Category Archives: Software

RetroPie 3.8.1 released to the public

Hot on the heals of version 3.8 comes a minor update with some fixes. The main issue corrected involves the launching of DosBox. There were also some issues with the Gamecon GPIO driver which have also been sorted out.

A complete list of changes from 3.8 includes :

  • Fix escaping in iniSet causing initial backslashes to be incorrect in ini files (Affected some +Start Scripts with spaces such as DOSBox).
  • Don’t overwrite existing configs when updating advmame.
  • SSelph’s scraper – Add option to set -append and -use_nointro_name=false flags.
  • Disable binary install on Wheezy.
  • Fix building of gamecondriver.
  • Correct Emulation Station autobooting configuration due to changes in raspi-config.
  • Added missing zip dependency for Solarus.
  • Fix c&p error with mupen64plus that broke the initial config generation.
  • Added new EmulationStation theme “material” from user lilbud.
  • Lr-nxengine – no error message was shown when required data files are missing.

More information and a download link can be found from the official RetroPie website at – https://retropie.org.uk/2016/06/retropie-3-8-1-is-released/

 

RetroPie 3.8 is here

The latest version of RetroPie, version 3.8, has just been released to the public. The main feature is a firmware / driver update to fix random bluetooth lockups on the Raspberry Pi 3.

Changes from the previous version include:

  • Raspbian package/firmware rollups that fix the lockups with the Raspberry Pi 3 internal bluetooth.
  • New SDL1 dispmanx backend from Vanfanel with triple buffering which should solve some of the performance issues with the previous code. Also some additional changes are included so you can adjust the aspect ratio with env variable SDL_DISPMANX_RATIO (eg 1.33 for 4:3). The aspect ratio will be ignored if SDL_DISPMANX_IGNORE_RATIO is set and SDL1 apps will display full screen. Vice is now set to use 4:3 ratio on the Raspberry Pi.
  • Reicast (Dreamcast emulator), now supports multiplayer.
  • lr-pcsx-rearmed (PlayStation emulator) now supports 3-8 players.
  • Updated Raspberry Pi binaries for lr-fba-next, uae4arm, mupen64plus, Reicast, lr-picodrive, lr-nestopia, lr-pcsx-rearmed, lr-mgba, lr-genesis-plus-gx, lr-mame2003, and lr-fceum.
  • Added new videocore mupen64plus video plugin.
  • Improvements to Apple2 (supports automount now).
  • Added wiki viewer.
  • Improvements to the splashscreen module (added previewer, randomiser, and no longer requires a folder to be created in the splashscreen directory).
  • Various other bugfixes and minor improvements.

For more information checkout the RetroPie 3.8 release page at – https://retropie.org.uk/2016/05/retropie-3-8-is-released/

or download the new image from here – https://retropie.org.uk/download/

Setup DOSBox on your Raspberry Pi

If you have an interest in playing some of the old DOS based games – such as Prince of Persia, 4D Sport Boxing, Lode Runner or Lemmings (there are tens of thousands of DOS games out there) then Gus over at PI My Life Up has written a great tutorial on how to do it. This is a standalone install and doesn’t require anything like RetroPie or RecalBox to be preinstalled.

What is need for this includes:

  • Raspberry Pi (obviously)
  • 8GB+ Micro SD Card or 8 GB SD Card (For old versions of the Pi such as version 1)
  • Ethernet Cord or Wifi dongle (Raspberry Pi 3 has built-in WiFi)
  • USB Keyboard
  • USB Mouse

You can view the tutorial at this link – https://pimylifeup.com/raspberry-pi-dosbox/

And you can view DOSBox in action on the Raspberry Pi in this video

New update for Lakka

A new release of Lakka brings even more support for the Raspberry Pi 3. Included in this new release is better Wifi and Bluetooth functionality.

The main update with the new Lakka is the overhaul of the graphical interface. It now includes an animated menu background and an easier interface for adding Boxart, screenshots and other artwork.

For more information, read the official update information at – http://www.lakka.tv/articles/2016/05/03/new-major-release/

 

Make a JAMMA board from a Raspberry Pi

Interesting thread over on AussieArcade by a user by the name dee2er who has taken a Raspberry Pi and turned it into a working JAMMA board. JAMMA, which stands for Japan Arcade Machine Manufacturers Association, is the type of connector that became a standard in the mid 1980’s, which allowed arcade cabinets to be simply upgraded by installing a new JAMMA board.

What has been done is to turn a Raspberry Pi into a board that can be connected to the JAMMA connector on an existing cabinet, and therefore allow it to run the games on the Raspberry Pi.

The thread was started some time ago but the the development has continued with the latest update recently shared.

For more information visit the Aussie Arcade forum thread at – http://www.aussiearcade.com/showthread.php/67986-JAMMA-board-from-Raspberry-PI

and here’s a video of the Pi JAMMA board in action

Optimised Amiga emulator for Raspberry Pi

Over on the official Raspberry Pi forums a guy by the name Chips has posted a thread about how to load up an optimised version of Amiga emulator UAE4ARM. It enables faster CPU emulation by compiling code JIT (Just in Time) as opposed to traditionally each byte code independently.

This latest version of UAE4ARM pushes the version number up 0.4. It’s a detailed walkthrough on how to get it up and running so shouldn’t be an issue for people to try it out.

For more information please visit the thread on the Official Raspberry Pi forums at – https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=78&t=110488

Latest PES supports Raspberry Pi 3

An updated version of PES – Pi Entertainment System – has been released, which fully supports the Raspberry Pi 3. While the previous version 1.5.1 had some Pi 3 support, it was based on the 32-bit ARM 7 code. This new version is 64-bit ARM 8 enabled.

For more information you can visit the main PES homepage here – http://pes.mundayweb.com/html/index.html

You will also find the download images on the above link.

And here’s a screenshot of the PES interface.

pes-main

 

RetroFE available for the Raspberry Pi

RetroFE, the windows based emulator front-end has been made available to Linux and Raspberry Pi users. It is a super easy install, but does require access to the terminal to get it working.

You will also need to install an OS first as it isn’t an all in one package like RetroPie or RecalBox. First install Raspian onto your Raspberry Pi then follow the instructions at the follwing link to get RetroFE working.

https://bitbucket.org/teamretro/retrofe/src

Due to performance constraints, only the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 are supported at the moment.

You can read more about RetroFE at their website here – http://www.retrofe.com/

AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi

Got an idea for your own game. AppGameKit is some new software for the Raspberry Pi that allows you to create your own games. It combines a power game creation engine as well as additional features allowing you to control read and write to the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins. Cross platform support for Android and IOS is also included.

Best news of all is that AppGameKit is freely available for download and use.

You can view more information and download AppGameKit here – http://www.appgamekit.com/agk-pi/

 

 

World 1-1 : A Video Game History Documentary

Just watched a fantastic documentary about the early pioneers of the video game industry. Basically runs through the first video games that were created and the rise of companies like Atari up until the video game crash of the early 80’s.

Has interviews with some of the key players at the time like Nolan Bushnell (Mr Atari) and some of the designers behind classic hits like Yars Revenge, Centipede, Pitfall and many more.

Definately worth a watch if you lived through that era or you have an attachment to retro gaming.

You can find out more about Worl 1-1 at their website here – http://www.worldoneonemovie.com/

And here’s a trailer for the movie