MobyQuestion - what was the first game you loved?
Every now and again, we're going to ask a freeform question on the MobyGames front page - because we want to know more about our valued users!

This question's simple: what is the first game you ever remember playing and enjoying? I'll kick it off - for me, Matthew Smith's Manic Miner on ZX Spectrum is the first game I really recall genuinely loving. Attack Of The Mutant Telephones! Wacky Amoebatrons! So good... how about y'all?
Submitted by Simon Carless (87) on Feb 05, 201631 comments
MobyGames Stats 2015
Traditions! For the 7th year in a row I present to you the yearly stats graph!

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



Each coloured shape in the graph represents a platform. 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.

Some interesting tidbits:
  • In the 2009 graph the peak in the late 80s was higher than the late 00s peak. In the 2010 graph they were roughly equal in height. Now the latter peak is in a whole different league. Can we get it double the size next year?

  • Probably the best populated newly added (this year) platform is Windows Apps, barely visible as an orange smudge below the Wii U.

  • There are actually quite some PS4 and XBone games, but the verticality in that part of the graph makes it look worse than it is. The Game Boy (noted as GB on the graph) and FM Towns suffer a similar faith.

  • Our number of "last year" titles is historically quite low over all the years. Last year's graph was excellent with 2915 titles of 2014 present. This year is not so bad either with 2583 titles of 2015 present.
Submitted by vedder (20537) on Jan 15, 201627 comments
MobyGames' 'Cover Of The Day' in full force!


Regular MobyGames readers and contributors may have spotted we're picking a 'Cover Of The Day' across _all_ of our social media feeds nowadays.

We recently rolled out more reliable daily updates to our Facebook and Google+ pages, to add to our Twitter page, which has had daily updates since last June now. Follow us and get 'em too!
Submitted by Simon Carless (87) on Jan 11, 201619 comments
Site Updates (Dec 27th)
There have been a few updates, since our last announcement. The biggest change is that we've fully rebuilt our search index, which should be especially helpful for users entering credits. This is a followup to NĂ©lio's prior work on search, so thanks to him for the improvement.

A more complete listing of the changes:
  • Allow https URLs in submissions
  • Fixed reported issues with company pages
  • Fixed display of certain informational pages
  • Added link to critic review browser on games' review subpages
  • Display date on critic reviews
  • Fixed broken link when adding games to user Have Lists
  • Added extra character mappings for search and re-indexed
  • Make forum posts reject empty subjects, plus a few other fixes
  • Admin and approver fixes
Going forward, we'll try to keep the changelog up to date, so watch that page for changes as they happen.
Submitted by Tracy Poff (1686) on Dec 27, 20157 comments
Happy Holidays to you all!
We just wanted to wish all MobyGames readers, contributors, funders, and helpers a very, very Merry Christmas - and a Happy New Year to come!

For anyone paying attention, we already have 49 contributors with at least 1000 MobyPoints in 2015, compared to just 39 in 2013 (and 53 in 2014!) - so it looks to have been another super-productive year for all of you in documenting credits, screenshots, and games from throughout video game history. Roll on 2016!
Submitted by Simon Carless (87) on Dec 25, 20153 comments
Milestones - Piltdown Man, Rainier S, Jean-Louis!
Just a quick post to call out some milestones for some dedicated contributors and offer them some much-deserved kudos.

Firstly, the methodical and dedicated Piltdown Man has just made it past 100,000 MobyPoints, thanks to his tireless documenting of PC and console games of the '90s and '00s - hurray!

Secondly and thirdly, we've got Rainier S squeaking past 25,000 (I just approved the final items for him!) thanks to his excellent documenting of German PC games, and Jean-Louis cresting 20,000 points on all kinds of games - including a bunch of PC ones as well. Thanks to all three of these valued contributors!
Submitted by Simon Carless (87) on Dec 15, 20152 comments
Site Updates (Dec 10th)
A quick update on some doings and undoings at MobyGames:
  • The point change for reviews announced last time has been reverted, pending community discussion
  • Company pages now display a list of games by the company
  • Fixes and improvements for the new approver tool
Submitted by Tracy Poff (1686) on Dec 10, 201537 comments
Site Updates (Dec 8th)
Another month, another round of updates! Some of you might have already noticed that you picked up some extra contribution points overnight: in order to make the rewards for writing reviews more in line with the work you put into them, we've increased their value. Now, an average review will earn you 10 points, and a really excellent one will earn 30.

Besides that big, visible change for everybody, there have been some smaller improvements, as well:
  • The private message quota has been increased to 5000
  • A new tool for approvers has been added
  • Text improvements and backend fixes
Comments and suggestions about these changes are welcome, so let us know what you think, and keep up the good work, everybody!
Submitted by Tracy Poff (1686) on Dec 08, 201532 comments
Site Updates (Nov 10th)
First of all, a big huge Moby-sized thanks to Tracy Poff who is now helping out on the code side and is already making great contributions!

Here's the log for today's update:

- Better tools for approvers
- Thumbnail fix on https
- Fix for broken images on polls
- Removed minimum date check on patches
- Various text improvements
- Various behind the scenes updates/fixes

Programmed by: Nelio and Tracy
Submitted by MobyReed (65) on Nov 10, 201527 comments
Milestones, other goodness for Oct/Nov, 2015.
Here's a few key points from things going on with MobyGames right now:

- In top MobyGames user news, our superhero Sciere has beaten the top # of points _ever_ added in one year, with 53,011. WOW. Infinithanks to him. Elsewhere, a couple of other neat milestones, as noted by Cavalary - Jo ST hit 20k points in total, and Trypticon hit 10k total points.

- Our social media efforts are still going strong, with a Tweet every day highlighting Moby's unprecedentedly large - and now unwatermarked - cover archive. And lots of RTs for our content, too!

- Unfortunately, we haven't made a lot of progress on MobyGames back end code changes recently. But we have a new volunteer coder who is trying to help out, so more on that soon if we get anywhere!

And that's the news for Oct/Nov, 2015 - we'll keep updating you, and thanks for the uploads.
Submitted by Simon Carless (87) on Oct 30, 20155 comments
Xbox Live Indie Games - the Moby-archiving!
Since news spread that the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Indie Games service is gradually closing - with no new games allowed from Sept. 2016 and the service closed in Sept. 2017. Due to the online nature of the store, there's obviously some danger that info on these games will be permanently lost.

Luckily, one of our top contributors, Patrick Bregger, has shot out of the gate like a rocket, and dedicated himself to archiving screenshots and info from _every single_ XBLIG game. Right now he's going backwards from Z, and has added a couple of hundred games to our previous total - there's now nearly 400 up there.

We salute his fortitude to get through all the Zombie games, for starters - there are nearly 100, including Zombie Sausages 2, Zombie Cow-Milking, and the actually pretty good Zombie Accountant.

We wanted to highlight this for two reasons - one, to thank Patrick PROFUSELY, because these synopses, screenshots, and credits are great, & just don't exist anywhere else. And secondly, he definitely needs some help - so if anyone would like to message him or post in this thread, that's be great!
Submitted by Simon Carless (87) on Oct 04, 20158 comments
MobyGames - text-only covers now accepted!
Along with the recent lifting of the exception on accepting multiple discs/diskettes with the same artwork and different disc numbers, our exception on accepting text-only covers has been lifted as well.

Below are a couple of sample covers which we had on file as accepted. This just shows the inconsistency when it comes to such things. (It was hard to say which is irrelevant as text-only, and which text is more important or if some minor graphics were included so it can be accepted.)







This was the last barrier to accepting the full cover set of actual covers. NOTE: we still do not accept manual scans, except the cover page - and this only in cases when manual serves as a front cover as well (most commonly found in jewel case packages).
Submitted by MAT (108981) on Sep 17, 201514 comments