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i've searched day and night for the ultimate espsxe frontend..
all i found were all small frontends.. tiny applications with little information and offered very little outside of epsxe's own gui...

so i wanted to see i anyone was interested in developing a proper fullscreen full fledged frontend for epsxe.. i've drawn a composite (in mspaint lol) that shows what i think a great ps1 frontend would look like..

Among its features:

- Full Screen GUI Support
- User Defined Cover Art For Each Game
- User Defined Screenshots for Each Game
- User Defined Description for each game (synopsis, genre, developer, year released, country of origin)
- Configure Location of ISO (e.g. c:\isos\ghost in the shell\gits.bin)
- Navigate GUI with gamepad (DirectInput Support) (perfect for users of PS1 control adapters)
- Launch epsxe with parimeters you set in the configuration menu
- Built In ISO ripper ala PSXeven (http://batard.psxfanatics.com/)
- User Definable Interface (like a wallpaper)

The inspiration?

I (and many others) have a very large collection of original (NOT bootleg games) a lot them are rare or imports.. Some i dont want to be handled too much, like lunar, arc the lad, vandal hearts, rhapsody.. etc for fear of them getting scratched.

It would be much more convenient to rip all your games to ISO and run them from your computer connected to the tv (tv out) and then using the PS1 control to navigate the interface.. Sure beats sitting down and clickin around and playing on a monitor! Play the games the way they were meant to be played...

good idea or no? anyone up to the task?

my personal amateur concept art below:

 

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i think its important that i emphasize that the burden of providing gamecovers/screenshots and descriptions would be on the user, and not the developer.. to ask a developer to compile all of these things is absurd. which is why i think its up to the community to compile as many covers as possible. i already have many, many are readily available off amazon or a simple google search.

the frontend would be for use exclusively with ISOs that the user creates themselves.. the ability to rip isos through the frontend would be a nice touch but not a priority...

the function of the frontend would be so you could much more easily navigate your PS1 collection without having to handle your CDs, and have a sort of 'media center'-esque interface where you could select the game via its Game Cover, organize and rank the games.. organize by developers/genre etc...

the game descriptions.. (such as synopsis, year released, genre, origin, developer/publisher) can be provided and inputted by the user.

this has been done for MAME32.. if anyone has used that frontend, they know what i'm talking about.
 

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the net stuff was something i wasnt thinking about, but an online database sounds neat.. i think that the media portal (http://mediaportal.sourceforge.net/) uses an online database for dvd covers when it scans your video files. that seems a lil complex to me, but a basic system would be suffice (for me at least, luxuries aside).

i think that once the frontend has been around enough, users would have contributed and compiled enough gamecovers, that it could be released as a huge lump zip and released through torrent. i wouldnt mind seeding.

But you've seen in the mame community that this sorta thing has worked... no reason why it wouldnt work or wouldnt be appreciated here! <3 PS
 

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hushypushy said:
that's true, but Ngemu isn't those other forums now, eh? did you talk that way to your mother when you were a child? "mommmm, jimmy's mom let's him smoke and watch rated R movies, why cant i??" and your mom is like "well, obviously i'm not jimmy's mom, not to mention you're only 10"

this an emulation/technology forum ffs. if the thread is what i thought it was, i still dont think hairybudda should've been banned, but hey moomoomoo is my superior eh, he doesnt have to ask my permission..
a lil longwinded but yes
 
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