scraper-gametdb-en

Scraping on GameTDB

Please note that response times can sometimes be a bit long.

Since version 1.9.0.3 beta 11 you can only scrape missing media (artworks) by checking no media only in the Scrape Options tab. Only missing media (artworks), checked in the Images options tab will be recovered.
In the scrape engines, only these missing media (artworks) will be presented and selectable.
See: Scrape only missing Artworks (media)

Since version 1.9.1.7 beta 13, it is now possible to scrape on the GameTDB database.

Attention the GameTDB site only offers these systems:

  • 3DS
  • DS
  • Switch
  • Wii
  • Wii U

It is therefore useless to scrape your other systems with this engine

It is advisable to use the scrape GameTDB manually (Auto Validation not checked), because the searches on the name of the games are exhaustive. For example if you search for the game name “Mario Kart”, GameTDB will return all games containing Mario Kart.

However, it is possible to use it automatically (Auto Validation checked) with the risk of erroneous results mentioned above.

I recommend using GameTDB to supplement media not found on other scraping sites. Indeed during a scrape in manual mode (Auto Validation unchecked), the GameTDB module shows you the media found on GameTDB, then you just have to check the media you want to recover. The unchecked media will be replaced by the media already existing in ARRM.

If you checked no media only in the Scrape Options tab, only media you don't already own will be displayed.
The media available via this scrape are:

  • 1 2D or 3D boxart (depending on the 3D Box checkbox of the Image Options tab
  • 1 BoxBack
  • 1 2D Cartridge or Disc

Before starting, here are the settings to be made in ARRM for the GameTDB module.


In the Tools tab

In the Batocera/Screenscraper/TGBD tab

  • Auto validation scrape: On HFS-DB / Steam-DB / GOG / MobyGames / GameTDB, when a single game is found, the game is selected automatically without displaying the choice window. Please note that the validated game may not be the one sought (game title close to that sought, etc.).



In the Pictures Options tab

As for the scrape on Screenscraper, choose the desired options for the media.

Special feature for GameTDB:

  • 3D Box (HFS-DB / GameTDB) If checked, ARRM will attempt to retrieve 3D boxarts from GameTDB (if existing), if unchecked, ARRM will attempt to retrieve 2D boxarts.



In the General Options tab

  • Assignment of 'LaunchBox' media + Order of media: Image and text media are retrieved from GameTDB following the country order of priority defined in the form Assignment of 'Screenscraper' media
The recognized countries are as follows :
br, cn, de, en, es, fr, it, jp, ko, nl, pt, ru, sp, tw, uk, us



In the scrapers module

By clicking on the icon to the right of the button, you can modify the association between your game names. systems (directory names of your systems) and the names of the systems of the site GameTDB , which is done via the file:

%appdata%\Nexouille Soft\arrm\database\systemes_gametdb.txt

Sample content:

3ds|3DS
gamecube|Wii
gc|wii
n3ds|3DS
switch|Switch
wiiu|WiiU
wii|wii

You can adapt it. Remember to restart ARRM after change.

Click on the button to launch the scrape on the selected Roms


Game selection window found on GameTDB

When you have selected one or more games and clicked on the button, if games have been found the following window GameTDB Browser will appear.

If Auto Validation scrape has been checked, when a single game is found in the API, the selection of the game is done automatically and this window will not appear.

When you select a line containing a result, the media found on GameTDB is displayed on the right. The found media checkboxes are automatically checked. You can uncheck the media and textual information that you do not want to recover.

It is possible to modify the textual information before validation
the only media available via this scrape are:

  • 1 2D or 3D boxart (depending on the 3D Box checkbox of the Image Options tab
  • 1 BoxBack
  • 1 2D Cartridge or Disc
  • Games Infos Allows to display the page of the game on the site gametdb.com

By clicking on the Choose this game button, the checked media as well as the text information will be retrieved. If media has not been checked, ARRM will use the already existing media.

Scrapes not found are listed in log files located in %appdata%\Nexouille Soft\Arrm\temp , in the format:


_missing_arrm_%SYSTEM%_gametdb.txt

example: _missing_arrm_SWITCH_gemstdb.txt


TIPS



You can't find a game on Launchbox

ARRM may not find the game you are looking for on Launchbox. Often this is because the name is misspelled or too long.

Take the example of the game:

MUSHA - Metallic Uniframe Super Hybrid Armor (USA) sur Megadrive/Genesis

In the ARRM state can not find it.

In unitary mode (scrape of a single game), it is possible to modify the name of the game (without saving the file) either

  • by simplifying it (leaving only MUSHA)
  • by adding wildcards (on Launchbox it will be the * (asterisk) character)

The * character allows you to replace any character string

We are therefore going to change the name of the game and put: *MUSHA*

Since version 1.9.1.1 beta 10, the character % replaces the *

Then click on the LaunchBox button to launch the Scrape.




Do not retrieve textual information

If you do not wish to retrieve textual information, simply check No text in the Scrape Options </note> tab




Only retrieve certain textual information

If you only want to retrieve certain textual information, remember, before launching the scrape, to uncheck the textual information that you do not wish to update.

This is done in the part Rom Information




Recover some media in MIX image mode

When you use MIX image mode, some media are automatically recovered:

  • Screenshot
  • Boxart
  • Wheel
  • Cartridge

If you wish to recover other media, you must specify it in the Images Options tab by checking the desired media under the heading Force Media Download
In MIX mode you will not be able to check the Screenshot, Boxart, Wheel and Cartouche media because they are retrieved automatically.




Recover some media in ** No image mode, only texts **

You only want to recover certain categories of media (boxart, fanart, screenshot, cartridge, logo, boxback, titleshot, manual, video), you just have to check No image, only texts in the tab Images Options

Then select the desired media by checking them under the heading Force Media Download

In MIX mode you will not be able to check the Screenshot, Boxart, Wheel and Cartouche media because they are retrieved automatically.

scraper-gametdb-en.txt · Dernière modification : 2022/08/21 12:48 de nexusone13