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TOSEC Project => General Discussion => Topic started by: g1rl on January 24, 2021, 07:01:53 AM

Title: Dedicated Handheld Devices
Post by: g1rl on January 24, 2021, 07:01:53 AM
Just wondering if there is any interest in adding dedicated handheld consoles to TOSEC? Mattel, VTech, etc.?
Title: Re: Dedicated Handheld Devices
Post by: NLS on January 24, 2021, 01:46:57 PM
You mean like Game&Watch?
This would mean storing the actual roms?
Title: Re: Dedicated Handheld Devices
Post by: mictlantecuhtle on January 24, 2021, 02:19:23 PM
As far as I'm concerned these would all be in scope for the project, it's just a case of finding the time. Always happy to take submissions of dats if it's something you're interested in working on.
Title: Re: Dedicated Handheld Devices
Post by: g1rl on January 24, 2021, 09:09:23 PM
You mean like Game&Watch?
This would mean storing the actual roms?

Correct.

As far as I'm concerned these would all be in scope for the project, it's just a case of finding the time. Always happy to take submissions of dats if it's something you're interested in working on.

Yeah I'm interested in that. Are there any procedural guidelines that you all follow that I need be aware besides the obvious?
Title: Re: Dedicated Handheld Devices
Post by: NLS on January 24, 2021, 09:16:18 PM
Start with the obvious.
Title: Re: Dedicated Handheld Devices
Post by: mictlantecuhtle on January 25, 2021, 09:51:05 AM

Yeah I'm interested in that. Are there any procedural guidelines that you all follow that I need be aware besides the obvious?

It should be pretty much straightforward - rename the files according to the TOSEC Naming Convention (https://www.tosecdev.org/tosec-naming-convention) and put them in appropriate folders. It should hopefully be obvious from the way that current dats are named but the basic convention there is Manufacturer System - Type - [File Type] e.g. Apple II - Games - [DSK]. You don't need the last part if all files are of the same type, it's only used where we have multiple file formats represented for a specific system.

When it comes to creating the dats themselves, different people take different approaches. I tend to use the dir2dat tool in clrmamepro, whereas others I believe have custom scripts or tools to meet their own needs. We can cross that bridge when we come to it.

Other than that, basically keep in touch and let us know how it's going, ask any questions etc. If you want to send some WIP dats for us to take a look over and comment on, just send me a PM.
Title: Re: Dedicated Handheld Devices
Post by: g1rl on January 26, 2021, 08:47:22 PM
Thanks you two :) will do as suggested and get in touch when I've got some updates ;)