Following on from
and GamebaseST being "on hold" - I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a new gambase database - "Gamebase Compilations ST"?
I don't have the skills to re-author st images and contribute to GBST. (Also, I sort of miss the scrolling intros and screen flahses on decompilation!)
This isn't meant to compete with GBST either - it just I think gamebase is a good front end (via the scripting language etc) and have thought of a possible new database - although I could be 5-7 years too late!
Anyway, with some tweeks to the access database, we could add a new search type of "compilation" which would list all the Groups/disks.
Within the UI, you'd have a "+" to expand the list.
ALSO - given that everybody probably has personal games collections, there's little point in using hard code filenames.
I propose a change to GBPlayer/gemus - which would allow the database to use "placeholders", ie "%AUTO_52%" and there would be an external program which would map these placeholders to YOUR files.
The normal game list would remain - but you'd be asked which compilation disk you'd like to run.
The maping could be done by name (it should be too hard to guess what PP_152, AA100 is etc) - and maybe it could have a "crc" lookup - derived from the steem/tosec list (combined with the "castaway" database).
I've had a word with X3peri_MENTaL/"Atari ST Disk dective database author" - and as long as I keep the credits intact
Keili constructed the original database and I made many corrections & modifications
He's happy for me to use this as the starting point for the database.