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Old 09-05-2010, 11:53 AM
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Dave -

I have an idea for a useful app for those of us that try to find the time to catch up with buddies in online gaming. I help run Blitzkrieg Whores, a long standing (~5yrs) and consistently highly ranked public Day Of Defeat Source dedicated server.

When listening to my Zune during an evening / on a weekend - I find myself having to go back to my PC at various stages to check the server stats to see if any of my mates are in-game.

What would be really handy would be an app like this existing webcode that;
- links to a server (using gametracker.com data)
- shows basic server data and users online etc



It doesn't have to link to steam info (not sure if Steam is open for developers to support tracking steam friends etc with 3rd party apps) - and there is already a similar widget for WIN7 called game monitor that does similar (at a higher level).

Does anyone care to have a crack at coding this and sending to Dave ????



<edit> PS - obviously thinking of this as a fully formed app (rather than just using the web browser to try and access the info this way).

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Old 09-05-2010, 12:15 PM
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I'm guessing this code is the source data for the webpage/image grab above - and simply changing the dimensions to the Zune screen should allow it to be added as a web favourite in the browser?

http://cache.www.gametracker.com/com...220&height=414

change the end to ....width=272&height=480 ?
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:46 PM
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I dont think there is much, if any, demand for an app like this to be developed by Microsoft. Maybe a 3rd party XNA app but they can't access internet so... no.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:42 PM
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OpenZDK is always an option. Why don't you visit ZuneBoards.com?
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:45 AM
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I know I'm shocked that the ZuneHD didn't ship with a Day of Defeat Server Status app from day one! Microsoft, time for you to wake up!
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:15 AM
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That game brings back memory. Are you General Manager for that clan? I use to be Manager for a clan and got fired cuz I didn't do any managing =)

But anyways not that much demand for that app though... Unless you pay, I think someone can arrange that app for you =P
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:04 AM
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LOL thanks for the votes of support

Actually poison - I was thinking a general game server app - not just one for DODS - but one that can track any dedicated game server and check status. I just used DODS as an example.

Cheers for the suggestion FallenArms re: Zuneboards....

lem7, as for GM'g the server....no at various stages I have run the clans forums, or Recruitment or helped run the server...but I have never been the head honcho el solo !

If you are interested, come visit www.blitzdod.com for a casual game

Any other ideas for APPS (other than the repeatedly requested ones to date)...?
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:15 AM
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I see =)

App idea:
1) Pinball !!! ...but would it fit on the ZuneHD? Hmm
2) Flashlight
3) Arcade games like Arcade Basketball and Whac-A-Mole
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:47 AM
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2) Flashlight
Here you go. No install required.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:17 PM
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Lmao! Thanks =)
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Lmao! Thanks =)
If you need any other iPhone apps ported, give me a bell. I've got loads of fart sounds.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:48 PM
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while we're at it... CS:S server anyone?
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:00 AM
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i really hope theres a To Do List in my zune.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:30 AM
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Apps or games don't need to be blanket useful for absolutely every user. Of course titles developed using OpenZDK aren't titles we can consider for Marketplace (since they won't work on every device), but if you have high quality but niche stuff, I'll still happily take a look at it.

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Old 09-08-2010, 05:19 AM
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How about a refined OPEN NETWORK detector app.
Given it already identified wireless networks, why not create an APP that analyses available connections, reporting:

Auto Scan on startup
Audible alerts for open networks

Report:
Connection Name:
SSID broadcast / info
Channel
Encryption type / status
Signal Strength
Ability to add favourites / store in memory etc similar to existing known network memory.

The benefits of this app would be to check friends and family's network status quickly and easily to give them feedback on their security when you visit.

There are dedicated devices out there to perform this function - and the device has the existing hardware - someone just needs to code the app.

???

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What about making the most of this unit's gorgeous HD screen by adding some downloadable Music Visualisation skins - to show off how fantastic the Zune HD looks?

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How about coding MSN Money app to allow tickers for non-US exchanges (ie you can retrieve ASX Australian share/stock info ?

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Given my burgeoning Blu-Ray collection - and back catalogue of DVD's - how about an App that syncs to IMDB data and allows you to Manage your DISC catalogue on the device. This could;

Record your titles and grab data from the online databases for release titles - autofilling the local app's list of your owned titles. Sort Favourites, view your catalogue like your music catalogue etc, rate movies, show lent movies and who you loaned them too...

You could then broaden this catalogue app with 80%+ same coding to roll out a book/ebook catalogue etc etc.

I would love this !



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Old 09-09-2010, 10:45 PM
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Has MS or Apple or anyone ever thought of adding to the library of tracks/songs the song's charting highest position ? (eg Billboard US charts)

It would be good to build a playlist or select random play on the device by selecting only top10 or number 1 charting songs !

idk if metadata can carry this or not (haven't checked)
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:59 PM
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The HD has a G-Sensor. I'd love a level/angle finder.
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:00 PM
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And there is one already courtesy of RogueMat. If only he and I were talking...

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Old 09-11-2010, 12:59 AM
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I agree with Strider for the money app, allow people to customize it to their own region for both the share/stock info as well as the currency list.

A Live Messenger & Live Mail app would be nice, yes I know you can use eBuddy and the Mobile Live site but official clients would probably be better.

Notes application, self-explanatory.

Also, imo, A Beanstalk Tale by DiNoGames should be on the marketplace, it deserves it.
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:46 AM
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I see =)

App idea:
1) Pinball !!! ...but would it fit on the ZuneHD? Hmm
2) Flashlight
3) Arcade games like Arcade Basketball and Whac-A-Mole

I want to have arcade games and mostly a pinball like this:



I doubt that we will ever be able to get something like this though...too many resources for a free app...
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