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That's a nice idea, but one request: PLEASE don't use the gamebase frontend. Pretty please? Personally I find it pretty naff and uninspiring.
I took a look recently at Lemonade (http://www.lemonamiga.com/
), which is a frontend for amiga games. The interface looks much better than the (very boring imho) gamebase frontend.
I would appreciate a nice custom front-end.
Well I personally don't find it naff and uninspiring at all, it hasn't been updated for a while granted and you may consider it a bit 'staid' because of that. But there are several things that gamebase does that no other frontend can do, it's search/custom views are second to none, the GEMUS scripts means that the frontend can be used with virtually any emulator with no need to make massive changes to the frontend source - so the person making the database can fix it themselves. It's fairly easy for people to make new databases for (though granted a lot of work to test/find and enter all the info for lots of games) - see GBST and GBAmiga ( http://gbamiga.elowar.com
- 4500 games ). Oh and it's also opensource so if you don't like the look of it you are always welcome to modfy the source to change the way it looks.
Lemonade is as far as I'm aware an Amiga only frontend (just winUAE in fact), it's currently in beta and because of various problems it is only able to run about 1600 games (a third of what GBAmiga runs). It's also closely tied to the Lemon website so you are not even able to add new games to the database yourself (so a none starter for anything else). Oh and it's closed source....but hey it looks nice!
Oh but wait but you actually want a completely new custom frontend, maybe somebody has a spare several hundred hours that they can devote to this project you'd have ggn's appreciation at least.
Perhaps gcn could download the gamebase source and tart up the user interface himselft so it looks colourful and inspiring? Here's the link to the gamebase source, I look forward to seeing his enhancements....don't think I'm going to risk holding my breath though if you don't mind.