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15th January, 2023 - GameEx 18.36
  • Filtering Steam games installed is now optional and off by default.
  • Upgraded to .net 7 from 6.
  • Use the .net 4 version (still supported) for Windows versions below 10 now.


15th January, 2023 - GameEx 18.36
  • Filtering Steam games installed is now optional and off by default.
  • Upgraded to .net 7 from 6.
  • Use the .net 4 version (still supported) for Windows versions below 10 now.


11th November, 2022 - Thank you.

I decided to go purely donation based a couple of months back. This was mainly due to overwhelming competition which alone I cannot keep up with. The competition is vast ranging from one commercial windows front end to many free RetroPie and Android solutions. I saw the writing on the wall post lockdown and trying to oprerate commercially in this field is a dying business. I believe there will be no succesful commercial front ends of any viabillity in two - three years time. Having said that I feel many still enjoy GameEx and PinballX, and download services and wish me to continue. I also enjoy it very much. Unfortunaly PayPal ditched me the other week. I can only assume they did not like the lose association I have with games and roms. They have the right as a business to serve who they like and from what I read, they do this frequently. Although I provide no illegal content here or anywhere and I pay my taxes.

I have new payment gateway options now and I ask if you enjoy my products and wish to support me you please switch your renewals over. My costs are not insignificant and I do not want to have to provide a lesser service. Thank you so much, Tom.

8th November, 2022 - GameEx 18.32

For complete MAME list customization if required you can now specify a custom listxml file.

6th November, 2022 - GameEx 18.31

New and updated HBMAME profile and download.

3rd November, 2022 - GameEx 18.30
  • Adds Retroarch emulator profiles for MAME 2013, 2013 Plus and 2010.
  • MAME Listxml files can now be used as map fiiles. Hyperlist, and MAME software lists were already supported.


25th October, 2022 - Don't try this at home! (but it works)
24th October, 2022 - GameEx 18.29
  • Fixes Windows XP compatibilty for installer out of the box
  • Why? I just don't know anymore.
  • Seriously, for Wine and ReactOS, and XP is still awesome!.
  • This is also the first release built on my new Ryzen 7950x DDR5 rig.
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23rd September, 2022 - GameEx 18.25
  • Fixes GameEx process sometimes staying active after exit.
  • Removed demo from installer. It was very dated and got in the way.


22nd September, 2022 - GameEx 18.24
  • Fixes Gamebase support.
  • Improved startup time.


20th September, 2022 - GameEx 18.23

GameEx 18.23 released.

Fixes database issues when used with map files.

Automatic updates are back and automated and synced with the releases on the forum. Arcade Edition has automatic updates too.

When using MAME software list hash xml files as map files the publisher and year fields are used.

The statistics and update download backgrounds have been AI upscaled.

28th August, 2022 - MAME Screensaver

After a 10 year hiatus MAMEScreenSaver is back working with latest MAME release.

Get it here.

28th August, 2022 - GameEx 18.15
  • Fixes marquee not changing when in screensaver.
  • Updates the links, descriptions and text labels for GameEx Online.


19th August, 2022 - GameEx 18.14
Improved APNG support thanks to Scutters.

19th August, 2022 - GameEx 18.12
Just internal code optimizations in this release but in addition from this release forward previous versions are available for download since everything is now free. I would prefer to fix issues but if you are desperate and a new version breaks something for you, you can rollback.

17th June, 2022 - GameEx 18.10
  • Improvements to layout, positioning and scaling of the default theme (version 3 themes). Internally these are now version 5 themes
  • Default selector bar has been AI upscaled.
  • Version 6 themes coming soon with powerful new skinning features and compatible with both Arcade Edition and regular GameEx.
  • Fixes MAME support files not being used since relative parts were supported.
  • Fixes 32 bit versions not launching.
  • Fixes GameEx Online most played list showing strange names or not loading.
  • Fixes threads not aborting causing a hang.
  • Fixes some resources not being released with fonts.


8th June, 2022 - GameEx 18.08
  • Fixes gamepad and real wiimote insertion and removal crashes
  • Gamepad joystick to keyboard (joytokey) mapping working again inlcuding with real wiimotes and with Daphne
  • Mini PC wii console now completed


3rd June, 2022 - GameEx 18.07

I've finialized the real wiimote support. You can now exit Dolphin or any other emulator with the home button.For dolphin set input to background.

Now to finish my mini PC console project.

2nd June, 2022 - GameEx 18.06

Adds support for real wiimotes. Dolphinbar mode 4.

17th May, 2022 - GameEx 18.04

Now supports relative paths and along with some other changes I made this allows for cloud and portable setups.

13th May, 2022 - GameEx 18.03
  • Fix to emulator now supports MAME (emu 0) and Daphne (emu 1000)
  • New fix to emulator group feature
  • These settings are useful for providing a good simple arcade cabinet build
  • Emulator groups, fix to emulator and group have been added to Arcade Edition. Use emulator 0 for MAME and emulator 1000 for Daphne
  • Ability to add more tolerance to the MAME sync refresh feature. This allows the majority of games to run smoothly and lag free at 60fps including Mortal Kombat and Smash TV
  • Fixes gamepad left and right not paging in Arcade Edition
  • New MAME Joystick only filter allowing availability of games that only use a joystick or buttons only. Useful for setups that just use a gamepad or with no spinner, trackball or mouse.
  • Fixes .net framework 4 not installing on Windows 7
  • Upgraded to .net 6 desktop runtime 6.05
  • Fixes GameEx artwork download service not downloading non MAME media
  • Fixes video themes not playing


24th April, 2022 - Big changes. Gone free.

The pandemic, losing my mother during it and dwindling interest from others along with a different situation personally has prompted me to make some significant changes and me wanting to make things purely a hobby again, albeit funded by me.

Everything is now free, including all variations of GameEx, the FTP, artwork download and GameEx Online.

I want to do things purely for the glory, hobby and community, once again.

Hopefully it will bring some renewed interest and a better purpose for me, while not having to worry about taxes, EU red tape and not much income to show for it.

I want to enjoy my work and not compete on a commercial level with free products and a commercial product that spends large amounts of money on marketing and employees.

I also want to give something back. We are all riding off the back of other peoples work and efforts and I want to have more admirable intentions going forward. I was primarily inspired by MAME and that has always been free.

I can afford the cost and hopefully I will get some new support and renewed interest because of my good intentions and I can continue to be motivated, if not more so.

Thank you to everyone who ever purchased something from me and all the support over the years. There has been many high points such as products being shown on Shark Tank twice, Pinball hall of fame and being featured in numerous books, publications and cover disks (if you are old enough to know what they are!)

I have two new free GameEx products in the pipeline and I am in no way slowing things down. Its just time to mix it up again..

Hopefully you will support me in going free for all but if you just purchased and are unhappy feel free to contact me for a refund.

Its all about the hobby and always should be.

Thank you.
Tom Speirs.

20th April, 2022 - GameEx 17.22

Fixed and improved EmuMovies file matching

4th January, 2022 - GameEx 17.17

Adds the all games list to GameEx Arcade Edition.


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