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vbProArcade Beta 2
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vB Version: 2.2.x Rating: (0 vote - 0 average) Installs: 227
Released: 29 Aug 2002 Last Update: Never Downloads: 35
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vbProArcade Beta 2

1/5/03: Beta 2 released
9/12/02: Beta 1.03 zip updated to include safe mode fix
9/3/02: Beta 1.03 released -- small bug fixes, see below
9/1/02: Beta 1 of vbProArcade has been posted. Please see below for installation instructions.


Background Information

vbProArcade is a fully-customizable Flash arcade add-on for vBulletin, complete with game-by-game scoreboards, forum integration, a "champions" system, statistics, and more.

This is an extensive hack that is still in BETA form, and I don't recommend installing it if you are not willing to work through potential issues and future updates/upgrades! I am working on making the installation instructions as easy as possible, but it will probably be some time before it is perfect.

Watch this post for updates as they happen, and check out screenshots from the list below. If you would like to see the hack in action, you may visit my Shadows of Namek forums. You will need to register to play, but you can view the scoreboards and the arcade itself as a guest.


Credits

This hack materialized thanks to work and help from a number of people and forums. Here they are:
  • Original vbTetris Hack by Erwin Loh
  • Original vbTetris Leaderboard Hack by John Warwick (john.eovie)
  • One of my users, Simon Steel, for work on Flash coding/recoding
  • The users of one of my forums, Shadows of Namek, for their extensive testing of the system
  • And The Kryptonian for pre-release and release candidate installation testing.
Games

So far, there are FIVE GAMES that work correctly with this hack. They are:

Breakout
Pacman
Snake
Space Invaders
Tetris

All five .SWF files are included in the release archive.

There is now a Flash Games Development Thread for the purpose of modifying existing games to work with vbProArcade, or for creating new games to be compatible with vbProArcade. If you have a game that you wish to see modified but don't know how, post the .FLA source in that thread and hopefully somebody can assist you.


Installation Instructions

Download the file attached to this post, unzip it and familiarize yourself with the contents BEFORE doing anything.

There are TWO separate files worth reading, the Documentation and the Installation Instructions. I recommend that you read both BEFORE doing anything else.

Once you have done this, the instructions to be followed are contained in vbproarcade-install.txt. Follow them as precisely as possible. If you encounter an error somewhere, it is likely that you missed a step or made a small error. Please double-check your work BEFORE posting about problems here.

And it cannot be said enough: read that file before you do anything, and if you are unsure of something, please post your question(s) before attempting to install the hack.


Problems and Fixes/Workarounds (as of 1/5)
  • None
Known Bugs/Limitations

Here is the list of stuff that I know does not work. I will be working towards correcting these bugs BEFORE adding new features for the next release.
  • Netscape will allow you to play the games but not record scores
  • If a user uses the "Back" button to go to the game screen, and does not refresh before playing, the score will result in a Security Violation. This is by design.
Screen Shots for Beta 2

Here is the list of posts from this thread that contain screen shots for the new version. Check them out!Upcoming Features

This is the stuff that is in progress for future release:
  • Complete Admin Panel Scoreboard Editor
  • Additional integration with vB
  • Even better Who's Online screen
Some have emailed or PM'd me asking if I would accept donations for my work on this hack, and yes, I certainly will, and any and all support is greatly appreciated. With over 2,000 lines of original PHP code, in addition to HTML and Flash work, I have spent a great deal of time developing and debugging the source for this, and it is a great feeling to have people like it so much that they want to give something back.

All donations received go directly back into supporting my websites and my design activities. You may click here to donate via Paypal. Note that donations are by no means required, and not donating does not mean you won't get support for the hack.

Last but not least, thanks for checking this out!

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  • This modification may not be copied, reproduced or published elsewhere without author's permission.
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:30
futureal futureal is offline
 
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NOTE: I apologize for the huge screenshots, but I left them full-size for clarity's sake, especially for some of the more detailed ones. If your browser re-sizes image to fit the screen, make sure you maximize them to read everything well. Look at the highlighted sections for points of interest...

This is the main page of the Arcade (so far).

Beta 1.03 Text:

Planned improvements so far include scoreboard icons/links, admin-selectable "king" icons, and a seamless integration with vbStats to provide meaningful arcade statistics.

UPDATED FOR BETA 2:

Features added:

- mini-scoreboards for each game
- admin-selectable icons
- tool-tips all over the place, revealing even more info
- and more!
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File Type: jpg vpabeta2_mainarcade.jpg (249.0 KB, 2914 views)
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:31
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This is the in-game screen. Nothing too special here, just links to the related scoreboards. The only improvement I can think of so far is allowing the admin to select whether or not the game icon appears here (basically it's just a template thing).

UPDATED FOR BETA 2!
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File Type: jpg vpabeta2_gamescreen.jpg (162.2 KB, 1536 views)
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:32
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This screen is displayed to the user when a game ends. It gives their score's ranking among all scores for that particular game, and allows them to enter a comment if desired. After adding a comment, they are taken to the scoreboard for that particular game.

A planned improvement is to take the user directly to whichever page of the scoreboard their score landed in (or better yet, allowing the admin to specify whether they go there or to the top of the scoreboard).

UPDATED FOR BETA 2!

New in Beta 2 is the Game Duration, which is a Tool Tip when the user hovers the mouse over the Date field. Also new is a bunch of behind-the-scenes security stuff.
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File Type: jpg vpabeta2_gameover.jpg (164.1 KB, 865 views)
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:32
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This is the scoreboard. Note that on my site, I do *not* use the alternating background colors BUT the admin can change this in the vbProArcade control panel.

UPDATED FOR BETA 2!

New in Beta 2 are the various Tool Tips all over the place that give the user a bit more information, as well as links to the User Scoreboard and User Detail pages for each user (see the magnifying glasses on the right of the screen).
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File Type: jpg vpabeta2_scoreboard.jpg (240.8 KB, 641 views)
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:33
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Here is what I call the "Top Score Board" which shows only each user's highest score, and displays a few quick statistics about the game. This is really more meaningful than the scoreboard, since it lets you figure out exactly where you fall among all players.

UPDATED FOR BETA 2!

Everything new here is basically the same as what you will find in the scoreboard.
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File Type: jpg vpabeta2_topscoreboard.jpg (244.8 KB, 436 views)
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:33
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This is the game modification screen in the vbProArcade Admin Panel. The admin can select a game icon and a king icon, as well as change the security features of the game (score var and hash offset) and a few other things.

This screen has been simplified since Beta 1.

UPDATED FOR BETA 2!
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File Type: jpg vpabeta2_adminmodify.jpg (243.0 KB, 526 views)
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:34
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The "Who's Online" display for vbProArcade automatically determines which games are installed and which game a user is playing. There is no need to modify online.php further when new games are installed -- everything is automatic.

Planned improvements include displaying "Viewing Arcade" and "Viewing such-and-such Scoreboard" (this is already done on my test site).
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File Type: jpg vpa_screenshot_online.jpg (229.3 KB, 521 views)
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:40
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Current features I'm working on adding:

- Admin-selectable Scoreboard icons
- Admin-selectable "King" icons
- "Champions" System, allowing users to show as "Champion of such-and-such" at various places in the forums
- vbProArcade/vbStats integration
- vbProArcade Mini-Stats (for the arcade main page)
- Admin "Scoreboard Browser/Editor"

And more to come.

Thanks for reading!
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:49
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Nice. Keep up the good work.
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 01:53
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real nice. wtg
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 02:00
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wow this is insane man, props!
im estatic!!!

the screens made me horny!! haha
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 02:10
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Wow, this sounds awesome. Cant wait to try it out

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Old 29 Aug 2002, 02:18
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Very nice work, keep it up :thumbsup:

Edit:
I just tested this out, its amazing, nice work.
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Old 29 Aug 2002, 02:35
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This is all fine and dandy, and you have just made a lot of people happy, in more ways than one lol but wouldn't it have been smart to post this in General Hacking Discussion until the code was puplicly released? Just a thought.

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