[quote name='cobaltage' date='30 December 2009 - 03:02 PM' timestamp='1262181764' post='792923']
I've been wondering lately if the app store can eventually take the form of a video game style interface controlled by the game controllers. Not like a video game itself, but like a loadout or options screen within a video game. Either built within a browser or maybe with a local frontend application that communicates with a server.... I just think that would be cool, and consistent with the Pandora's design.
Hmm. I already noted somewhere else that I was planning on a project called "beauty-get" (or "beautyget"). It was meant to become an entertaining and not too boring, appstore-like solution for the Pandora which would be better suited for games than a usual package manager and more fun to use than a www-based solution would likely be.
Suddenly I didn't have much spare time and eventually had to drop that project, but now I'm really curious about how many people would actually be interested in this. Back then I already began creating some parts of the user interface (I always create the interface first, unless there is none of course :) ) and did some brainstorming, so here are some impressions:http://forum.gp2x.de...file.php?id=499
(This mockup is work in progress.)
beauty-get mockup by Christoph.Krn, on Flickr[/url]
Work in progress comments and ideas on this work in progress mockup:
Sorry, that text is pretty messy and random (and may read and look weird, I often "fusion" the processes of brainstorming and creating "final status content snippet drafts" to be able to communicate my ideas to others and keep the ideas flowing :) ), it is not yet meant to be any documentation or something like that, it's simply "absolutely unfinished". The only reason I'm posting this is that I'm trying to give you the idea of what beauty-get would be, with my question being:
do /you/ think enough people would be interested in using something like that?
I don't really have time to finish the ideas, do some quality control, implement everything, test it, create documentation etc., but the main problem is that currently I don't even consider trying to continue this because I'm in doubt that enough people will use this to be able to build up the needed "ecosystem" for it to actually be useful (possible server-side implementations, screenshots and short videos for most software by their respective creators, some users for the voting feature would be useful :) ).
Part of this is due to the fact that this project has been in the drawer for a pretty long time and seems a bit obsolete to me now. Yet I still think it might be a great appstore-like solution for multimedia and entertainment focused uses, and last but not least I myself would of course really like to actually use this to browse opensource games and other Pandora content. So now I really don't know whether to ultimately cancel or try to continue this project.
Edited by Christoph.Krn, 04 February 2011 - 11:19 PM.