- There's been two new game platforms added recently: OS/2, the Microsoft/IBM OS which got beaten by Windows in the '90s, and the Thomson MO (which, yes, is sufficiently different from Thomson TO to list separately, and is sorta a French version of the C64 or ZX Spectrum, from the mid'80s.) Thanks to all who helped add/contribute to those so far.
- Although we're waiting for a code push to update the goal, new MobyGoal is to get 250 ZX81 games. And we've already gone from 80 to 133 since we asked. So try to complete the goal before it's even displayed, for bonus points :P
- Otherwise, it's business as usual, although we're trying to get more organized for when regular code updates on the site return. This will not be for at least a couple of weeks, due to demands on Moby site owner Reed's time. (MobyGames does not currently bring in enough revenue through ads/affiliate to allow anyone to work on it fulltime.)
Thankfully, Indra is helping to codify some of the more important suggestions (here) and bugs (here) for future MobyGames development in the forums. Yep, we will probably move to bug tracking software at some point, but not just yet cos a) Indra is HAVING FUN and b) The data is getting built up in a readable way right now anyhow. Please resubmit bugs or suggestions now if you want Indra to add them to the list.
Thanks - more updates soon.
A good chance to get classic games on the cheap! A notable bundle deal for today includes every Leisure Suit Larry game for just $4.37.
Additionally, Steam has started their summer sale with new deals each day!
Over the years, the game has become relatively collectable. If you own a used copy, you could sell it on eBay for around $45. If you happen to have a new copy, you may get upwards of $300!
MobyGames contributor, ETJB, recently posted an in-depth review of the game.
- CODERS WANTED: Now we have MobyGames in source control and we've got over some of the first hurdles, we're interested in community help to improve the (relatively old) code, which is the main reason why new tech updates are sluggish. Please PM myself if you think you can help - the site uses Perl with a PostgreSQL database.
- PRIORITIES BEING SET UP: We're working with 'volunteers' Indra and Nelio to get our rather gigantic Bugs and Suggestions forums distilled down to a master list that the site owners can prioritize. Reed - who has been on hiatus from code changes recently due to some other duties - is coming back in the next few days, and we want to have a list of both smaller and larger tasks we can start working on.
- CHALLENGES: Our main current challenges at MobyGames are around the speed of approval (as many regular submitters will know) & around the ability of non-Admins to change data - hence the massive amount of corrections hanging around in the system.
To fix these: 1. We're looking at expanding Approver+ privileges (there is a level beyond Approver that we created in the last few months) to help corrections get fixed by senior contributors. 2. We're still looking at select item auto-approval for senior/veteran contributors, but have not yet fully worked through the ramifications of this, and will proceed carefully!
And that's where we are! Thanks to all contributors, and questions welcome.
WEIRDEST ITEM OF THE WEEK: The Wal-Mart SUV Parking Lot Challenge! from JudgeDeadd: "...an arcade game where the player must try and park his car at the handicapped spot on the mall's parking lot."
WEIRDEST ITEM OF THE WEEK, PT.2: Call of Duty: Ghosts - Snoop Dogg Voice Pack - no, really, eWarrior, we thank you for your dizzle.
NOSTALGIC GAME OF THE WEEK: Giganoid for Amiga, thanks Jo ST - I actually do remember playing this when it came out in the late '80s, and it was a very creditable Arkanoid clone.
SCREENSHOT ADDITIONS OF THE WEEK: Looks like the seminal Planescape: Torment got some extra screenshots at the bottom, thanks to MAT - and I think someone (also him?) has nicely tidied up and re-ordered everything too. Thanks for that - it's a super important game, and great to see it well represented.
And of course, there's so much more - check it out in latest updates and new games yourself! More next week...
- We're still pushing on at quite a pace, with around 5,000 items (games, credits, tech specs, etc) approved this week from a multitude of key contributors - thanks to Sciere, JudgeDeadd, אולג小奥 and a number of others for their fine work. We are a _little_ behind on approvals overall, so bear with us - but it's not too bad (I think we were doing closer to 10k a week just after site relaunch, but some of that was backlog.)
- Another spot and excellent thread from אולג小奥 as follows: "Our Top 100 Contributor List welcomes its first Macao-born, Japanese-Portuguese member, Riki Hydao, a passionate submitter of rare Japanese covers, screenshots with humorous descriptions, and quality console new game entries." Congrats, Hydao! Again, please mention other milestones in forums and we'll post 'em up here!
- Lots of updates this week are notable, but another one I posted up on my Twitter just now because I dug it - FatherJack (who is our latest Approver btw, congrats to him!) added the 1987 Virgin game Election, which I thought is a neat example of a 'political game' from far before the time many people think about that type of thing as happening. Sounds like a bundle of laughs, too: "The hardest route is a clean campaign but taking the easy route of dirty tactics can work against you as the other politicians start a dirty campaign against you." Nice!
- A little late on this, but per אולג 小奥: "Congrats to vileyn0id_8088 for reaching the All-Time Top 100 Contributors List with  points [ - ranked 96th] ! He is one of the two current Israelis with this achievement, and only one of the three in the history of MobyGames." Wow - nice going!
- As the forums noticed, by far the oddest 'this day in history' popped up, due to Abenteuer Europa, "a promotional game by the German party SPD to reach new voters for the election of the European Parliament in 1994." This means the SPD has a full profile & on this day in 1974: "Helmut Schmidt becomes Bundeskanzler (Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany)." Not _entirely_ as we intended 'this day in history' for games, but.. yep!
- Otherwise, thanks to _everyone_ who's been adding games towards the iPad/iPhone/Android goal - some of the highlights through the last few days have been Game of Thrones Ascent (thx, MrMamen!), Sid Meier's Ace Patrol (woo, Patrick Bregger!), and CastleStorm (yay, Kabushi!)
More next week, folks!
- The top MobyGames approver of the week was again Sciere, but congrats to Kabushi, Alaka & CalaisianMindthief for being next biggest approvers by # of items!
- As Patrick Bregger pointed out after last week's updates: "Rainer S reached his first 10k points some time ago, right now he is already at 11k, mostly with cover scans of German releases. Lately he also started to contribute some games, mostly compilations and strategy games it seems. Congratulations!"
- Finally, as spotted by Rola: "We now have over 600 000 screenshots on file." And indeed we do - nice! (And we're getting closer to 250,000 covers, as well, wow.)
More next time out!
Popular games usually come in sets. Super Mario Bros. leads to Super Mario Bros. 2, and so on, until eventually you have a sprawling, 172-game franchise. But things don't go quite so smoothly.
Resident Evil 4 wasn't released until six years after Resident Evil 3, and during those years, there were many prototypes of the yet-to-be-released sequel. One of these was judged too different in gameplay, but had enough potential to be spun out into its own series: Devil May Cry.
Sometimes, potential sequels aren't split off because they're good enough to stand on their own, though. Six Pound Sledge Studios was developing Vinyl Goddess from Mars as a sequel to Epic's Jill of the Jungle. Epic wasn't happy with the quality of the game, so the developers published it on their own, as an unrelated game.
On the far side of the issue, some properties inspire fans to write their own games, without any official connections. MobyGames currently documents 253 fangames, from 1978's Star Trek up through 2014's Maverick Bird.