I know it has been asked before, but I wanted to ask again.
Has anything changed ?
When I put together my Mario MAME (MAME in a Nintendo Mario Bros cabinet....I know, I know how dare I) I wanted it to have EVERYTHING! I had planned on doing a blog, or to a lesser extent keeping a spreadsheet and documentation of what all was involved.
What emulators I used, was I able to configure them to match the default MAME keys (I get stuck on that, but I'm no good with Auto Hot Keys, scripts, etc....I'm lacking when it comes to being PC savvy!) Do the emulators close on escape ? What emulator did I use ? etc etc
Needless to say I did not document such info. The last few nights I've been playing around with my Mario MAME cabinet. I've been doing some tweaks, like enabling the RUN button in MK3, and changing the button mapping for certain games in MAME (again MK!).
And slowly but surely I've been booting up the emulators and playing a few games.
For the life of me I do not recall which emulators I used, and if I was able to configure the keys. For some reason I had 3 SNES emulators installed. I got one to close on esc using a wrapper that I found online, but then noticed I'd get some fatal Mala error at times.
Long and short of it (sorry to rant) I'm debating pulling out an old PC I have that I may or may not use in a bartop project.
I'm torn between a Pandora's Box 3 I picked up, or the PC. Part of me wants to take the PC and start one by one installing emulators, configuring them and ACTUALLY documenting the info. Once the PC is done, COMPLETELY done and working I'd swap it out. The process takes time and I was wondering if anyone has recently taken on such a project.
I haven't done much home work as of late, but I remember that a newer version of Project 64 would allow full mapping of the keyboard (allowing the use of MAME defaults). If I remember correctly that was one issue I had, the inability to use default MAME keys with Project 64. I know that Dreamcast emulators gave me the same issue.
Anyway if anyone has any info that would be of help I'd love the input, advice, tips, tricks, criticism, etc.
EDIT - This interest was recently sparked when a friend of mine picked up an 8TB Hyperspin image on an External HDD. He was having a sh*t ton of issues. It prompted me to fire up my cabinet and start testing the emulators. I have NO CLUE why I have 3 SNES emulators, but I know I reported it as working to my buddy. But now (tonight) when I played the machine the emulator was not closing on ESC. It remained running in the background. I decided I would work with Snes9x and the wrapper I had. I ponted Mala to the exe that included the wrapper. But now I get an error after playing a few games.
I also have another question, can I hide emulators in Mala ? If I do not want to delete the other 2 SNES emulators, but I'd like them not to show up for now, can I hide them ? Does such an option exist ? This way I would not need to set them up again, simply make them visible again ?