Hey folks, to get registered you first have to connect the Playdate OS to wifi. Yeah, it's a bit odd and not obvious, we apologize. We're adding a dialog if it's not set up before attempting to register. Secondly, on Windows/Linux there is a bug where the OS won't remember your wifi settings. We're getting that cleared up as well. Lastly, you only need an access token if you want to use the leaderboard APIs. You should be able to get started without registering your simulator.
In the Settings app, select one of the test wifi networks. The pw is the same as the name (it's a dummy connection to your computers networking stack). This step is required for registering the Sim and using the leaderboard APIs.
So apparently my problems playing games were arising because I was trying to open .pdx directories from my D: drive. If I open them from my C: drive they work fine. Perhaps the PlaydateSDK needs to be installed on the C: drive in order to register?
That's strange because I'm able to open things fine on my E: drive. I don't think it needs to be installed on the C drive to register the token or games. You should be able to open pdx bundles via CTRL+O anywhere, but when selecting them as a game in the simulator they have to be in the Disk->Games folder. You have to register the sim via wi-fi as mentioned by Will earlier to play games from the sim.
Took me a few minutes to understand what #5 "ribbon menu" was. So for anyone else confused by that step - its the main nav bar for the simulator where it says 'file/controls/playdate/view/device/help'. In the 'Playdate' menu item you'll find what @naltohq is referring to.
After reading this thread I'm still stuck... after any steps described above attempting to register I still get told I'm not connected to wifi and need to connect before registering.
(all I'm really trying to do is get my card image etc to show up on the simulator, which I can't do for any game, including FlappyBird, but reading the threads for that suggested registering the simulator first, so that's two rabbit holes for today XD - edit: added link: Help using pdxinfo and card.png - #7 by Tengu )
Here's one scenario I've tried, just from going back to the documentation and trying to follow along... what I wind up with is a doom-loop of open simulators, none of which can be registered (screenshots taken from top-to-bottom):
Is there a definitive way to actually register the simulator on Windows? (hopefully one that 'sticks', but I'd settle for just one that lasts long enough to try seeing my or any app's card image for now)
Well, I finally got it to register (some combination of Nick and robbie's posts above), but not quite sure of the steps I used:
Still can't see any card images, though.
Edit: the card images aren't on the 'Games' menu (strangely enough), they're on the main screen... you just have to know to 'scroll up' ('Up' on the DPad) to see them (assuming you've loaded any games into PlaydateSDK/Disk/Games).
This is ridiculous. Am stuck here and giving up!
Edit: It worked. Really unclear though. test1 says connected with no password, and how would you know that the password was 'test1' if you hadn't come here!
Clicking on options like Games, etc, forced you to register. Registering failed as there wasn’t a WiFi connection, even when there was. Fixed on this page eventually helped after much trial and error. I’m sorry you don’t see it that way, but I was seeing something different
The Games section of Settings isn’t particularly useful in the Simulator—it’s used on Playdate to fetch games from the server. It’s not something you’d need to do in the Simulator at all.
I’m sorry you’re having trouble, but I think there’s an underlying miscommunication we need to address. What are you trying to do in the Games section of Settings? If I know what your end goal is, I can help.