Reminder: MobyGames has an API that you can use!
For those who didn't spot it - yes, MobyGames has an API that you can use for non-profit, non-commercial purposes.

Here's more information about it and how to access it, if you're interested. (And we do have a commercial license if you need to use it that way too!)
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Dec 09, 20170 comments
Help needed: 'notable' missing Steam games from 2017.


While we're doing well adding games in general to MobyGames - see above graph where red is # of approved items, particularly the right hand part of it which shows our all-time record is in 2017 - we've been slowing down a bit in the last few months.

Part of the issue is that there's SO many Steam games nowadays, that it's difficult to work out what to add, honestly. One method I've found helpful is to look at SteamSpy's sales countdown for a particular month - like January 2017 - and then check to see which games we are missing that cost more than USD $5. In many cases - like Avorion, which has more than 100,000 players, we've got it added. But in others, not so much.

We'd love to get to the stage where all Steam games that cost more than $5 and have more than 5,000 players are documented on MobyGames, but we know that's a tall order. Don't forget that you can use the Entry Helper to enter these games!
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Nov 26, 201710 comments
Congrats - MrMamen, Alaka, and Vedder.
Three shout-outs for users who've recently reached milestones (thanks to Karsa Orlong for the heads up!) Firstly, MrMamen now has 10,000 points, and is 100th on the all-time top list, too! (So anyone who wants to come past him needs to get more than 10k points - go for it if you dare...)

Also, Alaka now made it to 50,000 points (very impressive!), and Vedder is now at 25,000 points - also a great total, which puts him in the Top 50 overall. All of these folks are doing amazing work contributing historical and current data to MobyGames, and wanted to thank them here - keep it up.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Nov 20, 201714 comments
User spotlight: Scaryfun's Critic Scores
Our regular 'eye of Sauron' look at a particularly helpful MobyGames user turns this week to Scaryfun, who has been contributing to the site since 2005, and is particularly helpful in aiding us with Critic Scores.

This year alone, he's added over 1300 Critic Scores, as well as over 600 promo images, 55 games, nearly 400 release infos, and a whole bunch of other stuff. The fact that we have such diverse reviews, even for obscure games, across many languages - and with sites it's difficult to grab scores from automatically - is down to users like him. Kudos, Sir!
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Nov 04, 20173 comments
Game & Watch handhelds - complete coverage!


Thanks to MobyGames contributor Kam1Kaz3NL77 & others, we now have over 100 items in our 'dedicated handheld' section, and have completed documenting Nintendo's Game & Watch handhelds.

Some examples: Manhole, Mario Bros., and, of course Snoopy Tennis. What's particularly nice about this is that we now have Nintendo games documented in a relational database from 1980-1981 all the way to the present day. Hopefully we can do more with this data in the future, but in the meantime, great work, y'all.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Oct 21, 20176 comments
Focus on: Twitek's screenshot submissions!
One MobyGames contributor who's been on the site since 2014, largely contributing user-taken screenshots (a rarity nowadays!) is Twitek, and he now has over 2,000 screenshots added.

His particular concentration on Commodore systems has meant all kinds of useful screenshots that may not be available elsewhere online right now, from Tynesoft's Autobahn to the fun (& relatively new!) Sheepoid DX plus Woolly Jumper, as well as the super oddly named Joe & The Serif. Anyhow, thanks to him - and keep up the great work!
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Oct 07, 20178 comments
MobyGames - 'Featured Games' updating weekly.
For those who haven't spotted it, we're updating our Featured Games section every week of late, pointing out particularly obscure corners of our database. (Find the latest on the right column of the front page!)

Some of the neatest ones recently have been the (slightly terrible) Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt, the definitely obscure Dr Ruth's Computer Game Of Good Sex, the classic/much-missed No One Lives Forever, & lots more. Thanks to Katie Cadet, Plokite_Wolf, Tony Denis, Virgil, & all regular contributors to this section.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Sep 30, 20170 comments
Highlighting our new(ish) 'dedicated console' section!


Earlier this year, MobyGames launched a 'dedicated console' platform, recognizing that there's a lot of 'many games in one' TV games out there that don't have a central place to get documented.

Thus far contributors have added everything from the NES Classic to bizarre official Mega Drive x guitar games, and lots more besides. There's even a dedicated Tic-Tac-Toe machine from 1956 in the mix somewhere - and lots of Pong-like machines, of course.

Thanks to all MobyGames contributors that helped so far - and yes, we have a 'dedicated handheld' section too, for all you Game & Watch fans.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Sep 16, 20174 comments
New milestones - 400k cover art, 250k promo art!
As we continue to truck through the summer, just a note that we've reached some new MobyGames milestones in terms of contributions.

Sure, we're over 136,000 games on the DB, but the new milestones of note are that we've made it to 400,000 pieces of cover art, and 250,000 pieces of promotional art. Thanks to ALL MobyGames contributors who've made that happen. (For comparison, only 4 years ago we had 72,000 games, 226,000 pieces of cover art, and 0 pieces of promo art!) Great work...
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Sep 02, 20171 comments
Reminder: our Discord community is up and running!
Just a reminder that we have a fairly active Discord community for MobyGames with a number of contributors stopping in and chatting. If you're a regular contributor - or are just thinking about starting - then we recommend you come and check it out!
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Aug 26, 20179 comments
New iPhone MobyGoal; new MobyPoints rewards for descriptions!
Two small updates: firstly, we've updated the MobyGoal to be 4,500 iPhone games, because we made it to 4,000 so easily! (Sorry to those who helped us get there - it's just a bit further to this new goal :P)

Secondly, after some notes on the rewards for ad blurbs vs. descriptions, all handwritten descriptions are now worth 4 MobyPoints on the website (so 3 more points than previously). Hope this'll help encourage.. there may also be an additional modifier for complexity in the future.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Aug 20, 201712 comments
2017 - a fine year for adding games on MobyGames so far!


We just wanted to highlight the above graph, for which the red bar is the number of games - of any era - added on MobyGames by users since 2012. So 2017's total additions include games from 1981, 2012, and even 2017! (Side note: the green bar is number of times games have been set to 'pending', so includes 2 entries for anything that needed to be set to WIP.)

Current MobyGames management took over the site at the end of 2013, following an aborted site redesign. We're proud of the work you've done with us to keep up with what is an increasingly crowded game market, and fill in a lot of older holes in our database! (And there's four and a half months to go, so expect 2017's red bar to go a lot higher by year's end.)
Submitted by Simon Carless (1748) on Aug 14, 201726 comments