Anyone here using VBALink?

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Anyone here using VBALink?

Postby BK27101 » Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:01 pm

Pretty straight forward, wanted to play some old AW2 with a friend of mine, past connecting we are stuck on preparing for link for hours on end.

Anyone on this board who got it to work, if so, what specific options may or may not be recommended (aware of pause unchecked etc).
PS: Would modded AW2's work if both players got the same rom?

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Sven

Re: Anyone here using VBALink?

Postby Sven » Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:51 pm

It's been a few years since most of us have tried VBALink. We mostly abandoned it because we had to deal with some truly glacial emulation speeds (think 20%). While this isn't really a problem for a turn based game like AW, it's not very fun.

A good way to play AW2 with VBA is the following:

1)Make sure you and your opponent have the same ROM. Yes, it can be a modded ROM.
2)Talk about which map and which COs you want to use. Have one person create a two human player game with those settings in VS mode.
3)First player should take their turn after creating the game.
4)Use the savestate feature in VBA to make a savestate.
5)Find the savestate file and share it with your opponent via email/dropbox/whatever is fastest.
6)Your opponent loads the savestate, takes their turn, makes a new savestate, and sends it back to you.
7)Repeat.
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There's an alternative where you can use a remote desktop program to play in realtime if you can deal with having a player's computer be essentially unusable for the duration of the game. It also requires a certain degree of trust in your opponent to let them have access to your computer. It's probably the best way if you can set it up.

BK27101

Re: Anyone here using VBALink?

Postby BK27101 » Sun Jun 26, 2016 2:47 am

Ah the old email savestate sharing.
Hoped that the link would work with more than 20% speed given that our PC's are anything but bad.
Teamviewer has a rather bad rep currently so maybe I'll look for an alternative.

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Sven

Re: Anyone here using VBALink?

Postby Sven » Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:30 am

The best screensharing program we found was Anydesk, you'll get basically 100% speed if you use this. A game will take about 30-60 minutes this way.

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Re: Anyone here using VBALink?

Postby Xenesis » Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:16 am

BK27101 wrote:PS: Would modded AW2's work if both players got the same rom?


On this question, the answer should be yes.

But the reality is that almost all of the people making hacks have no way to test that they'd work in link mode (as you'd need two GBAs with the hardware to play romhacks on). There's a chance that they'd fail spectacularly if they're not just data edits. I would be hilariously surprised if my more extensive hacks actually worked in link mode.
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Re: Anyone here using VBALink?

Postby BK27101 » Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:37 pm

Sven wrote:The best screensharing program we found was Anydesk, you'll get basically 100% speed if you use this. A game will take about 30-60 minutes this way.


Not knowing the program, can the person viewing the host's screen also use stuff like a gamepad? Or is he reliant on the host making his inputs.

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Sven

Re: Anyone here using VBALink?

Postby Sven » Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:01 am

You share control of the mouse/keyboard. Both players have control over the host's computer for the duration of the match.

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Re: Anyone here using VBALink?

Postby Lambda » Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:35 pm

Iirc there was also a way to play AW2 with mednafen, Narts made a topic here.

Tried this with a friend a long time ago and it worked pretty well.


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