So I've got all of my regular roms sorted out with all of the box art and video snaps matching. However, I have a bunch of NES, SNES, and Genesis Hacks that have very little artwork. About half have video snaps and almost none have box art. Does anyone know of a good metadata download for hacked games out there?
I grab all my Artwork with a PC program called SkraperUI, its similar to ScreenScaper software,
Put all your rom's in their right directories, on your PC,Â you can also have "folders" in the rom directories to have the Hack's inside that if you want
It would look like this
roms/nes/Hacks.Â instead of roms/nesh.Â So the Hack Folder would be inside the nes folder,
If you don't want that then you would remane "nesh" to "nes",Â As "nes" is a recognised System but add the "h" and not recognised,
Delete any gamelist.xml's
So once you have everything in order now go the SkraperUi and follow along its easy, BUT hang on its not over
Once all scrapped, a small amaount of edit is needed and its easy
SkaperUi will make a ES compatible gamelist.xml but it will have things in a "media" folder (images, marquee, videos) but we want "boxart, wheel, snap,"
So rename those Folders thats inside the "image" folder:Â images,Â marquee, and video's to:Â Â boxart, wheel, snap,Â Â then drag the folders out of the "media" folder and straight into the roms/nes folder
Open the gamelist.xml with Notepad++ ,Â and do a "Find & Replace" for these 3 lines:
image/imagesÂ to boxart
image/marqueeÂ toÂ wheel
image/videosÂ toÂ snap
It will run down the list making the changes,
Save.!!!Â and now you have a fullingÂ Compatible ES and AM gamelits.xmlÂ (its AM- Atractt Mode that uses those names for the artwork folders)Â with what either artwork you have choosen,Â Now you can re-name any Folders back to thier original names ie:Â nes back toÂ neshÂ as the gamelist.xml does care what the main folder its in is called, as long everthing insideÂ the folder matches, only reason now to name it to nesh as its a recognisedÂ Retropie / RetroArch name, not like before with Skraper as it doesn't understand the "h"
Its all about name conventions with the software your using, get that right and everything falls into place
My boxart is "box and game play" picture, then no need for snaps / videos if the boxart shows the game play and gives you more room now on the card
And it will find at least 90% if not 99.99%Â of hack games
Simple systems with simple names and you'll get 100% Artwork
That sounds like a great program. Do you know if it by any chance has a Mac version? Unfortunately thats all I have at my disposal right now and a quick google search for skraperIU didn't give me much for results.
Another thing is you will have to re-name a couple of rom folders, to SkaperUi's naming convention's….. eg:Â Technos to nes,Â Sufami to snes, Zmachine to zxspectrum, and like i said above nesh-nes, ggh-gg, and so on
Game ext's can play a bit part too, games with theÂ .7z ext wont be found,Â but the same game with .zip ext will be
William Hempstead, Karl Mustermann