It would be a bad idea to use the same site for both TA and non TA games. It would infer games like S44 are mods of the TA content. It would also further the disadvantage they face in that lots of sites refuse to list spring games because theyf ear the wrath of Atari and nonTA games suffer.
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I think jaz wanted me to post this:
Conversation in the lobby wrote:
Well, I do like the site and design you've made so far. I'm not sure if you've seen a similar project I started (and put on hold) a while ago (due to some disagreements with CA's direction). I would certainly hate to overlap efforts.
if i can make one suggestion, i would "normalize" the borders around the boxes and make them all look the same; it's a very colorful design and i feel that this small change will pull everything together and make it more organized looking... just a suggest tho
Make a root Spring Network site with links to the Spring Engine and all the games and stuff
Make sites for other games that are interested
Make video for CA site
Pester developers to make installers for their games
Hunt Neddie down to discuss S44, KP, legalities and things
If the game owners/developers of games like XTA, EvoRTS, Gundam, BA, KP, S44 and others could make some kind of post here to say whether you'd be alright with a promotional page like the CA one that would be helpful. I don't need anything from you, just a yes or a no, it wouldn't add to your workload.
So I just say "yes" and you handle everything else? Sounds too good to be true.
Apart from an installer for your game, which isn't vital but would make the pages a lot more game specific rather than all linking to the Spring Engine. I'll handle everything else, including video now which I finally got working.
You can also use http://www.moddb.com/games/kernel-panic which looks much more game specific, and where the download link is easier to find. But the installer at moddb isn't as easy to update (there's a validation time during which the file is unavailable for a day or two after I update it), so sometimes it's a little behind.
Hmm, is it really necessary to have to make a new installer at every release? Isn't it possible to include the bulkiness of the game in the installer and then just have some kind of auto-update system after that to apply the small changes or whatever?
Ideally, I suppose the games could have their own installer which would install the game, a lobby client or two, Spring Downloader and maybe a few optional related maps. Once that's done, updates could just be applied through Spring Downloader which wouldn't be that much of a problem right? That way, the installer wouldn't have to be changed all the time, not to mention other public downloads for the games.
I believe CA is working on a CA specific version of Spring Downloader, so I suppose if that goes well, it would just be a simple matter of copying the installer and switching some files around and maybe images.
i have heard, most games do not have their own installers, cause modifying the installer is tedious. (?) If that is the case, we could work on that. I do not know what would be ideal; maybe some that have a modified installer already, could share it, and then we can modularize it to an extend that only a simple set of files (info.properties, logo.png, background.png) could be dropped into a folder, and a script be called, and voila.
i have heard, most games do not have their own installers, cause modifying the installer is tedious.
Not really, with a well made nsis it's only a matter of changing the mod file and changing the mod version string in the .nsi.
Most games do not have their own installer because the game dev do not cares about making an installer (all but 3), do not care about updating the installer when a new Spring version comes out (S44), do not care about using my installer when I gave them one already made (GRTS), prefer automatic continuous update (CA, EvoRTS), ...
maybe some that have a modified installer already, could share it
I'm sharing mine since August 2007.
Oh and I'm only taking into consideration Windows installer there. Linux is its own mess.
I would also mention a lot of the sites structure and aesthetics I could easily duplicate with my darkstars theme and some minor additions on a brand new wordpress install
As much as I love Wordpress, I think there's a time and a place for it and this isn't one of those times or places. This isn't meant to be a news site for the simple reason that zwzsg stated, most developers including himself wouldn't want more work to do.
Also, the only reason I am doing this is because I'm relatively new to web design and am just trying to "learn stuffs", as it were. I'm aware you're very handy with web design yourself, but I think if you chucked this on Darkstars, it wouldn't take long before your face was plastered over everything <3
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