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EPIC Tutorial :D- How to put your game in browser

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 7:14 pm
by chickens1127

Welcome to the EPIC Tutorial. Don't spell it other anyway. :D Anyways, let's get started. Today I am going to teach you an incovienent but intresting way to get your game (or any game) into a browser on your website.

Step 1- We're going to need to download this FREE program: ... index.html
It say's Free Download. Install it.
Step 2- Open the program up. For Vista, it should look like this:
Step 3- Hit Next.
Step 4- Now, something like this will come up. (Note: Mine already has files in it since I've played around with it.)
Step 4- Now click Browse... and select the FOLDER WHICH IS YOUR GAME! Not the file!
Step 5- Hit Next, now fill the page out like this:
Step 6- Hit Next. In the next screen, there will be a black area in the middle saying loading..., just hit Next.
Step 7- Hit Build and wait.
Step 8- Then, to test, hit Run... Once you're satisfied, and it works... then hit Output. You will need to upload the zipped file (for me it's called client) and the loadgame file thing TO YOUR WEBSITE.
Step 9- For the HTML code, hit "Html code" in Web Game Builder and there you go and put it in your website.
(The last two steps I'm not too sure about- you may have to work a little bit to get it to work depending on your host)

Basically, this program shells your game with ActiveX.

Hope this helps and leave questions and comments.

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 4:06 am
by Mystery
Sounds interesting.

But from the FAQ on the site it seems that you can't do that with the free trial version:

Can I publish the web games made by Web Game Builder trial version?
Sorry, you can't. But you can order a license which starts as low as $49.95.

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 4:31 am
by mercedes
Wow this does sound interesting..but as Mystery pointed out..I dont' think u can use any Game--
But for an EXE --turning it into a webbased game..--THAT's awesome!
I'll try that...or i hope someone i can try theirs..see if i like it..:P

The examples they have won 't show in my FF browser--

Does it for anyone else..?

It says I may need the Active X plugin installed in the FAQ's ..However I.E. is supported..

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 4:54 am
by Mystery
My question would also be, if all features of the game are supported that way or not.

Yep, it doesn't work with FF; for IE, you need to install a plugin.

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 5:08 am
by mercedes
Ya really...what if u use a plugin..? like Keygaurd or something...That's a good question..

Hm..You're gonna have to try this out for us Mystery...:lol::D:D

Chicken's..the game u uploaded..Did u upload a game..?
What features did it have..?

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 6:30 am
by reneuend
When you run an AM program, its not just the executable, there is a large set of files and folders. What does this ActiveX control do? Does it download all the files to the user's PC, then run it? Could you imagine how long that would take on a large game?

If it works for an AM game that doesn't use plugins, then I don't see why it would be a problem with one that does. All the same issues apply.

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 6:48 am
by mercedes
Yes it packs all the files you used to make the game..then it generates all the files automatically including the HTML code.

Another thing;
You can't use Full Screen games, they have to be run in window-mode only too.

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 10:42 am
by Lyberodoggy
Thanks for letting us know!

What I would do with this program is have the demo of my game online. Bad thing is that you 're gonna need a huge bandwidth to do so

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 2:50 pm
by chickens1127
OK. Here are my awnsers:

Well, I tried to put my MMO up, but my freehost didn't accept a 20 meg client. But, I have friends who have gotten the free version to work and upload to the website. Dunno :?:

Yea. It just wraps the game with ActiveX.

Thought this may be intresting... you could now have your demo on your website!

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 2:15 am
by pennsteve
OK I skimmed over this. I didnt look at the images yet. Are you saying I can make a room escape game, using variables and VBcode and be able to put it on my website, able to be played there?

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 4:28 am
by mercedes
What it is, is an Active X component, that allows your games you make with be played--online

Take a look at the 'screen shots' online..on the website. It might help u better see what it does to generate files..kind of a small tutorial on how to do it..~

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 7:58 pm
by pennsteve
I'll have to make a small room escape game and try it out. Write now I'm busy writing a horror novel. lol

PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 11:41 pm
by pennsteve
Oh, I just realized that you have to pay for full version. If I was sure this would work, I would buy it. Google ads would pay for it quickly.

Edit: I just tried the trial version. It allows you to play the game in a browser window. I took a game I made months ago and made an exe. I tried this and it didnt work, then I realized that I cant put the file folder on my desktop, so I moved it to C:

I then added the folder C:escapethejail then on the next part I put the escapethejail.exe and it created the files. I clicked run and it gave me the warning about activeX (my comuputer does this, i clicked yes) and the game ran in my browser window. If I wanted to put it on my website though, I have to copy files to the site page. I have to figure out which files it means. I might buy this when I get some extra money.

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 12:04 am
by pennsteve
It works in my browser window when I test it, but when I put it on a webpage it wont work. I wonder if its being blocked somehow? I dont want to buy this and find out it still doesnt work. Too bad they wont allow you to try it on a live webpage free just 1 or 2 times to make sure it works for you. Ugh.

I know you arent supposed to publish it, but can someone click the link to my test page and see if the game works for you? Its not working for me. I figured if it would run in my own browser window (not online) then it would work online. I just need someone to test it for me. I am not going to keep the game online after I get some feedback. Thanks :D

Edit: sorry for yet another edit. I think I forgot to put 2 files in my page. I'll try that and see if it works. If it works and I can play the game online, I am going to buy the software.

Edit again: I took the webpage down. This only plays in my browser part of the time. Sometimes it never works. (i am talking about my browser test window, not the online browser). I think this has too many bugs to be worked out. One time it works, the next two times nothing happens.

Ok, one last edit: Now it is working online. I have no idea if its just buggy or if its just taking awhile to load. Ok, it worked twice in a row now. Seems it just takes awhile to load. Could you please test it and tell me how long it takes to load for you? I don't want to buy this software if it takes a long time to load for everyone, because people wont want to play the games. (this is a crappy game I made long ago. lol) If this goes well, I want to try games with text boxes where you have to type in the answer and see if it works.

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 12:51 am
by Mystery
Nothing happens with FireFox even after 5 minutes.
With Internet Explorer, after installing the required ActiveX (which might scare off many players anyway) I got an error message (see attached image). After that I couldn't close IE anymore, I had to struggle with Task Manager for a long while to finally close it.

Doesn't sound encouraging... :x


PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 1:04 am
by pennsteve
Yeah, I got that message too one time, but the other times it worked. I don't know. Sounds like they have some bugs to work out.

I tried it three times so far using IE7 and it worked, though sometimes it took a few minutes to load. Its still working for me. You click start game and a new window pops up with the game in it. There is also a box that pops up that says Unlicensed and when you close it, it takes you to the website for the software. As I said, if this works for others I might buy it, but not if its so buggy.

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 2:09 am
by mercedes
Ok this played in I.E...It took a few minutes..
It didn't do anything in FF..
Active X will only have to be downloaded once and the redirection to website will hopefully go away with full version of it..~
I didn't get any errors or anything..
Hopefully this can get worked out if there are still bugs for some ppl..Either way..

Nice find Chicken's :D

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 2:30 am
by pennsteve
Thanks Mercedes and Mystery for testing it. Now if someone can test it using IE8, that would be great. lol

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 3:02 am
by Mystery
I have tested it with IE 8.

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 1:01 pm
by Lyberodoggy
got the "can't run the executable", then the browser wouldn't close (IE)

FF won't work with this program, either because of the plugin (which could be IE only) or because of the prohibition of VB through open-source like FF

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 10:26 pm
by pennsteve
Question for lyberodoggy and mystery. Did you have a lot of things running when you tested this? When I test it I try not to have anything running. IE will go to the webpage, but then it takes anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes to load, but it DOES load for me using IE7.

Its too bad this doesn't work better. It would be great for us using AM exe files to allow others to play online.

Thanks :D

Edit: Ok, I just checked my email (I emailed them last night) and I have a reply. It says currently it doesnt support firefox (doesnt the site say it does?). They also want me to send them a screenshot of the error message.

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 1:24 am
by Mystery
Tested it again, the only thing that was running this time was my IE 8. Same result: error message, and not being able to close IE only with task manager.

Feel free to send them the screenshot, though I don't know how it helps them because it's just a very general message :P

Btw, I did some search for the type of application hang in IE I got, and all sources mentioned that such problems are connected to add-ons.
So since this software uses (requires!) an add-on, there might be compatibility issues with IE 8 maybe?

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 2:46 am
by mercedes
Funny i didn't get any error weird, i'm always the one to get error messages..:? THe control come up and I downloaded it and all was good..I'm gonna try this again..

What about running Vista..? would that make a difference maybe..?


I was able to play it again..with no problems..other than what i mentioned above..In going to my Ad-on options I made sure it was enabled first too--the ad-on name is strange..too bad it's so buggy..

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 3:02 am
by Mystery
Have you used IE 7 or IE 8?

Well, currently it seems that using this application would mess up the browsers of many players, so unless it gets fixed, I wouldn't use it.

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 3:08 am
by mercedes
I'm using I.E 7..

If it's the browser issue, I would contact them Steve, if you want, and tell them to make it compatible with I.E. its the latest update download..I chose not to update to it....however many might have and will..~

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 3:35 am
by Mystery
Hmmm, it worked...
But, I got the error message, my IE hang, and said it had to restart/restore the window. It said that 2 or 3 times.
I decided not to quit with task manager but to see what happens, and then after many minutes the game started.

On one hand it's good that it worked, on the other hand, it doesn't work as it should. Players shouldn't get 2-3 error messages and application hangs until the game finally starts after several minutes...

I'm going to retry again to see what happens.

It's strange, after it loaded for the first time with all those problems described above; the next times it loaded without problems. Hmmm...

I guess it needs further testing by more than 3-4 people.

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 4:03 am
by reneuend
Based on what you described, it sounds like it gives you errors until it loads your PC with the necessary code. Once that is done and you try again, the files are loaded so it doesn't cause an error.

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 4:31 am
by pennsteve
I replied to their reply and attached the error message jpg. I'll wait until I hear back from them again. So it DOES work on IE8? Just takes awhile to load? As I said, it takes awhile on IE7 sometimes too. If they get the bugs worked out I'll definately buy it.

Oh, and I forgot to ask earlier. Is the creator of this software someone who posts here? lol If so, I wont have to keep emailing. lol

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 4:59 am
by Mystery
Well, it worked on IE 8 at last, but as I said earlier:
I got the error message, my IE hang, and said it had to restart/restore the window. It said that 2 or 3 times. Then after several minutes the game came.
The next times I had to wait less long and didn't get error messages, but this might be due to the reason that reneuend mentioned.

I don't think that the creator is member of the forums :P

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 2:39 pm
by pennsteve
Ok, I got another reply, but I dont know what they mean. Do they want us to clear our temp files before trying to play the game? Sounds like it.
Oh, I just thought of something else. Does anyone use google chrome? If so, does it work on that?

Here is the reply I got:

"The problem is because when you tested the game, ie stored the wrong info of it. To fix it, just open your IE, click tools -> internet options -> general -> then click 'clean files' button (beside the 'clean cookies')"

Edit: I just clicked on the link again. Now its not loading. lol. Sigh.