I'd like a way to pull detailed server information from BYOND hub pages. Currently there are ways to just parse the hub page and get simple information such as server addresses and player lists, but I want something more complicated and versatile.
The way it would work is there's something similar to the world.status variable. Rather than just a text string it's a list of parameters which can be almost anything the developer could think of. It could be map names, match types, player counts, ban lists, event timers, and so on. This information wouldn't be displayed on the actual hub page, it would just be something you could grab in-game by asking the hub page for it, kinda like how medals work.
"But SAx, you can do this yourself by maintaining your own server database!"
While this is true and I've even done it myself, it's a huge pain in the butt and I don't want to have to maintain a master server when I could just get the same features from buying a BYOND Membership and using the BYOND hub pages. To me this feature fits in perfectly with the way the BYOND website is shifting into more of a service. Even if you break your game completely away from BYOND something like this would still be incredibly useful.
Jul 2 2012, 11:19 am