Author Topic: OS specific download options on game page  (Read 809 times)

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OS specific download options on game page
« on: 20 Nov 2019, 20:32 »
The game DB offers only one main download link and one backup. But now AGS can compile native Linux versions of the game and it is possible to build Android packages.
It would be great to offer specific download links for various OS.
Additionally it would be nice to specifically search for games that provide e.g. Linux builds.

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Re: OS specific download options on game page
« Reply #1 on: 20 Nov 2019, 22:31 »
Agree.
I think it's been suggested before, but now that it's getting more common it becomes more actual.  (nod)
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Re: OS specific download options on game page
« Reply #2 on: 24 Jan 2020, 08:38 »
I've added Linux to https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2348-cave-of-avarice and moved the link to the Linux version from the Windows mirror to the Linux download link. The game shows up correctly when searching for it, but where can I download the Linux version? I don't see an extra link for it.

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Re: OS specific download options on game page
« Reply #3 on: 24 Jan 2020, 16:56 »
I haven't announced the OS specific downloads because they aren't quite ready yet!  I got distracted with fixing the searches, but should have a downloads page / modal ready soon.

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Re: OS specific download options on game page
« Reply #4 on: 26 Jan 2020, 13:11 »
I think it would be better to offer the OS specific links on the download redirection page instead of having that "modal" popup,
because it would make the flow of control through the user better visible.

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Re: OS specific download options on game page
« Reply #5 on: 07 Feb 2020, 23:14 »
Okay, I think this is done now.  Game owners can add a separate download and mirror for each of the five available platforms, said platforms will return in searches, and a popup will appear showing all the downloads and mirros available for a game when you click the 'download x' button.  Oh, and each download and mirror can be reported as broken separately, to help game owners work out what's wrong a bit more easily.

Re: OS specific download options on game page
« Reply #6 on: 08 Feb 2020, 01:00 »
Would it be possible to get a platform independent link that would be used for:
  • archives containing multiple platforms
  • links to another site which host downloads for multiple platforms
?

As an example of why this might be needed, if the existing link was to Gamejolt or itch.io you now have to click a button saying you want a Windows version in order to get to the location that hosts non-Windows versions, whereas before it was just 'download'. It might be more sensible to default to not specifing the platform for existing links.
« Last Edit: 08 Feb 2020, 01:03 by morganw »

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Re: OS specific download options on game page
« Reply #7 on: 08 Feb 2020, 12:35 »
Next step is to rethink the way demos and downloads for commercial games are handled, which would logically tie into this.  Will probably end up with a separate link type for pages that collate other download options.

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Re: OS specific download options on game page
« Reply #8 on: 09 Feb 2020, 20:05 »
Very nice! I'll start a thread soon to remind people to update their entries.