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#1 Adultery

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:15 PM

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Game Info Plugin

- 1.2.6 -


Game Info (In-Game)
Attached File  GameDataPlugin4.png   1.22MB   205 downloads Attached File  GameDataPlugin5.png   1.07MB   164 downloads

Jukebox Info (Last.FM patch enabled)
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Demo Videos

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What is it?

Have a secondary monitor? This plugin displays some game info on a banner on the bottom of the screen. If you use GameExtender, there's a light transparency on the form so you can see the image below it as well.

 
 

How do I use it?

Attached File  GI-126.png   98.89KB   8 downloads

 

Simply set (or don't set) your extra options via the Plugin Manager's configuration, or use the command lines outlined below. You can also skin the Game Info interface to suit your tastes since the 1.0.7 update. :)


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It's simple really... Themes go in the Game Info/Themes folder. A green "check" next to the list indicates the theme is the one applied for GameEx, and a red "X" indicates that it isn't. Press "APPLY" on any theme to start using it.

Click on the "PREVIEW" image to get an idea of what it will look like in GameEx:


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What does it do?

Here's a list of features so far:

  • The plugin keeps track of total time played for that game, and session time played. The timer view alternates every 60 seconds.
  • There are two main views which rotate every 5 minutes. The first displays the following
    • Game Title Snap
    • Game Name (or ROM name if you don't use a database for said system or no entry is found)
    • System Name (your emulator's Title Text setting)
    • Developer and [YEAR]
    • Category
    • If either of the previous two is unavailable, Number of Players is displayed
  • The second display includes Game Name and System Name in addition to the following:
    • In Game Snap
    • Last Played Data (This is the last time you played the game with the plugin enabled) and [Overall Play Count]
    • Game Description if available
  • The current time is displayed in the lower right corner
  • Text now is measured against screen length and scrolls to accommodate long info (No more auto ellipse!)
  • Custom user-defined images for Game Mode and Attract Mode
  • Screensaver mode that prevents screen burn-in while Game Extender is running
  • Attract Mode popup shows game info when the game changes
  • Dialog forms that display on certain functions
  • Update notification if a newer version of Game Info is available (disabled by default)
  • Jukebox Mode that displays "Now Playing" data (REGISTERED USER FEATURE ONLY!)
  • Jukebox integration for the screen saver (album art displayed in the logo field) (REGISTERED USER FEATURE ONLY!)
  • Dialog form shows brief info about the game you select before you even start it up!
  • Plugin update notification lets you know if a new version of the plugin is available when you launch GameEx
  • Custom themeing/skinnig
  • If you wanted to disable it for a certain emulator, just add [NOGAMEINFO] or [NOINFO] to the emulator's command line.
  • To hide/show the Game Info while in a game or hide/show the jukebox info, press SHIFT+TAB
  • To refresh or force update the jukebox info, press SHIFT+SPACE
  • Integrated support for GameEx *.db3 and *.mdb files to keep better track of play times
  • NEW! Supports GameEx's Hi-Score competition directly *Online only feature!
  • Custom text for labels via the Plugin configuration
  • NEW! Replaces GameExtender Viewer in some situations with a more customized image viewer
  • NEW! Add sound effects to specific actions in the plugin's theme

 
 

Wow that's super easy! What if I find a bug?

Report it here! ;)

Any questions? Ask away. Feel free to offer suggestions on how I can make it better. :)

Download it here:
The latest build is not currently included with the GameEx install!

Download @ Community Download Portal, or get it from the DracLabs Plugin Downloader software.

 

Beta Version:
Current beta is 1.2.6b3! Please be advised that any new features are not considered stable, but I wouldn't put anything out without testing it myself first. If you encounter an error, please set Debug Mode, reproduce the error, and post the log here so I can address it.

Download it from DracLabs, or use the Plugin Downloader Software.

 

 

 

NOTES:
The font included doesn't have special language chars, so I'm not entirely sure how it'll work for you if you don't use English. I'm interested in seeing snapshots in the case of foreign languages though.

If you wanted the Last.FM features, you can download the patch here. This will modify the way the plugin behaves with the jukebox, and is a huge addition to the cool factor. Check it out!

 

 

 

CHANGELOG:

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#2 Adultery

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:51 PM

GAME INFO THEMES

You can also get themes for Game Info from the DracLabs web site.


MegaMAME Theme

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A theme created to match the MegaMAME GameEx theme. This is now included in the Game Info plugin.

Download it here!

 

 

 

GameEx Default Theme

Attached File  Default_Theme_Logo.png   93.47KB   14 downloads

This theme was created to make GameEx match the default "Media Center" theme.

Download it here!

 

 

 

Pink Floyd - The Wall Theme

Attached File  PFTW_Logo.png   178.42KB   15 downloads

Created by Draco1962

A skin for the plugin which was created to accompany the Pink Floyd - The Wall theme.

Download it here!

 

 

 

Super Mario's World

Attached File  theme_logo.png   18.8KB   20 downloads

A skin tribute to Super Mario's world of awesomeness!

Download it here!

 

 

 

Sonic The Hedgehog

Attached File  theme_logo.png   31.4KB   22 downloads

A Game Info skin tribute to Sonic The Hedgehog.

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Tetris

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A Game Info skin tribute to Tetris

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Contra

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A Game Info skin tribute to Contra

Download it here!

 

 

 

Blue Neon LCD

Attached File  BNLCD_Logo.png   203.25KB   17 downloads

Created by Draco1962

A skin for the plugin which was created to accompany the Blue Neon LCD theme.

Download it here!

 

 

 

Duck Hunt

Attached File  theme_logo.png   92.83KB   14 downloads

A skin tribute to Duck Hunt for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Download it here!

 

 

 

Castlevania

Attached File  theme_logo.png   52.12KB   13 downloads

A skin tribute to Castlevania.

Download it here!

 

 

 

DD For GameEx

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Created by KRC

A skin to accompany KRC's DD theme.

Download it here!

 

 

 

Space Invaders

Attached File  si.png   54.35KB   12 downloads
Created by Draco1962

A skin to accompany Draco's Space Invaders theme.

Download it here!


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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:35 PM

Your ability is surpassed only by your imagination, Adultery! My compliments! :)
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:01 PM

dude, are you some kind of a living fabric ?? :D ;)

very nice stuff lately, cant believe how many great new plugs are released in no time.
i wish i had that skills :rolleyes:
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:18 PM

So far they've been pretty simple ones, it's thanks to Tom for a great plugin interface to play with. :D

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:24 PM

So far they've been pretty simple ones, it's thanks to Tom for a great plugin interface to play with. :D

Actually you can thank Ben for that mostly ;)
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 12:24 AM

EDIT: So far they've been pretty simple ones, it's thanks to Tom (but mostly Ben) for a great plugin interface to play with. :D

Lol!

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#8 Adultery

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:25 AM

Grab Beta 2, out now. New snaps added also. :)

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:41 PM

Updated to Beta 3... Added a new "Bio" with a scrolling description. The visualizer now rotates between the 2 modes every 5 minutes and exits when you quit the game. ;)

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:42 AM

This is coming out of BETA soon, I promise!

Added an elapsed timer and a clock to the info banner. Currently the elapsed time only keeps track of your current session, but I want to make it total time played instead. Stay tuned!

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:10 PM

Finally this plugin comes out of BETA. I added a feature list to the first post, and will also update the snaps when I get home. Enjoy! :)
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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:13 PM

Awesome Stuff Buddy :)

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:40 PM

Great work Adultery! I've really been looking forward to seeing this in action. Thanks for all your hard work!

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:44 PM

Wish I could show ya! I can't seem to get FRAPS to do a video of it. :(

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:57 PM

Good job buddy! I'm so proud! ;)

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:03 PM

LOL! Aww shucks... It was nuthin!
/me kicks rocks

Thanks for your help on GetAsyncKeyState too by the way. You're always there when I need ya! ;)

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:04 PM

Nice one.. By the way FRAPS only records windows running DirectX. Camtasia should work.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:00 PM

Gonna put out 1.0.1 soon.
  • I made all the labels scroll if the text overlaps the label width.
  • Fixed the command line switch not always working.
  • The secondary label now switches to the in-game snap.
  • You can now add a customized no image snap and your own background image.
  • Added a "debug mode" for extra logging should a problem arise.
  • Streamlined the code to make it more efficient.

That should do it! Moving on to the next project now. :)

I'd like to add in high score support but no idea how to do that on a console level, so maybe someday.

Thanks for your support!
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:48 PM

Thanks for all your work on this Adultery, and for the update. Scrolling labels? Custom backs? Awesome! :D

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:35 PM

The last bit of it was really more finishing touches than anything else. Mostly cosmetic. :)

I've taken her as far as she'll go. The jury is still out on jukebox info, but not soon ATM. I got it where I want it so wanna start on something else. :)

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