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Many of these are automagically 'scraped' from major stores (Steam, iOS, Google Play, etc!), which is still important since these screenshots change and sometimes disappear over time. But a large number are also grabbed from other sources, like '90s FTP sites or even press CD-ROMs. And MobyGames' high Google ranking means the images often get prominently displayed for Internet users to check out and use. So... great work, all contributors who made this happen!
(We're planning more ability to contribute other types of images to MobyGames soon, including a way to add magazine advertisements, so watch out for an announcement on that!)
While we've been focusing a lot on the recently added promo art, we also wanted to point to some regular contributors who don't get enough 'MobyGames news section love'. In particular, Sweden's Kabushi continues to regularly add super-important credits and game entries for obscure systems.
For example, here's the 200+ games he's added this year, including rarities like Addition Magician, a rare Lumines J2ME game, and even a Sonic title for the Leapster.
You can check out everything he's added in 2016 here, & since many of these titles are not well-documented on Wikipedia or elsewhere, the info, credits & screenshots are super important for documenting game history. Much kudos to him!
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Since we launched the promo images section on MobyGames, there's been over 90,000 images uploaded (!), including many rare press CD-ROM images & raft of automatically 'scraped' images for Steam, Nintendo and iOS - thanks to _all_ contributors who've made that possible. (The image 'scraping' tech will be rolling out to all contributors soon, by the way - it's approver-only right now.)
In any case, we wanted to also highlight the amazing work of MrFlibble, a MobyGames contributor who notes on his profile: "I'm primarily interested in more or less obscure shareware games of the 90s era for DOS and Windows." And he's been uploading lots of rare images - many pre-release - from the games of that period.
Some great examples he pointed out to us - Powerslave pre-release pics from 1996, some rare concept art for Z, some Dark Colony official images, and early Redneck Rampage images. Thanks so much to MrFlibble, and we'll try to highlight other great contributors - both for promo images and to our regular credits/game additions - soon.
Just a quick note to point out that MobyGames is thanked specially in the credits of Edge Magazine's excellent 'Art Of The Pixel' special that came out recently. Here's a couple of scans of the magazine, including the credits page where MobyGames is thanked.
'Art Of The Pixel' largely features contemporary pixel artists, but has 'interlude' screens that include retro pixel art, much of it using screenshots uploaded to MobyGames, apparently! You can order the magazine here for worldwide delivery.
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3000 ZX Spectrum Games (93%)
We need 184 more ZX Spectrum games documented to complete this goal!
The best part is some of the dialogue that captures the crazy and stupid things people say during real life pen-and-paper D&D sessions. There's a little less of those pompous conversations that mark most AAA titles' characters. I believe they should've focused more on this and less on making you feel like you're still the hero, while you're obviously playing a band of criminals.
The story, however, is of secondary importance. The game lives and dies for its hex map battles, and they've really succeeded with those. Most fans of turn-based tactical RPGs will find them a delight.
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SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative
SEGA Master System version released. (Japan)
MSX version released. (Japan)
Sharp X68000 version released. (Japan)
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