Sorry if this is in the wrong section...figured emulation falls under General Gaming.
If so, my apologies mods, please move to where appropriate.
On to my question....
I am a big emulator fan and for my Game Boy / Game Boy Color / Game Boy Advance needs, I have always used Visual Boy Advance version 1.8.
Very nice, very stable emulator, that is perhaps lacking in the department of overall features, filters and apparently, no OpenGL support.
Enter Visual Boy Advance-M (M=Merged).
It appears the whole Visual Boy Advance project has been splintered off into various pockets were different hackers/developers are making their own version.
Visual Boy Advance attempts to merge all these different 'forks' under one, solid, stable umberella. Good in theory, however, because there are so many VBA projects to merge out there, a bunch of different 'merged projects have apparently cropped up as well!
I want to move on from VBA 1.8 (this is the original VBA advance that had an update as recent as 2014) to one of the merged versions because they are supposed to offer more features, including better filter and plug in support, better performance, and OpenGL support.
However, I have tried a few, and I get varying degrees of performance on my Windows 10 system...even on versions of VBA that are supposedly optimized for 64 bit systems.
My main question (googling has yielded very little enlightenment), does ANYONE know what the differences are between the current VBA-M versions available?
There is a VBA-M GTK version, a VBA-M WX version, a VBA-m SDL version (see what I mean?? lol...) and then, of course, the plain ol VBA-M (1022 version was the last one, updated in 2009, I used before going back to the regular VBA version 1.8.
Googling acknowledges these all exist, but no one can seem to be able to explain to me what the different versions do, what they are for, and what systems are best suited for them....and yes, all the versions I listed are all Windows versions, and yes, I do understand the differences between a 32bit version vs a 64 bit versions, but these variants are more convoluted than that. Even the VBA website does precious little to help me out...unless they DO explain it, but speak in such over-my-head language (as some programmers tend to do because they assume their reading audience knows what they are talking about), that I missed it.
Any enlightenment in this area in layman's terms would be greatly appreciated.
Till then, I will continue to use the 1.8 older version as it's performance is fantastic on my Win10 system.
But man, it just bugs me that something better could be out there on this emu that I may be missing out on....
Thanks guys n gals