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17th October, 2021 - GameEx 17.02

GameEx 17.02 released

  • Fixes and updates for latest MAME versions.
  • History.dat XML support.
  • Updated MAME support files.
  • Fixes statistics not working.
  • Fixes issue where games would not launch if not logged onto GameEx Online.
  • Tweaked default MAME game filter.
  • Improved font scaling with default theme at 4K.

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15th September, 2021 - NOTE: How to cancel

I get a lot of people contact me and ask how to cancel subscriptions. This is especially true in recent times when people are struggling. Please note that you can cancel your subscription in your own PayPal account. I do not need to do this for you.

Thsnk you. Tom.



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9th September, 2021 - GameEx 17

New media playback features to GameEx for a change. Now features m3u and m3u plus support. Simply drop an m3u file or an internet shortcut into one of your video folders, and voila IPTV support.

A bit old school now but the GameEx DVD player now includes madVR support.

madVR support is automatic and now also works on GameEx 64 bit installs.

Fixes a rather annoying bug where the please wait animation will always stay on for a minimum of 2 seconds. So subsequently this release is a significant performance improvement.



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4th September, 2021 - Updated login requirements

In order to improve security of our systems you can no longer login with your user name but only with your email address. Since user names are public information and email addresses are not this prevents a mallicious hacker from trying to exploit accounts with weak obvious passwords.

If you have trouble logging in to the FTP or GameEx Online please logout and login again to the forums.



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30th July, 2021 - X Arcade GameEx Arcade build

I recently built a rig for a good friend. It used an X-Arcade Tank Stick and an Amazon certified refurbished Dell Optiplex connected to TV via a 25 foot HDMI cable. As well as running latest MAME with 60hz sync refresh support and Daphne with HD versions, it features all the third generation consoles which all tend to work well with Arcade Controls. I also added ColecoVision as he had an Adam as a kid.



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28th July, 2021 - Lockdown Loco sale. Everything half price.

Lockdown Loco GameEx and Spesoft sale.

Everythinh half price until further notice.

Use coupon code: 7ACE8

Store Here.



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5th July, 2021 - GameEx 16.97

When using madVR the GameEx OSD is now rendered using hardware Direct3D.



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4th July, 2021 - GameEx 16.96
  • Fixes MNG playback and support on 64 bit.
  • Supports attract mode videos in subfolders.
  • New option to display attract mode videos at correct aspect aspect ratio or stretch. Note: Now not stretched by default.

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2nd July, 2021 - GameEx 16.95
  • MadVR integration is working perfecctly again, now with detection for NVIDIA cards and 32 bit app.
  • Fixes ISO mounting bug introduced a few versions back.
  • Fixes UPNP Media servers not being detected in Videos and Media Library.


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27th June, 2021 - GameEx 16.94

New random background videos feature.



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26th June, 2021 - GameEx 16.93

Certainly not the best feature in GameEx although it does provide games out of the box. GameEx Arcade is now working again since Flash was removed from Windows thanks to the Ruffle emulator.

YouTube is now also working again in GameEx.



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26th June, 2021 - GameEx Arcade - Ruffle

The Flash games on the GameEx Arcade web site are working again thanks to the Ruffle emulator.

arcade.gameex.com



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7th June, 2021 - Digitizing VHS in 2021

I recently digitized a very cherished 21 year old PAL VHS tape into a 60 fps 4K MP4. I was very impressed with the end result but I had to do a lot of research and experimentation to get it there and I thought it might be useful to share the workflow. This applies to both NTSC and PAL VHS.

Note: This is a high end solution in terms of kit required for best possible results at home

AVerMedia SD PCIe video capture card CE310B (new)

Corsair Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2 (new)

Refurbished Super vhs player from ebay (need one with TBC and SVIdeo output).

RTX 2080 super or better (already had so did not get scalped). For 1080p can use less.

Capture to avermedia card at highest resolution in 422 from svideo with cropping to x264 lossless and pcm audio with ffmpeg

Deinterlace with avisynth QTGMC preset very slow to x264 lossless and pcm audio with ffmpeg

Encode again lossless but with aspect set to 4:3 (only set meta data, don't resize)

Playback with potplayer (x86) with madvr plugin at 4k with random noise removal and smooth motion to 60hz. (don't need smooth motion for NTSC)

Capture potplayer with Corsair Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2

Use VirtualDub2 to trim and with crop filter to make 4:3 and encode final result with x264.



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13th May, 2021 - GameEx 16.90
  • Several new Retroarch configs added. The PUAE core is the simplest way to get Amiga going I have seen yet.
  • New Cemu config added. I modifed the roms in subfolders emulator option to allso work with archives and this makes this system very easy to get going now.

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9th May, 2021 - GameEx 16.87
Improved video rendering performance.

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9th May, 2021 - GameEx 16.86
  • Several performance fixes and improvements.
  • Fixes first frame of video not displaying
  • New option and feature to set an alternate path for the automatic artwork download.

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8th April, 2021 - PinballX 5.02

Screen streaming is working again at GameEx online and now supports full screen exclusive apps too.

I am working on an online list manager which will take you closer to managing your cabinet without getting off the couch (even if on the other side of the world).

I have not taken donations for ten years and PinballX is essentially free software along with https://vpdb.io which I host.

If you want to support the cause please consider purchasing a subscription or lifetime access. I hate to say it but money from my hobby goes a long way to motivate me if not support my lifestyle.

Im not the one to go to on every product  for some people these days but I (and others here) have motivated and inspired many people and innovated and been the first with many things..

You will get a lot for your money including GmeEx Online and you will keep me motivated, innovative and inspired.

 

GameEx, PinballX and Spesoft Products - Spesoft Forums

 

Thank you.

Tom Speirs.



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5th April, 2021 - vpdb.io

I just wanted to remind people out there three years ago Freezy's groundbreaking 100% open VPDB project went live and has had free hosting by me since with not even requests for donations and has experienced 99.99% uptime..

 

Go to VPDB.io

 

What if there was a platform that would make it possible to download a game and everything related in one single click? A platform that comes with a tool that downloads and names content like it should be while respecting the author's work? That takes under a minute to set up? Something a newcomer would be instantly comfortable with?

A platform where you can browse online, that is fast, open and beautiful, where searching for games is a matter of milliseconds and everything related to a game is in one place? A platform that is so simple to use that preloading cabs or burning DVDs wouldn't even make sense because it would be too cumbersome in comparison?

A tool that would assist table authors in publishing their great work, where multiple authors can maintain a release and are properly credited? A tool that sits on your cab, is connected to the platform and updates games when the user tells it to? Even remotely, or even automatically as soon as the author of a game releases a new version?

 

VPDB aims to be that platform.

VPDB stands for Virtual Pinball Database. It can do many things you might even once have dreamt about. It's technology coming from members of the virtual pinball community who happen to be software engineers in professional life. It's a platform that makes it fun again to upload, browse, download, rate and comment on content created by this beautiful community.

We've coded this up from scratch in our spare time and offer it as a free platform. The code is open source, that means everybody can install VPDB in their own environment and tinker with it. We also offer a public and documented API, giving access to our database to any third party applications you might come up with.

The reason we've done this is because we believe that innovation comes from providing openly the tools necessary so they can be improved and live on. In such a vibrant community like this, where people provide hard and beautiful work at no cost, we think this is specially important.



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27th January, 2021 - GameEx 16.78

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 16.78

  • New start menu in GameEx Arcade Edition
  • Faster loading of Genres and other database videos
  • Improved Wine support, with auto setup configuration and video rendering support.
  • Improved Karaoke with auto title naming and ability to select by artist.



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26th December, 2020 - Brexit - EU purchasers

Please be advised sales to EU member states will suspend on 1st January 2021 due to EU digital services rules which a small outfit like me cannot process right now. I am looking for a solution, maybe through a third party reseller service, an overseas subsidiary or partner and will post an update once I have it..

Sales to the UK or outside the EU are unaffected.



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27th November, 2020 - GameEx on Intel Atom CPU

This is what is running on:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F7PBNFL/ref=twister_B08DQT11YK

$150 USD

Although for emulation on a budget mini PC you are better off with something like this with a Celeron:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DNYQJVL/ref=sspa_dk_detail_3



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25th November, 2020 - GameEx 16.72

Improved rendering performance.1080p 60fps on recent embedded hardware such as Appolo Lake Celerons.

Why eat Pie?



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21st November, 2020 - GameEx 16.70
  • Animated PNG support.
  • Fix allows Dpahne exe to have spaces in it.

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26th October, 2020 - GameEx 16.67

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 16.67 released.

New GPU hardware based video recording on Windows 10, supporting HD 60fps and fullscreen esclusive apps.

The video creation tool has also been improved, allowing individual games to be recorrded.

Cleaner Windows start menu



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