As per tradition, I present to you the database visualization! Made possible by the MobyGames API.
(Click to enlarge)
An explanation: each coloured shape in the graph represents a platform. The horizontal axis is time. The vertical axis represents the number of games released. So the height of a shape on a given point in time indicates the number of games released for that platform that year. The total height of the graph on a given point in time shows the total releases that year. The graph is meant to represent new game releases and thus excludes DLC, Special Edition and Compilation items. It does include each game for each platform it was released on.
Notable changes since last year:
- There are quite a lot of new platforms. In fact there are now so many that Excel refused to render the graph due to a hardcoded limit. I had to switch to LibreOffice to make the graph.
- Because I'm now excluding compilations, DLC and Special Edition releases, there are generally less releases per year visible. In particular 2017 ends up with 1000 games less than lass year's graph! My apologies to those who spent lots of time and effort to document DLC, but I just felt it was cluttering the graph!
- My pet project this year was documenting games from the late 60s and early 70s. Which shows as a tiny bump in an area of the graph that was previously almost flat.
- It looks like we didn't keep up with new releases as well as last year, judging from the drop-off in 2018.
- The coverage gap of 2016 has been filled it appears.
- Feel free to point out other interesting info in the graph!
[All data taken from MobyGames. Of course, the graph is only as complete as our database is. Come help us
if you can!]