First of all, I’m a wget junkie. I think I haven’t used the download manager in Firefox for quite some time now simply because with wget everything is simply “better”. Ok, the major advantage is that it allows to resume downloads ;-) So since I’m now a quite pleased IGN reader, I also wanted to use wget there to download all these nice videos.
If you have an Insider account (their way of saying “you give us money, we give you hidef-videos and additional content”) you can straight away use wget for most of the downloads that are available to you. Most, because for some you have to be logged in since they want to know your age. And wget even makes this possible: Simply tell it, were your Firefox’s cookies file is by putting something like this into your ~/.wgetrc:
cookies=on load_cookies=/Users/zerok/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/som4funnyh45h.default/cookies.txt
Now you can download both, the normal and the insider content (the script will simply recognize a URL starting with http:// as insider content) using commandline scripts ;-)
Note: This script uses only wget for downloading content, so it’s not really all that platform independent. But this makes it much easier to integrate it into the cookies system of Firefox.