The never ending story

2/5/2010 4:29:03 PM

By RetroRalph

Well today another important feature was added to RetroCopy 0.700 to make it ready for next release. And that is game logging.

If you go to the games page (link up top there) you will find the "most played games" list is now being populated. Basically every time a RetroCopy member plays a game it will record the start time and end time, then the server can display it for ranking purposes among other things.

Now whenever it comes to logging things privacy is of utmost concern, so no user information will be shown about the games you play unless you want it (in the profile section there will be configuration options). What is currently planned is to let others see when they click on your username a list of games you have played recently. Maybe more things will be added as they are thought up (any ideas?)

If you don't want any information to be sent about games played, then you simply don't log in (in RetroCopy), as there is no point in worrying about what non members play! ;) Another thing I thought I might mention is RetroCopy "encrypts" your username and password before sending it to the server, to ensure anyone that may be snooping the line (usually a worry if you're on a public network) won't be able to decipher it.

I just have a bit more work to do on .GAME conversion and the release is ready, a lot of input related things were also added this week to help fix a problem someone was having with a dual shock controller. The .GAME related work still needing to be done is to stop people from needing original files from 0.700 on, from this point onwards all .GAME files will be recognized and upgraded automatically. So 0.700 will be the last mass conversion you need to do.

I will be very relieved once this release is out because it's taken so much grunt work to do, but sets us up for a good base for easy future updates.

Finally it appears Windowed VSYNC is back in the Catalyst 10.1 drivers, so probably worth upgrading to them if you have ATI hardware. They are a fraction (1-2%) faster than the last ones in RetroCopy.

6 responses to The never ending story

micky wrote:

2/6/2010 4:53:54 AM

Great !!!
Your blog's system is very interesting to know how your work is in progress :-)

RockmanKB wrote:

2/7/2010 2:52:58 AM

So excited for the next release (as I've already made somewhat of a spazz out of myself in the support part of the forums lol), just can't wait for the gear-to-gear emulation!

Yeah I realize it probably wont be perfect, but I'm really hoping the power ranger games work on it! The only truly decent fighting game the franchise has ever had and I can finally play it against some friends!

RetroRalph wrote:

2/7/2010 4:01:59 AM

I'll test power rangers later today, I haven't tried that one yet. I've tested about 20 or so games and I think only one didn't work, though it may have worked when I set the correct country.

You're going to need a dual core CPU to play it fast enough though. :)

RetroRalph wrote:

2/7/2010 4:07:35 AM

Ok I just tested it now :-

Seems to work fine. :)

maux wrote:

2/7/2010 5:11:14 AM

wow checking several times a day just to see if 0.700 is released...i know patience is a virtue but i´m so excited :)

RockmanKB wrote:

2/7/2010 10:34:11 AM

Very cool! Thanks ralph!

Also no worries, got a shiny new i5 core for Xmas ;)

Cant wait!!

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