OAGD.net is now known as OpenRetro.org

The name change is done for two reasons: The old name (at least the acronym) was a bit obscure, and the new name is catchier. But the main reason is the database contains information about games from other platforms than Amiga. So the old name wasn’t really fitting any more. The openretro.org site has been up for a good while now, and starting today, all oagd.net links are automatically redirected to openretro.org.

FS-UAE Launcher and Unpublished Games

The latest development versions of FS-UAE Launcher (2.9.1dev+) can now show and play “unpublished” game entries from the online game database. There is a GUI setting for this in FS-UAE Launcher Settings: Game Database. This allows you to test and submit fixes to games before they are marked as publish = 1 (= available for the general public). Think of unpublished game entries as being in “beta”.

There is a relatively new key called disable which can be used to prevent games and/or variants to be seen by external clients such as FS-UAE Launcher at all. Entries with disable = 1 will be completely hidden in FS-UAE Launcher. So to summarize, game and variant entries can be in one of the following three states:

  • publish = 1 – The game is visible for all users (if they have the game)
  • publish = 0 – The game is only visible for users having explicitly enabled the “show unpublished games” option.
  • disable = 1 – The game is completely hidden in external clients.

Comment System Improvements

The comment system has gotten an overhaul. It is now possible to filter comments per platform, and you can also mark individual comments as read. The latter is most useful for administrators / moderators who want to keep track of what’s happening. The comment overview pages also look a bit better!

Published and “Unpublished” Game Entries

The web interface will now clearly mark a game as “unpublished” if it is not published (= it will not appear in FS-UAE Launcher and other game browsers yet). Some of you have probably wondered why games have not appeared in your clients while still being visible on this site, and the “publish” status is why.

The game browser now defaults to only show “published” game entries, with an option to view the “unpublished” ones instead. When searching for a game by game, all entries will appear, but “unpublished” ones will be faded out.

CD32 Updates

I have gone through the CD32 section, and replaced TOSEC entries which only consists of a .cue+.iso file (= only a data track, no audio tracks) with new variants which only depends on the .iso file. This should make these variants compatible with .iso CD rips of these games.

Many New WHDLoad and GameBase Amiga Variants

As you may or may not have noticed, a lot of new game entries have been added the last couple of weeks. This is because we’re now importing the remaining missing WHDLoad slaves and GameBase Amiga disk sets, and as a consequence, new game entries are added as needed.

The games (except variants added to “existing games”) do not automatically appear in FS-UAE Launcher. This is because we do not want to “spam” FS-UAE Launcher with literally thousands of new game entries without any quality control or screenshots (etc). These games are in an “unpublished” state for now, which means that they are only visible on the web interface. Exactly how this is going to be handled isn’t 100% determined, but one option is that users can active games themselves, one at a time, with the assumption that they will then try the game, report issues, if any, and possibly upload screenshots.

In any case, games A-M are now mostly done, N-Z to go 🙂 (Once all games are done, the first priority is to go through the wishlist and “publish” requested games).