What you are explaining sounds accurate- the bottleneck here is emulation station and the gamelist.XML. quite frankly having that many games is kind of ridiculous- for that type of approach you’re probably better off in the hyperspin forums- its more of a PC compatible method if you are trying to stuff every possible game ever created onto one system. If you want the pi to be manageable- its probably a little more realistic to sort through your massive romsets and delete all the clones, duplicates, nonworking ROMs, and maybe stick to the games you’ll regularly play, or you can have your repository of ROMs on your PC and swap out the games you want to play as you see fit. In short the pi just can’t handle that many ROMs.
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