It came to my attention today that we do not have a unified place where all the available demos are hosted.
After a quick discussion with jvprat, I bought myself an unlimited hosting package and propose that part of it
gets used for hosting ScummVM demos, or whatever else is needed.
I have unlimited storage and transfer, and have uploaded some GOB demos as a proof of concept
perhaps we could pre-pend scummvm.org with 'demos' and point to this location, or find a maintainer for the demos page
and simply link to my page.
If you think that this is a good idea then please help by suggesting naming conventions and archive formats etc...
During discussion with jvprat it was decided that the current naming convention is probably too complicated(long)
something like the gameID would be better, and something to distinguish between interactive and non-interactive demos.
e.g urban-noninteractive.zip , urban-interactive.zip
Archive formats are another important factor. We have to consider both compression levels and availability of decompressors on various platforms.
While I have currently used *.RAR its not a particularly good format, *.7z is a good format but probably not widespread enough.
any thoughts on *.ZIP? since it is both widely available and pretty standard.
This will only work with input from you all, so please tell me what you think :)
Robert Megone (sanguinehearts)
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Hi Robert, all,
this definitely sounds like a very, very useful thing to have. I think
in the past there were some reservations about the legality of hosting
certain demos... I don't recall for sure, but I'd believe that for the
majority (if not all) there are no such problems.
Using .zip sounds to me like the way to go, it's trivial to extract
that on Windows, Mac, Unix and probably elsewhere, too. (Although it
doesn't compress quite as good, I think). One could consider also
hosting a .rar / .7z / .tar.bz2 / whatever variant, but that would
obviously increase the required storage space quite a lot for a
We could setup demos.scummvm.org to point there. Or, we could simply
host those demos on our own server. How much disk space does your
current collection use up?
That way, we would be paying for the bandwidth and hosting, too. And
we could use PHP to create a simple "wrapper" around the site which
automatically creates a nicer page structure.
There is currently just over 2gb of demos on the site,
This is not including any SCI or AGI demos.
I think Its best to stay with just *.zip, things could get confusing with multiple formats.
I myself have no issues continually hosting this. from my perspective it leaves more money in the project fund
for things that matter.. like new sports cars and the occasional game :p
I also have no intention of running off any time soon :)
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