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All Neo Geo Pocket Color games now documented!
A cute little milestone here - 666gonzo666 points out that, now he's added Baseball Stars, every single Neo Geo Pocket Color game (all 36!) are now up on MobyGames. Hurray!
Submitted by Simon Carless (45) on Nov 26, 20146 comments
4,000 C64 games - & goodbye to valued contributors!
Thanks to Karsa Orlong for pointing out that we've just shot past 4,000 games for the Commodore 64 - an impressive milestone! Looks like a lot of this is due to the powerhouse known as FatherJack going through missing games alphabetically - thanks to him and ALL who are contributing to the tally here!

Also, sad news - a couple of contributors have hung up their spurs. The artist sometimes known as joyvalley (and thf) has left the building, and as a #3 all-time contributor, we're incredibly appreciative for his work. The same is true for Top 10 all-time contributor MAT, who is also no longer hitting the submit button :/ Maybe we'll see them back in the future, but if not, we'd like to thank them for their tireless preservation of video game history!

[Final bonus news item - Kabushi has added the Coleco Adam & Camputers Lynx systems (!) as MobyGames platforms, yay as we try to complete our portfolio. You can add games, now and if you'd like to add tech specs, see this thread.]
Submitted by Simon Carless (45) on Nov 23, 20148 comments
DRM-FREE Fall Sale at GOG
GOG's DRM-free big fall sale has begun. Up to 90% off on 700+ games. And for the next 48 hours Mount & Blade is available for free!
Submitted by MobyReed (62) on Nov 12, 20141 comments
New MobyGoal - 3,500 Amiga games!
Following our success in getting to 1500 arcade games, we're switching to our old friend the Commodore Amiga! Right now, we have 3107 games listed for it, and our new MobyGoal - displayed on the front page of the site prominently - is to get to 3500 titles in total. Ready, set.... document!
Submitted by Simon Carless (45) on Nov 07, 20143 comments
1,500 Arcade Games Documented
Just earlier this year we added the arcade platform, and as of today we've achieved the milestone of 1,500+ documented arcade games!

Every single entry (at minimum) includes description, release info, genres, publisher and developer. Many including screenshots, credits and trivia, with more being added all the time.

Thanks to all contributors and approvers for helping document these important pieces of game history.

Some notable entries include: Centipede, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Galaga, Gauntlet, Golden Axe, Gradius, Joust, Mortal Kombat, Ms. Pac-Man, Paperboy, Rampage, Smash T.V., The Simpsons, Space Invaders
Submitted by MobyReed (62) on Oct 22, 20143 comments
FatherJack hits all-time yearly contribution record!
He's an animal! News out of the forums is that FatherJack has broken the single MobyGames contributor record for points earned in one year. As אולג小奥 notes, FatherJack has now "scored an unbelievable 43255 points, beating my record of 43191 in 2012". A lot of his recent MobyGames contributions have been filling out great swathes of missing info around Commodore 64, ZX-81 games and more, but he's also been super important to adding to our arcade collection, among others! Congrats again, Sir!
Submitted by Simon Carless (45) on Oct 20, 201410 comments
Tuesday Trivia
In 1981, the Arcade classic Centipede was ported to the ZX81 platform by Jeff Minter (who founded Llamasoft the following year).



Centipede for the ZX81 was significantly different from the original, which Jeff later explained was due to the fact he had never played it. He had only seen pictures and heard about it.

Minter later went on to make Gridrunner, another game inspired by Centipede.
Submitted by MobyReed (62) on Sep 30, 20141 comments
MobyGames is accelerating!
Just a quick joyful update, since CalaisianMindthief pointed out on the forums that we've gone from 76,000 games (strictly speaking, 'game SKUs' - each individual platforms release counts!) on Jan. 1st 2014 to 88,000 today - adding 12,000+ game entries in under 10 months!

This even compares very positively to my searches of the Wayback Machine for the period before the revitalized community under 'new management'. There were 62,000 SKUs at the end of 2011.

So basically that's: 14,000 SKUs added in _all_ of 2012 and 2013, but 12,000 SKUs and counting added in 2014 so far! Super impressive, and thanks to _all_ who added games and other content so far in 2014.

[Also notable: we've gone from 520,000 screenshots at the end of last year to 630,000 screenshows now, another super impressive stat, esp. given every single one was hand-picked by a user!]
Submitted by Simon Carless (45) on Sep 21, 20145 comments
Sciere reaches 250,000 points (!) on MobyGames
Gigantic thanks and congratulations for long-time Moby contributor & admin Sciere for making it to 250,000 points - as Cavalary points out:

"Think it's probably a milestone worthy of a news post in itself, quarter of a million, nearly half again more than anyone else and still at it after all these years. Second only to FatherJack this year too, with half of the 2014 haul from credits and close to a quarter from release info... and all of it while still dealing with some administrative duties too."

Congrats, Sciere!
Submitted by Simon Carless (45) on Sep 09, 20149 comments
On this day in 1994
The classic SNES game, Earthbound, was released in Japan on this day in 1994.

It was later released in the US in June 1995, along with an unusual marketing campaign centered around the idea that "boys love smelly gross stuff".

The ads used the slogan, "This game stinks". And they had a $10 coupon with the instruction, "Cut this coupon not the cheese".

Unfortunately, said coupon expired in 1996...
Submitted by MobyReed (62) on Aug 27, 20143 comments
State Of MobyGames - August 2014
We've done a post updating everyone on the great strides made since last December on MobyGames - and what we're hoping to do next, with your help. It's over here in our forums.
Submitted by Simon Carless (45) on Aug 24, 20140 comments
Congrats, Piltdown_Man; more platforms!
Just a quick update, since time and contributions whiz onwards - with a couple of key MobyGames updates:

- Massive congrats to piltdown_man for reaching 70,000 points - including 1006 games and 16,223 screenshots - on MobyGames! As Patrick Bregger notes in his thread: "As most approvers will know, he is not only dedicated to document shareware game collections and other obscure games (mostly PC) but also to document every single thought process and every piece of evidence in his comments to the approver." Amazing work!

- As noted by Kabushi in the new platforms thread, we've now added two brand new (and rather niche!) platforms - the Tomy Tutor/Pyuuta (info), and the Pokemon Mini (info) - which only has ten games total! So have at 'em...
Submitted by Simon Carless (45) on Aug 16, 20141 comments