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scout43

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Best theme for an arcade machine?
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:29:53 AM »
Which theme to you all think works best for a retro arcade machine. Post your opinion below.

Both horizontal and vertical theme suggestions are welcome :)

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2016, 11:28:23 AM »
Assuming you mean a real arcade machine with a crt... Probably the cools layout.

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2016, 02:34:40 PM »
Personal preference...

Maybe Flatblue will change that though ;)

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2016, 04:20:04 PM »
I'll be selfish and go with arcadebliss cab edition :)

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2016, 09:12:18 AM »
Arcade bliss looks OK but robospin looks incredible on a crt. What other layout allows you to swap between wheel art, vertical wheel art or text listbox? It's not that I'm bias or anything.  :)

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2016, 09:17:22 AM »
Personal preference...

Maybe Flatblue will change that though ;)

Maybe. I can't wait to see the theme in a working state and try it out! I like that it will work well for crt and high res lcds.

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2016, 02:06:13 PM »
@scout try them all they are free and see which one works best to your suitable needs  :P

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2016, 04:43:13 AM »
I just got my 15kHz Candy cabinet working and am download every theme now to see what works for me. Let me know what you find and I'll do the same.

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2016, 05:28:53 AM »
Please try my NEVATO theme if you can - I don't have any first hand reviews how it behaves on arcade monitor.
t's responsive and works great on 4:3 LCD, but I don't now how it looks/works on real arcade.

You can download it here:
www.ONYXarcade.com/nevato

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2016, 07:28:40 AM »
Please try my NEVATO theme if you can - I don't have any first hand reviews how it behaves on arcade monitor.
t's responsive and works great on 4:3 LCD, but I don't now how it looks/works on real arcade.

You can download it here:
www.ONYXarcade.com/nevato

If he uses it horzontal it would work fine, vertical it will only fill 2/3rds of a screen at best.

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2016, 05:11:22 PM »
I successfully connected my pi to a 15k CRT today. So, I'll try to post some screen shots of various layouts and maybe upload some videos tomorrow.

But, for now here is a quick screenshot of battletoads and bubble bobble on my 25" CRT.
   
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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2016, 07:29:59 PM »
I successfully connected my pi to a 15k CRT today. So, I'll try to post some screen shots of various layouts and maybe upload some videos tomorrow.

But, for now here is a quick screenshot of battletoads and bubble bobble on my 25" CRT.
   

I assume it is running a constant 640x480 res? Use software scan lines to simulate a 240p res? How well does the setup work? I've been curious but there seems to be a lack of people using pi with crt.

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2016, 09:34:31 PM »
Hi Keilmillerjr-

Yeah, the GBS 8100 converts to 480i so the games run in interlaced mode without scanlines. So, if you want scanlines they need to be generated some how.

But, I actually bumped up the resolution to 800x600. It's really more about timing with a crt anyway.

This was a quick solution that works well but a better solution might be using a J-pac as the raspberry pi supports 240p. So, I could have spent a little more money and just bypassed using the GBS-8100 altogether.   

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2016, 08:40:00 PM »
To the OP, I'm happy with attractman on the crt.

Regarding the GBS 8100.  It made my arcade monitor look exactly like the old tube television we had in the mid 80s.  Amazing for music videos, but crap for arcade games.  I was using a PC and not a rpi, but I don't know why it would be different for this.

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Re: Best theme for an arcade machine?
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2016, 11:47:10 AM »
Yeah, I am currently using Attract Man as well. I changed the sprites to the Pac-Man characters. It gives it a good classic feel.