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TOSEC Project => Database / Datfiles => Topic started by: Duncan Twain on November 12, 2014, 08:23:38 AM

Title: Multi game roms
Post by: Duncan Twain on November 12, 2014, 08:23:38 AM
Hi all,

As you might know the C64 diskimages very often consist of multiple games per side. I've made a query to find these and I was wondering what we prefer to have in the DATs.

For example "C64CD'96 Disk 2878 (1996)(Whiz-zards - Epic Marketing).d64" contains:
-Father Christmas Game
-First Past the Post
-Real Stunt Experts.

It's quite easy to rename this file to "Father Christmas Game, First Past the Post, Real Stunt Experts (19xx)(-).d64" and put it in the "Compilations" DAT.

I think we'd better choose the latter and it provides more information.

Your thoughts please,
Title: Re: Multi game roms
Post by: PandMonium on November 15, 2014, 07:23:45 PM
Compilations and multi image games are a pain...

There's something in TNC called multi image sets and has been used a bit all over TOSEC. It is ugly but I've implemented the (sometimes illogical) rules. Not sure if Cassiel has some suggestions about that (and other possible TNC changes).

Not sure if it applies in that case or if that is really a compilation that should stay as it is.
Title: Re: Multi game roms
Post by: Duncan Twain on November 15, 2014, 09:10:35 PM
I didn't think of multi image sets, but that would theoretically be a better fit. Except that it looks horrible indeed.
It's not only existing multi game/demo disks already present in TOSEC, but there are so many disks waiting to be renamed that have this setup.
Let's wait what Cassiel says about it.
Title: Re: Multi game roms
Post by: mictlantecuhtle on November 16, 2014, 12:49:32 AM
I've run into this issue recently as well. I'm keen to get the Rhode Island Apple Group collection that Jason Scott has been uploading to into TOSEC, but from what I recall of working on the first batch it's a bit of a mixed bag (had the same issue with the Washington Apple Pi Apple III set). Lots of games and apps, some disks of things like fonts and a few of various games, apps, etc. all piled into one.

On the one hand, it'd be nice to put the unambiguous ones (a disk containing just a cracked version of "Best Apple II Game Ever", for example) into their rightful DATs. On the other, I do feel like there's a benefit of sorts to acknowledging these as all coming from one collection.

I guess unless our metadata gets a bunch more advanced, acknowledging all sorts of extra info and allowing end users to search and sort in various ways, we're going to have to go with compromises. Which is OK, by the way - better to compromise and get things done than get stuck in an endless discussion about the "perfect" way.

Not really contributing anything here, but I'm interested to know what everyone else thinks.