MyArcadePlugin Settings

On this page we will describe the most important MyArcadePlugin settings.

Quick Links: General Settings | Translation Settings | Big Fish Games | FlashGamesDistribution | FreeGamesForYourWebsite | GameFeed | Kongregate | Mochi Media | MyArcadeFeed | Playtomic | Scirra | Spilgames | Category Mapping | Advanced Features

Panel Overview

MyArcadePlugin-Admin-MenuOnce installed, you will find a control panel in your WordPress administration bar. There you have access to the most important functions of MyArcadePlugin Pro. A single click on “MyArcade” will bring you to the “MyArcadePlugin Dashboard” page. There you will get an overview of the Plugin status, settings, news and special offers.

“Fetch Games” will bring you to a new page where you can automatically fetch games from many game distributors. All fetched games will be saved in your database and you can publish them whenever you want.

Publish Games” will to that job for you and publish defined number of fetched games. That will create as many WordPress posts as you want with just a single click.

The “Import Games” menu entry gives you the possibility to import individual games to your site. MyArcadePlugin Pro supports following import methods: IBPArcade, PHPBB, ZIP, SWF, DCR, Embed and IFrame.

“Publish Games” will open a new page where you can publish as many games as you want. On the Publish Games panel you will be able to filter games using a lot of filter options.

On the “Manage Games” view you can edit, delete or play games before you decide if you want to publish the games.

“Manage Scores” allows you to edit and delete user scores individually.

The “Settings” menu entry will bring you to the MyArcadePlugin Settings page where you can setup the plugin.

Setting up MyArcadePlugin Pro

With a single click on “Settings”, you will get to the MyArcadePlugin Pro administration page. In this chapter, we will guide you through all settings and explain how to setup your arcade site.

myarcadeplugin-settings

General Settings

In this chapter, the global settings for MyArcadePlugin Pro are described.

Save User Scores

This option enables the score submitting to your site. If the checkbox is checked, MyArcadePlugin Pro will save submitted user scores.

Actually, MyArcadePlugin Pro is able to save following score types:

  • Mochi Media Scores (Publisher ID and Publisher Secret Key required)
  • IBPArcade Scores
If you want to save IBPArcade scores, you have to change your permalinks from the default (General -> Permalinks)

Save Only Highscores

Activate this option if you want to save only the highest score that a user has achieved per game. That means that only one score per game and user will be saved. If the option is deactivated, all submitted scores will be saved (default value).

Publish Games

A number entered in this field defines how many games should be published at once when you publish games from the “Publish Games” panel.

Post Status

Here you can select how new game posts should be added to your WordPress site.

  • “Publish” – This option will publish the game posts immediately.
  • “Draft” – This option will add the game posts to your blog only. They will not be published. You will be able to edit or review each post before publishing.
  • “Scheduled” – will publish games in a time interval, in minutes. For example, if you want to publish every hour one game then enter 60 into the field “Schedule Time”.

Download Thumbnails, Games & Screenshots

These options allow you to download game files, thumbnails or screenshots to your server. That will make your site independent of the game distributor but it could slow down the site. On the other hand, enabling these options will increase your disc usage and your traffic.

When the download options are disabled, MyArcadePlugin will only link to the game files.

Make sure that the following directories are writable (chmod 777):

  • wp-content/games
  • wp-content/thumbs

Delete Game Files

This option will delete the associated game files from your server after deleting the post from your blog. For this to work properly, the games and thumbs directories must be writable.

Automation / Cron Settings

MyArcadePlugin has a built in “robot” to fetch and publish games.

Automated Games Fetching allows you to fetch games and to populate your database with new games automatically. The games will be added to your database but they will not been published.

Automated Game Publishing will publish games in a given time interval.

At these automation settings you can enable and setup automated game fetching and publishing globally. You can enable/disable automated fetching and publishing for each game distributor separately when you click on distributor’s settings.

The built in “robot” will trigger when someone visits your site, if the interval time has passed or when you call your cron URL externally (See External Cron Trigger).

Automated Game Fetching

At this point you can enable the automated game fetching and select a fetching time interval. On each trigger MyArcadePlugin will fetch games from several game distributors. You can limit game distributors by editing the distributor’s settings.

Automated Game Publishing

Here you can enable the automated game publishing and select a publishing time interval. On each trigger MyArcadePlugin will publish games from several game distributors. On the distributors settings page you can individually setup the automated publishing options.

Game Categories To Feed

At this section you see all the categories that game distributors currently offer. Select categories from which the games should be fetched.

Attention: You will need to select at least one category in order to be able to fetch games.

Create Categories

If you start a fresh site you can let MyArcadePlugin Pro create game categories for you. Just check this option and the selected categories from “Game Categories To Feed” will be created automatically. 

Parent Category

This option will create all selected game categories as subcategories in the selected parent category. This option is useful if you have a mixed blog and not only an arcade portal.

Use Only The First Category

Many games are tagged to more than one category. When you publish such a game then it will be tagged to several categories. To avoid adding games to more than one category you will need to activate this option.

When this option is checked, MyArcadePlugin Pro will only use the first game category!

Publish In A Single Category

This option will publish all games only in the selected category. This option is useful if you have a mixed blog and not only a pure arcade site.

Max. Game Width

Enter here the maximum allowed game width in pixels. If a value is set, MyArcadePlugin Pro will automatically resize bigger games to the given width. This option will prevent your theme from demolition trough games that are too wide.

Embed Flash Code

Select one of available options when MyArcadePlugin Pro should automatically embed the flash code in your posts. This option is very useful if you are using a default WordPress theme and not a special arcade theme e.g. FunGames.

Information: If you use FunGames theme or any other arcade theme from Exells Marketplace then you have to set this option to “Manually”.

Game Post Template

With this option, you are able to give your posts an individual look that will be different to other arcade sites. This text area allows you the usage of HTML and special MyArcadePlugin Pro placeholders to style the game post. This feature will work for all standard WordPress themes. Activating this option will help you generating unique content (game posts) automatically.

Available Placeholders:
  • %TITLE% – Shows the game title
  • %TAGS% – Shows all game tags, comma separated (without links)
  • %THUMB% – Shows a game thumbnail
  • %DESCRIPTION% – Shows a game description
  • %INSCTRUCTIONS% – Shows game instructions
Code Example:

<p>

<div style=”float:left;margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;”>%THUMB%</div>

%DESCRIPTION% %INSTRUCTIONS%<br /><br />
%TITLE% Review, %TITLE% Cheats, %TITLE% Walkthrough!

</p>

Allow Users To Post Games

Activate this if you want to allow registered users to import games. WordPress supports the following user roles: Contributor, Author and Editor.

  • Games added by Contributors will be saved as draft
  •  Authors and Editors will be able to publish games.

Guest Plays

This option allows you to force visitors to register after a defined number of game plays. Set, how many games a guest can play before he needs to register.

Information: Set to 0 (zero) to deactivate the game play check.

Guest Message

In this text area you can define a message that a guest will see after X game plays. HTML code is allowed.

Suggestion: Add a link to your registration page, too.

Game Play Delay

Game play delay is responsible for play, CubePoints and contest counter of a user. MyArcadePlugin will only count game plays when the delay time between two game plays is expired. Default value: 30 [Time in seconds].

Post Type

Select a post type you want to use with MyArcadePlugin. If you want to use a custom post type then you will need to create it before you can make a selection. The easiest way to create a custom post type is to use a plugin like ‘Custom Post Type UI’.

Custom Taxonomies

On this option you can assign custom taxonomies of your custom post types to game tags and categories.

Featured Image

Activate this option if you want to attach game thumbnails to the created posts as featured images.

Information: You don’t need to activate this option if you use the FunGames theme or other arcade themes from Exells Marketplace.

Translation Settings

MyArcadePlugin Pro is able to translate game descriptions, titles, instructions and tags automatically for you. To handle this, the plugin uses the Bing Translation API. The translation is triggered when you click on “Publish Games” or “Publish”.

Select Translation Service

On this setting you can select desired translation service or disable translations completely.

Game Fields To Translate

MyArcadePlugin allows you to select game fields which should be translated. You can translate game names, descriptions, instructions and tags.

Game Types To Translate

Limit here the game types you want to translate. Games which have been imported manually don’t need to be translated again.

Microsoft Translator Settings

To be able to use Microsoft Translator you will need to register on Windows Azure Marketplace and sign up on Microsoft Translator.

Information: Microsoft and Google don’t offer the same target languages. Before you sign up on a translation service you should check if your language is available.
Client ID

Enter your Windows Azure Marketplace Client ID.

Client Secret Key

Enter your Windows Azure Marketplace Client Secret Key.

Target Language

Select the desired target language.

Google Translator Settings

To be able to use Google Translation API v2 you will need to enter your API Key. Google Translator API is a payed service.

API Key

Enter your Google Translator API Key.

Target Language

Select the desired target language.

Big Fish Games

Big Fish Games offers an affiliate program with 70% commission for each sale you generate. To be able to use this game distributor you must sign up on the Big Fish Games affiliate program:

https://affiliates.bigfishgames.com

Username

Enter your Big Fish Games user name.

Affiliate Code

Enter your Affiliate Code here.

Default Game Type

Big Fish Games offers three kinds of games: PC Games, Mac Games and Online Games. Here you have to select the game type you want to use on your site. If you run an online flash games site then you should select “Online Games”.

Language

Select the preferred language for Big Fish Games.

Game Thumbnail Size

Select which game image should be used for the thumbnails. Default size is “Medium”.

Game Description Template

MyArcadePlugin allows you do define the game descriptions for Big Fish Games should be generated. You can use several placeholders to make you game description unique.

Available Placeholders:
  • %DESCRIPTION% – Adds the long game description provided by Big Fish Games
  • %BULLET_POINTS% – Adds the game feature list. Wrapped as unordered list.
  • %SYSREQUIREMENTS% – Adds system requirements for PC and Mac Games
  • %BUY_URL% – Adds the game purchase link with your affiliate code

Automated Game Publishing

Automated Game Publishing allows you to publish Big Fish Games automatically. To be able to use this option you will need to activate automated game publishing globally on “General Settings”.

Publish Games

Set how many games should be published on each cron trigger.

FlashGameDistribution (FGD)

FlashGameDistribution has over 10.000 games that you can add to your site with ease.

http://flashgamedistribution.com

FlashGameDistribution Feed URL

Here you can add the feed URL for FGD games. Edit this only if FlashGameDistribution Feed URL has been changed!

Default URL:

http://flashgamedistribution.com/feed

Fetch Games

Fetch Games gives you the option to setup how many games should be fetched every time you fetch games from the “Fetch Games” page.

Automated Game Fetching

Enable this if you want to fetch games automatically. On the “General Settings” panel you can select the fetching time interval.

Fetch Games

Here you can set how many games should be fetched on each trigger.

Automated Game Publishing

Automated Game Publishing allows you to publish game automatically. To be able to use this option you will need to activate automated game publishing globally on “General Settings”.

Publish Games

Here you can set how many games should be published on each trigger.

FreeGamesForYourWebsite (FOG)

FreeGamesForYourWebsite provides a game feed with handpicked quality games from several sources.

http://www.freegamesforyourwebsite.com

FreeGamesForYourWebsite Feed URL

Here you can add the feed URL for FOG games. Edit this only if FreeGamesForYourWebsite Feed URL has been changed!

Default URL:

http://www.freegamesforyourwebsite.com/feeds/games/ 

Fetch Games

Fetch Games gives you the option to setup how many games should be fetched every time you fetch games from the “Fetch Games” page.  If you want to fetch all FOG games at once enter “all” (without quotes) at this setting.

Thumbnail Size

FOG feed has several images for each game. This option allows you to select the thumbnail size which should be used. Default size is small (100x100px).

Use Large Thumbnails as Screenshots

If you want to use the largest thumbnail as game screenshot then you will need to activate this option.

Game Categories

Select a game category or “All Flash Game” if you don’t want to limit game categories.

Automated Game Fetching

Enable this if you want to fetch games automatically. On the “General Settings” panel you can select the fetching time interval.

Fetch Games

Here you can set how many games should be fetched on each trigger.

Automated Game Publishing

Automated Game Publishing allows you to publish game automatically. To be able to use this option you will need to activate automated game publishing globally on “General Settings”.

Publish Games

Here you can set how many games should be published on each trigger.

GameFeed by TalkArcades

You need a free account on TalkArcades to be able to use the GameFeed AutoPublisher. The AutoPublisher allows you to send games from TalkArcades GameFeed directly to your site.

http://www.talkarcades.com/

GameFeed AutoPublisher Post Status

Select a status for games added through AutoPublish from TalkArcades website:

  • Publish – The game will be published immediately
  • Draft – The game will be saved as a draft WordPress post
  • Add To Database – The game will just be added to your MyArcadePlugin database

Automated Game Publishing

Enable this if you want to publish GameFeed games automatically. Go to ‘General Settings’ to select a cron interval. This will only work if you have unpublished TalkArcades Games in your database.

Publish Games

Here you can set how many games should be published on each trigger.

Kongregate

Kongegrate provides sponsored game XML feed with some nice and unique games.

http://www.kongregate.com/

Kongregate Feed URL

Here you can add the feed URL for Kongregate games. Edit this only if Kongregate Feed URL has been changed!

Default URL:

http://www.kongregate.com/games_for_your_site.xml 

Automated Game Publishing

Automated Game Publishing allows you to publish game automatically. To be able to use this option you will need to activate automated game publishing globally on “General Settings”.

Publish Games

Here you can set how many games should be published on each trigger.

Mochi Settings

Mochi Media is one of the biggest flash game distributors. Mochi has over 40.000 free games. To be to use all Mochi features you will need to create a Mochi account first.

An account is needed if you want to earn some extra money from Mochi and if you want to save game scores.

If you do not have a Mochi Media account, click here to create one:

https://www.mochimedia.com 

Regular Feed URL

Here you can add the feed URL for Mochi games. Edit this only if Mochi Feed URL has been changed!

Default URL:

http://www.mochimedia.com/feeds/games/

Game Catalog 2.0 Feed URL

Optionally you can use Mochi Game Catalog 2.0 feeds to fetch new games. Here you can add the generated feed url (JSON FORMAT).

Default Feed

On this setting you can select which feed URL should be used per default. Default selection is “Regular Feed”.

Mochi Publisher ID & Publisher Secret Key

If you just have registered on Mochi, then you have to change your account type from “Developer” to “Publisher”. Therefore, click on “Publishers”, accept “Terms of Service” and click on “Send”.

Now click on “Settings“. The next thing you should do is to verify your Domain. Just follow the instructions on the Mochi’s site. To get your Publisher ID scroll down on the settings page to the “Bridge Settings” section. There you will see your Publisher ID and your Publisher Secret Key.

Copy and paste these ID’s to the corresponding fields on MyArcade Mochi Settings.

Fetch Games

Fetch Games gives you the option to setup how many games should be fetched every time you fetch games from the “Fetch Games” page.

If you want to fetch all games that Mochi offers then leave this field blank.

Filter by Tag

You may choose this option to include games that include or exclude a tag. To exclude a tag you must preface it with a minus sign (-).

  • Example 1: ‘-zh-cn‘ will exclude all Chinese games
  • Example 2: ‘-snow’ will exclude all Game that are tagged to snow
  • Example 3: ‘snow‘ will include only games tagged to snow.
Enter tags without quotes!

Special Categories

Mochi Media provides some special game categories e.g. Premium Games, Featured Games…

Games that will bring you money are tagged to Coin Enabled and games that are able to save user scores are tagged to Leaderboard Games.

If you want to use this feature, you will need to enter your Mochi Publisher ID

Enable Global Mochi Scores

To achieve more game plays many Mochi games are able to save user scores. The scores can be saved locally at your site and on Mochi’s server.

With this option, you can enable the score submitting to Mochi Media and this option will enable a global Leaderboard Widget that you can drop into your sidebar.

If you want to use this feature, you will need to enter your Mochi Publisher ID and the Publisher Secret Key.

Mochi Auto Post

Here you can select how games should be added to your site that are submitted with “Post Game To My Site” button.

Automated Game Fetching

Enable this if you want to fetch games automatically. On the “General Settings” panel you can select the fetching time interval.

Fetch Games

Here you can set how many games should be fetched on each trigger.

Automated Game Publishing

Automated Game Publishing allows you to publish game automatically. To be able to use this option you will need to activate automated game publishing globally on “General Settings”.

Publish Games

Here you can set how many games should be published on each trigger.

MyArcadeFeed

MyArcadeFeed has been introduced with  MyArcadePlugin 5.60 and allows you to fetch games from up to five feeds. MyArcadePlugin is able to fetch all feeds created with the MyArcadeFeed Plugin.

If you are a game developer and you want to offer a game feed like other game distributors then you can do this with ease. Check MyArcadeFeed Plugin on Exells Marketplace.

Playtomic

Playtomic offers you a lot of quality games for your site.

http://playtomic.com

Playtomic Feed URL

Here you can add the feed URL for Playtomic games. Edit this only if Playtomic Feed URL has been changed!

Default URL:

http://playtomic.com/games/feed/mochi

Languages

Here you can select languages for games you want to fetch. Only game tagged to the selected languages will be added to the games database.

Audience

Filter games by audience on this settings. Available selections: Everyone, Teens and Mature. If you want to fetch all games then uncheck all the options.

Advertisement

In this drop down you can select which advertisements kinds games should have. Every selection except “Any” will limit the number of games that you will get from Playtomic.

Leaderboards

On this setting you can limit the leaderboard type of games that should be fetched. Every selection except “Any” will limit the number of games that you will get from Playtomic.

Microtransactions

Playtomic doesn’t provide a description of this setting.

Minimum Rating

Playtomic calculates an engagement rating for all games which is a score out of 100 for how fun the game is according to actual player data. A rating of 90 or more is an excellent game but you will get fewer games. 70 or more is a great game. 50 or more is a good game. Below 50 many not be very good.

Fetch Games

How many Playtomic games should be fetched at once. Leave blank if you want to fetch all games.

Automated Game Fetching

Enable this if you want to fetch games automatically. On the “General Settings” panel you can select the fetching time interval.

Fetch Games

Here you can set how many games should be fetched on each trigger.

Automated Game Publishing

Automated Game Publishing allows you to publish game automatically. To be able to use this option you will need to activate automated game publishing globally on “General Settings”.

Publish Games

Here you can set how many games should be published on each trigger. 

Scirra

Scirra provides sponsored game XML feed that you can add to your site. The feed is updated regularly.

http://www.scirra.com

Scirra Feed URL

Here you can add the feed URL for Scirra games. Edit this only if Scirra Feed URL has been changed!

Default URL:

http://www.scirra.com/arcade/game-list.xml 

Thumbnail Size

Scirra provides up to three images per game. At this option you can select the preferred thumbnail size. Default thumbnail site is “Medium”.

Automated Game Publishing

Automated Game Publishing allows you to publish game automatically. To be able to use this option you will need to activate automated game publishing globally on “General Settings”.

Publish Games

Here you can set how many games should be published on each trigger.

Spilgames

Spilgames provides a game feed with more than 1500 games.

http://publishers.spilgames.com

Information: Some Spilgames games have a domain lock. That means that they will not work if you host game files on your server. Thereby it is recommended to deactivate Game Download Feature when publishing these games.

Spilgames Feed URL

Here you can add the feed URL for Spilgames games. Edit this only if Spilgames Feed URL has been changed!

Default URL:

http://publishers.spilgames.com/rss

Fetch Games

Fetch Games gives you the option to setup how many games should be fetched every time you fetch games from the “Fetch Games” page.

Thumbnail Size

Spilgames provides up to three images per game. At this option you can select the preferred thumbnail size. Default thumbnail site is “Small”.

Language

Select a game language that you would like to fetch from Spilgames.

Automated Game Fetching

Enable this if you want to fetch games automatically. On the “General Settings” panel you can select the fetching time interval.

Fetch Games

Here you can set how many games should be fetched on each trigger.

Automated Game Publishing

Automated Game Publishing allows you to publish game automatically. To be able to use this option you will need to activate automated game publishing globally on “General Settings”.

Publish Games

Here you can set how many games should be published on each trigger.

Category Mapping

With this feature you can map default feed categories to your own category names. That allows you to publish games in translated or summarized categories instead of using the predefined category names from game distributors.

The category mapping is implemented with the modern AJAX technology. So you don’t need to click the “Save Settings” button. The changes in this section are saved automatically.

Advanced Features

Use these features only if you know what you are doing! Inappropriate usage of this options can break your site!

Delete All Feeded Games

If you click on this button, all fetched games will be deleted. The published posts will not be touched. After this, the score submitting of published games will stop to work!

Remove Games Marked as ‘deleted’

This button will remove all games marked as ‘deleted’ from your games database. 

Delete Blank / Zero Scores

Clean up the scores table. This will delete all zero and empty scores in your database.

Delete All Scores

All scores will be removed from your database

Load Default Settings

This will reset MyArcadePlugin settings. All your setting will be overwritten with default settings.