If you’ve ever used the library in RetroArch you already know that the box arts are very inconsistent in terms of resolution and quality. I will try my best to upscale and clean as many of them as possible, while remaining faithful to the original, hoping we can build a high-quality database for preservation and enjoyment of our favorite retro games!
Because updates to the official repository may take a while, and because your library will not automatically update itself to reflect those changes, I’ve decided to use this thread for manual updates. You can follow it and receive notifications whenever a new box art is made available, immediately download it and manually replace it in your library.
You can also search for a box art using the name of the game (box art for Japanese release can also be searched using their original Japanese name in kana), although after a few days you can expect the cover to be available in the official repository. When it is you can simply update the thumbnails through RetroArch directly.
Feel free to contribute your own improvements here too, making Pull Requests on the official GitHub repository as you do. Do remember that box arts are limited to a resolution of 512px though.
I hope this is the right place for this conversation. I noticed that thumbnails in the official repository are very inconsistent when it comes to image quality. I am currently spending a lot of time hunting for higher resolution thumbnails and doing a lot of clean up and restoration using my Photoshop skills. Naturally I’ve been wondering if this work could be used to improve the official repository. I understand PRs can be sent to the repo to submit missing thumbnails but what about replacing existing ones?
As an example, take a look at the boxart for Batman Forever currently in the repo: thumbnails.libretro.com and compare it with my 512x512 clean-up, right here.
It’s a lot of work but as you can see it’s worth it. How should I proceed from there, make one PR per cover?