I was going to continue, but I just saw that you are working on a feature that allows users to upload game icons directly, so I guess I'm going to wait for it. There are many Steam games with cropping issues on their icons.
Thanks, glad you like them.Those look really good, thanks! Updated now.
Thanks, glad you like them.
Slightly off-topic but I've had an idea I've wanted to float by you for a while. You know compilation games that have big achievement lists with specific achievements for each individual game within them, like Halo: The Master Chief Collection? Would it be possible from your end to manually add separate entries for each game? (In addition to the original full list of course.) Basically just grouping all the Halo 2 achievements together for instance and having a separate entry for that list, and one for each of the other games.
I don't know if that's something you can do but I've always kind of liked how PlayStation often has separate trophy lists for each game in a compilation, like the Devil May Cry HD Collections and the Crash and Spyro Trilogies. But Xbox and Steam typically just slap them all together in one big list. Obviously some might not care for the separate lists in which case they could always hide them on their profiles.
It could also be done the other way around of course; the separate Crash Trilogy trophy lists could be combined to mirror the Xbox and Steam lists for those who prefer it that way.
Again, I have no idea how feasible something like that is, I don't know if it might cause conflicts in the database or just be too much hassle, but I wanted to throw it out there as it's something I've thought about often when browsing my profile. If it can't realistically be done then no worries.
Oh, unrelated quick question; can we submit icons for the manually added (no achievements) games too? Can't remember if I've asked that before, thanks.
Cool, I guess because the manually added games don't have individual pages like tracked games I just assumed the icons couldn't be changed, now that I know I can submit icons for them I might actually make use of that feature. Oh, one thing I'm mildly concerned about regarding the icons - is there something in place that makes sure the custom ones never get replaced with the original icons? Like, during a database refresh or something? I would hate to have to resubmit everything at some point and ask to have them all changed again.Yes, you can submit icons for the manually added games.
As for the other question, maybe. I don't think I want to actually split up the games in the database, however, it would be possible to add a flag to the game that indicates how it should be split up, and then the game information would render differently on the frontend depending on the user's settings. So if a flag was set for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we'd just show the other games under the main listing.
Only issue with that approach is the earned achievements count for each separate entry wouldn't actually be stored in the DB, so I'd have to think about how to handle that. And it might be problematic for sorting, since as an example we wouldn't actually be storing different last played times for the additional entries - maybe that's not a big deal though.
Also, each achievement would have to be tagged with the associated game so we actually know which one it belongs to. That would be quite a bit of manual work - though I could build an interface for it.
Okay that's a relief, sounds like you've set up a smart system for icon management.Updated now, thanks! Regarding your question - there's no risk of the icons getting replaced. Though I do have the scanners setup to automatically update images if a change is detected, the manually added icons are stored separately and always get priority - so they won't be overwritten.
Also yeah, adding a click to expand option on compilation games is along the lines of what I was thinking of doing. That sounds good!
Just a reminder that I posted some thoughts/questions a couple weeks ago. I'm sure you've been busy with the new platforms coming out of course.
Icon made from a title screen, should scale down correctly.
Yeah I think separating it from the tracking/leaderboard stuff would be the way to go. If you could make it so the user could just scroll down a checklist of achievements and check them off themselves that would be the best way to do it, having to ask staff to check them off every time would be too much I imagine.As for manually adding achievements, it wouldn't be too difficult to support that on the backend. However, it would definitely have to be separated from all the tracking stuff, and I don't think there would be a reliable way of proving those achievements were actually earned - but if they don't count towards any stats on the site, I don't see that as much of an issue. Probably the more time consuming thing would be, if we allowed custom images to be uploaded those would have to be approved/moderated before they show on the site. For multiplatform games we could just copy over the images from other tracked platforms as you mentioned though.
Also I've seen some other requests for it before on the site (in particular manually adding Uplay achievements), I can't say adding that is a huge priority but it is something I'm considering.
Oh they've changed to squares? That's interesting.Sorry for the late reply - yes, I've been pretty busy with the new platforms. Updated those now. The original PS5 game icons are all squares now, we've been replacing them with custom ones that match the format of PS4 and earlier so far.
Example of the PS5 one... https://psnobj.prod.dl.playstation.net/psnobj/NPWR21249_00/b0ca5165-b152-46ce-9584-16b09baabafd.png
Even cropping them does not look good, so the only way to go was uploading custom ones I felt.