New face among the Top 50
Apr 24, 2013
Submitted by YID YANG (162352)
just entered the coveted list of All-Time Top 50 MobyGames Contributors, joining the other three Russians there and ousting the veteran Indra
. Will the Indonesian lawyer and social critic be able to fight his way back to glory? Suspense builds up and the plot thickens!
New member in MobyGames 10k Club!
Next user has 10k points!
On behalf of all MobyGames contributors I'd like to congratulate Alsy
for passing the 10000 contribution points milestone. Now, 70 of Mobygames users have this achievement.
Sega Studios Australia closing this August
After the lay off of 40 employees at High Moon Studios, unknown number of positions at Square Enix Los Angeles and approximately 200 employees at LucasArts (which Disney has shifted to licensed based products instead of internal development), now Sega have confirmed that Sega Studios Australia will be shutting down this August.
Sega Studios Australia is based in Brisbane, known by their former name as the Australian branch of Creative Assembly - where they were responsible for Medieval II: Total War and the London 2012 Olympics game.
Disney shuts down publisher LucasArts
Disney has shut down LucasArts and canceled all current projects, as part of a move toward licensing out the Star Wars brand to other publishers. This would impact Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault.
Official statement from LucasArts:
"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."
MobyGames 10k Club welcomes a new member
Mar 12, 2013
Submitted by Rola (5793)
On behalf of all MobyGames contributors I'd like to congratulate my fellow countryman, erav
for passing the 10000 contribution points milestone. As of today 69 of our users can boast this achievement.
Gamespy and 1UP close down
Ziff Davis has announced to shut down several websites in order to focus on IGN and AskMen. Among them are the gaming sites Gamespy
So if anyone has planned to process those sites for MobyRanks, now is the time before they go down the drain.
An internal memo can be found on kotaku
PlayStation 4 confirmed for 2013 holiday
At its media event tonight, Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4. Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, introduced Mark Cerny as the lead system architect.
Cerny called it a "supercharged" PC, with an X86 CPU and 8GB of GDDR-5 memory, 8 CPU cores, 2 Tflops of processing. He called it "a platform for game creators by game creators," and showed off the new DualShock 4. It boasts improved latency and rumbling, along with a stereo camera and light bar to keep track of the controller.
Cerny then detailed the ease-of-use for the consumer. The PlayStation 4 includes a suspend/resume button like the Vita, letting you shut down and pick up a game quickly. Digital titles will be playable as they're being downloaded, since you can start playing and have the rest download in the background. It also, as rumored, will always be recording video and allows you to share it via a dedicated "Share" button. This also means you'll be able to view and comment on streams of your friends. The friends network will use "real world friends," letting you import friends from existing social networks in addition to your PSN ID friends. Sony is also planning companion apps on tablets and Vita, similar to the Wii U's Miiverse.
The console is aiming to have predictive game downloads based on your preferences and history, so you'll find content pre-loaded on your system. Cerny says the goal is to reduce download time to zero by predicting what you'll want to play.
Gaikai CEO Dave Perry finally shed light on how Sony will use the acquisition. He said that when browsing any game, you can press X to instantly try it out. Perry said he supports the idea: "try it for free, share it if you like it, and pay only if you love it." The Vita will also support Remote Play to "instantly" switch screens via Gaikai technology.
The "longterm goal" is to make all PS4 games playable on Vita, implying that some may not be at first. PlayStation 3 games won't be natively playable on the PS4, as rumored, but Gaikai seems to be Sony's solution. "We could one day put PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS Mobile games on any device, including PS4." Their philosophy is said to be "everything everywhere." The title PlayStation Cloud was only teased, with more details promised later.
Near the end of the presentation, the console was confirmed for a holiday 2013 release.
article from Shacknews, Steve Watts
Jan 31, 2013
Submitted by YID YANG (162352)
Our intrepid admin, approver, and long-time contributor Sciere
has reached 200000 contribution points
. Speculations as to him being a cyborg were vehemently rejected, for he keeps revealing himself as a great guy with versatile interests who - luckily for all of us - just happens to like MobyGames that much.
became only the fourth person on history to reach 100000 MobyGames contribution points. Like Sciere, Kabushi is an active admin and approver and just an overall cool dude whom we are so lucky to have here around.
It is amazing how those two guys accomplish these tremendous feats while functioning as admins and being the fastest approvers out there. Big congrats to you both, and thank you for your valuable work! MobyGames salutes you!
Australia's first R18+ game passed by Classification Board
After years of campaigning, the Australian Classification Board opened up the R18+ category to video games at the start of 2013. Now the first game to receive that classification has been passed
for release. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
recieved the rating for "High impact bloody violence" after the previous version
of the game had to be cut for an MA15+.
The year 2012 on MobyGames
Dec 31, 2012
Submitted by YID YANG (162352)
2012 was a great year of platform expansion. Following a few years of relative draught, with new platforms only being added sporadically, 2012 was almost like a non-stopping flood. Important platforms (mostly European and Japanese historical computers) are now covered much more extensively.
In terms of contributions, the year was marked by a gigantic race between the Israeli Unicorn Lynx
and our long-time top contributor and admin Sciere
from Belgium. Both of them (!) broke the record for most points scored in a single year, with about 43000 and 40000, respectively. For Unicorn Lynx it is the second championship title, his last one dating as far back as 2001.
Let us wish a happy and productive New Year 2013 to MobyGames!
Merry Christmas from MobyGames
We've added new platforms Epoch Cassette Vision, Epoch Super Cassette Vision, Epoch Game Pocket Computer, Mattel Aquarius, Philips VG 5000, and Sord M5.
Wii U snuck into the system as well a couple weeks ago.
Some research is being done for Kindle and BlackBerry tablets so those may be coming soon as well.