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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.
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!
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:
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.
When a player in your server tries to launch a game that they don’t have, they are given the option to download it if the item has a URL listed for it. Yesterday I added in the ability for items to list multiple download URLs. Now you can give more download options to the people as far s where they are going to acquire the missing media from. For example, if a player doesn’t already have the game “Dead Island”, the item could list URLs to get the game from the Steam Store as well as from Direct2Drive. For free downloads, listing multiple URLs could be used to offer different download locations of the game or different versions of the game.
Download URLs can be easily added through the HTML-powered UI by clicking on the small “+” icon next to “Download URLs”. Any field of a download URL entry can be edited by clicking on the small wrench icon next to the field. Any download URL entry can be removed completely by clicking on the associated X on the right side of the table.
Below is a screenshot of how this looks in the UI:
A similar method will be used to allow for multiple entries of other key fields, such as “rompaths” to allow apps to scan multiple locations when detecting files.