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My RetroPie/Not RetroPie? Project

by shwisha Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:01 am

This christmas I bought myself a [ur=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L87YMGM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1l]Raspberry Pi B+ Kit[/url] and started working on building a dream emulation system via RetroPie. Getting it started was easy but getting it perfect is showing to be difficult... perfect being a system that is hassle free, I can take it anywhere and play virtually any game I love easily.

This experience has lead me to really think about my retro game collecting career and future...

Past

I started getting serious about collecting retro games around 2009 and it's hard to belive that will be over 5 years ago. During that time I bought a number of systems (lets just say it's more than 5) and games (a hell of a lot more than 5). I bought my share of clone systems, including the retron 5 and a handheld called the Dingoo A330. On top of that even a Ouya. I had a pretty good experience with these systems... they just weren't exactly what I was looking for and as I found out I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking for at the time.

Present

I want to take what I've learned during all of this experience and create the best retro gaming experience yet. A little of what I learned so far...

A. The cost and hasel (having 5+ systems hookedup to a TV) of buying games and consoles
C. The lack of a consistent experience and the overwhelming catalog of having too many roms on your emulation system.
D. Trying to share your retro gaming experience with others.

Future

I hope it's a system that allows me to elimate the issues mentions above.

1. I'd love to have 1 system that allows me to play my catelog of games (at least a large majority).
2. A fluid/painless experience as I play / navigate through those games.
3. Be able to take/share this expeirience with anyone/anywhere and have them enjoy it as much as me.

Wish me luck and if you're a RetroPie user I'd love your advice.

P.S. The past, present and future aspect has nothing to do with the Christmas Carol... or was it subconscious?
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Re: My RetroPie/Not RetroPie? Project

by AppleQueso Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:14 pm

I'm not sure I'd use a raspberri pi for this (I'd probably want something a bit beefier) but I've considered building a nice emulation box myself.

I'd suggest looking into retroarch. A handy multi-system emulator that basically acts as a shell for a ton of other common/popular emulator cores. Stuff like input configuration, etc is handled by retroarch itself for example, you configure your controller once and it's already set up for every other emulator you use with it.

Plus you can do some really cool stuff if you want to fiddle around with the filters. (though they only look good in fullscreen)

Might also want to look into Retrode if you want to still stick with your original carts. USB cartridge slot, basically
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Re: My RetroPie/Not RetroPie? Project

by shwisha Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:28 pm

AppleQueso wrote:I'd suggest looking into retroarch. A handy multi-system emulator that basically acts as a shell for a ton of other common/popular emulator cores.


Retropie uses RetroArch :)
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Re: My RetroPie/Not RetroPie? Project

by AppleQueso Sun Dec 28, 2014 2:29 pm

shwisha wrote:
AppleQueso wrote:I'd suggest looking into retroarch. A handy multi-system emulator that basically acts as a shell for a ton of other common/popular emulator cores.


Retropie uses RetroArch :)


oh. right.

carry on >.>
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Re: My RetroPie/Not RetroPie? Project

by shwisha Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:32 am

AppleQueso wrote:
shwisha wrote:
AppleQueso wrote:I'd suggest looking into retroarch. A handy multi-system emulator that basically acts as a shell for a ton of other common/popular emulator cores.


Retropie uses RetroArch :)


oh. right.

carry on >.>


I got SNES working flawlessly... on to the NES.

I'm doing it one system at a time... hand picking the games.
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Re: My RetroPie/Not RetroPie? Project

by shwisha Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:25 pm

So far it's going well. Since I'm hand picking the games for each system it's going slow but when I get a system done it feels great. I got SNES and a collection of 200 games worth playing running very smooth.
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Re: My RetroPie/Not RetroPie? Project

by shwisha Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:18 pm

I got NES and SENS setup perfectly... currently ran into a little trouble configuring my gamepad for a 6 button Sega Genesis/MegaDrive controller.
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