Arcade Machines Champion Collection 2.0
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The most curated, hand-tested English romset for various arcade machines (MAME 0.219)
PLEASE NOTE: I am currently in the process of going back and updating my old game sets with newly discovered games, prototypes, and English translations. They will be better organized, and a Language Pack will be available for all systems. Follow my socials or join the Discord channel to watch for updates as I complete them mid-2022!
I was a true arcade rat all throughout my youth, and some of my favorite gaming experiences happened on bright, candy-red Neo Geo MVS cabinets. I do find myself lucky to have grown up in the time where classic arcades thrived, but also cursed to watch them die over time... The bright sights, the sensory overload of sounds, even the not-so-great smells of retro arcades will always be in my heart and can not be duplicated. It's extremely important to carry all of the (mostly) extinct physical machines of the past into the future so the experiences they provided will never disappear.
Special items included: Required BIOS files and CHDs, prototypes, unreleased games, titles not in English (but only if they are easy enough to play without knowing the language), English-patched translations, games that require light gun, trackball, or steering wheel controls, the Konami Test Board (GX800), the Sente Diagnostic Cartridge, the DECO Cassette Test Tape, and the FamicomBox system.
Items removed: Non-working dumps, duplicates, prototypes of games that eventually saw a release, European or Japanese titles when there were World or North American versions available (unless there was a significant difference between them), games with more than 6 total play buttons or that required special equipment to play, homebrew titles, and games not in English that require proficiency in another language to play - those can be found in my Arcade Machines Language Pack here:
Please note: This is a 2.0 update to an earlier version of this set - it includes 378 more working games and much better organization than the previous release. Also, there is now a complete list of included titles!
Tested with: OpenEmu using the MAME 0.219 core
File count (uncompressed): 3,531
File size (uncompressed): 139.05 GB
Format: .chd and .zip
This set includes all BIOS and CHD files needed to make each game run, so everything should work correctly if you've set up a proper MAME 0.219 environment. I split this set into pieces with the aim of making each chunk about 5-8gigs for easier downloading, with the exception of some larger CHD-based games and massive laserdisc titles - those are separate and vary in size. Also, you should be able to view any of the main zip archives to download individual files from within them as well! Here is the list of the included archives and what they contain:
Arcade (1-B): Games that start with apostrophes and the letters A and B.
Arcade (Beatmania): A collection of all working Beatmania games.
Arcade (BIOS): 75 individual BIOS files that you will need to run games that require them.
Arcade (C): Games that start with the letter C.
Arcade (Cliff Hanger): The laserdisc game "Cliff Hanger."
Arcade (Cube Quest): The laserdisc game "Cube Quest."
Arcade (D-G): Games that start with the letters D, E, F, and G.
Arcade (DDR): A collection of all working Dance Dance Revolution and Dancing Stage games.
Arcade (Firefox): The laserdisc game "Firefox."
Arcade (Gauntlet CHD): The large CHD-based games "Gauntlet Legends" and "Gauntlet: Dark Legacy."
Arcade (H-L): Games that start with the letters H, I, J, K, and L.
Arcade (M.A.C.H. 3): The laserdisc game "M.A.C.H. 3."
Arcade (M): Games that start with the letter M.
Arcade (N-R): Games that start with the letters N, O, P, Q, and R.
Arcade (S): Games that start with the letter S.
Arcade (T-Z): Games that start with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z.
Arcade (Us vs. Them): The laserdisc game "Us Vs. Them."
Attention OpenEmu users: OpenEmu silently updated their MAME core to 0.225 in October 2020. If you use the newest version of OpenEmu, then you need to download the RGC MAME 0.225 BIOS Update and then overwrite your old BIOS files with them instead.
>>> Want to learn more about how I put my sets together, discover my other vintage content, or join the Retro Game Champion community on Discord, Twitch, and your socials? Head to https://retrogamechampion.com, I would love to welcome you. <3
Games in this collection: 3,310
- 2020-06-27 20:24:25
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Subject: Dance Dance Revolution Extreme
Subject: May be not a complete collection
Subject: It's a great site. But!!! It's impossible to download anything large from this site!!!!!
Subject: MISSING the most important NEO GEO MVS Title!
Subject: fyi: openemu users:
the latest (as of this writing) openemu ume (mame) core is 0.235; the latest official mame release is 0.239.
since the 2019 openemu update, there have been 6 underlying ume updates REQUIRING matching mame sets (and even within there, there have been some screwy folder organization changes). the first, was 0.215, then, five months later, 0.219 (what you see here). since then (6 months later), openemu updated to 0.225 and on up to 0.235 as you see above.
this will happen silently and behind the scenes to you. so, you have two options:
• stay up-to-date hovering between openemu and official (which are often close, if not overlap), or
• LOCK your ume core: go to ~/Library/Application Support/OpenEmu/Cores, and then get info on and click the "lock" checkbox for UME.oecoreplugin. bonus points if you download the release you need from the above link (hint: 0.219) and replace the core before locking.
Subject: >>>> AWESOME!!!!!
Subject: install instructions
Thank you for this excellent work :) I downloades all zip files (not the only one game ones). I do not know how to use them. Where do i put them ? thanks i advance. Cheers
Subject: thanks for the update of 0.225
All required CHDs are included, in a folder that matches the same name as the ROM itself. Depending on the emulator you're using, you may have to import them differently. Generally, just running the ROM while having the folder with the contained CHD within the same base directory should work. Check your emulator's documentation about the proper use of CHDs.
As for Launchbox, I have not used that, so I wouldn't be able to help there.
>>>>>>> hbk_life <<<<<<<
Unfortunately, large items like this collection muck up the torrent creating process on Archive, and nothing can currently be done to improve or change it.
That being said, if you download the 17 individual zip archives separately rather than the torrent, nothing will be missing. :)
Also, is anyone trying to use these with Launchbox? I'm running into quite a few issues.
Subject: Missing half of the torrents
Can anything be done?
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