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18th October, 2020 - Instant Sheller 1.20

18th October 2020 - Instant Sheller - Version 1.20

When using the default Quicksheller mode the shelled applications directory is set. This fixes various applications that may not work shelled including PinballX and Touch-Play

Download here.


28th September, 2020 - GameEx Price Cut

Long story short, new purchases are becoming few and far between due to the Zombie Apocalypse so GameEx lifetime license has been dropped in price to $40 US for now. If you are lucking enough to still have work, then go for it.

Thanks, and stay safe, Tom

14th September, 2020 - MAME upscaled videos
After three monrhs of solid GPU processing the AI deep learning upscaled MAME video set is now available on the FTP. The videos are at a resolution of 800 x 600 or 600 x 800 for vertical at a frame rate of 30. As far as I am concerned you are free to do what you like with this video set. Enjoy,


20th August, 2020 - GameEx 16.62

Weather is fixed and back, using different API.

4th August, 2020 - GameEx MAME Leaderboard

The GameEx MAME high score leaderboard is here, working and updating:

Right here.

16th July, 2020 - GameEx 16.55

Whenever possible uses 1 to 1 pixel fonts. Not only does this improve quality once loaded and cached also improves performance. This also makes GameEx Arcade Edition and gamelauncher mode look good at low resolutions.

Fixes reduce cpu/sleep not working.

10th July, 2020 - GameEx 16.51

MAME high score support is back and much improved now using hi2txt by and thanks to greatstone. Performance is vastly improved using caching and results are also now published to and available at GameEx Online. A new leaderboard will be available shortly.

Much improved performance for Gamebase systems.

Fixes audio visualizations


4th July, 2020 - GameEx 16.48

Adds support for Daphne game manuals.

2nd July, 2020 - GameEx 16.46

New MAME filter - no multi screen games. This excludes games with multiple screens such as Playchoice 10, when updating the game list. Note that this is on by default.

Slightly faster MAME list update.

There is a new MAME display feature aimed at users of panel displays. When this setting is enabled and a MAME game is set to run close to 60hz, GameEx will inject some additional command line options to slightly slow down or speed up the game resulting in smooth frame rates and low lag. Three techniques are used depending on if your display has a high frequency such as FreeSync or G-Sync and whether the game refresh is slightly faster, falling back to syncing the refresh and not throttling for 60hz displays. A list update is required.

ArcadeVGA settings have been removed from the setup wizard as its fairly legacy now but the settings are still supported. Several other dead settings have also been removed.

The popup game descriptions are now slightly alpha blended.

1st July, 2020 - cinemarcade.com upscaled

Back in 2001, a guy called David Dries created www.cinemarcade.com and some fantastic MAME fan videos.

Skip forward nearly 20 years and I have upscaled three of the videos to 1440p, 60fps smooth motion.

The videos were converted with https://www.convert-it.org

You can find the original cinemarcade.com website here: 

The videos can be used as system logos or startup videos.

Download here


26th June, 2020 - Upscaled MAME videos

Upscaling MAME videos

The next version of Convert-It video converter features upscaling provided by waifu2x. It requires a good NVidia GPU..

Waifu2x is a powerful image upscaler for Anime and cartoon based images. What people do not realize is this upscaler also works incredibly well for retro video game graphics.

I've started a project to upscale the standard MAME video distribution. The results are impressive. When complete these will be freely available. I chose to convert them to 800x600 and 600x800 for vertical. This allows for further good upscaling from video players and allows for a faster convert, and also keeps the flavor of the original games.

The new version of Convert-It will be available shortly and here are some sample videos that have been completed.

26th June, 2020 - GameEx 16.45

GameEx Arcade Edition 16.45

As always, an EmuMovies subscription is highly recommended but I have created some system platform videos based on the standard MAME Multimedia and this release can download them automatically.

The videos were created with a custom .net app I wrote along with FFMpeg and waifu2x for upscaling.

Here are some samples. MAME and Turbografx.

This release also fixes dynamic theme videos being shown on the game info screen.

12th May, 2020 - Premium support sessions.

I am trialling premium 1 on 1 support sessions for GameEx and PinballX direct from me for the more discerning of you.

Available in the Store.

10th May, 2020 - Ultimate Retro Console

Only worthwhile systems and games.

Intel NUC 8 series, I3, Short
Sabrent Rocket Q - 2TB - M2 NVME
Official Microsoft XBOX One controller x 2
15 Foot Micro USB cable x 2

Windows 10 1909
Instant Sheller
GameEx Arcade Edition
MAME 0.220

Note: Frame skipping is due to 4k 60fps video capture over remote connection. System runs at 60fps full frame rate at 1080p



5th May, 2020 - GameEx 16.41

Optimisations to arcade edition.

GIF animations for theme logos are supported.

30th April, 2020 - GameEx 16.40

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 16.40 released.

Introducing video processing effects.

Video processing effects are performed on your GPU and can apply scanlines and video preview and video theme upscaling (look great at 4k). They are enabled under display settings and for advanced users the HLSL .fx files are located in the media folder.

A higher end video card is recommended for the video upscaling to avoid potential slowdown.

14th April, 2020 - GameEx 16.33

I've removed rotation from the wheel list going forward. It never looked right and all the logos were different sizes. Looks so much better now.

14th April, 2020 - GameEx Arcade Edition 16.32

New look for GameEx Arcade Edition. When a video theme is not available but you have other artwork a dynamic video theme will be rendered. This works well for systems that have no video themes and also works well for systems that do not have a full collection of video themes with seamless cross fade between the two.

10th April, 2020 - GameEx 16.31

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 16.31 released.

Video recording of your games has been a feature in GameEx for some time. This release makes that feature more accesible with a specific dekstop utility in the start menu program group.

New setting to check for existence of files in map files. Note: This is on by default so you may have to adjest this setting if updating some conigurations.

Gamelauncher mode in GameEx Arcade Edition now has two modes same as regular GameEx, normal and MAME categories.

A few small performance improvements.

26th March, 2020 - Stuck at home?

Please take a moment to think about online activity if your stuck at home. Watch your younger children as usual whilst they seem quiet and occupied. Watch out for an increase in scams and other activity whilst criminals and other undesirables are also loosing income and targets. Watch your own addictions too. If in doubt and you see this post feel free to run it by me. Be safe.

24th March, 2020 - Prices slashed

Prices drastically reduced due to the weak British pound.

Get it while you can at this price and help out a one man small business at the same time.

Store here.

15th February, 2020 - Instant Sheller 1.10

15th February 2020 - Instant Sheller Version 1.10
Includes an implementation of HackBGRT to change the boot logo on Windows 10 UEFI installs (requires secure boot to be disabled).
Improved dialog boxes to restart system.
Brand new feature to allow command arguments to be set on a shelled application and the ability to undo and reboot on windows startup by tapping the U key.
Fixes app locking up on applying and undoing settings.

9th February, 2020 - GameEx online API
Just wanted to point out that this is a powerful addition. It can allow control of GameEx and PinballX in lots of ways. It does not require additional hardware. As well as Google assistant, it should work well with many cloud services including Cortana, and Alexa. For common uses use an account at https://ifttt.com.

7th February, 2020 - GameEx Online API - Google Voice

New GameEx online API. Control GamEx and PinballX from applications and the cloud. A front end first.


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