mine will be 100% free, and dedicated only to old games.
My proposal is that your retro computer should be a console. "What would the xbox look like if it had been released in the mid-90s?"
Features that will be present:
- You install or place your games in a certain folder, and it will scan, and your games will appear on the frontend with your name, release date, description, rating, cover photo, and screenshots.
- It can work in a similar way to recalbox or retropie: If your computer has a network card, you can transfer games via the network, and also manage database information via the network
- A user profile system (similar to the xbox gamertag), it will manage the saved games of all games, and there will be a "gamescore" that will be points for every minute you spent playing.
Your savegame can be transferred to a floppy disk or USB stick.
- A game packaging system, to facilitate the transfer between systems. What does that mean? It means that if you want to copy the game "doom" to your other retro machine, the frontend will be in charge of compressing the game in a single file, adding all the necessary information to the database (cover photo, screenshots), in case the database on the other computer does not have information about the game.
- Built-in VCD and DVD Player, in addition to a music player with support for many formats, including mod, xm, it (keygen music)
- Multi-languages, all interface texts are strings, which will be loaded from a simple txt file. Some languages will be available at launch, but if your preferred language is not available, you can easily translate by editing the file in Notepad.
- Customizable! All graphics are customizable, just create a folder with the name of your theme, place the files of the default theme, and edit them. Then, in the frontend, go to themes, and choose your custom theme folder
- I tried to add some support for internet browsing, but it’s really very difficult to do, maybe in a next edition, which uses windows xp as a base, dedicated to also managing games from the 2000s
I would like to know what you guys think about this, I am open to suggestions
At the moment I'm having to deal with everything on my own, but it's difficult, I live in a third world country, and if I don't work, I don't pay the bills (I earn about 180 dollars a month), so it's hard to get free time for something unpaid. I'm not asking for money, I'm asking for help with development, if anyone has any knowledge about any programming language, or good will to use a simple visual builder called multimedia builder (it doesn't require a lot of code), it would help me a lot, otherwise, I believe it would take years for me to complete this on my own. This will be completely free and open source on github https://github.com/Rikintosh/RikintoshsMultimediaManager
I'm developing a game manager frontend for Win 9x, take a look: https://rikintoshsmultimediamanager.blogspot.com/