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1Happy The Amiga Games Selecter... on 22/1/2012, 01:01

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Quite a number of years back I wrote for myself a little utility that would allow me to launch all my old games directly from my Amiga's whenever I felt like playing them and thus "The Amiga Games Selecter" was born...



People who have seen this before have asked me to release it so that they could use it too. However I've never got round to releasing it as I'm not sure if folk will be able to set it up properly on their Amiga's...

I was wondering if anyone would be willing to try it out for themselves and give me some feedback on how I can make it easier for anyone to set up and use on their miggies... Smilie

I'll explain here first (as best I can) what is involved in using this util, as it was really only ever written for my own use and as such even though I find it easy to set up (mainly cos I wrote it) it might seem a wee bit overly complicated to anyone else who doesn't do things the way I do (which is probably most)...

Basically all my games are stored on a separate partition in drawers labelled A to Z...

Each game and all its associated files (EG: ADF disk images, WHDLoad slave files, data files etc...) are all archived individually with LZX into one file and stored using the games title (whether they be WHDLoad, JST or just "normal" Amiga HD installable games). I use this method to both save storage space and keep things tidy by not having thousands of files from all those games scattered all ove rthe HD...

EG: Snippet of the "A" drawer...

Alfred Chicken CD32
Alien Bash II
Alien Breed
Alien Breed 2


The above for example shows some games from the "A" drawer and are individual LZX archived files holding all the files needed for each game to to run (note: the .lzx extension is not required). Basically when you highlight the game from the selecter util and click on "play selected game" it will unarchive the games files to your RAM: disk (or HD if you don't have enough memory) and run it...

You can place all your games and the things needed to run them on a separate partition (the best & easiest way) or you can just place them in a drawer called "Amiga Games" (for example) with sub drawers/ directories named A to Z with all your LZX archived games placed in the appropriate drawers...

If you chose to put them on their own partition this is the best and easiest way as all the libraries, utils like WHDload, degraders etc... can be stored much more easily and neatly this way instead of having them all stored in your SYS: drawers (C: Libs: etc..)

Like I say it sounds kinda complicated but to me having set things up this way from the start it's actually very easy and a much neater solution for storing and launching all your old games...

Just wondering if anyone would care to have a look at it themselves and see what they think and maybe even suggest some ways I could make it easier for others to set up & use if they want it... Smilie


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2Happy Re: The Amiga Games Selecter... on 22/1/2012, 01:19

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When I get more time, I'd be interested in having a look, but at the moment, me busy. :/

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3Happy Re: The Amiga Games Selecter... on 22/1/2012, 01:33

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No worries mate, just throwing this out there to see if it's of any use to anyone... Smilie

Here are a couple of screenshots from DirWork showing the way I use "The Amiga Games Selecter" with my games and everything needed on a separate partition (DHA:)...





Like I say this way is the best & tidiest way to do things...

All you need is an icon on your Workbench screen ( a bit like this)...



and when you double click it, it will mount the partition you have all your games & associated stuff on, run the "Selecter" util, you choose your game and launch it... Smilie

It also takes care of freeing up every possible bit of CHIP RAM for you so that you have enough memory available for all those WHDLoad games that require almost all of your CHIP RAM... Smilie


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4Happy Re: The Amiga Games Selecter... on 22/1/2012, 19:36

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As per XDel, looks good and would love to, may take me some time to try it out for real though mate, sounds a good idea.

I've got all my WDHLoad games in a draw and it does take ages to go through them!


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5Happy Re: The Amiga Games Selecter... on 1/2/2012, 16:18

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@Franko....

I'd be more than willing to try out your launcher! I think it's awesome. Maybe point me to the source code...

One suggestion right off might be a button on the launch panel to turn off all devices in Trident software for my Subway USB as I must always do that before I can play any games in WHDLoad (that took awhile to figure out!).

Lemme know!

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6Happy Re: The Amiga Games Selecter... on 1/2/2012, 17:47

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Amiga4000 wrote:@Franko....

I'd be more than willing to try out your launcher! I think it's awesome. Maybe point me to the source code...

One suggestion right off might be a button on the launch panel to turn off all devices in Trident software for my Subway USB as I must always do that before I can play any games in WHDLoad (that took awhile to figure out!).

Lemme know!

Rog...............

I'll put together everything you need (including the source code) and send it to you... Smilie

It already switches off everything to give the maximum amount of memory possible (especially chip ram) and the way it works it uses a script that the user can easily edit to switch off whatever they use (like Trident, 06 Caches etc...)... Smilie

I haven't found a WHDLoad, JST or just normal HD installable game that it wont work with yet. Even on an Amiga with only 4 Meg of Fast RAM it can load into memory 3 disk WHDLoad games so that you can use the preload option and everything is smooth with no HD access and screen blanking... Smilie

On my Amigas with 64, 128 & 256Meg of memory even games with 16 or so disk images (ADFs) can all be loaded at once speeding things up and making everything run perfectly smoothly... Smilie

I'll write some doc files explaining as best as I can how to set it up, it's not really too complicated and once it's done it makes launching and playing games a breeze... Smilie

Only problem you might have is the launch program is in PAL format (640 x256) so I'm not sure if it will work properly on an NTSC machine... confused

PS:There are one or two things I never got round to finishing on it though, the main one is the file selector list, it doesn't scroll when you drag the scrollbar it jumps to the appropriate position instead, perhaps nows the time to fix that... Embarassed


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7Happy Re: The Amiga Games Selecter... on 1/2/2012, 18:27

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Well CRAP! I just went to post my long a$$ reply and got an error and now it's gone. AGAIN, always copy your text before posting!

Have to collect my thoughts all over again - in a few...


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8Happy Re: The Amiga Games Selecter... on 1/2/2012, 20:47

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Now this is a very useful looking tool. I even like the way the gui looks.

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