VGBA for Android

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  1. fms

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    Hello, All!

    This week's VGBA-Android 3.9.9 release further automates Cheatopedia by making it automatically detect what game you are playing and memorize the last page you have been on. It also makes things a bit more comfortable for tablet owners, who now can toggle the action bar with a vertical fling gesture. I am still puzzled at the reasons Google had for replacing the MENU button (physical or virtual) with the screen-eating action bar, but at least you can flick it away now in VGBA.

    Get VGBA-Android here:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    Full list of changes:

    * The action bar can now be toggled with a vertical fling gesture.
    * Cheatopedia now remembers the last open entry and reopens it.
    * Cheatopedia automatically opens entry for the current game.
    * Minor fixes to Pokemon Emerald cheats.
    * Minor fixes to Italian translation.

    VGBA-Android 3.9.8 changes:

    * Added screenshots, two more slots, and the autosaved state to the Freeze/Restore feature.
    * Improved GameShark / ActionReplay emulation, more cheats work now.
    * Fixed Mario&Luigi hangup when entering the main city.
    * Fixed Fire Emblem Cheatopedia entry, all Fire Emblem cheats now work.
    * Fixed Porygon2 cheat and added "Buy Master Ball" cheat to the Pokemon Emerald Cheatopedia entry.
    * Made Cheat Editor remove spaces from input and save cheats reliably.
    * Added Italian translation.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
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  3. fms

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    Just published VGBA-Android 3.9.13, with fixed support for more types
    of cheats. Fire Red and Leaf Green cheats should now work. Get it here
    while it is fresh:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    LIST OF CHANGES:
    * Fixed support for several more cheat types.
    * Relaxed syntax parsing in the Cheat Editor.
    * Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green Cheatopedia cheats now work.
    * Added "Shiny" cheat to Pokemon Emerald Cheatopedia entry.
    * Sennen Kazoku now runs.
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    I am concluding this week with a new VGBA-Android 3.9.14 release. In this version, I am introducing the new file selection interface, with indexing and bigger screenshots. Also added Kingdom Hearts and Lufia games to the Cheatopedia. Enjoy!

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    LIST OF CHANGES:
    * Added fast navigation with sections to the file selector.
    * Improved the file selector UI look and feel.
    * Enlarged screenshots in file selector and Freeze/Restore.
    * Added Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Lufia: The Ruins of Lore to Cheatopedia.
  5. Happy1337

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    Great work, but will it ever be possible to implement netplay over bluetooth/wifi ?
  6. fms

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    Well, I have been adding NetPlay code to my apps for the last couple of weeks. Just some debugging left. I am afraid, it will first appear in iNES and VGB though, because GBA serial communications are way more complex. Both iNES and VGB support NetPlay on Windows and Linux, so it should be fairly easy to add on Android.
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    Another morning, another VGBA-Android release:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    In the VGBA-Android 3.9.18, I have added support for patch files in the .IPS format. So, everyone who likes playing JRPGs and other Japanese games should now be able to play them in English, using patches that can be downloaded from here:

    http://www.romhacking.net/?page=translations&platform=10
    http://www.romhacking.net/?page=hacks&platform=10

    I hope you also like the little labels in the file selector that show which games have saves, cheats, or patches.

    FULL LIST OF CHANGES:
    * Added support for .IPS files. For "mygame.gba" use "mygame.ips".
    * Added labels for CHT/SAV/IPS files to the file selector.
    * Added Breath of Fire 2 to the Cheatopedia.
    * Harry Potter & Prisoner of Azkaban now saves games properly.
    * Fixed button labels not showing up on accelerated video.
    * No longer deleting buttons layout on each upgrade.
  8. Happy1337

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    Yea, Netplay on VGB would be pretty nice. There is currently no GB emulator for Android that supports it (afaik)
  9. fms

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    It is rather tricky to implement without significantly slowing down the emulator. Basically, every time there are communications, both sides need to wait until they finish exchanging packets. Neither side can continue running the emulation until it sends data and receives data in response, so the emulation runs at the speed of your network :)
  10. Happy1337

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    Thanks for explanation. So do you think bluetooth or Wifi is fast enough to handle this at a decent speed ?
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    Dunno about Bluetooth, but WiFi is. If you do this over Internet though, WiFi will be the least of your problems :)
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    Released VGBA-Android 3.9.21 tonight:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    The main changes are smoother, faster non-accelerated video and fixes to the license check code. Basically, trying to make it as unobtrusive as possible, although Google isn't making it easy. The current incarnation should only check once every three weeks and not require any network connection in between. If it does, please, let me know: it has to be fixed.

    FULL LIST OF CHANGES:
    * Switched to surfaces for faster non-accelerated video.
    * Further optimized sync between Java and native code for smoother video updates.
    * Made button labels solid.
    * Fixed legacy wire-frame joystick display.
    * Fixed support for FILL patch chunks inside .IPS files.
    * Fixed crash on failed license verification attempts.
    * Fixed the license verification response handler.
    * Made file selector load directory listings faster.
    * Cleaned up file selector labels.
    * Added Mother 3 to the Cheatopedia.
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    Quick fix release of VGBA-Android 3.9.22 this moning, to fix a non-working Cheatopedia issue reported by some users:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    CHANGES:
    * Fixed Cheatopedia cheats, sorry for breaking them.
    * Made overlaid buttons stick to the nearest screen edges.
    * Prevented overlaid buttons from going off-screen.
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    Finishing this week with a VGBA 3.9.23 release:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    Mainly expanding the Cheatopedia with more games, such as Dokapon, Castlevania, and Spyro.

    CHANGES:
    * Added Dokapon Monster Hunter to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance and Circle of the Moon codes to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Spyro Season of Flame and Season of Ice codes to the Cheatopedia.
    * Made overlaid buttons stick to the nearest screen edges.
    * Prevented overlaid buttons from going off-screen.
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    There is a new VGBA-Android release today:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    VGBA 3.9.24 finally lets you enable multiple Cheatopedia cheats at once. This is still somewhat experimental, so I greatly appreciate feedback about this feature. Also added more games to the Cheatopedia.

    FULL LIST OF CHANGES:
    * Now can enable multiple Cheatopedia cheats at once!
    * Added FZero Maximum Velocity, GP Legend, and Climax to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Mario Kart to the Cheatopedia.
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    VGBA-Android Release Announcements

    Finishing week with a VGBA-Android 3.9.25 release:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    This version makes directional control easier, fixes previously broken tactile feedback option, and further optimizes screen updates by cutting down on the number of copied pixels.

    FULL CHANGE LIST:
    * Now can enable multiple cheats at once!
    * Made display updates even faster by skipping unchanged areas.
    * Made directional pad easier to control.
    * Fixed tactile feedback feature.
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    VGBA-Android Release Announcements

    This week's VGBA-Android 3.9.26 release is out:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    The main addition is the automatic frame skip control that you can enable under the "Frames to Draw" setting. It is supposed to produce smooth game play on fast devices, while keeping things fast on slow devices. This feature is still experimental, so give it a try and report your experiences on the forum.

    I have also added much requested "Have all HMs&TMs" and "Have all Pokeballs" cheats to the Pokemon Emerald Cheatopedia. And the cheats for the first Fire Emblem game, too.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added automatic frame skip control (under "Frames to Draw" option).
    * Fixed handling of conditional ActionReplay and CodeBreaker codes.
    * Added "All HMs&TMs" and "All Pokeballs" cheats to Pokemon Emerald Cheatopedia.
    * Added Fire Emblem 1 cheats to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added file selector labels for new files, MIDI and VBA savefiles.
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    VGBA-Android Release Announcements

    New VGBA-Android 3.9.27 can be found here:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    The main change is the ability to change virtual joystick size.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Made virtual controls resizable via "Virtual Joystick Size" option.
    * Added automatic skip rate control via "Frames to Draw" option.
    * Removed garbage at screen edges in accelerated OpenGLES mode.
    * Fixed Fire Emblem 2 Cheatopedia entry.
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    VGBA-Android Release Announcements

    I have added a significant new feature to VGBA today:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.vgba

    Starting with VGBA-Android 3.9.29, you can now swap your gameplay states with other users. In order to do that, select "Exchange States" from the menu. You will see the list of states for the game you are playing, uploaded by other users. You can either select a state to download or upload your own state.

    Note that a game state is not an actual game, but just a frozen point in a game. In order to use it, you still need to have the actual game file, as well as own the game cartridge. Please, do not play games you do not own with VGBA.
  21. Happy1337

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    Hey,
    any news on this (VGB) ?

    Year I know it's the wrong thread :p

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