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The big milestone - congrats, two new 100k Mobypoints users!

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:39:51 +0000

Massive congratulations to リカルド・フィリペ and jaXen for being the 10th and 11th contributors to reach 100,000 MobyGames points!

It's a remarkable total, and the amount of items they've both added at this point is pretty staggering - thanks to both of them!



MobyGames Stats - 2017 edition

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:17:50 +0000

As per tradition, I present to you the database visualization! Made possible by the MobyGames API.

Previous editions:
June 2017 - January 2017 - January 2016 - January 2015 - January 2014 - January 2013 - January 2012 - January 2011 - January 2010 - January 2009

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An explanation: each coloured shape in the graph represents a platform. The horizontal axis is time. The vertical axis represents the number of games released. So the height of a shape on a given point in time indicates the number of games released for that platform that year. The total height of the graph on a given point in time shows the total releases that year.

[All data taken from MobyGames. Of course, the graph is only as complete as our database is - meaning we currently undercount some new digital game platforms like PC/Mac, digital console, and iOS/Android since we don't 'scrape' those databases automatically - and the dropoff in 2015 and 2016 is because we're still entering newer games into the database. Come help us if you can!]



Guess the game logos this MobyGames logo is made from?

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 14:30:09 +0000

Regular MobyGames contributor Pseudo_Intellectual has posted his latest puzzle, as follows:

"It's been a while since I hit you fine folks with a round of my little game, but I hope that it takes you a few more minutes to guess the game-related source of all these letters than it did last time"

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The existing forum thread has some correct guesses but there's still quite a few missing letters!



An official merry Xmas/happy holidays from MobyGames!

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 18:11:30 +0000

Honestly, MobyGames is mainly YOU all - contributors and readers - but from myself, Reed (owner) and Tracy Poff (coder), as well as all the site admins and approvers, thanks for your great work on MobyGames over the last 12 months.

We've added over 15,000 games this year - likely an all-time record - and are doing a good job of keeping up on console digital releases, as well as filling in the blanks with Game & Watch handhelds, mainframe games and more.

Our goals for 2018? Keep up the good work, keep giving researchers and non-profits access to our API, and try to get some neater visualizations of our data live as we keep working on a revamped website. Happy Xmas!



What was the favorite game you played in 2017?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:51:58 +0000

Well, it's almost the end of 2017, so rather than ask 'what was your favorite game of the year?', I know that a lot of MobyGames contributors and readers don't necessarily play, uh, new games.

So here's the alternative question - what's the best game that you played during 2017, whether old or new, and why? (And a happy upcoming holidays to you all!)



Reminder: MobyGames has an API that you can use!

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:50:51 +0000

For those who didn't spot it - yes, MobyGames has an API that you can use for non-profit, non-commercial purposes.

Here's more information about it and how to access it, if you're interested. (And we do have a commercial license if you need to use it that way too!)



Help needed: 'notable' missing Steam games from 2017.

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:09:12 +0000

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While we're doing well adding games in general to MobyGames - see above graph where red is # of approved items, particularly the right hand part of it which shows our all-time record is in 2017 - we've been slowing down a bit in the last few months.

Part of the issue is that there's SO many Steam games nowadays, that it's difficult to work out what to add, honestly. One method I've found helpful is to look at SteamSpy's sales countdown for a particular month - like January 2017 - and then check to see which games we are missing that cost more than USD $5. In many cases - like Avorion, which has more than 100,000 players, we've got it added. But in others, not so much.

We'd love to get to the stage where all Steam games that cost more than $5 and have more than 5,000 players are documented on MobyGames, but we know that's a tall order. Don't forget that you can use the Entry Helper to enter these games!



Congrats - MrMamen, Alaka, and Vedder.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:34:56 +0000

Three shout-outs for users who've recently reached milestones (thanks to Karsa Orlong for the heads up!) Firstly, MrMamen now has 10,000 points, and is 100th on the all-time top list, too! (So anyone who wants to come past him needs to get more than 10k points - go for it if you dare...)

Also, Alaka now made it to 50,000 points (very impressive!), and Vedder is now at 25,000 points - also a great total, which puts him in the Top 50 overall. All of these folks are doing amazing work contributing historical and current data to MobyGames, and wanted to thank them here - keep it up.



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.