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I understand the point you're trying to make, but here's mine: I have a set of neogeo roms that I spent a good amount of time and effort to collect. They work in every other emulator I have just fine. They work in the old fbanext just fine. The only place they do not work is in retroarch. So the solution you're offering me is to go out an re-collect all my roms, as well as the bios, in a manner that retroarch likes and just use it anyway? Call me lazy if you will but that seems an awful lot to ask of me when I know the roms work in all the other emus I use(and the older fbanext). Suppose the new roms don't work in my other emus...now I have 2 sets of the same roms I have to keep up with. I don't think that's reasonable so we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one I'm afraid. But that's just my personal preference, and I get that it's a trade off(e.g. I don't get all the enhancements, etc. that retro offers and if the old fbanext goes tits up then that's just tough luck for me cause the devs ain't gonna help).
I do appreciate the info though. Should I ever decide to give it another whirl one day, now I'll know where to start, so thanks for that.
for the most part. the only thing is that mednafen can load zips and you don't need to change cores. oh, and it's got virtualboy support
you could try just using the new bios for neogeo. that might get some games to work.
Never there but always going back
Well this may sound strange but when I used to have CFW all the emulators that was released pre 2010 - Jan 2011 worked fine without the need of RetroArch.
Once thing I want to add is most of the emulators such as Neo-geo / FBA don't really look well on a HDTV because the quality is very poor even in 1080p
I am just too accustomed to me PSP which it looks amazing on it with the smaller screen.
But bottom line is this is nice while it lasted but it wasn't needed IMO the older ports before this worked as good as this one. Maybe this one offer small tweaks but at the end of the day as long as the game played and saved you were good to go.
I can understand that concern and is a valid point. But my notice is about how improved it is as people seem to think its the same emulator in new wrapper and i am trying to educate everyone on the best choice. As i feel many have missed important info. but your point is very valid especially the larger the collection.
As joshisposer stated i would try finding the correct BIOS for RetroArch (its 1404KB in size) and see if that will work with your roms. (just depends on the roms itself)
Now i know there are tools that will update roms. I havent used many of them but in the future i may write a TUT on that one (when i figure out how to use them myself). Seems like it would be needed by some with the same concerns.
But with that said i believe there is much better emulation and shader options for those who upgrade. As well you will always be in line with the PC ports. As when the official PC port of FBA is updated so will RetroArch. not the case with FBAnext as its a dead project.
The official FBA teams has adopted "libretro" that is huge in itself for PS3 users.
So as FBA improves officially PS3 users see the benefits soon after. So FBA will continue to always get better and better.
It hard to say one is better then the other as they dont emulate the same stuff. I use both. I use mednafen for: (as RetroArch dont emulate these)
Neo Geo Pocket / Color
The rest I use RetroArch:
because the emulation is much better, and is has continued development as Mednafen on the PS3 is dead. Hasnt seen an update in over a year (We miss you Robo Hobo )
Gameboy Handelds (GB/GBC/GBA)
Sega Game Gear
Sega Master System
SG-1000 (ony on RetroArch)
SEGA CD (only on RetroArch)
Now RetroArch uses cores from Mednafen (PC port not PS3)
Wonderswan / Color
Turbo Grafx 16 / PC-Engine
Turbo GrafX CD / PC-Engine CD
Well your right and wrong
Your right sometimes is just needs the updated Bios of neogeo needed (the 1,404KB sized one). In some cases Depends on the roms people have. So it best to find correct BIOS and go from there.
Also zip support is there. FBA directly, other system there are a few options. (see above post) (i may be mistaken but through multiMAN it all works directly, i cant remenber off hand so i could be wrong there)
It would be nice to play them directly as zips but i believe it may come in the future. not sure. But for all the advantages that is minor IMO.
The changing of cores to me is no big deal it adds what 10 seconds or less to the overall process. A trade i will take for vastly improved emulators. (then for people who prefer the older ports this process would be much faster then booting the other standalone emu.)
You are wrong in alot of assumptions there.
Just an example take the standalones of genesis plus gx and genesis next. Neither of those will emulate SEGA CD. In RetroArch the geneisis_plus_gx core does and it uses updates from the original genesis_plus_gx from ekeke. Which means the Emulator is always updated and improved. ) So there are many improvements of those ports.
As far as how it looks in HD. That why there are many shader options (Accually with RetroArch you can use two shaders at once) You can achieve a greatly improved looking games through the shaders.
I am confused a bit on this comment:
While it lasted? RetroArch is developing all the time (almost daily) and adding new system that are emulated Small tweaks I'm sorry but you are very wrong in that estimation. There is much more then small tweaks.
"But bottom line is this is nice while it lasted but it wasn't needed IMO the older ports before this worked as good as this one. Maybe this one offer small tweaks but at the end of the day as long as the game played and saved you were good to go. "
I am just trying to educate everyone as there are many incorrect assumptions of RetroArch and there are not many valid reason to use the older ports. but ultimalty the choice is on the user. Just i want to educate people of RetroArch properly before that choice is made. like i said there are alot of incorrect assumptions.
For people who feel it was not needed or its same thing in a new wrapper. You couldn't be farther from the truth.
People shouldnt resign and distribute old things when it is against the developers wishes and causes more problems then it does in benefiting users. If a users wishes to use the older ports it is their choice but with that said there are tools if they wish to resign them on their own.