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So it's been a couple of months since we rolled out our 'entry helper', which allows users to add games from Steam, iOS/Android, PSN and Nintendo.com much easier. And here's what happened so far:
The Good: as you can see from the above graph (red bar), we're adding a LOT more important games/DLC to the site - 3x as many as before! It's also had the great side effect of allowing retail cover contributors (like Charly 2.0) to add all kinds of covers that they couldn't because there was no game entry in place. And it's allowed regular contributors like Sciere to switch to high-quality data entry like credits.
The Bad: There have been some issues too - particularly with new contributors who aren't used to checking dev/publisher data and genres so closely. But we are working through those. Also, although many ad blurbs on Steam are high quality, a few - especially on PSN - are not so good and will really need descriptions adding at some point.
As for what's next? Well, thanks again to all for their help contributing to our DB! We still need more help with our PSN game adding competition until the end of May - keep contributing! And after that we may try to concentrate on key missing iOS & Steam games.
All of this gives us a much stronger data set for our longer term goals, which are to a) display everything in a much prettier/more useful fashion via a new version of the website and b) to continue building on the key elements of the website (credits, covers, and promo art, as well as the 'relational database' element of the site) for the far future.
One of the earliest fruits of the API usage is this post about Star Wars game history by Cheeseness, which uses MobyGames data to create an interactive timeline of the myriad of Star Wars games out there. Cool, huh? We hope to see more cool uses like this over time...
(Incidentally, we now know there's a few missing Star Wars games on MobyGames, particularly mobile/browser titles, if anyone wants to have a go at adding them!)
Having originally been available purely for PSN (PlayStation Store), iOS (iTunes) & Steam (PC/Mac/Linux), we're happy to announce that you can now use Nintendo.com as a source for our 'entry helper'.
This means that if you visit our New Game Wizard, you will be able to enter the URL for any game with info on Nintendo.com - including Wii U, Wii, DS, and 3DS formats - and it'll automatically grab the 'ad blurb', digital cover, screenshots, and developer/publisher where possible. Hopefully we can fill in some gaps on Nintendo platforms with this simple method!
Along the same lines, just wanted to confirm that this we've added the Nintendo Switch as a game platform and are rapidly adding the games released for it so far, if you'd like to help out there, too.
So we're announcing a contest for adding missing PlayStation games which'll run through the end of May. The person who adds the most PlayStation games - with a bonus for adding other formats - will win a $100 Amazon gift card. (We know you don't do this for the money, but we thought it'd be fun!)
An initial list of missing U.S. PS4 games (about 250+!) is available here, so you can get to work straight away. Please fill out detailed genre info, full developer/publisher info, then mark it off in the spreadsheet - and you get 2x the credit if you add the other platforms for these games at the same time!
As we get going, we may compile similar lists for PlayStation Vita and other platforms - if you're adding games for Sony platforms beyond PS4 or non-U.S. PS4 games, feel free to add them into the Google Doc yourself. Other questions welcome. We're planning to use the missing games as a basis to expand our coverage of credits (in particular!), promo art, etc & will have some more plans in that direction soon.
While we have some amazing contributors entering game credits (one of the most important parts of MobyGames' data!), we're looking for more. We wanted to highlight this, especially now we're adding a lot of interesting PSN console and Steam PC games as part of our 'game helper' functionality.
We particularly wanted to confirm an unwritten rule - that you can link to a YouTube video for checking/proof when submitting your credits. (EDIT: you can grab screenshots easily from YouTube videos, which we would prefer.) Our standards have been amended as follows:
"Although not mandatory, EITHER screengrabbed in-game screenshots/scanned manual credits OR a link to a YouTube video with the credits captured are greatly encouraged. If you're using YouTube credits uploaded by others, please use this FAQ to grab screenshots from it and upload. This will help approvers verify and double check your credit submissions for possible human error factors (typos, missing developer names, etc.) and make the approval process much faster."
[NOTE: Though in the future, we may allow developers to enter their own credits individually, right now contributors need to enter the game's entire credits for it to be accepted.]
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Tip Of The DayIf you've put together a fan site dedicated to a particular game and that game isn't in the database, feel free to add it!
But even if the game has already been added, you can still contribute your website's URL by viewing the game's rap
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1800 PlayStation 4 Games (100%)
Thanks to all contributors for helping MobyGames achieve this goal! A new goal will be coming soon.
Millie's Math House has a general interest to preschool children, and the basic math skills are pretty impressive for the targeted age group. All in all, this still has a great piece of history of earlier educational computer games of the early 90s.
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