MobyGames now documents over 20,000 unique games, and hundreds of existing entries are modified every week. Contribution levels to MobyGames for 2007 have been the highest in the site's history, with the Top Contributors pages featuring higher points totals than previous years, almost across the board.
This is despite 2006 having new features such as description revisions, MobyRanks and Product Codes. 2007's site improvements have primarily been non-point items such as Game-Specific forums, improved behind-the-scenes tools for splitting games, and a new front page.
I joined in August. And I don't think there has been a week since where I havn't contributed something. And speaking of unique games, has anyone played Lost In the Static ? I saw somebody posted screenshots for it and I tried to find it for download soon after. I get dizzy playing it ! 8)
Well, I had to play it... I mean, if an approver gets two same looking shots to approve, one titled "title screen" and the other "Actually this is a hall" - both showing some random static, this has to be verified. ;-)
And yes, after playing 5 minutes of so I had a headache. :)
Yeah, I checked that too when it was sitting in the queue, but no headaches for me. =)
But you know, I guess those screenshots just represent some sort of "background" to the game. I have the impression that somehow the real game elements are drawn "in front" of it.
(Edited by St. Martyne (3562), Dec 31, 2007)Re: MobyGames continues to thrive
St. Martyne (3562), Dec 31, 2007
No, no. They are real in-game shots. Game elements "stand out" because of their different pattern of movements, rate of noise generation etc.
It can be seen if you record video of the game. During the playback click a pause and you'll see how the picture will immediately vanish to nowhere.
Yeah, I read the description and took some shots myself, it was just weird that even the colors seemed different. But that video story convinced me. =P
I've checked it just now myself. Couldn't believe it either.
I have PC screenshots feed in my feed reader and sometimes i look those updates that have interesting names. This was one of them. And what a surprise when i found that there are to exactly same looking screenshots. Haven't played it yet though.
Let's raise our cups for Mobygames, for getting better and better and never ceasing to amaze us.
Well, if MobyGames rock, that's because we rock. Congratulations everybody!
(Edited by Trixter (8728), Dec 31, 2007)Re: MobyGames continues to thrive
Trixter (8728), Dec 31, 2007
MobyGames has far surpassed the hopes Brian and I had in his Chicago apartment nearly a decade ago. As we enter 2008, I'd like to personally thank each and every one of you for making MobyGames the success that it is. I'd especially like to thank Brian for sticking through MobyGames during some of our hard times, Dave Berk for helping us establish some industry contacts during his tenure with us, and Rob Lim for going unbelievably above and beyond the call of duty, being the glue that holds the site together.
Here's to another successful year!
over 20,000 unique games
In many cases (especially in my defunct shareware beat) we're the only place in the internet documenting these titles... but not for long -- sometimes I do follow-up searches on obscure titles I submitted to mobygames some time ago and find that they've since been added to other databases. They can't steal our "content" of screenshots and descripitons but they're happy to plunder our game /name/ database 8)
(funniest of all are the pages automatically providing links to ebay and amazon to search for (and hopefully take a cut of) re-sales of game titles that were never commercially available for sale in the first place 8)
When I first saw that, I thought you were referring to OUR Amazon/ebay/merchant links that are available on each gamesheet...