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Arcade King
30th December 2007, 08:50 PM
I've been playing around with this front end today and im very impressed by it. I got sick of the instability and mood swings of Atomic FE.
This thing is easy to set up with a butt load of features that leave most front ends for dead, its great specially if you're setting up a multi emulator cab like me.
Highly recommended!! i've added a link to the Links Directory (http://www.aussiearcade.com/links/).

elvis
31st December 2007, 08:03 AM
Does it play nice with low res arcade monitor resolutions?

WOKA
31st December 2007, 09:09 AM
GameEX is great.. Used it many time in the past.

Arcade King
31st December 2007, 09:10 AM
Does it play nice with low res arcade monitor resolutions?

indeed it does Dan bcause thats what im using it for :)

@lien_Zed
31st December 2007, 09:11 AM
GameEx rocks. been using it for ages. what it does not do aint worth doing

elvis
31st December 2007, 10:02 AM
indeed it does Dan bcause thats what im using it for :)

Awesome. Cheers for that.

Out of curiosity, what spec PC hardware are you running it on? It looks very "everything and the kitchen sink" (which is not a bad thing, mind you). How's it go for performance on older hardware?

I'm building a cab for the girls, and I need a front-end that will be as simple to use as possible, and "button masher" resistant. I might trial this one and see how it goes. I'm a big MAMEWah fan, but my 6 year old just constantly finds ways to break the front end. God knows how - if I mash all the buttons I can't do the damage she does. I swear kids are the best software beta testers in the world.

Brad
31st December 2007, 10:07 AM
Are you using the mamewah lockout feature? Once set they can't really do anything.

GameEx is sweet but much more resource intensive and I hated waiting 30 seconds for that shitty nag screen. Haven't looked at it again in almost 2 years.

Brad

Arcade King
31st December 2007, 10:23 AM
I intend to donate to get rid of the nag screen once I've given it more of a go. At this stage its interface, ease of setting up and features have impressed me.
I love how it has the ready to go emu dat files with information about the games etc.
I just put a asus a7n8x-x nforce 2 mobo in it running 1 gig of old ddr ram and a XP 2500+
The old mobo was a 87V8X-MX with a XP2400+. I hate VIA crap I had nothing but stability issues with this mobo but it was the only mobo i could get hold offrom ebay at the time that i could use with the ram and processors i have lying around.
I havent been able to get right into it because my Jpac is ****ed but I've still be able to set emus up etc remotely via TightVNC

elvis
31st December 2007, 10:33 AM
Are you using the mamewah lockout feature?
I don't believe so. It's a *very* old MAMEWah version. I'll check it out.

GameEx might be a little resource intensive for my old clunker hardware.

I used Lemon Launcher for a bit too:
http://lemonlauncher.sourceforge.net/screenshots.php

Pretty basic, no-frills front-end, but good for old shitty hardware.

Brad
31st December 2007, 10:57 AM
Yes if I was going to use GameEx I would donate too. I just don't really like it that much. I should look at it again and Tom spends inordinate time adding features to it but Mamewah has served me well for 6 years or so.

Elvis the lockout feature has been in mamewah since almost the start. It's just a value in the ini. Check it out. Stops my kids mucking it up

Brad

Arcade King
31st December 2007, 11:24 AM
Yes if I was going to use GameEx I would donate too. I just don't really like it that much. I should look at it again and Tom spends inordinate time adding features to it but Mamewah has served me well for 6 years or so.

Elvis the lockout feature has been in mamewah since almost the start. It's just a value in the ini. Check it out. Stops my kids mucking it up

Brad
Stick with what you know I agree, I just don't have the patience for MameWah im afraid.

Arcade King
31st December 2007, 02:40 PM
OMG sweet as!

Just running the jukebox on GameEX then after awhile it went into screen saver mode with random MAME games playing.
This is is the ****ing beez neez im registering it!
Pic was taken from remotely via the TightVNC window.

elvis
31st December 2007, 03:18 PM
Just running the jukebox on GameEX then after awhile it went into screen saver mode with random MAME games playing.

That's a cool feature. There's been a few guys who have tried making various MAME screensavers over the years, and they've all flopped. Someone should approach the guy to do a generic Windows screensaver in the same way.

Arcade King
31st December 2007, 03:48 PM
Its a bloody great idea! I just registered it, I think 14 pounds ($32 AUD) is well worth it as it opens up a heap of features.
http://www.gameex.net/Donate/tabid/71/Default.aspx


That's a cool feature. There's been a few guys who have tried making various MAME screensavers over the years, and they've all flopped. Someone should approach the guy to do a generic Windows screensaver in the same way.

Forgot to mention he already has :)
http://tomspeirs.com/MAMEScreenSaver/

elvis
31st December 2007, 05:55 PM
Forgot to mention he already has :)
http://tomspeirs.com/MAMEScreenSaver/

Champion!

Brad
31st December 2007, 06:23 PM
Seriously not knocking him but it's been done to death already ;) Like I said though, the feature-set in GameEx is outstanding.

Brad

DKong
31st December 2007, 06:45 PM
Forgot to mention he already has :)
http://tomspeirs.com/MAMEScreenSaver/


Awesome!

headkaze
31st December 2007, 07:54 PM
I am good friends with Tom (the author) of GameEx. In fact I've worked on a few little parts of GameEx like the Theme Editor, Setup Wizard and various other things like that game info at the bottom of that screenshot.

There is a really great community behind GameEx also and very friendly / helpful people.

@lien_Zed
1st January 2008, 02:50 PM
I am good friends with Tom (the author) of GameEx. In fact I've worked on a few little parts of GameEx like the Theme Editor, Setup Wizard and various other things like that game info at the bottom of that screenshot.

There is a really great community behind GameEx also and very friendly / helpful people.

i can vouch for headkaze here. he has been with gameex for ages

Arcade King
1st January 2008, 02:53 PM
i can vouch for headkaze here. he has been with gameex for ages

lol why do you need to "vouch" for him? hes been a member here for awhile now.

On the screen saver thing only thing i could see that the game info thing could be a issue because it sits in the one spot IE screen burn.

headkaze
1st January 2008, 05:24 PM
lol why do you need to "vouch" for him? hes been a member here for awhile now.

On the screen saver thing only thing i could see that the game info thing could be a issue because it sits in the one spot IE screen burn.

Yeah I never thought of that. The text, icon & marquee does change with each game but it could still cause some burn in. The stars would probably be the worse for it. There is an option to turn it off I guess.

Arcade King
1st January 2008, 05:46 PM
Yeah I never thought of that. The text, icon & marquee does change with each game but it could still cause some burn in. The stars would probably be the worse for it. There is an option to turn it off I guess.

Would it be possible just to move it around a bit? say from top to bottom after each game load?
Better still have it move around the scree :D

headkaze
1st January 2008, 07:40 PM
Would it be possible just to move it around a bit? say from top to bottom after each game load?
Better still have it move around the scree :D

What GameEx does is generate a bezel with the game info at the bottom before it launches Mame. Mame then overlays the bezel over the game screen like it would a regular bezel. It would be possible to have it display the game info in a random position but I think it would look terrible.

BTW CPWizard already used bezels to overlay game info over Mame. But it's designed to be a bezel overlaying a picture of your CP as well while pausing Mame (not in attract mode). It's a cool feature that I don't think many people really know or understand.

Taverner
26th August 2010, 12:21 PM
Resurrecting an old old thread I think I'm a convert :D. Been using Mala since I built the cab 6 months or so ago but it's been getting more and more unstable (which is more likely my fault than Mala's) so after putting it off a few months ago I downloaded GameEx and wish now I had stared with it. Most of the little bits and pieces I was trying to do with Mala, Gameex does by default! Best of all my 6000 odd roms are showing up as 2800 and as far as I can tell that's not because it's missing any it's just that GameEx apparently knows that I only want one frigging copy of each game and don't often get the urge to compare Street Fighter Europe with Street Fighter US with Street Fighter Mongolia (Someone's going to ruin my fun now and tell me I actually have a problem aren't they :rolleyes).


It works great with a keyboard, which I don't have in a cab but hopefully I can put this computer back in the cab over the weekend and start playing around with the arcade controls. Will take some time to really get it working and I still have to pay the $25 which I'm happy to do if I'm sticking with it but so far this is a great frontend.

I'm not sold on the Jukebox yet but to be honest the one I'm using now is pretty average so maybe once I have a better look it'll be worth using.

dungbeetle46
26th August 2010, 01:18 PM
sounds like you have it only showing originals, it can show all the games if you want, but it sounds like you dont anyway so alls good.
I have been using Gameex for about a year and havent struck anything I havent been able to do with it yet.
Great frontend, I also used Mala beforehand, even helped in development as seen on the credits tab, Mala is a great free frontend but as far as paid frontends Gameex gets my vote.

Taverner
26th August 2010, 02:22 PM
Cool most of it's still set to default so probably is on originals only but isn't pac man a clone? They're all still showing. Either way I just like the feel of gameex so far. It's the little things as Samuel L Jackson would say, more user friendly for people other than myself, like having a home button on the layout/theme.

Certainly wouldn't have a go at Mala, I had it all working great but then had to keep playing with it until it started breaking again. Getting this computer back online was just a good excuse to add video previews and it went from there. Gameex does seem to be a lot bigger but so far everything is more stable now than where I ended up with Mala.

xen
27th August 2010, 07:46 AM
Game-Ex is a pretty amazing bit of kit. I'm constantly amazed by the sheer feature set Mr. Spiers manages to stuff into it, especially given its stability, and that it's all the work of One Dude.

It's an incredibly slick project. Don't be put off by the price tag, you can use 99% of the features just fine before paying. Then you'll see why it's worth it ;-)

Taverner
1st October 2010, 07:36 PM
Anyone use the Gameex Jukebox?

I've got the rest of Gameex running pretty well and the jukebox works fine with one problem. If I dont select a song it starts playing random ones but if I select songs, they then become the playlist and when it's played them all it just goes back and plays them again rather then returning to random songs?

I'm playing it via itunes and kind of have to at this stage as I've got that organised whereas the music folder itself is a mess. I'm hoping it's just because its not registered yet (it will be in a day or two when my credit card clears :redface) but it seems odd that I can't set it to run like a jukebox, playing selected songs and then reverting to random songs when nothing is qued.

Anyway it's doing my head in so if anyone uses the jukebox all suggestions welcome.

danloads
2nd October 2010, 10:53 AM
Its the only front end I use and love it. Its got a great video jukebox feature

dungbeetle46
2nd October 2010, 07:52 PM
The only way I know is after you have manually chosen a song if you want to go back to random then choose clear and queue all, then hold joystick left to go to other menu where you can choose playlist/more and then choose shuffle current playlist.
you need to make sure you choose clear and queue all first or it will just play the same song over and over.
cheers

brad1984
3rd October 2010, 12:15 PM
GameEx is the shit i agree with Dan, been using it for ages nothing in a front end comes close i am going to get mine registered Dan we'll get some licenses happening yeah

WOKA
16th June 2016, 01:06 PM
Old mate just bought back a GAMEEX machine that I setup for him many years ago.. Failed Screen / failed PC.

Managed to get the Hdd configured to run on a similar era PC, replaced the screen, all working just fine.. But for the life of me I can't remember how to navigate the system with the buttons and sticks..

Up and down through the game selection is fine
selecting games, no problem.

however, exiting out of the game - no idea
changing volume levels - no idea

I've had a look through the MAMEEX forums, but nothing jumps out..

Anyone got a button map..?


TIA