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Mentioned on the RetroGaming RoundUp #47

Can’t get enough retro games? I hope so, because the RetroGaming RoundUp is an 8 hour internet radio show that covers topics ranging from gaming conventions to top 10 lists.  Listening to the entire show in 1 sitting is not recommended. Source Media Arcade is listed on the show’s itinerary, but I haven’t heard the part where they mention it yet. If you find where they talk about it, let me know! Either way, its worth a listen if you love retro games.

RetroGaming RoundUp #47 – http://www.retrogamingroundup.com/shownotes/2011/roundup041_2011.11.htm

Source Media Arcade 2.0 RELEASED EARLY!!!

Once again, Source Media Arcade is being released early so you can make your spooky-themed arcades in time for Halloween.  One key new feature is a “GoLive!” item that will turn your single player game into an internet-enabled multiplayer game that appears on the master server list.

Download Source Media Arcade 2.0

Discover NEW Movies & Games w/ SM Arcade

By now you’ve all gotten the idea that you can discover new media by joining other people’s arcade servers. Well, now there’s a whole new way to discover new media without even playing multiplayer.

Today’s video showcases 2 all-new features to hit SM Arcade in the past few days. First is the DISCOVER BUTTON which will aid you in placing media items that you don’t even own yet! What’s the advantage to that? The 2nd feature showcased in the video are the SEARCH PROVIDERS which link you directly to matching media on your favorite sites! After you buy/download the item, all that’s left is to plug it into SM Arcade and start checking out the all new entertainment you discovered in the 3D world of Source Media Arcade. Your all-in-one PC media center!


Discover NEW Movies and Games – Mod DB

Custom Search Providers

I’ve already blogged about the ability to explicitly list download locations for games and movies placed in your arcade. Today’s developments takes it a step further and simplifies the task of finding a place to download/purchase games and movies that DO NOT have an explicit download location.

Search Providers are useful because they will help guide you and/or the players in your arcade down the right path when trying to find a place to download/purchase missing media. They provide shortcuts for searching relevant sites for download/purchase locations.

A variety of default Search Providers will also come stock with the mod, but players can easily create new custom Search Providers.

When you join a multiplayer arcade, you have access to all of the custom Search Providers used by the host in addition to any custom Search Providers you may have defined. And as always, you have access to the default Search Providers as well.

This is what a Search Provider looks like in the UI:

Search Providers

Each search provider contains the following information:
1. The name of the site (Ex. Amazon.com, Direct2Drive.com, Netflix.com)
2. The type of the transaction (Ex. purchase, stream, download)
3. The search syntax URL of the site where $TITLE gets replaced with the media item title (Ex. http://www.netflix.com/Search?v1=$TITLE)
4. A brief description of the Search Provider
5. The TYPES of media that this Search Provider is relevant to (Ex. movies, pc, snes, nes, etc.)

Only relevant Search Providers are listed for the items. For example, Netflix will never show up as a Search Provider for a missing PC game.

Private beta server goes LIVE once again

Private multiplayer beta testing is LIVE once again, and the VRCADE SERVER has resumed hosting nightly sessions on one of the 4 maps in rotation. If you are interested in taking part in the private beta tests, just send me an email at contact@smsithlord.com.

Built-in web scraper for game info

NEW DEMONSTRATION VIDEO AVAILABLE:

Today I was able to work in a fully functioning web-scraper that can grab descriptions and artwork images for a massive amount of games on a wide variety of platforms by scraping the AllGame.com website.  You can modify your search string as necessary and you are free to choose the best available match.  Only missing information will be imported, unless you specify otherwise.  Below is a slideshow that shows how easy the built-in web scraping is to use.  All of the information (description, screenshot image, marquee image) for the game Duke Nukem 64 is scraped from AllGame.com on the fly.

Automatic Steam Games Setup & Artwork

Now SM Arcade will automatically detect every Steam game that you own and list them in your media library.  In addition, all marquee and screenshot images for these Steam games are automatically downloaded without any interaction required on the part of the user.   The slideshow below shows some of the games that were automatically detected for me as well as the artwork images that SM Arcade found for the games:

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I also implemented some other functionality improvements that have been absent so far in BETA 2, such as the Library Browser, the Model Browser, and the ability to delete shortcuts that are placed in the map.

A console variable was also entered that controls the resolution of the shortcuts placed in the map.  In other words, you no longer have to rename files to switch between “HI-RES” and “LOW-RES” modes.  You can enter any resolution for this variable, so you can go ahead and run in “MEDIUM-RES” if you wish.  The default value for this variable is 256.