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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 (59) on Oct 30, 20154 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 (59) 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 (104053) on Sep 17, 201514 comments
MobyGames Call For Help - coders, contributors!
As we continue to add original credits, screenshots, info, and cross-linked info on the history of video games daily, MobyGames needs your help to expand! In particular, we need aid in two areas:

1. Coders who can understand Perl, can help! We're still stymied in accomplishing a lot of bug fixes and new features due to lack of coding help. If you know Perl and can volunteer some time to get up to speed on our codebase, we would be _very_ appreciative. Please message Simon if you can help out.

2. Contributors to underdocumented historic platforms! Check out this forums thread, but we think the Apple II, ZX Spectrum, Arcade, TRS-80, & TI-99/4A are all missing a LOT of releases. In addition, platforms like GBC, GBA, DS and Wii are missing a number of licensed & more 'minor' releases - of course, no games are minor in the end. So if you can help out and could specialize in any of these platforms - please contribute now - appreciated!
Submitted by Simon Carless (59) on Sep 11, 201517 comments
MobyGames - media scan rules change!
Here's a new rule! For media scans for games that were on two or more floppy disks, CDs, or DVDs, MobyGames' policy was always EITHER to accept all media if they have different art or text (marking them Disc 1, Disc 2, Disc 3, etc) OR accept only one media if it only differed in number, marking it as Disc 1/N.

Now, the embargo has been lifted, and there is no need for comments such as "Disc 1/N" because all magnetic disks or optical discs are accepted, even if they differ only in number.

From now on, something like this is welcomed when you submit cover scans:

Of course, you can still scan as much or little as you like when you submit scans - every bit helps! Hope this helps when submitting, and thanks to all submitters.
Submitted by MAT (104053) on Sep 05, 201517 comments
User milestones - MAT, Karsa & friends!
We're so happy to see MobyGames contributors blast through some new milestones, and time to honor them here. (Thx to Cavalary/Karsa for the tips!)

Firstly, MAT gets an entire paragraph, because he just hit 100,000 MobyPoints - the 7th person in our history to do that! Congrats, & infinithanks to him...

In addition, Karsa Orlong is now officially in the all-time Top 10 for contributions, Picard just hit 30,000 total points, and Infernos just topped 10,000 and is now #80 overall. Please keep the amazing work coming...

And one final note, as spotted by Kabushi - MobyGames now has over 3 million individual 'lines' of credits, all entered by our amazing contributors! Wow.
Submitted by Simon Carless (59) on Aug 30, 201519 comments
MobyGames Twitter feed - cover ideas wanted!
Now that our covers are unwatermarked, there's never been a better time to show off some of the amazing video game cover art scanned by MobyGames members. And that's just what is happening at the MobyGames Twitter feed, which is updated daily with new pics. It's actually doing pretty well, if you look at the number of retweets and favorites for each post.

When we started this, we asked MobyGames Approvers for some cover picks, and now we'd like your help! Please comment on this post and pick some of your favorite cover art on the site, and we'll gradually flow it onto Twitter (and Facebook/Google+, as time permits!)
Submitted by Simon Carless (59) on Aug 01, 201541 comments
RIP: Nintendo's Satoru Iwata - 1959-2015.
So sad to hear today that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away - and at the relatively young age of 55, too. Many people online are linking to the MobyGames profile of Iwata, which only exists because MobyGames contributors typed in the credits for literally hundreds of seminal Nintendo games. The site admins would like to honor Iwata-san for his vital contribution to the history of games, & thank all of you for doing so much to preserve his history - even before his sad and unexpected passing.
Submitted by Simon Carless (59) on Jul 13, 20151 comments
Sciere's 300k MobyPoints milestone!!!
This is fairly unbelievable, but veteran MobyGames contributor Sciere has just hit 300,000 points on the site... wow! This includes 2585 games, 24,000 screenshots... I could go on - here's his stats.

(Sciere also makes sure we're up to date on newer console and PC games, more than almost any other user - so MASSIVE thanks for him for this - otherwise we'd be a past-only website!)

Also, thanks to some forum notes, the other milestones must be pointed out: piltdown_man reached 90,000 points; Terok Nor reached 20,000 points; Indra reached 20,000 points, & Freeman reached 20,000 points. Congrats to all of them!
Submitted by Simon Carless (59) on Jul 10, 20158 comments
Twitter feed 'Best Of MobyGames' highlights, Pt.1!

Some of the latest updates from the MobyGames Twitter feed - go subscribe, if you haven't!

Blizzard's classic @Diablo II debuted 15 years ago today in the U.S., on June 29th, 2000: http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/diablo-ii/

Cover Of The Day: Will Harvey's delightfully playful Zany Golf (1988, PC): http://www.mobygames.com/game/will-harveys-zany-golf

V.silly shmup Parodius for SNES debuted in Japan 23 years ago (July 3rd, 1992): http://www.mobygames.com/game/parodius

Cover Of The Day: surreal Japanese metapic for Keita Takahashi's We Love Katamari (PS2, 2005): http://www.mobygames.com/game/ps2/we-love-katamari

Cover Of The Day: Broderbund's oh so '80s sci-fi' Shufflepuck Cafe (Amiga, 1989): http://www.mobygames.com/game/shufflepuck-cafe

Submitted by Simon Carless (59) on Jul 04, 20150 comments
Our 6th ever MobyGames 100k user!
Gigantic congratulations to LepricahnsGold who has made it to 100,000 contribution points on MobyGames!! He is only the 6th ever user to make it to that historic milestone - the others being Sciere, Cor13, [formercontrib!], Kabushi, and Patrick Bregger.

[While we're here - another notable recent milestone is that 666gonzo666 hit 50,000 - massive thanks to him!]

If you'd like to join them, please go ahead and contribute now - MobyGames is only possible through our amazing users' contributions.
Submitted by Simon Carless (59) on Jun 14, 20158 comments