I think that zipped exe's are good for short, arcade style games, or beta releases. But I think that all final releases (of substantial quality) should definitely have an install file. Plus that way you can make people agree to a ToS that states they can't decompile and re-distribute your game or else face legal charges.
Legal matters aside, any final releases of something with an installer are annoying. I like zipped or rar'd much better, because then I can be certain that ALL the files are going where I want them to. Plus, in installers which force you to add the program to your start menu, you would have to type "nul", then tape down "enter" for each error that causes.
I mean, there is not many people who open up the c:/programfiles/game folder.
I must be unique. I like to inspect things like this (mainly because my desktop is full and I access everything by pressing win+r then typing out c:\progra~1\whatever\ ...), but especially if the game is protected by something or if I don't trust it (In which case I run it in Sandboxie).
You can extract zip and rar with Winrar, and its free.
It's a free trial, implying that it stops working after a set amount of time. But yeah, illegal stuff, using OllyDBG how it's not meant to be used...
ZIP on the other hand is handled natively by all modern Windows OSes.
Be careful what terminology you use there - it's handled by the Windows XP (and above) Explorer shell. Handled natively implies that CreateFileA or CreateFileW on, for example, "C:\test.zip\source\thing.c" would work (as in, create or open the file inside the ZIP).
Hardcoregamer, I know what you mean about it being hard to get EXEs downloaded (lots of DRM proxy servers, for example, at school, block them), but..
-No nice little preprogram interface
-No startmenu option
I prefer AlZip's interface for things, even if it does look a little plastic-y. Start menu options? Hah, hate 'em.
Edited by score_under, 13 November 2008 - 07:07 PM.