This means any user (including you!) now has the ability to auto-scrape from Steam, PlayStation Store, PlayStation.com, Steam, iOS Store, Google Play Store, and Nintendo eShop for promotional screenshots on any existing game entry. Just go to the entry, hit 'Contribute' and choose 'Promo Art' and it'll give you example URLs to enter.
It's our impression that Steam (for existing games in our DB!) has been fairly well-scraped by our users already. But Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store/PlayStation.com still have lots of work to be done, so if anyone would like to help out, then we'd really appreciate it!
(In the longer-term, we'll be working on auto-scraping entries we don't have in the DB at all yet, with your help, but that's not for a few months!)
Although a lot of MobyGames' history of archiving images has been around scanning in items (like covers!), it's also important to grab and make accessible newer digital art. Which is why we'd like to highlight & praise Infernos' work grabbing 'fansite kits' and wallpaper.
Particularly popular in the early to mid 2000s, 'fansite kits' (for example, Driver: Parallel Lines, Far Cry 2, & Grabbed By The Ghoulies) were sets of screenshots, concept art & icons/avatars that were downloadable from game websites to be used by fans. And many of those links are now broken. Infernos is grabbing ZIPs of them off third-party filehosting sites - plus getting 'lost' wallpaper via the Wayback Machine - and archiving them on MobyGames, so they can easily be found, referenced, and available via image search link.
Go check out some of his recently added promo images, and reminder - with these promo sets, you can always click on an image to get its original hi-res version!
As an example, you can see on the 'promo images' page for Mechanic Master that there's a new dialog box. Just hit the 'Contribute' button on any game page and add images and they will be added automatically, and you'll need to click through to submit them.
There are a few issues/exceptions - particularly around differences in regional Steam stores & with age gates for some of the stores, and we only grab from profiles with images, but it works in general. (Approvers working on the system early have submitted a LOT of the Steam releases in the DB already, but other stores - especially the Nintendo eShop - have been added to less, so check those out!)
[One other long-needed change that rolled out with this code update - you are now required to provide another URL as proof when you submit most item types that aren't 'scraped'. This helps us make sure the info is accurate, thanks! And thanks to Tracy Poff for all this coding work as per usual.]
He joined us only back in 2010, so to be the 9th person in the history of the site to make it to 100k is SUPER impressive. He's also getting closer and closer to his goal: "Trying to add all commercial Polish video games to MobyGames' database." (While doing a bunch of extra approvals and work along the way!) Thanks again to him...
Many of these are automagically 'scraped' from major stores (Steam, iOS, Google Play, etc!), which is still important since these screenshots change and sometimes disappear over time. But a large number are also grabbed from other sources, like '90s FTP sites or even press CD-ROMs. And MobyGames' high Google ranking means the images often get prominently displayed for Internet users to check out and use. So... great work, all contributors who made this happen!
(We're planning more ability to contribute other types of images to MobyGames soon, including a way to add magazine advertisements, so watch out for an announcement on that!)
While we've been focusing a lot on the recently added promo art, we also wanted to point to some regular contributors who don't get enough 'MobyGames news section love'. In particular, Sweden's Kabushi continues to regularly add super-important credits and game entries for obscure systems.
For example, here's the 200+ games he's added this year, including rarities like Addition Magician, a rare Lumines J2ME game, and even a Sonic title for the Leapster.
You can check out everything he's added in 2016 here, & since many of these titles are not well-documented on Wikipedia or elsewhere, the info, credits & screenshots are super important for documenting game history. Much kudos to him!
We're keen to keep adding features to the site, and your monthly pledge really helps to pay for server costs and for coding time to both add to the existing site & continue working on a new one. Please consider adding to our Patreon today - we have some new tiers & special icons for supporters!
Since we launched the promo images section on MobyGames, there's been over 90,000 images uploaded (!), including many rare press CD-ROM images & raft of automatically 'scraped' images for Steam, Nintendo and iOS - thanks to _all_ contributors who've made that possible. (The image 'scraping' tech will be rolling out to all contributors soon, by the way - it's approver-only right now.)
In any case, we wanted to also highlight the amazing work of MrFlibble, a MobyGames contributor who notes on his profile: "I'm primarily interested in more or less obscure shareware games of the 90s era for DOS and Windows." And he's been uploading lots of rare images - many pre-release - from the games of that period.
Some great examples he pointed out to us - Powerslave pre-release pics from 1996, some rare concept art for Z, some Dark Colony official images, and early Redneck Rampage images. Thanks so much to MrFlibble, and we'll try to highlight other great contributors - both for promo images and to our regular credits/game additions - soon.
Just a quick note to point out that MobyGames is thanked specially in the credits of Edge Magazine's excellent 'Art Of The Pixel' special that came out recently. Here's a couple of scans of the magazine, including the credits page where MobyGames is thanked.
'Art Of The Pixel' largely features contemporary pixel artists, but has 'interlude' screens that include retro pixel art, much of it using screenshots uploaded to MobyGames, apparently! You can order the magazine here for worldwide delivery.
The MS-DOS Software library at the Internet Archive "includes action, strategy, adventure and other unique genres of game and entertainment software. Through the use of the EM-DOSBOX in-browser emulator, these programs are bootable and playable [in an Internet browser]."
Although the legalities of running 'abandonware' in-browser are still muddy, and MobyGames is not intending to host or link to abandonware in our official archives at this time, it's gratifying to see a non-profit using our information to widely expand their metadata on a widely used resource - thanks to Duncan Cross, Jason Scott and the Internet Archive team for making this possible.
We've previously mentioned that - since we set up the promo art section on MobyGames - user Virgil has been contributing a bunch of rare promo art from CD-ROMs.
Before the Internet got swift enough to distribute hi-res assets, video game press were given asset CD-ROMs, and we now have a second MobyGames user, Krvavi Abadas, also uploading rare screens/hi-res artwork. (Yay!)
So if you want everything from super hi-res Twisted Metal Black promo art (click through for the original image!) to Wipeout Fusion concept art and even hi-res team art, much of this art is appearing for the first time in unwatermarked, original versions on the Internet. And we'd like your help to contribute more!
[BONUS: we've actually started a collection on the Internet Archive to preserve the original CD-ROMs. If you have any press CD-ROMs with original assets, we'd love you to upload the .ISOs to the Internet Archive (it's easy!), and then PM me, so I can get them moved into this collection for safekeeping & for MobyGames users to add them to our collections.]
Just go to the 'Featured Game' wizard & enter a couple of paragraphs about why you love one of your favorite games in the MobyGames DB, and hopefully we'll go ahead and featured it!
In addition, we'd love a more regular supply of reviews (which are featured prominently on the front page right now, too!) Just go to a particular game and click on the 'review game' link next to User Reviews & you're set!