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.
The process mentioned in the previous post is now complete. This means that (most) games available as WHDLoad slaves, or in the GameBase Amiga disk set is recognized by the database. However, most of these new games are still not “published” (not visible in FS-UAE Launcher). I’ll come back with more information about how you can help 🙂
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 These games are in an “unpublished” state for now, which means that they are only visible on the web interface.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).
The following games were added to the online database in March: Software Manager, Narco Police, Airball, ESWAT, Dynasty Wars, Dark Fusion, Dizzy Panic, World Games, Jet Pilot, Burnout, James Bond: The Stealth Affair, Joe Blade 2, Jetsons, Stone Age, Skyfox, Ferrari Formula One, Impact, Steel Empire, Bone Cruncher, and Star Control. More games will of course be added this month as well 🙂
Steam-compatible banners (460×215 or 920×430) may now be added to game entries. The uses cases for these are:
- Users who also use Steam and/or Steam Big Picture mode might want to have their favorite Amiga games available in the same interface, and then these banners can be used to make it look really nice.
- The web interface and other clients may sometimes want to present games in lists where wide banners look nicer then tall covers.
One idea is that FS-UAE Launcher can automatically synchronize selected games – or all games from a user’s game list into Steam as shortcuts – with banners automatically added. The game will then start via FS-UAE Game Center full screen mode (for variant and input device selection). Note that this feature does not exist yet, and it won’t displace the FS-UAE Game Center interface in any way – it will be complementary.
Also, a user may not want all Amiga games in the Steam interface as it may clutter it too much, but a game list feature is under development where the launcher and game center can show only the games which are added to a game list. The user could for example create a “Favorites” list or a “Steam Shortcuts” list and choose to export those games to Steam.
Game banners can be added now, and you can also see the already existing banners on a nice page. Also, if you are interested in this – or just are on Steam and like FS-UAE and/or OAGD.net, consider joining the group on Steam 🙂
You can now upload game related files like scans, manuals and maps to OAGD 🙂 This feature is intended for raw material, that means please don’t process (rescale, crop, rotate) the material if possible. All material related to a game is welcome.
To upload (or just view and download) the material, go to the files tab. A comment about each upload would be great 🙂 The recent uploads are also listed on the changes page.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us on our .
Happy uploading 😀
Hi, you may have noticed that new features have been added to oagd.net, especially during the last couple of weeks. The most recent major change is the new “game pages”, see for example Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 and Paradise Lost. This is just the first version of game front pages, coinciding with the release of Paradise Lost. Not all new editing functionality is enabled for users yet. This is simply because not every detail is fleshed out yet – please be patient 🙂
We are also working on support for auto-downloading games (on demand) directly to FS-UAE Launcher – where possible.
The reason for these changes is that while the primary function of oagd.net was to serve as an online configuration database for FS-UAE Launcher (and other clients), the scope of the project grows, as we now also try to host game ourselves where possible – or link to legal download pages. People may now start to browse oagd.net without necessarily wanting to edit the online database.
We keep in mind that trying to do “everything” is not not always a good idea. The primary function of oagd.net was, and still is, to be a great resource for helping people to play games, either directly to human visitors, or indirectly when clients such as FS-UAE Launcher retrieves information from this site. It is not an encyclopedia, and it will not try to compete with e.g. HOL on the level of detail available about games. For this purpose, we link to HOL and Wikipedia instead 😉
It will probably help to have some kind of “mission statement” at some point. But in short, if something is useful to people playing Amiga games, and we can host or link to it, it should have a place on oagd.net in the future. I’ll follow up better later with more details and documentation regarding any changes 🙂
We are in the process of adding and/or confirming variants available on pages with free downloads, so we can provide more information about which games are legally downloadable 🙂 This means that FS-UAE Launcher should recognize the disks from these sites. We hope that this information will allow people to get into Amiga emulation more easily.
To make sure the games have corresponding variants in the database, we need to check the downloads and confirm if the ADFs or IPFs are already available. If you want to help, please feel free to report the SHA-1 for the disks you found on those sites. It will speed up the process and help us a lot 🙂
We also hope you like the new look of the game pages.
Open Amiga Game Database is now in open beta! This means that you can now register yourself a username/password to access the database, no need to send an e-mail and ask for an account any more.
By registering a username and password, you’ll be able to:
- Enable the database feature in FS-UAE Launcher and enjoy “one-click” running of pre-configured games (provided you have the required floppy images, etc).
- Log in to the web interface and make improvements to game entries if you find missing information, or want to improve what’s already there.