What is pyReCADE?
pyReCADE (pronounced "pie arcade") is a Python based MAME front-end designed
for use on an arcade cabinet using minimal controls (joystick and buttons).
What is it written in?
pyReCADE is written in Python and
utilizes the Pygame libraries. Pygame is
a graphics library built upon SDL.
Because of the wide variety of platforms that python and SDL will run on
pyReCADE in theory can be used under Windows, NT4, MacOS, OSX, BeOS, FreeBSD,
IRIX, and Linux. It is currently being developed under Linux, so I can't
speak to the accuracy of the previous statement, but in the longer term I hope
to actively support at least both Windows and Linux.
What features does it have?
Fully customizable interface
Category based filtering
Most popular games counter and Favorites category
Customizable key bindings
Can be used with joystick and buttons
Supports background images as well as gradients
Automatic scaling of themes to any resolution
Screensaver with slideshow or random game mode
Configurable drop shadows
Intro movie support (mpg only)
Ability to hide particular categories (Adult, etc)
Per game override settings(emulator, flags, alternate rom)
Custom categories with filtering
Compatible with catver.ini
What features are planned?
Support for other emulators
Additional background effects
Text selection mode
Other things as I get bored.
Where can I get it?
Right now the only place you will be able to get it is via CVS from
Sourceforge. You can checkout the source anonymously with the commands:
login (press enter for password)
cvs -z8 -d:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/pyrecade co pyrecade
If you are not using a UNIX variant or these instructions make no sense to you
check out the SourceForge
When will you make an official release?
At the risk of sounding cliche "Real Soon Now". All of the features I planned
for the initial release have been pretty much finished. The remaining bits are
documentation and packaging issues more than anything else. Yeah I know I've
been saying this for years. Sorry I suck.
Can I see some screenshots?
This is the default interface.
Here is the original interface that began it all.
An advanceMenu inspired look (before advanceMenu actually ran under Linux)
A blatant rip off of ArcadeFX
that I used to test the new layout stuff
Hopefully those give you an idea of how the interface can be changed. I
haven't had much time to spend on the aesthetics of things just yet, but
expect a few prettier looking themes in the future.
Can I help?
Please do, I in now way claim to be a programmer. I'm just doing this for the
heck of it and to learn some new things. There are A LOT of things I'd like
to see done differently and I'm more than open to better ideas or patches so
please pass along your thoughts. Check out the SourceForge Project Page for
mailing lists, etc.
What is this page so lame?
Because I did it in about 15 minutes. You can find additional information on
How can I contact you?