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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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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.

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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



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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,

GameEx

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20th August, 2020 - GameEx 16.62

Weather is fixed and back, using different API.



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4th August, 2020 - GameEx MAME Leaderboard

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

Right here.



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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.



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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

Enjoy!



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4th July, 2020 - GameEx 16.48

Adds support for Daphne game manuals.



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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.



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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: 
http://mirrors.arcadecontrols.com/www.cinemarcade.com/

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

Download here

 



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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.



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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.



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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.



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10th May, 2020 - Ultimate Retro Console

Specs:
Only worthwhile systems and games.

Hardware:
Intel NUC 8 series, I3, Short
16GB DDR4 SODIMM
Sabrent Rocket Q - 2TB - M2 NVME
Official Microsoft XBOX One controller x 2
15 Foot Micro USB cable x 2

Software:
Windows 10 1909
Instant Sheller
GameEx Arcade Edition
Retroarch
Dolphin
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

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www.gameex.com



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5th May, 2020 - GameEx 16.41

Optimisations to arcade edition.

GIF animations for theme logos are supported.



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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.



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