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What Front End are you using?

AdvanceMenu
14 (1%)
ArcadeOS
7 (0.5%)
ArcadEpic
0 (0%)
AtomicFE
44 (3.2%)
CabFE
0 (0%)
Command Line
0 (0%)
Dragon King
1 (0.1%)
EmuLaunch
5 (0.4%)
Emulaxian/3D Arcade
11 (0.8%)
Fronty
2 (0.1%)
GameEx
145 (10.7%)
GameLauncher
14 (1%)
HyperSpin
496 (36.6%)
Khameleon
1 (0.1%)
Kymaera
0 (0%)
MaLa
256 (18.9%)
MAMELOAD TNG
2 (0.1%)
MAMEUI
29 (2.1%)
Mamewah
96 (7.1%)
Maximus Arcade
173 (12.8%)
MultiFE
2 (0.1%)
PyreCade
1 (0.1%)
UltraMame
2 (0.1%)
Ultrastyle
2 (0.1%)
Wah!Cade
15 (1.1%)
XMAME-GUI
0 (0%)
Angry Bee
1 (0.1%)
Simple Touch Front End
3 (0.2%)
mGalaxy
10 (0.7%)
Big Blue
0 (0%)
Attract-Mode
18 (1.3%)
HTML5 FE
1 (0.1%)
Inertia
1 (0.1%)
Emuloader
1 (0.1%)
QMC2
1 (0.1%)
FEEL
1 (0.1%)
AttractMode
0 (0%)

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #360 on: February 24, 2015, 09:44:28 am »
I played a little with Attract Mode last night and am very impressed so far.  It is pretty easy to configure and I like that I can use a text editor to make changes and setup emulators.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #361 on: February 24, 2015, 10:33:41 pm »
MaLa. Using it on a old penguin 4 and it runs fine.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #362 on: February 28, 2015, 01:26:40 pm »
Voting for GameEx :)

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #363 on: March 01, 2015, 07:10:34 pm »
Cast my vote for GameEx as well.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #364 on: March 02, 2015, 08:33:22 am »
Cool thread... I built my arcade back in 2004 but only really 'finished' a few years ago...

Mamewah all the way.  Not sure but I think it was the new kid on the block when I was building and had all the hype.  I've never heard of most of these but maybe I'll give them a try someday.  My only gripe with Mamewah is that it relies on a ton of config files that can get a bit tricky to manipulate and upgrading to new versions is a bear.

My 7 yo uses it regularly so no problem with it being kid friendly.  Thanks Minwah!

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #365 on: March 03, 2015, 12:28:47 pm »
Cool thread... I built my arcade back in 2004 but only really 'finished' a few years ago...

Mamewah all the way.  Not sure but I think it was the new kid on the block when I was building and had all the hype.  I've never heard of most of these but maybe I'll give them a try someday.  My only gripe with Mamewah is that it relies on a ton of config files that can get a bit tricky to manipulate and upgrading to new versions is a bear.

My 7 yo uses it regularly so no problem with it being kid friendly.  Thanks Minwah!

No problem, glad you are still happily using it!  :)

It certainly doesn't have the bells and whistles that some of the newer FE's have, but that doesn't bother me too much. I always run my cabinets at 15khz on CRT's (384x288 in frontend max) and am quite happy to have a simple layout so it works well.

I am currently working on a computer / console emulator system so have been configuring several emulators (7 consoles and 6 or 7 computers) so can feel your pain on the configuration side of things!

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #366 on: April 26, 2015, 04:31:32 pm »
I am going to have to say GameEx. I just find it so easy to use and setup. It is now the only FE I use. I like the Steam integration which is why I switched from Hyperspin.

Just my .02...

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #367 on: April 27, 2015, 07:08:12 pm »
Shouting out GameEx too. Depends what you want, I suppose. GameEx is great for a beginner and once you get into it - you can get more advanced with it too - using supplemental scripts etc. What attracted me to it when picking my first front end was how customizable it is. That's ultimately what put me off hyperspin - all the videos/demos of it looked mainly the same - flashy but generic.

Again, before being shot down - depends on what you want. Kinda view Hyperspin as the Apple of Frontends - you get an attractive looking end product that's universally recognized. GameEx, on the other hand, allows you to tinker a great deal. Also, very regulalry updated + dedicated team around it. I'd recommend it especially to people who know they are going to end up wanting to take it apart, see how it works and mod it to how they want it to look.

Haven't used the others - so dunno about them! (oh, apart from tinkering with that 3D arcade FE ages+ages ago - that was pretty funky).

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #368 on: May 12, 2015, 06:38:53 am »
Yay! HyperSpin
Took a bit to figure out but well worth the effort.   :applaud:

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #369 on: July 15, 2015, 06:08:04 am »
I would have voted Hyperspin, I do indeed like it alot. I did a custom compile of mame for it a couple years ago and installed it on my son's laptop and he just loved it. I actually haven't gotten around to trying the newest version of it yet but I have downloaded it to play around with it.

But anyways... I voted Atomic FE. I kind of like the way the Atomic Studio lets you configure things to your liking. I tried a couple of the other ones, but they seemed to just give me a headache for the most part.. Perhaps I'll go back and give them another look. I do see there are ALOT of FE's listed, many that I have not even heard of, so I will for sure look into some of these other ones. But, I've already put alot of effort into how I have configured Atomic FE so far, so I really don't see myself scraping that project to take on a whole new one for the cabinet I am in the process of building.. What's funny, is back in the day (Windows 98), my 2 fav's would have been ArcadeOS, and Tim Eckel's Arcade@Home.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #370 on: July 17, 2015, 07:00:50 am »
I, of course, vote for FEEL, even if it's not in the list ;D
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #371 on: July 17, 2015, 07:53:27 am »
Finally, if someone points out that a FE hasn't been included, it can then be added to the Wiki.  In the words of Michael Scott, win-win-win.

Let me know if another FE needs added. 

I, of course, vote for FEEL, even if it's not in the list ;D
Poll updated.  I've not been active on the Boards in a few months but if someone would have sent me a PM, I could have updated the OP before now.   ::)
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #372 on: July 17, 2015, 01:21:06 pm »
Hi Hoopz, thank you very much, as a voter and of course as FEEL developer ;)
You've been really fast, even if I didnt follow the "official procedures" (sorry for this!)..
Thank you!
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #373 on: July 20, 2015, 06:59:39 am »
Poll updated.  I've not been active on the Boards in a few months but if someone would have sent me a PM, I could have updated the OP before now.   ::)

FEEL was announced to the public here on the forum almost exactly one month ago. A few months ago we didn't know about FEEL. It's a good addition to the list. I love new development.
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #374 on: August 25, 2015, 08:24:33 pm »
Hi Hoopz, thank you very much, as a voter and of course as FEEL developer ;)
You've been really fast, even if I didnt follow the "official procedures" (sorry for this!)..
Thank you!
Sorry, I took your OP as being passive aggressive.  I was cranky and realize it wasn't your fault.  Thanks for posting about your FE and I hope it's going well.   :cheers:
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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #375 on: October 04, 2015, 10:49:59 am »
My vote goes to EmuLoader because it can work both as a very powerful and massive game manager and database and also as a traditional frontend, as simple as you wish. In any case, it's extremelly easy to setup and that's a great advantage. It's true it's not arcade-cabinet oriented in the looks and the controls, although I have fixed some of these lacks with the use of AutoHotkey. The support offered by its author and the constant evolution and updates makes it better every day.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #376 on: October 10, 2015, 03:44:20 pm »
I like GameX. I have it set so that when it boots, you can hear the audio ambience of an arcade room, kinda helps set in the mood. Just takes a lot of time to get it set up. Plus it can show cabinets, marquees, flyers..etc

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #377 on: December 15, 2015, 07:33:12 pm »
I am really really really liking MGalaxy. It works very nice.  :applaud:

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #378 on: December 15, 2015, 07:47:02 pm »

Can't comment on the other front ends but I just started using Hyperspin and I can't say enough good things about it. I'm not a computer guy and there are definitely some tweaks here and there that you learn along the way but overall it's pretty easy to learn and the front end ....,

Side note, mamefreak2 just finished getting Hyperspin setup 100% this week.


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« Reply #379 on: December 15, 2015, 07:52:27 pm »
MGalaxy does look pretty straight forward.  Should be good for parties with a short list, or maybe if you can lock it to only favorites


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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #380 on: December 15, 2015, 10:56:52 pm »
MGalaxy does look pretty straight forward.  Should be good for parties with a short list, or maybe if you can lock it to only favorites


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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #381 on: February 24, 2016, 07:31:37 am »
MaLa for a CRT Cab, due to the perfect support for cabs with automated rotating monitor (Quadro Games Jumbo) and because of RetroGUI with its built-in abstract control panel display(Players, Buttons & Controls).

My old setup (for LCD) was Hyperspin, but I would use GameEx these days if I still had a LCD setup.

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #382 on: March 31, 2016, 04:55:15 pm »
Need to add AttractMode to the list: attractmode.org. Great and flexible frontend

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Re: Favorite Front End
« Reply #383 on: March 31, 2016, 04:58:02 pm »
Done
Ajax should have been named Warlord, not Swan.

First off, Hoopz is right.

  
 

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