Remember ‘back in tha day’ when Pi images, started dropping, and before that when CoinOps was on every defunct original Xbox, remember the first time you fired up a Hyperspin download and you seen those games stretched across the screen, not true to their original 4:3 aspect ratio, then you could never decide if you loved or hated the fact that suddenly someone fixed them back to original 4:3 ratio by adding black bars or ‘bezels’ down the side of your 16:9 (widescreen) setup – well hate them or love them, they bring the games out to their original size, which in a true nostalgic way means you are one step closer to authentic.
Bezels, initially started out as the ‘system’ bezel covering that unwanted space, for example the Sega Master System had a bezel which would be for all the games, of a Sega Master System, then all of a sudden EVERY MAME GAME suddenly started having their own unique bezels, then over time certain games from certain systems started getting their own bezels, the problem is and was that everything was everywhere, there was no continuity and very few ‘completes’ – until now, the Bezel Project are not only creating complete systems with all game bezels, but organising them, and optimising them for space saving!
You can find The Bezel Project over on their FaceBook page here
The Bezel Project Bezel Utility menu.
This utility will provide a downloader for Retroarach system bezel packs to be used for various systems within RetroPie.
This utility provides a download for a bezel pack for a system and includes a PNG bezel file for every ROM for that system. The download will also include the necessary configuration files needed for Retroarch to show them. The script will also update the required retroarch.cfg files for the emulators located in the /opt/retropie/configs directory. These changes are necessary to show the PNG bezels with an opacity of 1.
Periodically, new bezel packs are completed and you will need to run the script updater to download the newest version to see these additional packs.
The instructions below will demonstrate how to instal the script and have it show up in the RetroPie menu within Emulation Station.
NOTE To have global support, these bezel packs will only work if the ROMs you are using are named according to the No-Intro naming convention used by EmuMovies/HyperSpin.
INSTALLATION – using a Raspberry Pi build of RetroPie
NOTE: The script has been added to Retropie latest version (see option 804)- so no need to add it yourself with the code below on new Retropie installs – simply update scripts to check!
Exit out of Emulation Station by pressing F4 (or remote into the Pi using something like Putty)
Type the following commands:
chmod +x “bezelproject.sh”
Restart Emulation Station and you should then see the new script in the RetroPie menu.
The team are not only completing systems games lists, but they are also shrinking them so you use EVEN LESS Space, they have even developed their own script to do just that – now THATS dedication!
DEDICATED TEAM – AND BIG REQUEST!
The current team comprises of 4 or 5 people, some well known names in the retro gaming scene, but they are looking for help and especially with the incomplete game bezels and unshrunk, give them a contact in their FaceBook group, for more information!
Next time your friend says “Wow thats so cool how you get images down the sides” make sure you tell them all about THE BEZEL PROJECT!
REMEMBER – There are LOADS of people BEHIND the scenes in this scene, from the guys writing emulators, to the guys writing scripts, to the teams like this cataloguing and creating the ‘little touches’ that make it your BIG CREATION!
Thank You Bezel Project for everything you do!
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