ID:200016
 
Applies to:Website
Status: Open

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As we have been telling you since the beginning of time, the giant PLAY link on BYOND's homepage should not take users to a download page (especially not people who already have BYOND installed), it should take them to the Games page.

If a user who doesn't have BYOND installed attempts to download/join a game, that is when they should be taken to the install our junk page. At that point, they've already found a game they want to play, and would be more willing to install.
I've been thinking about this lately too.
I have to agree with this.
It just seems a tad sketchy and like Falacy said, they could see a game they want to play and be more prone to downloading the client.
Falacy wrote:
If a user who doesn't have BYOND installed attempts to download/join a game, that is when they should be taken to the install our junk page.

How will the site determine whether or not you have BYOND installed?
I don't know how these crazy things work! If it can't tell that, then they can just base it on being logged in.
Yeah, that makes sense. That or a hybrid where we show the download button along with a link to the games page, so people understand how the process works.

We probably did it this way because the games page used to be our home page. I think we still have that code in that detects if byond is installed when trying to play a game (it uses the byond:// protocol detection, although I'm not 100% that works with all modern browsers).
In response to Tom (#5)
Tom wrote:
I think we still have that code in that detects if byond is installed when trying to play a game (it uses the byond:// protocol detection, although I'm not 100% that works with all modern browsers).

It doesn't.
+1 Votes for this feature.

I do think the front page should have some work again and especially that oldies shouldn't be forced to see the download button on that section if we have it installed etc.