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.
The latest development versions of FS-UAE Launcher (2.9.1dev+) can now show and play “unpublished” game entries from the online game database.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 Think of unpublished game entries as being in “beta”.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publish = 0– The game is only visible for users having explicitly enabled the “show unpublished games” option.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.
Database maintenance is being performed, and to make the system even more future-proof, UUIDs for some variants are changed. Some variants (which should not have been included in the first place) will be purged as part of this update (this includes Quarterback ADFs, and virus-infected variants). During the maintenance, you might run into some temporary problems.
When the update is done, the “database version number” will be incremented, which will cause the Launcher to re-download the entire database. So you shouldn’t notice this much except for one extra long refresh operation.
Updated: The update process is now done. You should use the latest development version of FS-UAE and refresh the game database 🙂 Due to renaming of some disks, you may seemingly have “lost” savegames saved on floppies from the game database. If you miss a savegame, you need to rename the corresponding floppy .sdf file in the save state directory.
Second update: There remained a problem with starting WHDLoad games after the update. This has now been fixed, just make sure to refresh the database!
The latest release of FS-UAE Launcher contains a few updates which are relevant for the game database. When you now select a game in FS-UAE Launcher, a game variant will be auto-pre-selected according to the following rules:
- If you have personally rated a variant with score 5, this variant will be selected.
- If not, the variant with the highest score will be selected.
While being a nice feature in itself, this should also give you some extra motivation to rate variants, as the variant you rate 5 will be your “preferred variant”, or favorite if you will 🙂
Game variants can now specify that an empty HD or a HD with Workbench must be added to the system. This is done by setting a new database key “requirements” to one of