scraper-launchbox-en

Scrape on LaunchBox

Since version 1.9.0.3 beta 11 you can only scrape the missing media (artworks) by checking Without Artwork only in the Scrape Options tab. Only the 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 : Only scrape missing Artworks

Since version 1.9.0.0 beta 5, it is now possible to scrape on the site LaunchBox.

It is advisable to use the LaunchBox scrape 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 “1942”, the API will return all games containing 1942.

It is however possible to use it automatically (Auto Validation checked) with the risks of erroneous results mentioned above.

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

If you checked Without Artwork 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
1 wheel (logo)
1 fanart
1 screenshot
1 titleshot
1 boxback
1 cartridge
1 marquee
The Extra 1 (marquee) will be assigned to the EXTRA1 tag, if MARQUEE has been assigned to EXTRA1 in the module 'Assignment of screenscraper media'

Before starting, here are the settings to be made in ARRM by the LaunchBox module.


Settings relating to LaunchBox

In the General options tab

Since version 1.9.0.2 Beta 11

Click on the button Assignment of 'Launchbox' media This form presents the different graphic elements that can be retrieved via Launchbox. You can choose which graphic element will feed this or that TAG of the gamelist.

For more details, see: Launchbox assigment with ARRM



In the Update tab

This Scrape LaunchBox module uses Launchbox metadata that must be regularly updated, by clicking on the Update LaunchBox DB button, in the Update tab in order to be in phase with the modifications / additions that may have been made to the Launchbox database





In the tab Batocera / Screenscraper / TGBD

  • Other search limit indicates the maximum number of games to list when searching on HFS-DB / Steam-DB / GOG / Launchbox
  • Auto validation scrape On HFS-DB / Steam-DB / GOG / Launchbox / MobyGames, when only one game is found in the API, the game selection is done automatically without displaying the choice window. Please note that the validated game may not be the one you are looking for (game title close to the one you are looking for, etc.). If more than one game is found, the game selection window will appear if the Ignore when # games> 1 option is not checked.
  • Ignore when # games> 1 : In the Auto Validate mode, if more than one game is found, the game selection window will not appear if the option Ignore when # games> 1 . The game will be ignored and not scrapped.
  • Exact search on Steam/LaunchBox: Perform an exact search on the name of the game. Example: With this option checked, a search on the name 'Grand Theft Auto' will only return the game 'Grand Theft Auto'. If this option is not checked, all Grand Theft Auto titles will be returned.
  • Ignore platform on LaunchBox/TGDB/HFS (checkbox) : Allows not to filter on the platform when searching for a game
On LaunchBox, if Exact search on Steam / LaunchBox is checked, the search is done on the name of the game without deleting the elements between (). With the exception of 'Disk', 'Tape', 'Side', 'Part' references which are not used on LaunchBox.




In the Images Options tab

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

Special feature for HFS-DB and LaunchBpx:

  • 3D Box (HFS / LaunchBox) If checked, ARRM will attempt to retrieve the 3D boxarts (if existing) from LaunchBox, if not checked, ARRM will attempt to retrieve the 2D boxarts.



In the General options tab

  • Assignment of media 'LaunchBox' media + Media order : The media images and texts are retrieved by following the order of priority defined in the form Assignment of 'Screenscraper' media



In the scrapers module

By clicking on the icon to the right of the button, you can change the association between your systems (directory names of your systems) and system IDs from the LaunchBox site, which is done via the file:

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

Sample content:

...
arcade|Arcade
arcadia_2001|Emerson Arcadia 2001
archimedes|Acorn Archimedes
astrocade|Bally Astrocade
atari2600|Atari 2600
atari5200|Atari 5200
atari7800|Atari 7800
atari800|Atari 800
...

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


Window for selecting the game found on LaunchBox

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

If Auto validation Others has been checked, when only one game is found in the API, the game is selected automatically and this window will not appear.

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

Since version 1.9.0.0 beta 10, it is possible to modify the textual information before validation
The media available via this scrape are:

1 2D or 3D boxart
1 wheel (logo)
1 fanart
1 screenshot
1 titleshot
1 boxback
1 cartridge
1 marquee
The Extra 1 (marquee) will be assigned to the EXTRA1 tag, if MARQUEE has been assigned to EXTRA1 in the module 'Assignment of screenscraper media'

By clicking on the button Choose this game , the checked media as well as the textual information will be recovered. If any 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%_launchbox.txt

example: _missing_arrm_ZXSPECTRUM_launchbox.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-launchbox-en.txt · Dernière modification : 2022/08/06 15:27 de nexusone13