Pending Tasks for GNOME Video Arcade
This is a list of outstanding tasks that need to be completed before
GNOME Video Arcade can reach version 1.0. These are also good starting
points for contributing to GNOME Video Arcade.
Suggestions are always welcome. You can email me directly or file an
enhancement request at:
- Matthew Barnes <email@example.com>
- The gallery page in Properties.
This is the #1 blocker for version 1.0, and I've been indecisive about
it for years now. In addition to searching for the usual locally installed
content that every other front-end supports, I'd also like for it to fetch
images from online resources such as arcade-history.com, arcadeflyers.com,
and maws.mameworld.info. Downloaded images should be cached locally as a
web browser would, complete with a tunable size constraint and automatic
removal of expired content.
I'm unsure of what the user interface should look like. The simpler the
better. Perhaps just an image and a "Next" button. Other features to
consider are zooming and a full-screen slideshow mode.
A GIO-based solution is preferred over adding more library dependencies,
but that's not a hard requirement.
- Once the gallery feature is complete, considering adding an optional
in-game screen capture to the game list tooltip. Add a preferences
checkbox under "Game List" to turn this on or off:
[ ] Show a screen capture in the game's pop-up bubble
- Support starting games from a saved state (<F7> key in MAME). The user
interface should look similar to the Recorded Games window, showing the
corresponding "save position" key and allowing the user to add a custom
description of the save state. Also explain how to save and restore
states in MAME via the <F7> and <Shift+F7> keys.
Obviously this would override the "Restore previous state when starting
a game" preference.
- Update the user documentation and images. In particular, the section on
searching is badly out of date.
- Get a new logo. Something Tango-compliant.