MV 1.3 Social Media Buttons/In-Game Website Plugin 1.5

Add social media and website buttons to Title Screen and call website in-game.

  1. Companion Wulf
    Name: Title Screen Social Media Buttons Plugin
    Version: 1.5 [Formerly 1.7]
    Author: Companion Wulf
    Release Versions:
    1.5 - 28 August 2016
    1.4 - 5 August 2016
    1.3 - 20 July 2016
    1.2 - 10 April 2016
    1.1 - 7 April 2016
    1.0 (Beta) - 3 April 2016



    DESCRIPTION
    The Title Screen Social Media Buttons plugin is a simple plugin to add some social media buttons to the Title Screen. Clicking on them opens a new window with their respective URLs displayed.

    Currently it only supports Twitter (Screen Name/Username, User ID and Follow), Facebook, Google+ and your website. More may be added later.

    You can also call a website from within the game! (This was inspired by something "RPG Maker Web" tweeted about it.)

    NOTE: For a more comprehensive guide, be sure to read the plugin's Help section.


    SCREENSHOT

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    USAGE
    All options can be tweaked to your preferences in the Plugin Manager. The rest is straightforward. I've tried to make the Help section as comprehensive as possible as well.

    Set the "Display Method" (in the Plugin Manager options) to either "Window" or "Browser" depending on your preference.

    To call a website from within the game, create an event and use the following Plugin Command:

    showurl url

    where url is the FULL web address to open. This will open it in a new window.

    So, for example, type the following in the Plugin Command box in the event:

    showurl https://rpgmakermv.co

    which will open a window displaying this website (or whatever other web address you use).

    This video is now slightly out-of-date. It shows versions prior to v1.7.

    INSTALLATION
    Extract CW_SocialMediaButtons_17.js from the ZIP file into your project's plugins folder and enable it in the Plugin Manager.


    TERMS OF USE
    You are free to use this in non-commercial projects, but please refer to the RPG Maker Times Terms of Use for other details, including commercial use.

    Credit "Companion Wulf" or "RPG Maker Times" if using this plugin in your projects.

    Notice: The Terms are being reevaluated for Commercial Use.


    DEVELOPMENT NOTES
    There will be no further development on this plugin for a while (v1.7), as my focus will be on other things.

    After v2.0, I'll no longer actively update the plugin due to the way that most social media sites use their APIs and SDKs. While it IS possible to share an in-game screenshot and content from within MV, it's not as easy as it may sound.

    This isn't necessarily from a developer's perspective, but from the end-user perspective. I don't want to over-complicate things, so will be keeping it simple and"as is": Promote and share your site on some of the most popular social media sites. And that's it!

    And, for anyone who's interested:

    This was inspired by Yanfly's excellent "External Links" plugin. I integrated it into "Adventures of Tryggr", then into "Otherworld", but wrote my own to trim out some of the superfluous code and make it more compatible with "Otherworld"'s menu.

    So based on that same principle, I decided to add a separate block on the Title Screen to contain "Otherworld"'s Twitter account and official blogsite, as well as RPG Maker Times Facebook page, rather than putting them in the main menu - to declutter it. I then adapted it for more general use.
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Recent Reviews

  1. jaye
    jaye
    5/5,
    Version: 1.5
    Very helpful plugin!
  2. Phil
    Phil
    5/5,
    Version: 1.6
    I really dig what you did there, it is a very useful feature that allow developer to receive the publicity it needs for making the game.
    I am not making/planning to make a commercial use game, however I agree with Xyphien that it will be very lovely to make this for commercial use, because every developer has its right to get the publicity it needed. Even with this in mind, the plugin works like charm :)
    1. Companion Wulf
      Author's Response
      Thanks for the review and thoughts. I agree with you (especially with the new update to v1.7). The issue of commercial use terms has been playing on my mind for awhile. I think I have a solution that's fair to everyone, but I'm still "chewing the cud" over details.
  3. Aureus
    Aureus
    5/5,
    Version: 1.6
    Doesn't get any better than this.
    1. Companion Wulf
      Author's Response
      Thanks :) I'll be adding Google+ support soon too, but that's it because using APIs and SDKs may over-complicate things for the end-user. I'd like to keep it as simple but useable as possible.
  4. Troctzul
    Troctzul
    5/5,
    Version: 1.5
    One of the most useful apps I have found! Keep it up, and would love to see updates and more plugins like this!
    1. Companion Wulf
      Author's Response
      Wow! Thanks! :)
  5. Xyphien
    Xyphien
    5/5,
    Version: 1.2
    Absolutely outstanding plugin. It adds something every game needs in my opinion. My only gripe is not allowing it for commercial use
    1. Companion Wulf
      Author's Response
      Thank you. I may reconsider allowing it for commercial use. I'm in the process of restructuring the site and Terms of Use, so we'll just go from there.
  6. LTN Games
    LTN Games
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0 Beta
    Awesome plugin, such a great idea. You did a really good job on this, thank you for sharing.
    1. Companion Wulf
      Author's Response
      Thanks! Hopefully, particularly when it's out of beta, it'll help with games' exposure. And, thanks to JGSS, it's made much easier (tried it with RGSS; it was doable but was a bit of a hassle).