btw. I have an idea:
How about add to mini menu [optional] integration with twitter. It will help find a people for online play:
When running a game ReMooD or DosBox [with IPX/Internet support] minimenu will send a tweet to twitter like: "[user] starts a online Game and wants to play OnLine with other Pandorian. Fell free to connect to [iP] on Port [Port] to play with him"
Isn't it awesome? [And finally OP will get a better online-play integration]
You mean, a standardized open pandora tweet account, that all currently online* pandoras would tweet to when a game is started, so that other games/gamers could react to it?
One problem we've worked on a bit but I've not had time to finish (for obvious reasons
is a decent way for mmenu to be online; ie: latest beta hotfix does have nmcli in place (command line manager for network) so mmenu could invoke it to manage network (my plan was for mmenu ablke to liwst available networks, be told to connect to one, and disconnect.. manual to start, automatic later); so the basic networkiness is not in yet.
Further of course, people also use xfce and other systems, so it has to work at a DE agnostic way; ie: perhaps at a pnd_run.sh level ('if online && if user_preference_tweet_thing && then_do_it')
Third, need somethign to consume this .. a background running tool for mmenu and for X11 DE's (xfce etc), so that it coudl pop up a list? Problem there is spamminess.. if 2000 pandorians futzing aroudn at once, in and ou tofg games, woudl be a disaster to show that spamming scrolling list, and hard to join in; this is why they have 'rooms' in all those online systems.. so the room manager can show peopel actually waiitng, and break it down by game, and all that.
... or just leave it manual, if peopel are watching the tweet, they could try to contact the player who initiated it all...
... but we have no standard contact mechanism; all the online game services have a live chat mechanism too, to alleviate this and game-joining and all that.
(also, coudl be twitter or something else, jabber or custom.)
I thoght about this stuffg a couple times, and lots of people have beeten it to death, but it sounds like work; not an easy fix, not a night of quick hacking to get there.. itws lots of peopel agreeing on and building a bunch of stuff, and ideally building them as a sensible framework and not a hodge-podge.
(Which is all good, we _do_ need to do this, but we need some folks to step up and do it, and I'm out of play until say December