These game names are weird!!!

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These game names are weird!!!

Post by ***PL*** » Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:13 pm

As of MAME 0.130 the following games now have 9 character names. Is this a MAMEDev screwup???

burningfh "Burning Fight (set 2)"
fightfeva "Fight Fever (set 2)"
lastbladh "Last Blade / Bakumatsu Roman - Gekka no Kenshi, The (set 2)"
pbobblena "Puzzle Bobble / Bust-A-Move (Neo-Geo) (set 2)"
puzzloopj "Puzz Loop (Japan)"
puzzloopk "Puzz Loop (Korea)"
puzzloopu "Puzz Loop (USA)"
samsh5sph "Samurai Shodown V Special / Samurai Spirits Zero Special (set 2, censored)"
samsh5spn "Samurai Shodown V Special / Samurai Spirits Zero Special (set 3, less censored)"
socbrawla "Soccer Brawl (set 2)"
tetrisp2j "Tetris Plus 2 (Japan)"
tophuntra "Top Hunter - Roddy & Cathy (set 2)"

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Re: These game names are weird!!!

Post by kranser » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:39 am

Nope not a screw up - as of one of the updates in the 0.130 cycle, clones are allowed to have longer than8 character names. This allows the clone to have the same name as the parent (without skipping letters) and to add an extra letter to that name to identify the clone set. The parent set must still be 8 characters.
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Re: These game names are weird!!!

Post by Haze » Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:22 pm

as stated, it's an intentional change, clones can now have a few more letters when strictly neccessary. It won't be changed back.

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Re: These game names are weird!!!

Post by ***PL*** » Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:54 am

Haze wrote:as stated, it's an intentional change, clones can now have a few more letters when strictly neccessary. It won't be changed back.
OK, but the names I've listed above were already released and have been RENAMED, so why was that necessary? And why only those? There is no rhyme or reason! :?

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Re: These game names are weird!!!

Post by Haze » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:23 pm

***PL*** wrote:
Haze wrote:as stated, it's an intentional change, clones can now have a few more letters when strictly neccessary. It won't be changed back.
OK, but the names I've listed above were already released and have been RENAMED, so why was that necessary? And why only those? There is no rhyme or reason! :?
As an example of what acceptable names are. Ie, not something like streetfighter2championeditionus120492revaturboalpha.zip but instead, using the letters in a sensible way.

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Re: These game names are weird!!!

Post by Chad » Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:32 pm

not that anyone would know he answer but was it that 36^8 (3 trillion) possible names weren't enough to represent all arcade games in an 8 character form?
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Re: These game names are weird!!!

Post by Phil Lamat » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:16 am

In an other way, have 8 characters names still sense since we don't play anymore under windows 95 ?

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Re: These game names are weird!!!

Post by kranser » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:42 am

Chad wrote:not that anyone would know he answer but was it that 36^8 (3 trillion) possible names weren't enough to represent all arcade games in an 8 character form?
Of course 3 trillion names would be enough - but some of the names wouldn't be very readable now would they! ;-)

I like the change and feel that it is much easier to read the names now (no missing letters) and to match the clone to the parent ROM.

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Re: These game names are weird!!!

Post by Tuncay » Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:19 pm

I like the change also. The names are more human readable now. Parent can be easier guessed.

And about the 3 trillion possible names... are "bbbbbbbb", "bbbbbbbc", "bbbbbbbd" useful? Who needs 8 character names? Today, I think nobody. The change have more advantages than disadvantages. And think about, in future the 8 character support would less needed.
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