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Post Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:28 pm

Browser version of Bitfighter

It seems that browser versions of games are very popular.

Browser version of Bitfighter allows you to play the game anywhere without having to download it.

Also when there is a browser version, then you can make a chrome web store app for Bitfighter.
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Post Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:50 am

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

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Post Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:37 pm

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yeah bro there's a browser version already it's called Z.A.P.
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Post Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:09 pm

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

Really? Z.A.P. ran in the browser?
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Post Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:54 pm

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raptor wrote:Really? Z.A.P. ran in the browser?

Yup. InstantAction's shtick was that all their games were browser games, requiring no download.
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Post Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:12 pm

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

Oh yeah, that shitty plug-in.

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Post Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:18 am

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

Z.A.P. did not run in the browser, but the way the site worked, it kind of created that illusion. Somehow. The game was still running outside the browser as an independent process.
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Post Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:55 am

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watusimoto wrote:Z.A.P. did not run in the browser, but the way the site worked, it kind of created that illusion. Somehow. The game was still running outside the browser as an independent process.

So they bragged about something that the game didn't even do. Even more reasons why it was TOTALLY AWESOME. Not gonna lie, I did wonder why if it were truly run in the browser, why it didn't work on Mac. Hahaha.
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Post Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:59 am

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

watusimoto wrote:Z.A.P. did not run in the browser, but the way the site worked, it kind of created that illusion. Somehow. The game was still running outside the browser as an independent process.

Can you elaborate on this? How is that possible? The only thing I downloaded was a plugin for InstantAction. Is this similar to how Onlive operates do you think?
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Post Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:11 am

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

Did it run only in Internet Explorer? If so, then that means it was probably an ActiveX plugin.

If not, then it was probably a basic browser plugin that actually loaded binary files from your system, which probably contained much of the game in it.
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Post Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:51 pm

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

Actually, I think it did run on Mac. I think it was kind of like the Unity Web Plug-in, and according to Wikipedia, it was "streaming" the game as you played: it downloaded it while you played, thus having barely any downloading time. I think it download each time you loaded the page, pretty much like Youtube :)
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Post Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:05 am

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

They suggested it downloaded as you played, but that is highly unlikely. Though I don't think I ever tried the system, I seem to recall that you would first install some kind of loader that would then manage all the games on the InstantAction site.

So it was probably not ActiveX, but rather a Steam-like program manager that was largely hidden from the user.
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Post Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:59 am

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

watusimoto wrote:They suggested it downloaded as you played, but that is highly unlikely. Though I don't think I ever tried the system, I seem to recall that you would first install some kind of loader that would then manage all the games on the InstantAction site.

So it was probably not ActiveX, but rather a Steam-like program manager that was largely hidden from the user.

Hypothetically if we still had the files from that could we build the game on our own? Or would we need some component from the InstantAction servers?
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Post Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:43 pm

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I don't think using that plug-in is the future :P

EDIT: Check out his cool article: http://evanvolm.wordpress.com/2013/01/0 ... -they-now/
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Post Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:33 pm

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

Thanks for the article! Thrilled to see a couple of those games are still active (ThinkTanks, Lore).
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Post Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:56 am

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

I'm not sure the plugin is the way to go at this point. I think our best bet is to compile the game into Javascript and see if modern browsers have what it takes to run it.

And yes, this is theoretically possible with currently available tools. Raptor got within one build error of success the last time he made a serious effort to get it to work.
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Post Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:27 pm

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

To be clear, I wasn't suggesting build Bitfighter using the InstantAction plugin. I was curious if Z.A.P. could be rebuilt using the plugin and thus played again without needing something from IA's servers.

Of course, the question then is why would you want to... :)
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Post Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:35 pm

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

:P I guess you could contact GarageGames to see if they would be willing to
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Post Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:18 pm

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

I was curious if Z.A.P. could be rebuilt using the plugin and thus played again without needing something from IA's servers.


My guess would be yes. If you could figure out where the executable was stored, you could probably run it without being connected to IA.
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:41 am

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

Any idea what build this will be done by 20 or 21 ?

Also where would "levels" and "levelgens" be stored?
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:32 pm

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

My guess: Pleiades!
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:46 pm

Re: Browser version of Bitfighter

Idk it might have to create "storage" for each user


that's why I say all levels saved will be auto uploaded to Pleiades it will allow anyone access to any level....
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