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!)
(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!
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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
[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.
Additionally, we now display them at a higher quality (less compression and larger). We hope these changes will make MobyGames just that much better of a resource for the gaming community at large.
Other sites, YouTubers, bloggers and so on should always feel free to make use of these assets. Though we would greatly appreciate attribution back to MobyGames, so we can ensure our contributor base remains healthy and can grow. Without them, the 95,000+ game entries with countless credits, trivia and other information would simply not exist.
Not only is every piece of information here submitted by gamers, but it also goes through an approval process to ensure it's as accurate as possible. This is a huge amount of work, and we always need more contributors and approvers to help maintain (and improve!) our mission of being the most complete and accurate database of game information possible.
A huge thanks to the thousands of MobyGames contributors over the past 15 years who've helped us reach this point! Including each platform release, we are currently at 94,818 total game listings for 165 platforms. You can see the full breakdown by platform here.
To help mark the occasion, we're announcing our plan to remove the MobyGames watermark from all covers and screenshots. This has been in the works for a while and we'll soon be re-processing all 675,000+ screenshots and 270,000+ covers.
In code and format additions, the Changelog is up to date, and includes a number of new game systems - including Windows Apps - and some notable security updates, as well as lots of affiliate link fixes - massive thanks to Nelio!
Elsewhere on contributions, we're rapidly approaching 50,000 unique games - more on that when we get there - and wanted to give some shoutouts to MAT and piltdown_man, who got to 80.000 points this year.
Also some great new milestones in points were reached by Sciere, ryanbus84, Thomas Petterson and more - and thanks to new contributors Kennyannydenny and Jennifer McMurray! Onward and upward...
Happy new year everybody!
Previous years: 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.
Of course the graph is only as complete as our database is.
- I've changed to a different colour scheme. It may be a bit harder on the eyes, but with some macro magic I tried to keep related platforms similar colours. For example all Microsoft platforms are shades of orange, Apple is green, Sony is blue, Nintendo is red, ZX is purple, and because there are only so many colours Commodore is a different shade of green. I also grouped brands with only one platform into similar colours based on the type of platform (console, handheld, pc, etc.)
- I'm now using MobyGames data for Arcade games, this means that there are much fewer arcade games shown in the graph this year. Although we managed to document an impressive 1525 in the last year, that's nowhere near the 8000+ of arcade-history.com
- 7004 new games compared to last year's graph, in spite of the huge decrease of Arcade games!
- 159 different platforms are displayed in the graph!
Second, Kabushi continues to add new platforms, and if hyou follow this forum thread, you can see them being piled up in _real-time_, which is awesome. Just added is the Bally Astrocade, among a number of others. Finally, once again - thanks to EVERYONE who makes MobyGames' continued success possible - and have a wonderful Xmas & New Year!