New iPhone MobyGoal; new MobyPoints rewards for descriptions!
Two small updates: firstly, we've updated the MobyGoal to be 4,500 iPhone games, because we made it to 4,000 so easily! (Sorry to those who helped us get there - it's just a bit further to this new goal :P)

Secondly, after some notes on the rewards for ad blurbs vs. descriptions, all handwritten descriptions are now worth 4 MobyPoints on the website (so 3 more points than previously). Hope this'll help encourage.. there may also be an additional modifier for complexity in the future.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on Aug 20, 20179 comments
2017 - a fine year for adding games on MobyGames so far!


We just wanted to highlight the above graph, for which the red bar is the number of games - of any era - added on MobyGames by users since 2012. So 2017's total additions include games from 1981, 2012, and even 2017! (Side note: the green bar is number of times games have been set to 'pending', so includes 2 entries for anything that needed to be set to WIP.)

Current MobyGames management took over the site at the end of 2013, following an aborted site redesign. We're proud of the work you've done with us to keep up with what is an increasingly crowded game market, and fill in a lot of older holes in our database! (And there's four and a half months to go, so expect 2017's red bar to go a lot higher by year's end.)
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on Aug 14, 201719 comments
Graph: Gameplay Genres
I'll try to make this a sort of semi-regular thing. Previously I posted about Main Genres.

This time, using the MobyGames API I generated the following graph depicting the release of games of specific gameplay genres per year.


Click to enlarge!

The vertical axis is number of games. Each game in the database is represented in the graph for the first release it was available.
Submitted by vedder (25148) on Aug 05, 20172 comments
New MobyGoal - adding iPhone games, before they disappear!
As you might have seen discussed in recent articles, there's about to be a whirlwind of iOS games rendered unplayable - and perhaps eventually removed from the App Store, due to the changes in iOS 11 & dropping of support for 32-bit apps.

So we decided to make our current MobyGoal around adding iPhone games, with an initial total of 4,000 targeted. (We're already 50% of the way between the previous total and the goal, partly because Sciere has been adding lots on his summer holidays, which is great - but we need your help.)
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on Aug 04, 20173 comments
Genre Dominance
Using the MobyGames API I generated the following graph depicting the dominance of various main genres throughout history as a percentage of games from that year.


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Compilations/DLC/Special Editions were filtered out for this data.

The pre 1971 era is a bit hectic due to a low number of games released there. But it's cool to see the shift from mostly strategy and simulation to the dominance of action games with the advent of the Arcade and home computers.

The puzzle genre might be under-represented due to a recent addition of that as its own genre instead of a sub-genre for strategy/tactics.

I wonder what percentage of that huge sports-bubble in the 70s is Pong clones?
Submitted by vedder (25148) on Jul 26, 20174 comments
Congrats: Kennyannydenny, Kam1Kaz3NL77 on MobyPoint wins!
Just a quick note with a couple of MobyGames contributors who have been doing GREAT work with modern platforms, and just hit new milestones.

Specifically, Kennyannydenny is now at 30,000 total points since he started helping in 2014, thanks to major additions of 10,000 promo images, almost 900 related sites & 640+ games. Congrats!

Secondly, Kam1Kaz3NL77 has now reached 40,000 points, thanks to a record that includes 8,600 pieces of (largely digital) cover art, 5,400 promo images, and almost 450 games, also mainly on modern platforms. Great work, both of you.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on Jul 18, 20173 comments
2,000 'release trailer' videos added to MobyGames already.
Though we only started up a few weeks ago - & you don't get MobyPoints for your videos until we launch the next version of our website - happy to say that we made it to >2,000 videos on MobyGames pages already.

(Actually, it's closer to 2,500! Thanks to Plokite_Wolf, our top video contributor so far, as well as John Harris, Kennannydenny, and MAT, all of whom have added more than 100 videos. And please PM me if you'd like access & don't have it - the feature is still in Alpha.)

Reminder: our rules are that you have to link to official 'release trailers' for games with some gameplay footage included, & we'll be archiving these (YouTube-hosted) videos in the long-term for safekeeping. Some highlights already linked include this Super Metroid TV ad, as well as a Thief promo video and this Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 trailer.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on Jul 08, 20170 comments
New(ish!) on MobyGames - the Mainframe platform.


Much like our Arcade platform, it's taken MobyGames a long time to add Mainframe games as a platform because, well, it's not one particular hardware configuration - rather a set of unique games on unique early computer hardware.

But the platform is here now, thanks to help from Kabushi & others, and already has 50+ well-researched entries going back as far as 1951 (!) - almost all added by excellent MobyGames contributor Vedder. Thanks again to all involved.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on Jun 18, 20179 comments
New taskforce: Description adding/improvement.
There's been some rumblings - not entirely incorrectly - in recent days that although we're catching up a LOT on MobyGames thanks to our new 'entry helper', there are some Steam/PSN/etc. store descriptions that don't reflect games properly.

The best example is probably Stephen's Sausage Roll, which we've now added a basic description for. But if there are others that don't describe the basic gameplay in an understandable way, please add them to this thread and we'll make descriptions for them. Thanks again.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on Jun 17, 20174 comments
Notable milestones - Kabushi & MAT!
Just a couple of super-neat milestones. Firstly, it looks like veteran MobyGames contributor Kabushi sneaked past Unicorn Lynx to make the all-time #2 spot on our contributor list with 178,001 points, wow, thanks to his steady contributions on many retro platforms. Congrats to him!

Secondly, MAT who is in 6th place overall, just bested 150,000 points for the first time, another spectacular result - lots of Japanese covers and screens in here. Congrats to both - and if you have spotted other milestones, please put them in the comments on this post :)
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on Jun 04, 201714 comments
New Alpha feature: MobyGames has video!


Some of you may have spotted that games such as RiME now have - shock, horror - an official launch/release video embedded on their page! Yes, it's only taken us until 2017 to enter the world of moving images, please don't mock us :P (Some other examples: Grand Theft Auto V, Beavis & Butt-Head In Virtual Stupidity, haha!)

This is an Alpha roll-out of a feature that will be available to all in the next few months, whenever you can start submitting via our new 'Phoenix' version of the website. ('Entry helper' is another Phoenix feature that is already available to all - we've been making great progress of late.)

This new video adding feature - intended specifically for official videos that include gameplay of the title - is now accessible on a contributor by contributor basis. If you're a regular contributor who'd like to get access to it and add videos, please PM me & I'll give you specific instructions and rules. (BTW, we are using embedded YouTube videos, but intend to archive any linked-to videos to our Archive.org collection over time to ensure they don't get lost due to changing accounts or policies.)
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on May 28, 201712 comments
Another milestone - 200,000 promo images!
Just a note that, according to the MobyGames Stats page, we have just passed 200,000 promotional images - congrats to all, and thanks to all contributors who made this possible.

Of course, many of these are automatically added when the 'entry helper' is used. (This is super useful if the websites they are grabbed from ever go away.) But there's also a lot of custom promo image work - for example, from Mr Flibble, who is adding all kinds of neat old PC game screenshots, among other things! And roll on, 300k images!
Submitted by Simon Carless (1582) on May 26, 20170 comments