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#1 Ryan R

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 05:11

I thought it would be a good idea to start off with a wishlist of stuff you'd like to see in the program. When I do actually release it - this will be the place for bug reports and other stuff as well.


But first off - what would you like to see in the Entertainment Explorer program?

I'll post some of my ideas below and let you add to the list

Edited by Ryan R, 12 August 2009 - 03:54.



#2 OP Ryan R

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 05:25

* Provide access to Games, downloadable content (i.e. patches, mods, etc), and possibly other media (movies, music albums, game previews (movies & screenshots), etc).

* Edit all game information as shown in E-Explorer and in the VGE (and whatever they call it in Windows 7 - W7GE maybe) :)

* Have options to run EE at system startup - hide in systray when not in use

* Stop programs/services before launching games found in the 'High-End' list and resume these apps when game quits. Old games with low requirements won't need to do this).

* Automatically check for program updates. Check for new information (trailers, screenshots, etc) on new games that you are interested in, or new games that match a genre you are interested in. (I have no-idea how I'd be able to do this - but this is just a wishlist) :)

* Pack/unpack feature: if you're about to format your PC use an unpack feature to gather everything you've customized and downloaded into one folder that you can easily backup yourself, and vice-versa

* Add/edit games in Vista Media Centre

* Support use of Media Centre remote controls in the EE app.

* Find a way to alter volume of music you're playing in background independent of game volume without Alt-Tabbing or pausing game to change it's volume). (Another feature I have no idea how to program as of now) :)


I'll no-doubt think of more stuff - but hopefully this gets the ball rolling and you guys have some great features that you'd like to see added.

#3 ryoran109

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 00:53

The ability to edit games that have specifically designed VGE entries (I forget what thats called). It really ****es me off when I see the game's logo where the box art should be. (OCD or something?)

#4 OP Ryan R

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:48

The ability to edit games that have specifically designed VGE entries (I forget what thats called).

Yep - that will be in there

#5 Unimatrix Xero

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 14:47

hows about a public beta?

#6 OP Ryan R

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 01:52

hows about a public beta?

Coming very soon - a week or two hopefully

#7 ryoran109

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 06:32

What kind of functionality can we expect to see in the beta?

#8 OP Ryan R

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 06:48

It will start off with the same sort-of functionality as VGEE - will view games, edit games, and allow you to add games. This should work great for XP users as soon as I fix a couple of things. I need to chat with Julius to discuss the Vista code - but when he'd finished linking a few things together most of the Vista functionality will be there. From then on, it will mainly just be adding features, making it looks better (thanks Schik for the icons - haven't figured out how to get the .png transparency going yet though), and fixing whatever bugs you find. I'd release it right now but some parts of it don't work quite right yet - and I don't want to be responsible for stuffing up anyone's VGE just yet (I'm doing my testing in the Virtual PC with Vista so it's ok for me to stuff it up, plus I know how to fix it).

Is there anyway to cross-post this into the XP forums? I dare-say quite a few XP users haven't really heard of VGEE or EE as of yet.

#9 Maighstir

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 20:05

So... I've been using VGEE for quite a while, though it seems most of my games at the moment are detected pretty much automagically by VGE, there's always a few ones that are not.

I'm looking forward to trying out E-Explorer, and I have but one wish except what you already seem to have planned - along with the backup feature, it'd be nice to be able to easily back up/resore the game's registry entries (as I install all games on another drive, and being able to back up the game's registry entries means I won't have to reinstall them when I nuke&pave the windows drive). It might be too much work (or even not possible) to do automatically, but if the registry entries can't be found automatically, give the user the option to manually add keys to back up for each game.

#10 NienorGT

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 20:43

Screenshot? Something?

#11 OP Ryan R

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:19

I could give a screenshot (although don't have them on me on this PC) - but truth be told we haven't focused on visuals since the time screenshots were put on the EE website. The only change is that the game icons/box art no longer stretch/skew and look a lot better now. Julius is finishing the last bit of Vista code before Alpha-1 is released.

#12 D@V!D

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 14:20

i am really waiting for ur program!! :) do u have a release date for the alpha version??

thanks for all ur time, work and dedication mate! ;)

#13 ryoran109

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 22:42

How about being able to use URL images for box art?

#14 OP Ryan R

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 23:33

That currently is supported in VGEE - except that it makes a local copy of the image and references that. If you ever lost a connection to the Internet, that would cause problems, unless EE uses the offline copy by default and periodically checks for an updated online version to replace the offline one.

#15 myztikrice

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 07:19

Didn't you say you were close to a working version sometime in February or something? This is kind of ridiculous.