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    Lightbulb Load the favorites list as the default

    When you select MAME from the main menu (or any emulator), have Hyperspin load the favorites list instead of the 'All Games' if the user has chosen this.

    This could be an option in HyperHQ under:
    Wheel Settings > The Wheel > Navigation/Themes

    It could be a checkbox placed under "Reload Backgrounds"

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    Bill could attest to this directly, but this would require some recoding of not only HyperHQ, but also HyperSpin. The best way to address this would be to create your favorites list and just use that as your xml by naming it in your system. Remember to make a backup copy depending on if the system is not covered by HyperList.
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    I didn't know it was that complicated.

    I have the following workaround for anyone who wants to load the favorites but still have the option of viewing all games:

    1. Rename 'MAME.xml' to 'All.xml'
    2. Create a favorites xml (not the internal favorites list) and name it 'Favorites.xml'
    3. Make a copy of your new 'Favorites.xml' and name it 'MAME.xml'
    4. Edit the Genre.xml in the Databases/MAME directory and add the two lines: <game name="All"/> <game name="Favorites"/> to it
    5. In Genre.xml - remove the line <game name="All Games"/>
    6. In Media/MAME/Images/Genre/Wheel - Make a copy of 'All Games.png' and name it All.png
    7. In Media/MAME/Images/Genre/Backgrounds - Make a copy of 'All Games.png' and name it All.png
    8. Make sure you have a favorites genre wheel image (Media/MAME/Images/Genre/Wheel) and a favorites genre background image (Media/MAME/Images/Genre/Backgrounds). I have attached mine, they're not great, but at least you'll have something


    This way, HS will load the Favorites list by default and you can still use 'G' to load the genre list and go back and forth between All Games and Favorites for a one button solution. I typed this up after I did everything (to make sure it worked) so I may have missed a step. Let me know if I need to change anything.

    The downside is you now have 2 .xml files that are the same thing but named differently.
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    Stuff like this is what makes HyperSpin so great... Even though there isn't a way to have favorites load, there is almost always a way to achieve what you want with HyperSpin.

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    Would I still be able to add games to this list or should I only do this after I have defined all the games I want in the favorites list?

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    With this method you have to manually create the favorites list or copy the MAME.xml and remove any of the games you don't want or wait for the new Hyperlist features.

    I used the old windows version of Hyperlist. Even though it's not using new databases all of my favorites were older games so it worked fine for me.

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    OK, I am confused. Do I create a favorites list within Hyperspin by using the "add to favorites" option (7) and then use that list with your instructions above or do I have to manually plow through the huge mame.xml list, pare that down and use the method above?

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    You can add favorites manually by going to a certain game and setting it from within HS.
    If you want you can bypass that and start filling a text file in called favorites.txt. Each romname needs to be on its own line in the text file like this:

    mslug
    kof
    sf2
    aerofgt
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    Banditt, Thanks much for those instructions! Worked perfectly!

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    I will personnally wait for an HS update, but thanx for sharing your solution.
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