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Update on my latest project I am developing

Discussion in 'Gaming Discussions' started by Zeras, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    I have been working on a side project the last few weeks that I am hoping to put online in the next few days. The new project will be a network of news/content channel sites for various games and tech items that will include content from hundreds of gaming and technology sites. The channels will be both standalone sites and part of an overall network site as well.

    The focus is to launch game/tech specific sites for various topics and provide a single site for each with a simple layout. For example, you will be able to follow the various channels/sites that interest you and either visit those sites one-by-one or view a master feed (mashup) of all your followed channels.

    Each channel site should provide the best source of news, content, etc. for the games and tech items that they cover. There will be a small selection of channel sites at launch, but I will continue adding and setting up a lot more channel sites after launch.

    If there are any games you are interested in reading the latest news/content about on a daily or more frequent basis, please let me know in this thread and I will see if I can get channel sites set up for them assuming the content is there.
     
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  2. Achilleslastand

    Achilleslastand Well-Known Member PC Gamer

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    This sounds awesome, just logged off LOTRO after promising myself a good nights sleep. I'll make a list in the next day or so.
     
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  3. Achilleslastand

    Achilleslastand Well-Known Member PC Gamer

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    Ok, just a few off the top of my head, im sure ill come up with more later haha.

    Albion Online
    Crowfall
    Camelot Unchained.
    Gloria Victis
    Steel Division Normandy 44
    Life of Rome
    The Repopulation
    Pantheon
    Chronicles of Elyria
    LOTRO
    ESO
     
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  4. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    Looks like several MMOs including some I was already planning to add :)

    I have created 30 channels so far. I spent most of the weekend creating the browse/search channel sites system, setting up image caching, improving the news/content matching routines to better match the channel, and other various things my drained mind cannot remember at the moment. I also researched and re-created most of the channel banner and avatar images as I was not happy with the style I used originally. I also spent time searching for more game sites to index but still have a lot more to find, setup and test.
     
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  5. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    I *believe* I have all development for alpha release completed except for content image caching which I plan to work on tomorrow. Once I complete that, the site will be ready to launch.

    If you follow game news and content, you should really like this site. Of course I still has a lot of work left after alpha launch. The site currently has 30 channel sites setup, but that number will increase considerably after launch and I will continue adding a lot more source sites and content to the site.
     
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  6. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    I have completed the development process for the launch version of the site. I have set it up on live servers, but placed it behind a security wall as final prep work continues.

    It should launch tomorrow with 30-40 channel sites. I plan to create more channel sites along with finding and configuring more source sites over the weekend.

    I will post the site's URL here once it is live.
     
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  7. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    The site is online, but I need to create more channel sites and I am also making a lot of tweaks including adding a new module on the backend which does lead to new bugs being introduced, so I am going to wait until probably Monday to announce the site.
     
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  8. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    I ended up working all weekend on the site, rewriting a couple of the modules behind it to better prepare for future features. I was going to have to do it at some point, but decided to go ahead now because I knew it was likely going to create new bugs (and it did) given every area of code would be affected. I shut down the scanning system over the weekend, but I believe I have everything up and working now with all of the changes and new improvements.

    I still have not added new channels but will attempt to do that later tonight and tomorrow. Either way, I still plan to post the link tomorrow so you guys can check it out and give me some feedback *hopefully*.
     
  9. SlaughterMachine

    SlaughterMachine Well-Known Member PC Gamer

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    World of Warships or the site doesn't exist! o_O
     
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  10. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    I am adding it now!

    I finally found a feed for the official World of Warships site. There are currently no other content in the database for the game, but as I add more sites, that will hopefully change.
     
  11. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    I have created the channel, but I still have to add the channel banner and avatar for it. I am in the process of adding other channels and plan to go back and add banners and avatars for each of the newly added channel sites afterwards.

    I actually did find two items in the database for the game and the official site has now been added. It will take a short period for the items to be processed and made live since it pulled in all of the items at once and I purposely spread out the meta data gathering process over time to avoid causing any issues for the source sites.
     
  12. Pizzaman

    Pizzaman Active Member Playstation Gamer

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    Man, you're like smart and stuff.
     
  13. SlaughterMachine

    SlaughterMachine Well-Known Member PC Gamer

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    Hmm. I can't find the dislike button for this post. :D
     
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  14. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    Everyone has it but you :)
     
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  15. maxdogg

    maxdogg Active Member PC Gamer

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    LOL
     
  16. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    ZERGWIRE is up to 350 source sites now, including a lot more official sites, and over 100 channels. I also started development of a new smart system to grab content from sites that normally are very difficult or impossible to index that should see another 50+ source sites added this week.
     
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  17. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    A lot of improvements and tweaks have been made to ZERGWIRE in the last week or so, mainly to prepare for upcoming features and expansion.

    However, one of the best new features is that you no longer have to sign-up or login to follow channels. You can now follow channels and customize your personal feed without an account!
     
  18. SlaughterMachine

    SlaughterMachine Well-Known Member PC Gamer

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    Did you delete my account? rofl.
     
  19. Zeras

    Zeras Administrator PC Gamer

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    Accounts were deleted from the first beta because too much had changed, but that was right after public beta launched. I warned they would be deleted back then as it was the first test and only happened once.