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User spotlight: Scaryfun's Critic Scores

Sat, 4 Nov 2017 17:35:29 +0000

Our regular 'eye of Sauron' look at a particularly helpful MobyGames user turns this week to Scaryfun, who has been contributing to the site since 2005, and is particularly helpful in aiding us with Critic Scores.

This year alone, he's added over 1300 Critic Scores, as well as over 600 promo images, 55 games, nearly 400 release infos, and a whole bunch of other stuff. The fact that we have such diverse reviews, even for obscure games, across many languages - and with sites it's difficult to grab scores from automatically - is down to users like him. Kudos, Sir!



Game & Watch handhelds - complete coverage!

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:31:15 +0000

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Thanks to MobyGames contributor Kam1Kaz3NL77 & others, we now have over 100 items in our 'dedicated handheld' section, and have completed documenting Nintendo's Game & Watch handhelds.

Some examples: Manhole, Mario Bros., and, of course Snoopy Tennis. What's particularly nice about this is that we now have Nintendo games documented in a relational database from 1980-1981 all the way to the present day. Hopefully we can do more with this data in the future, but in the meantime, great work, y'all.



Focus on: Twitek's screenshot submissions!

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 22:15:22 +0000

One MobyGames contributor who's been on the site since 2014, largely contributing user-taken screenshots (a rarity nowadays!) is Twitek, and he now has over 2,000 screenshots added.

His particular concentration on Commodore systems has meant all kinds of useful screenshots that may not be available elsewhere online right now, from Tynesoft's Autobahn to the fun (& relatively new!) Sheepoid DX plus Woolly Jumper, as well as the super oddly named Joe & The Serif. Anyhow, thanks to him - and keep up the great work!



MobyGames - 'Featured Games' updating weekly.

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:16:01 +0000

For those who haven't spotted it, we're updating our Featured Games section every week of late, pointing out particularly obscure corners of our database. (Find the latest on the right column of the front page!)

Some of the neatest ones recently have been the (slightly terrible) Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt, the definitely obscure Dr Ruth's Computer Game Of Good Sex, the classic/much-missed No One Lives Forever, & lots more. Thanks to Katie Cadet, Plokite_Wolf, Tony Denis, Virgil, & all regular contributors to this section.



Highlighting our new(ish) 'dedicated console' section!

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:36:18 +0000

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Earlier this year, MobyGames launched a 'dedicated console' platform, recognizing that there's a lot of 'many games in one' TV games out there that don't have a central place to get documented.

Thus far contributors have added everything from the NES Classic to bizarre official Mega Drive x guitar games, and lots more besides. There's even a dedicated Tic-Tac-Toe machine from 1956 in the mix somewhere - and lots of Pong-like machines, of course.

Thanks to all MobyGames contributors that helped so far - and yes, we have a 'dedicated handheld' section too, for all you Game & Watch fans.



New milestones - 400k cover art, 250k promo art!

Sat, 2 Sep 2017 19:55:28 +0000

As we continue to truck through the summer, just a note that we've reached some new MobyGames milestones in terms of contributions.

Sure, we're over 136,000 games on the DB, but the new milestones of note are that we've made it to 400,000 pieces of cover art, and 250,000 pieces of promotional art. Thanks to ALL MobyGames contributors who've made that happen. (For comparison, only 4 years ago we had 72,000 games, 226,000 pieces of cover art, and 0 pieces of promo art!) Great work...



Reminder: our Discord community is up and running!

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:42:13 +0000

Just a reminder that we have a fairly active Discord community for MobyGames with a number of contributors stopping in and chatting. If you're a regular contributor - or are just thinking about starting - then we recommend you come and check it out!



New iPhone MobyGoal; new MobyPoints rewards for descriptions!

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:23:04 +0000

Two small updates: firstly, we've updated the MobyGoal to be 4,500 iPhone games, because we made it to 4,000 so easily! (Sorry to those who helped us get there - it's just a bit further to this new goal :P)

Secondly, after some notes on the rewards for ad blurbs vs. descriptions, all handwritten descriptions are now worth 4 MobyPoints on the website (so 3 more points than previously). Hope this'll help encourage.. there may also be an additional modifier for complexity in the future.



2017 - a fine year for adding games on MobyGames so far!

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:31:25 +0000

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We just wanted to highlight the above graph, for which the red bar is the number of games - of any era - added on MobyGames by users since 2012. So 2017's total additions include games from 1981, 2012, and even 2017! (Side note: the green bar is number of times games have been set to 'pending', so includes 2 entries for anything that needed to be set to WIP.)

Current MobyGames management took over the site at the end of 2013, following an aborted site redesign. We're proud of the work you've done with us to keep up with what is an increasingly crowded game market, and fill in a lot of older holes in our database! (And there's four and a half months to go, so expect 2017's red bar to go a lot higher by year's end.)



Graph: Gameplay Genres

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 16:50:01 +0000

I'll try to make this a sort of semi-regular thing. Previously I posted about Main Genres.

This time, using the MobyGames API I generated the following graph depicting the release of games of specific gameplay genres per year.

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The vertical axis is number of games. Each game in the database is represented in the graph for the first release it was available.