Project Gamestation took a major backseat when I discovered RetroPie. petRockBlog did a fantastic job putting everything together and making it “Just Work”. I seriously recommend checking it out. When it comes to gaming on the Raspberry Pi, RetroPie did everything I could have wanted and more, but it’s really designed for the Pi, not for x86/x64 systems.
That’s where Gamestation comes in. The project is really nothing special. It’s a couple shell scripts that automate fetching the repos, building other people’s projects, creating a Debian package, and installing it. It’s not a major piece of work, but it makes my life easier and has resulted in a great double-click-easy system that I can hook to my TV that has a bit more power than a Pi 2.
The best part of this is combining it with Syncthing. I always hated how my roms and saves would differ between machines, requiring a central folder somewhere on ownCloud or manually syncing. Syncthing is like Bittorrent Sync, but open source and well respected. By using this and a centralized folder structure, you can keep all roms/saves/themes/metadata syncronized between Gamestation machines. It works really well and is useful for bootstrapping new machines.
Right now Gamestation is only supported by Debian and Debian-family Linux distributions. I’m 98% sure you can get it running on just about any *nix OS out there, but I can’t claim to have tested it. If you’d like to add other OS support, check out the GitLab Repo.
Grab the .deb
and install with
sudo dpkg -i. If your system complains about dependencies, try
sudo apt-get -f install to find and install the missing libraries.
Gamestation expects the following folders to be in
amiga amstradcpc apple2 atari2600 atari5200 atari7800 atari800 atarilynx atarist c64 coco dragon32 fba fds gamegear gb gba gbc intellivision macintosh mame-advmame mame-mame4all mastersystem megadrive msx n64 nds neogeo nes ngp pc pcengine ports psx quake3 scummvm sega32x segacd sg-1000 snes vectrex videopac wonderswan zmachine zxspectrum
And a symlink from
ln -s ~/roms/megadrive ~/roms/genesis
To actually run the system, use the command
This project is licensed under the GNU GPL v3.
If you’re building a nightly-release, check out the source code’s README.md. It’ll walk you through how to build one from source and end up with a Debian package of your own.
There’s still a lot of work to be done. If you’d like to make this project better, send me a merge request.
sudo cp /usr/lib/systemd/system/syncthing@.service /etc/systemd/system/syncthing@`whoami`.service
Add Folderand add
~/roms/, feel free to set up file versioning if you’d like.
Add Folderand add
~/.emulationstation, feel free to set up file versioning if you’d like.
Actions -> Show IDto show your device’s code.
Add Device, paste in your first device’s code and give it a name.
~/roms/folders with it.
This project wouldn’t be possible without the amazing work by the following projects:
For full details and credits, check out the README.md file.