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Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:49:43 pm »
I'm one of the contributors to Mamesaver, a Windows-based MAME screensaver which plays random MAME games at at specified intervals. We're super excited to announce the release of version 2.0.1 which, apart from a few licks of paint and a bunch of bug fixes, introduces multi-monitor support, hotkeys, in-game information, customisable fonts, better power management, and better game management.

I run Mamesaver at work and it's a fantastic distraction and really fun to show off games that might have been forgotten.

Mamesaver can be downloaded here, or you can build it yourself. Mamesaver is open source and released under the MIT Licence.

Feature requests, pull requests and bug reports are always welcome!

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Re: Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2018, 07:29:12 pm »
Cool :) I run Groovymame and use MaLa frontend which shows games as a  screen saver. But I have often wanted the ability to just jump into the game so this is great.


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Re: Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2018, 07:54:47 pm »
I will make some time to install this tomorrow.
I'm hoping by "game management" that means selection of rom types to skip such as excluding mechanical games and majong etc.

Thanks to the developers for sharing :)


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Re: Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2018, 07:59:50 pm »
I will make some time to install this tomorrow.
I'm hoping by "game management" that means selection of rom types to skip such as excluding mechanical games and majong etc.

Thanks to the developers for sharing :)

Not currently, sorry. At the moment, all fully-supported games in the specified ROM paths are listed, and they can be individually (or bulk) selected or deselected. This does sound like a nice feature though - so, perhaps filter by game type and perhaps release year? That'd be a pretty straightforward feature to add, so I'd be happy to hear your thoughts.


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Re: Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 08:10:31 pm »
Or,  filter by year range and manufacturer, and a checkbox to exclude mechanical games? Note that we are already excluding BIOS ROMs (currently implicitly, by verifying that the emulation status is good).

Currently, you can sort by year and manufacturer, however this is perhaps not particularly manageable if you have hundreds of games.

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Re: Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2018, 08:27:14 pm »
Actually, maybe I should just filter out mechanical games entirely.

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Re: Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2018, 09:02:34 pm »
Actually, maybe I should just filter out mechanical games entirely.

Done. Also beefed up BIOS ROM detection: https://github.com/mika76/mamesaver/issues/45

This'll be in the next release, along with filtering controls if we think that'd be a good feature. Thanks for raising the issue of mechanical games; I had never considered it.

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Re: Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2018, 10:29:37 pm »
Cheers :) if you could filter out majong and poker / gambling / card games that would be awesome. I can't imagine anyone wants to see them on a screen saver.

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Re: Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2018, 10:48:52 pm »
Cheers :) if you could filter out majong and poker / gambling / card games that would be awesome. I can't imagine anyone wants to see them on a screen saver.

I'm not sure how we can do that, out of the box. We're using MAME's -listxml output to build the game list and verify that all is well, and there's nothing in there that appears to be any different for these games. The approach would probably be to download / utilise a catver.ini. I'll have a think about the best approach.

The workaround, of course, is to put these games in a separate directory and just exclude that directory when running Mamesaver by adding the -rompath argument in the screensaver itself.

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Re: Mamesaver 2.0.1 released
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2018, 04:38:04 pm »
Game filtering is now officially going to be part of the next release. I'll make a new post here when it's all ready.

By the way, one of the hotkeys removes the currently playing game from circulation - so if a mahjong/gambling/etc. game appears, just hit delete and it won't come back.

  
 

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