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    Source Media Arcade 2.0b Update Released

    Source Media Arcade is the 3D frontend I've been developing for launching movies, emulators, and games (built with the Source engine).

    With this latest update, it now has a downloadable add-on content system built-in, which lets you download and install add-ons, such as new cabinet models or emulator definitions, with a single click.

    Another noteworthy feature to make it into this update is random item selection. You can now specify if you want a completely random item, OR a random item of a specific TV show, movie series, group, etc.

    Download the HL2 mod from: http://www.smarcade.net/download.html

    If you do not have a lot of experience with Source engine mods, I recommend you install with Desura.

    If you just want to upgrade your 2.0 install to the current version, click here.

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    Network Hub Megagun's Avatar
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    We really need a subforum where people who would otherwise never visit these forums can post their crud. It's been, what, two or three threads this week alone? Sigh.

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    I think that's a little annoying that this is just spam. If there were at least some interest he would've posted in the same thread he created before.

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    It'd be nice to deputize some spam-banners. Or something.

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    I take it that you guys won't have any questions about how to install it then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megagun View Post
    We really need a subforum where people who would otherwise never visit these forums can post their crud. It's been, what, two or three threads this week alone? Sigh.
    I agree. The noteworthy releases/cool things always seem to work their way down the pipeline from regular posters, and threads like this that are clear advertisement really detract from the spirit of discussion in the forums. Not to be overly hostile to anyone that wants to join our community, but some of us clearly want to talk about and play games whereas others want solely to promote something they've made. If someone who was a regular poster came in and say "Hey, look at the thing I made!" I'd be much more inclined to give it more than a passing glance than I am with someone who clearly just goes from board to board pasting the same exact thing.

    At least the Postal 3 guy was self-aware and honest.
    Last edited by sabrage; 23-01-2012 at 12:05 PM.

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    i'm going to offer some criticism that i hope is taken seriously even though it's harsh:

    people will be more inclined to take you seriously if the website you link them to isn't awful.

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    Two things, which I'll probably get labeled as being an a-hole for saying but regardless:
    1 - You need a better website. It's like I've gone back to the early 2000s.
    2 - Why do I want to launch media from within a Source game? Isn't this needlessly obtrusive and difficult? I can't see the utility.


    Also I echo the concerns of sabrage and megagun and company. I guess it's interesting to know about these kinds of things (even if I think this particular one is absolutely pointless beyond "Oh that's a cool look") but man there's a lot of advertising going on. Community infiltration for advertising is neither subtle nor overly welcome.

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    Lol, you guys are acting like I work for EA's marketing department or something. I'm just boy, standing in front of a board, asking it to love him.

    I don't exactly call my message spam either. It's not like I randomly picked you guys out of the phone book. I only tell people about my game-launcher who I think will enjoy it, and who otherwise would not even know that it existed.

    To the people who actually offered criticism about the mod (although it wasn't from actually trying it), thanks for the feedback. Yeah, my site is horribly ugly. It's because I spend all my time coding instead. :D I try to link to the ModDB profile as much as I can, but their Downloads page is a bit confusing to new comers.

    As far as the concept being pointless, here are some links that might interest you:
    PlayStation Home, Microsoft Game Room, 3D Arcade, XBMC, Windows Media Center, etc.

    While a media center isn't the easiest concept to roll with (especially a 3D one), I am not the only person who sees its potential and tried their hand at it. I find my program to be more useful than all of those apps I just listed, in certain areas. Mostly it is because all of those apps had some not-so-hidden agenda of selling stuff, while mine is made strictly for the average free-loving PC gamer.

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    I'm going to indulge here, because I like developers who enter into open dialogue.

    Okay, you mention things like XBMC and Windows Media Center... but these things are very clean, accessible UIs (as much as they can be given how you're going to interact with them) which generally don't get in the way. Playstation Home is entirely different, given that it has a social media aspect. Microsoft Game Room is closer to this but it still has that social aspect and it's about arcade games.

    I can applaud your technical capability at doing something like this (though I didn't spend a great deal of time modding with HL2, I was more fond of Doom 3) but XBMC and WMC are an entirely different class and far more functional than this. If I want to watch a movie or launch a game, it's much easier and quicker for me to just click the icon, rather than boot up a Source-powered mod, load a level, walk around, find what I want, and then launch it. It's a novelty, for sure, but realistically how many people are still going to be using it after the novelty wears off?

    Don't mean to discourage you because like I said it's technically impressive and it looks cool, but I personally don't see the utility.

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    I agree, XBMC does have a very clean interface, probably my favorite 2D media center. SMArcade has many of the same useful features that XBMC has, simply because they are good useful features (such as web-scraping to find movie posters).

    Double clicking on a file sitting on your desktop will always be the easiest way to open a movie; however, most people don't store all their movies on the desktop.

    Launching a movie with XBMC might actually go something like this: first open up XBMC (or always have it open), go to Library, search the Library for the title of the movie you want, then click Play.

    While launching a movie with SM Arcade would go like this: first load up SM Arcade (or always have it open), walk around until you see the poster of a movie you like, then click Play.

    Launching the file never takes long. The main difference is how you browse for the file that you want to launch. The mod is absolutely a novelty, but I think its usefulness and features are very comparable to other media centers.

    Aside from being 3D and having social aspects, it really isn't too different from other media centers. You always click on icons to launch movies (whether they are 3D or 2D), and you browse containers (whether they are folders filled with icons or rooms filled with arcade cabinets).

    If you are interested in seeing what kind of features the mod has to offer without actually installing it, you can check out the ever-growing detailed user's manual on ModDB.

    Anyways, you all should take a few moment and try to really get into the mod. It's like crack; you think you don't want it until you try it, then you can't get enough of it. (Or you kick it and say you'll never do it again.)

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    Why would I want open a program, then wander around looking for a still from the movie/TV episode/game/porn clip/other I want to watch? What if I haven't the faintest clue what it looks like? If I have 50 episodes of something, am I meant to remember a still from every single one?

    Double clicking on a file sitting on your desktop will always be the easiest way to open a movie; however, most people don't store all their movies on the desktop.
    No, they store it in an easy location, like TV > Someseries > Series1 > Series1Ep1.foo; and have the ability to use the search function if it's that well buried. If I have two dozen TV series with two dozen episodes each, do I really want to go through 576 different pictures just to find it, or just follow the folder links and be there in a matter of seconds?

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    Media centers aren't for everybody. If you aren't already using something like XBMC, then you'll probably not want to use a 3D version of it either. Search functions aren't hard to find at all, and they actually offer more ways of organizing your collection in addition to files and folders.

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    That is amazing , I was looking forward to this..

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