I'm very new on this forum, but I hope I can be of assistance or something
It's very nice to see others being over-average into this idea of creating a game anthology solution!
I've been working on something for two weeks now. I've made my own "scraper/parser" fetching information from http://www.mobygames.com
and some others sites to create the following:
* A database with information like:
- game title
- description of the game
- mobyrating (just mobygames' own rating system for games.. i thought better than not to have it =))
- coverart pr game (most from mobygames.com, but alot collected by myself from google, gamespot etc)
- screenshots pr game (up to 10 screenies pr game)
* Gameplay video pr game (I've made a script that grabbed alot of youtube urls for nes,snes and n64) from www.nesguide.com etc.. the rest i've inputted myself.. i also made a youtube video download script so i have all the videos locally on my server)
* Wikipedia link pr game (also fetched "automagically" from www.nesguide.com and the rest inputted by myself)
All the info above is collected in a mysql table and the files (coverart, screenshots, gameplay videos etc) are located in folders.
On my todo-list I have:
* Scrape/parse gamefaqs for walkthrough and other things they have.
* Look into speedruns sites to include different speedruns videos for "each game".
* Look into scraping/parsing www.vgmaps.com for maps related to games.
My main thought here was to go away from the Romcenter good-lists and create my own collection of just E/U/Translated roms to avoid dupes and/or unplayable games (for us living west of ASIA ;P). So far the collection progression is very nice, but my main GOAL however was to make these games browseable and launchable from within XBMC.
But, all my work the last two weeks now seems to fade into oblivion when I look at the nice work being done here.
Here is a quick list i've made for myself to keep track of what i'm missing when it comes to roms,youtubelinks and wikipedialinks for each game.MY LIST
(screenshots not displayed, but most games have 5-10 screenshots in addition to the coverart.
As far as I can see this project is based on the "old" emulators that was being launched from the old XBOX1 dashboard? I'm not that familiar with this emulation scene anymore since I strayed away from XBOX1 over to a htpc running XBMC on Linux a while back.. So excuse my if the following questions seem retarded or lame:
1) Is X-Port a browser solution for roms with possibility to launch the emulators ?
2) In what way will coverart, screenshots and information about the games be displayed ? (or are they just added as extra files for the user to play with on his own projects?).
3) Is these emulators only for XBOX1 ? (in other words not possible to get working on win,linux,osx platforms?)
Reason for asking these questions are:
I really wanted to create and include a solution that made it possible to browse games pr year, publisher, genres, console, game-collections (like mario, zelda, fifa etc) with displaying covers, screenshots and optional gameplay video for each game. Then if the user pressed Enter it would launch an external emulator with the romfile as parameter to autostart the gaming experience.
Here is a quick mockup picture I made using the Xperience skin as a layout.
I can however live with hooking up my old dusty XBOX1 console if that is needed to run a system like this.
Here is my thread over at xbmc.org/forum for those interrested in what I had(or have) in mind with xbmc:XBMC FORUM THREAD
Before I start on helping out here I'll need to get some hours sleep, read up on the thread(s) and understand what this projects goal is and how it will work (xbox1?win?browser?database?etcetc).
I'm somewhat good at parsing websites, fetching files from the parsed info etcetc, I'm dedicated and a collection-freak, I know php, mysql etc. I'm not sure how I can be of assistance in this project (or if it's needed at all to include more people), but let me know!
Sorry for the big first post here.. I'll try to shorten my replies in the "replies to come"! ;D
Anyways.. Very nice to see so many others eager to get a solution like this up and running!
Wimp from Norway