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Gamejolt, Origin, Steam. They have their "launchers", or "access without needing a browser"
It would be awesome to have this on Newgrounds.

Gamejolt, Origin, Steam. Eles têm seus "launchers", ou "acesso sem necessidade de um navegador"
Seria daora se isso fosse adicionado aqui no Newgrounds.

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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-15 11:40:24 Reply

@TomFulp tell this man why this can't happen...


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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-15 11:56:51 Reply

At 5/15/17 11:40 AM, Zornuzkull wrote: @TomFulp tell this man why this can't happen...

I would actually like to have one. We don't need one as much at the moment because our content all works in a web browser - the purpose of traditional launchers is to run downloadable games which may also require other software on your PC. However it would be cool to have a version of NG that exists outside the web browser and that can support SWF content after browsers stop... It would also increase the potential for us to move into downloadable content if we decided to do that once and for all.


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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-15 12:11:40 Reply

At 5/15/17 11:56 AM, TomFulp wrote:

Thank you Mr Fulp...


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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-15 12:16:58 Reply

At 5/15/17 11:56 AM, TomFulp wrote:
I would actually like to have one. We don't need one as much at the moment because our content all works in a web browser - the purpose of traditional launchers is to run downloadable games which may also require other software on your PC. ...

Well ok, thank you!
(PS: you are awesome!)

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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-15 18:57:49 Reply

That would be awesome cause of flash compatibility, like Tom said, but in order to stay relevant in today's era of html&js/webgl/etc. this platform would also need to support other technologies. Tom would probably have to write a new "browser" that handles javascript, html and so on. It's a lot of work, if you can't use some open source interpreters. I'm not sure if there are any.

BUT IMO if this was to become reality, it would be great opportunity to make a (I guess) first quasi-browser that uses Python as the 'main language' instead of JavaScript. That could probably make Newgrounds great again or some shit like that - if successful, that could spark a revolution in web game industry.

@DJ-Ri what do you think?

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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-15 20:33:56 Reply

At 5/15/17 06:57 PM, Makakaov wrote: @DJ-Ri what do you think?

That would be pretty cool. If the site had some sort of API where the client could connect directly to some host and request specific pieces of data, it would be possible to implement a platform-independent desktop client without the overhead of HTTP. Definitely non-trivial project, though.


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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-15 22:55:44 Reply

At 5/15/17 11:56 AM, TomFulp wrote:

thats interesting and im down for that and im sure many others would like that as well.


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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-16 14:16:22 Reply

I mean like the idea! I mean it could still be based on the web languages, just that it has surefire Flash support even in the future.

Imagine what the interface would look like.. mmhm


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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-19 12:23:00 Reply

Flash has been around for quite a while. Newer versions of it just won't run older files reliably, so any kinda Flash player could sure use legacy buttons... and not like the ones Windows uses (which rarely work), since it's all emulated crap anyway

Also and for the record, I've got a little over 10 GB (almost 4,000 files) of old NG flash animations/games hoarded away, back from a time I didn't have any internet at home, and would burn a CD or load a thumb drive from a relative's house on the weekends. Problem is, the filenames don't always match the title of the submission, but with a little luck...
(bringing this up, because I've heard certain submissions were pulled, never to be seen again, even by their own authors!)


Vault 101 I have many old and deleted Flash submissions, PM me the filename, maybe I got it.
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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-19 12:45:26 Reply

At 5/19/17 12:23 PM, VicariousE wrote: Also and for the record, I've got a little over 10 GB (almost 4,000 files) of old NG flash animations/games hoarded away, back from a time I didn't have any internet at home, and would burn a CD or load a thumb drive from a relative's house on the weekends. Problem is, the filenames don't always match the title of the submission, but with a little luck...
(bringing this up, because I've heard certain submissions were pulled, never to be seen again, even by their own authors!)

Keep them safe for the day I take over newgrounds' legal department and all the lost content makes their triumphant return.

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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-19 13:10:24 Reply

At 5/19/17 12:45 PM, YomToxic wrote: Keep them safe for the day I take over newgrounds' legal department and all the lost content makes their triumphant return.

Can only wonder if I have any long lost Klacid content (or other ForkHeads stuff) that was deleted... I do have short thing Emily did at a Pico Day, that was blammed/removed by author. Might have some stuff from that guy who made Memohuntress (who made it big on Steam, found religion, and took all his stuff off NG). Having the submission number's the easiest way for me to check... wonder if the Obituary pages are fixed?


Vault 101 I have many old and deleted Flash submissions, PM me the filename, maybe I got it.
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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-19 13:49:20 Reply

I AGREE, but idk if a NG launcher is really useful.

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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-19 14:27:12 Reply

Would actually be fairly straight forward to create this. Its easy to embed browsers inside native desktop applications these days.

CEF, Electron to name but a few.

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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-19 16:51:10 Reply

A Newgrounds launcher would be pretty damn cool. Not only would it be great for downloadable content and flash retro-compatibility, it could also be used to introduce and distribute purchasable content, like music albums, animated movies (like, full lenght movies) and more ""advanced"" games. Heck, it could even support non-html5 and non-flash games, kinda like Steam. So content creators and Newgrounds could somehow raise their earnings and people would be more prone to publish things via the Newgrounds platform.

These are just ideas though.

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Response to What about a "NewGrounds Launcher"? 2017-05-20 02:56:27 Reply

the steam launcher is the stupidest shittiest thing to ever happen

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At 5/15/17 11:56 AM, TomFulp wrote: I would actually like to have one. We don't need one as much at the moment because our content all works in a web browser - the purpose of traditional launchers is to run downloadable games which may also require other software on your PC. However it would be cool to have a version of NG that exists outside the web browser and that can support SWF content after browsers stop... It would also increase the potential for us to move into downloadable content if we decided to do that once and for all.

Hey man, maybe we can start some kind of community project or something to make this launcher, if i remember correctly, there are tons of programmers on this site, some of them might be interested in that. i know i would be, sadly, the only programming languages i can actually work with without making hundreds of mistakes are HTML/CSS/Javascript


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