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14th August, 2019 - GameEx 15.61

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 15.61 released.

Fixes for latest MAME release.

Fixes GameEx Online web site and game cards for GameEx Arcade Edition.

Bug where external dialog box would show if preview video was a certain resolution.

Fixex issue where iit was not possible to enable other emulators in attract mode with GameEx Arcade Edition.

17th June, 2019 - PinballX 3.46
  • Fixes GameEx Online.
  • Fixes screensaver start for plugins. Can now be cancelled.
  • Joystick input now additionally supports x/y and pov.


12th June, 2019 - Evolution 1.06

GameEx Evolution 1.06 released.

  • Keyboard and mouse input now works in the frontend if RAW input is not available. This allows other remote desktop solutions to work. (Extensions not supported).
  • Fixes downloading extensions in repository manager.
  • Fixes crash on startup if front end display settings get corrupted.


21st May, 2019 - PinballX 3.43

PinballX 3.43 released.

Fixes for Visual Pinball 10.

9th May, 2019 - GameEx Evo 1.05

Includes new EVO specific Repository Manager utility

2nd April, 2019 - GameEx Evolution 1.03

GameEx Evolution 1.03 released.

Fixes all reported issues on the forums.


12th March, 2019 - PinballX 3.30

PinballX 3.30

  • New instruction card Apron display support.
  • Loading GIF animations fixed.
  • The frontend now supports full screen exclusive display mode again.
  • Improved display number handling. If you have issues check your display settings.
  • Performance improvements and fixes. Specifically fixes issues on systems with only 2 CPU cores.
  • Fixes not restoring all artwork when returning from in game mode.
  • PinballX will detect if its launched on startup of windows and wait before obtaining and initializing displays.


22nd November, 2018 - Thanksgiving and beyond sale.

Here is your opportunity to get GameEx Evolution and the rest of the lifetime package at half price.

Now half price until end of November to celebrate the recent release of GameEx Evolution.

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12th November, 2018 - GameEx Evolution 1.02

GameEx Evolution 1.02 released.

Fixes some minor issues reported on the forums.

11th October, 2018 - GameEx Evolution

GameEx Evolution v1.01 Beta

Proudly presented to you by Spesoft in partnership with Headsoft and FlashBang Studio.

Some of the features you'll see in v1.01:

*** Features ***

  • Pre-configured system profiles for 200+ emulators
  • 3 default themes (Default, Blue and Black)
  • Supports multiple orientations and aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, horizontal & vertical)
  • Multiple list display modes (List, Grid, Page, Carousel, Wheel and CoverFlow)
  • Multiple game lists (All, Completed, Favourites, NextToPlay, Played and RecentlyPlayed)
  • Databases for every system
  • Auto emulator app and asset download
  • Full system auditing and game list editor
  • MAME Software List support
  • Advanced MAME filtering system (Genre, Category, Manufacturer, Year, Orientation, Rotation, Controls, Players, Buttons, Alternating, Mirrored, Service, Tilt and Cocktail)
  • Advanced System filtering (Publisher, Developer, Year, Category and Players)
  • Other Filter Flags (File, Video, Region, Language and Media)
  • Advanced emulator launch and logging system
  • Steam game import
  • Stats (LastTimePlayed, HasPlayed, HasRecentlyPlayed, HasNeverPlayed, TotalTimePlayed, TimesPlayed, HasCompleted, IsFavorite, IsNextToPlay)
  • 2D & 3D object support
  • 32 and 64-bit support
  • Frame-based animation
  • Theme skinning system
  • Bitmap font support with editor
  • Extensions (including scripts and plugins)
  • Advanced variable system (all accessible via your custom Extensions)
  • Write your own Extensions in C# or VB.NET, Have access to Evo libraries directly!
  • Free extensions including hardware support for UltraStik, ServoStik, LEDWiz, PacDrive, U-HID, Blue-HID, Nano-LED, PacLED64, I-Pac Ultimate I/O, BetaBrite etc. All open source!
  • Command.dat support (Fighting game move lists)
  • Built-in manual and asset viewer
  • Auto image mounting
  • Much, much more!


*** Q & A ***

Q: Why did it take so long?
A: This has been a long time coming and that's because we've spent extra time adding the features you wanted into the next evolution of gaming front ends!

Q: Who created it?
A: This is the most advanced FE ever written by the best in the scene. In development for over 5 years by coders with over 25 years in FE and arcade app development combined!

Q: Why did you create it?
A: This is a creation born out of love and passion for the retro arcade and emulation community. The cost was great but it's our gift to you and this is only the beginning!

Q: Where is feature X your promo video promised?
A: We have included every feature we promised except for the Theme Editor. It's still in production. Let us know if you're interested!

Q: What about native HyperSpin theme rendering?
A: It's in there we just don't think it's that important. We're not trying to be HyperSpin but we're fans of the project - hi Bill!

Q: What about RocketLauncher?
A: While we think it's a pretty cool project we think if you're paying for a FE like ours it should all be integrated. That's why our Setup Wizard does everything! No 3rd party tools required!

Q: What's the future of GameEx Evolution?
A: Very bright! But we need your support and for us to succeed we need your help to get the word out. So don't just sit there, tell everyone the good news!

Q: I need help or have a question!
A: Great! Please visit our GameEx Evolution Forums


*** GameEx Evolution is: ***

Developed by Headsoft (headsoft.com.au)
Ben Baker (Headkaze) [Code, Design and Artwork]

Published by Spesoft (spesoft.com)
Tom Speirs [Sales, Code, Testing and Support]

With Help from FlashBang Studio (flashbangstudio.uk)
Michael Ware (Greatflash) [Database, Code, Artwork, Testing and Support]

And Hanka Design (hanka-design.com)
Markus Hanka [Logo, Early UI Design Prototypes]

Full Credits: gameex/com/evo-credits


*** Thanks ***

Also thanks to our staff for all their amazing and continued work on our forums over the years:

Adultery, Carny_Priest, DazzleHP, Draco, freezy, GimmeClassics, hansolo77, nullPointer, rablack97, RedDog, stigzler, Tempest, tthurman and zeenon

Download GameEx Evolution here

21st September, 2018 - GameEx 15.50

New, now includes a 64 bit version of GameEx.

Some plugins and gamebase music is not supported in the 64 bit version. If this is a problem for you, uncheck the option during installation.

15th August, 2018 - GameEx 15.41
  • Performance improvements
  • Fixes manual viewer on 64 bit version


17th August, 2018 - PinballX 3.10 - 3.11

- Can now zero rate tables.

- Attract mode now shows high scores on your DMD

- Select and filter the game list by ratings.

- Can now rate a table within the front end.

- Company logos can be by a year or year range. Use the following in the filename: Bally (1980), Bally (-1980), Bally (1980-), Bally (1982-1988). There is also now no fixed limit on how many you can have.

- Automatically add new and missing tables. This feature is enabled or disabled under General Settings

- Current Pin2DMD support with the existing DLLs is broken now, so I have included new working versions with the installer. Select the option for Pin2DMD when installing.

- Fixes mouse wheel not working in game manager.

- The install now defaults to a 32 bit install, for both new installs and anyone upgrading from a release prior to this one. If you are not using the 32 bit version select the option on install. It caused numerous support issues previously and it just wasn't a good idea to default to 64 bit in hindsight.

23rd June, 2018 - GameEx 15..33 - PinballX 3.06

Apologies for the inconvenience but due to some required performance improvements you will need to upgrade in order to contnue to use GameEx Online. Thank you for your understanding.

31st May, 2018 - Instant Sheller 0.9

Instant Sheller 0.9 released

Instant Sheller: It allows you to one click shell GameEx or any other front end. Its for Windows XP Service pack 2 and above, Vista, Windows 7 and the latest versions of Windows 10. It also requires the .net framework 2 service pack 1 or above. It features a one click 'Undo'.

Updated May 2018 for support for the latest versions of Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise. For Windows 10 Enterprise it can completely hide everything.

Download it here.

28th May, 2018 - GameEx 15.30

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 15.30 released.

  • Create snaps and video screen recording has been rewritten. Video capture now records in mp4 format and external driver and software capture methods are supported. There is a new section in the setup wizard for video recording. Geforce experience has been tested to be working. It is also much more responsive to cancelling the process and ffmpeg.exe is required to use this feature now.
  • Creating video snaps is no longer a registered version feature.
  • GameEx arcade edition now has an optional 64 bit version as part of the installer. Note: Some plugins may still require the 32 bit version.
  • Several input issues were fixed


26th March, 2018 - GameEx 15.20

This release is a significant update to GameEx and GameEx arcade edition but involves work mainly on the back end. There are also too many fixes to mention in this release but the original purpose of it was to upgrade the DirectX library from managed DirectX to SlimDX. In addition all video rendering is now GPU hardware accelerated. This all provides significant stability and performance improvements, especially on older hardware. On newer hardware 4k 60fps video previews are no issue at all.

There is also a fixed and improved GameLauncher mode and the background snap theme and mode is working as expected again.

Again, there are many fixes in and minor improvements in this release. You may find some issues you had fixed and because the changes are so substantial I will provide the previous releases in case I missed something in my regression testing.





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18th February, 2018 - PinballX 2.60

PinballX 2.60 released

Performance is significantly improved with this release

The DirectX library has been transitioned to SlimDX with help from Ben Baker

Bass audio library has been upgraded to the latest version

The limit on company logo images has been increased to 70 from 60

Startup audio and GameEx online is working again

New 'Launch' Keyboard and Gamepad control to immediaitly launch a game and skip the info screen.

A belated happy new year from me. Enjoy

17th January, 2018 - GameEx 15.10

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 15.10 released.

Features new and improved support for 4k / UltraHD

11th December, 2017 - GameEx founders upgrade to GameEx Online

GameEx 15.07 has arrived and with this release all GameEx founding members have been given an upgrade to GameEx Online, the GameEx repository and the GameEx and PinballX FTP service.

Anyone who purchased a full license since GameEx was founded in 2005 now receives:

No catch, just enjoy.

Merry Christmas.

11th November, 2017 - Big seasonal updates

Introducing PinballX 2.50, GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 15.00

Big updates for the season.

These are mainly performance improvement related releases with general optimizations to key functions as well as rendering and the executable compiles.

This should hopefully result in better FPS and speed improvements throughout although obviously it will be more noticeable on lower end machines.

With GameEx several other areas have been improved for performance such as the Jukebox, loading Game Info, the Movie Library and getting Meta Data.

In addition the YouTube feature is now working again and the Move Library has been improved significantly. Getting Meta Data for the movie library is now much quicker to and downloading music artist and album images is working again.

I also made the decision to make the Media Library and DVD/BluRays on disk features free for all users and no longer a registered version feature.

I am toying with the idea of releasing a sub version of GameEx without gaming features, purely as a free HTPC solution. Please let me know your thoughts on this.

In preparation for the season I, and behalf of all of my loyal team and friends who work alongside me wish you all the best, happy thanksgiving, happy Hanukkah, Eid, Kwanzaa and Merry Christmas!.

29th September, 2017 - GameEx 14.93


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GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 14.93 released.

  • Fixes Karaoke
  • Fixes downloading in Setup.exe
  • Improved wheel and list animations.
  • For GameEx Arcade Edition MAME arcade games are automatically put onto another a separate menu if you have more than 2 other systems setup.


26th September, 2017 - PinballX 2.40

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PinballX 2.40 has been released and now officially includes integrated Pinball FX3 support.


6th September, 2017 - GameEx 14.90

A major new feature for developers in this release. Introducing AddIns.

Addins allow you to programmatically create your own modules (lists and menus) and play, list and launch anything..

You can for example create your own video or multimedia modules somewhat similar to how some Kodi AddOns work.

It's not overly complicated to get started and there is a full example available here.

They are also now part of the official GameEx repository.

I am happy to answer any questions.


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