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R0b0TR10T has tipped us over the 600 game mark with his entry for Hind. Way to go!

On a related note, we passed 3800 developers in the database recently. 3800! Not bad considering that MobyGames is less than a year old.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 28, 1999
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We just had a user ask us if we still had a hangover from the holidays, since no new entries had been approved in the last couple of days. :-) No, we're not dead, but we are understandably a bit behind in approvals because of the holidays. "Your patience is appreciated."

Fun fact of the day: Did you know that some approvals take a bit of research? For example, when It Came From The Desert, Armour-Geddon, and some other recent entries were pending, we pulled out the original retail boxes from our own collection and verified all of the information, filled out some box covers and a screenshot or two, etc. We do this because of our motto: Quality over Quantity. When an entry appears in the database for the first time after approval, we want you to be happily satisfied that it is as complete as it can be right out of the gate.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 27, 1999
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Happy Holidays from MobyGames to all you gamers.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 25, 1999
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A reminder: If you're uploading screenshots, make sure that you capture in a 256-color or less format (like .PCX or .GIF) if you're capturing a 256-or-less color screen before converting to .GIF. We've had to reject some screenshots because they were JPEG-to-GIF conversions, which result in horrible GIFs.

You may think we are too anal about this. It's not about being anal; it's simply a good idea because bandwidth requirements are kept low for end users. Not everybody has a DSL connection--just check the most recent poll. And besides, the screenshot is represented correctly if captured correctly. For more information on capturing screenshots properly and links to programs you can use, check the FAQ section entitled "How do I capture screenshots for MobyGames?".

Remember, our creed is "Quality over quantity." :-)
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 21, 1999
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Now that's a review. The term otaku comes to mind. :-)
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 20, 1999
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Our co-founder Jim Leonard was interviewed for gamers.com and the interview appeared there this past Saturday and Sunday. Check it out if you want to see what makes Jim tick.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 20, 1999
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We had to reject a game entry today because it was already in the database. If it wasn't obvious before: Do a quicksearch on your game entries before you add them. :-)
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 19, 1999
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Effective immediatly, we are going to be a little more stringent on what gets a review accepted. At least two coherent sentences will be required for at least one section (What Did You Like or What Didn't You Like).

Sorry about this, but the quality of reviews have been going down. Remember: MobyGames is about quality, not quantity.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 13, 1999
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Added Street Sports Basketball to the game giveaway.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 13, 1999
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Added Echelon and Mad Dog McCree to the list of titles in the Game Giveaway. Enjoy.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 12, 1999
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We thought we were safe with Starflight, but MobyUser Sam Jeffreys has ousted it from the position of "most trivia added per game" with the recent entry Chamber Of The Sci-Mutant Priestess. Now there's a true fan of a game. :-)
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 12, 1999
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Because there is no one type of racing/driving game, we've moved the category Racing / Driving to the Basic Genres category. This should make it easier to find all the racing games in the database.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 10, 1999
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Added Shadowcaster and Warcraft: Orcs and Humans to the MobyGames Giveaway.

What, no feedback on the new browsing interface? Let us know what you think.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 08, 1999
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We've put a new release out for with some major changes to the way the information in the database is displayed and browsed.

With the recent emphasis on developers, we've revamped the "Developer Rap Sheet" to include several ways to view the games a developer has worked on. We've also classified genres into six different categories to help when browing games and adding new games into the database. The most major change however is a new way to browse through the games in the database. As the database is getting larger the old ways of browsing games was simply reaching it's limits. Check out one of the links above and give it a try. We think you'll be happy with the new functionality.

-brian
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 07, 1999
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No newsflash for today, but instead a heartfelt message from Jim:

I just wanted to personally thank each and every one of our registered users who have, either irregularly or on a regular basis, contributed entries to MobyGames. Over 2/3rds of MobyGames' data has come from registered users other than Brian or myself, and that is a testament to those who want to help MobyGames become the definitive place to experience the history of PC gaming.

As another way to say thank-you, we've made a decision to extend the MobyGames Game Giveaway indefinitely. We were only going to put up 10 games out of our collection for giveaway, but the growth has been so promising that we've decided to always keep it around 10 games or so. Dr J. and Larry Bird go One on One has been added, and we hope to keep increasing the number of titles for giveaway as a show of our appreciation.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 03, 1999
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This day just keeps getting better! Exactly nine months since MobyGames was launched, we hit our 500th game with Starquake. Everyone give yourselves another huge pat on the back!
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 02, 1999
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The ability to add developer credits has been so successful that there are now over 1700 developers in the database. Give yourselves a healthy pat on the back. :-)
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 01, 1999
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Due to popular demand, we now accept compilations. Sometimes called "combo packs" or (less affectionately) "Shovelware", compilations are multiple games marketed in a single package. When adding a compilation, make sure you tick the "Compilation / Shovelware" genre on the genres page.

We would prefer that the individual games included in the compilation be entered by themselves first, but this is not a hard and fast restriction.
Submitted by Trixter (8734) on Dec 01, 1999