One of the things I really want to capture are high scores (i.e., someone’s initials). Not at a leaderboard username level per se but through individual gameplay using someone’s initials. For example: My leaderboard username might be “Uthuidos” and if my brother plays a game and gets a new high-score it more than likely will associate the username “Uthuidos” to his gameplay. I have come across this issue with Steam games like Pac-Man which drives me nuts.
For games played using RetroArch, I found a way to keep someone’s high-score by creating a hotkey (binding) with one of the buttons next to the trackball. I play the game, enter my initials, then click the button two times as soon as I seen the main screen again. This creates a save state 0 by exiting out of the system and the emulator. Once I go back into the game it automatically loads the save state 0 showing everyone high-score. Whereas when I click the “exit” button on the Polycade Lux it exits out of the emulator without shutting down the system or core (whatever it is called) and thus never capturing the high-score.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to do this with MAME games and I read somewhere online MAME unlike RetroArch (LAME) has the ability to automatically capture/save someone’s high-score. I have an AGS MAME game “Black Widow” which I love but I stopped playing because it never keeps the high-score. My brother and I would like to challenge each other to see who’s initials remains at the top.
Is there a way to capture different high-scores from different users with Steam games? For example two people playing Dig Dug?
Is there a better way to capture someone’s high-score saving their initials with RetroArch games or is the hotkey setup I have the best solution?
How can I get MAME games to keep individual high-scores for purchased games like AGS: Black Widow and/or individually owned MAME games?
For me this is the #1 most important feature for [all] leaderboard games on the Polycade Lux. I have family visiting and nobody is able to keep their high-score which takes away the nostalgic feeling as well as competition.