Less than 150 games needed to reach our MobyGoal of 1,500 documented arcade titles!

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 (59) 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 (39) 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 (39) on Aug 16, 20141 comments
New platforms & new MobyGoal (arcade!)
A couple of notable updates! Firstly, we've turned the keys of game platform adding over to veteran admin Kabushi, and he's gradually adding several that we don't have currently. Most recently, the Tatung Einstein (info) & the PC-6001 (info) are now added!

Separately, we've set up a new MobyGoal, and it's to get to 1500 arcade games - actually, we're already at 1300, so this one may be quite straightforward and we may end up extending it later, but let's see how we do! (Considering we didn't even have an arcade section 6 months ago, already getting to 1500 games is super-impressive.)
Submitted by Simon Carless (39) on Jul 26, 20140 comments
Latest MobyGoal - 250 ZX81 games - reached!
Congrats to everyone - and especially Kabushi and FatherJack, who went on a bit of an adding spree - for already reaching our latest MobyGoal. There are now 250 ZX81 games listed on the site, complete with description, screenshot, publisher and more. (Don't stop there - let's try to get to a complete system snapshot!) Next MobyGoal is coming very soon...!
Submitted by Simon Carless (39) on Jul 18, 20140 comments
Milestone - 3,000 Amiga games in the DB!
We're continuing to flow in thousands of new piece of data a week to MobyGames, and just a shout out for this forum thread in which Kabushi notes: "We now have over 3000 Amiga games. Well done everybody! Game no, 3000 was Karsa Orlong's Skarb Templariuszy (which I'm glad I don't have to pronounce)." Congrats to all involved - spectacular work, and roll on 4,000 (and 5,000, and etc!)
Submitted by Simon Carless (39) on Jul 06, 20145 comments
MobyGames site updates - June 29th.
A few brief updates as we continue to do what we do best - document the history of video games in terrifying detail!

- 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.
Submitted by Simon Carless (39) on Jun 29, 20141 comments
GOG & Steam Summer Sales
GOG is running a summer sale on 700+ DRM free games for up to 90% off. With new bundles appearing daily.

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!
Submitted by MobyReed (59) on Jun 19, 201418 comments
Trivia Tuesday
Moonwalker, released in 1990 on the Sega Genesis, was actually designed by Michael Jackson himself.



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.
Submitted by MobyReed (59) on Jun 17, 20140 comments
Site Update - June, 2014.
Folks - just a quick update on how we're doing on MobyGames - with this update coming in three main areas:

- 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.
Submitted by Simon Carless (39) on Jun 14, 20140 comments
Fame Friday - items of the week!
Hey folks, and welcome to Fame Friday, and a brisk update this week is going to highlight a few super-fun new site additions that I can spot in 'latest updates', just for a little variety:

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...
Submitted by Simon Carless (39) on May 30, 20140 comments
Fame (sorta) Friday - Some Brisk Updates!
Fine, it's the day after Friday, but you get the idea - time to update on some of the highlights of the week at MobyGames, as follows:

- 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!
Submitted by Simon Carless (39) on May 25, 20146 comments