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17th October, 2009 at 03:37:40 -

People have told me to add an auto-updater to my games in the What Happens Next? series. Ok, I say. How do I do that? I just want to have a single file that will access all of the game's episodes. How do I load other applications into a single app? Thanks.

 
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17th October, 2009 at 03:49:49 -

Make one program the accesses your server(You'll need a server) then every time it starts it'll check to see if there is an update. If there is it'll give the option to download it. After the update check is done it'll bring up a menu that lets someone start the episode of their choice. That way you can keep the game how it is, and each episode has it's own executable.

 
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Thanks, but what do you mean by sever? Does anyone have an example?

 
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17th October, 2009 at 04:38:46 -

One of the easiest ways is to upload a file with a version number stored on it.

If the game detects no version file; download an updated game.
If the game detects a version file but the downloaded version number (use the ini object for an easy way to check values) is the same as the version in the game; do nothing.
If the game detects a version file but the downloaded version number is the lower the version in the game; download an updated game.

You basically just need an FTP server. Which would store both the version file and the game exe. You couldn't use Mediafire or any file sharing stuffs.
On the MMF2 side of things you just need the Download object, anything that unzips a compressed file and the Ini object.

(there are many ways of doing this btw)

 
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