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MobyGoal - 250 ZX81 games

MobyReed (79) on Jun 22, 2014


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Great job everyone on completing the previous MobyGoal of 4,000 iOS and Android games!

For our next goal we're going to try something decidedly more obscure. Currently we have 80 ZX81 games and are setting a goal for 250.

There are over 500 ZX81 games and you can play them in your browser via a Java emulator.

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Kabushi (257404) on Jun 22, 2014


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I actually have adding 100 ZX81 games as my personal goal this year. But I suppose adding another 150 shouldn't take that long...

It should be said that it's quite an easy platform to document due to the good material from the ZX81Stuff site and an easy to use emulator although the games themselves aren't exactly the most thrilling.

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Simon Carless (1852) on Jun 23, 2014


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Yup, I was approving your ZX81 games Kabushi, and noted that the sourcing is quite easy. For other people who want to join in, here's the site that has a LOT of the images/info: http://www.zx81stuff.org.uk/index.html.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (63606) on Jun 23, 2014


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Heh, my browser doesn't even want to allow me to run the Java emulator 8) That fact alone is keeping me from having just documented a half-dozen Colossal Caves versions.

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Rola (8277) on Jun 23, 2014


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MobyReed Wrote:
over 500 ZX81 games...

Please note that this website also list software, not just games - also I'm not sure if they count re-releases towards that number.

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Kabushi (257404) on Jun 23, 2014


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Rola Wrote:
MobyReed Wrote:
over 500 ZX81 games...

Please note that this website also list software, not just games - also I'm not sure if they count re-releases towards that number.

They do but I think 500 is quite reasonable. They also list almost 500 missing in action programs and there are also many type-in and freeware games.

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Karsa Orlong (146782) on Jun 23, 2014


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Maybe add 100 titles and make it ZX81+ VIC20 goal? :)

http://www.mdawson.net/vic20chrome/vic20.php

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Simon Carless (1852) on Jun 24, 2014


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The goal is gonna be 250 tho :) When Reed sorts out the code rolls again and updates it - which should be v.soon!

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Arrimas Arrington (2) on Jul 09, 2014


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Hello. I'm arringtastic92. Nice to meet you!

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zerothis (105) on Jul 12, 2014


Is there a mobygoal planned for UNIX games? This is a frustration of mine. Some student puts his game on a college server. Then they graduated and abandon the server space. It eventually gets deleted. In the mean time 100 geeks saw it, and they _all_ become industry game designers. Finding info on these inspired people and their games is easy. But the original is long since vanished from the interwebs. One has to go from developer to developer asking who remembers the guy that inspired them _and_ knows what their real name is. And that's just the first two major hurtles.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (63606) on Jul 12, 2014


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We do currently support Linux games, which do require a certain technical knowhow in order to document correctly. Older games made for variant flavours of UNIX fall in the contentious gap of "do we categorize these based on their hardware or their OS?"

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Rola (8277) on Jul 12, 2014


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@zerothis: in the meantime you may want to read this exciting not-completely-unrelated thread. Too bad it didn't have a happy ending.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (63606) on Jul 12, 2014


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And thank you for reviving the thread! I think that it represents good progress.

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liza ray on Jul 17, 2014


I am having problem in installing a java emulator.

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Kabushi (257404) on Jul 17, 2014


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This went a bit quicker than I had expected. Thanks to FatherJack for adding the majority of titles.

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Indra was here (20868) on Jul 17, 2014


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Wish we had a hardware image to go with the platform name. I think I'm only familiar with three platforms in the database. I'm also bad at math. :p

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Simon Carless (1852) on Jul 17, 2014


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Yeah, the default platform browse pages are still horrid :/ Congrats to everyone for making the goal tho - I think that was Kabushi, FatherJack, and some other folks BLASTING... woo!

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Fred VT (25922) on Jul 17, 2014


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In the meantime, I'm still working on those [MOBYGAMES' MOST WANTED] from the beginning of the year :P Will probably finally add the third skylanders game in the next couple of weeks XD

Those old platforms are just not my forte ;)

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Игги Друге (46324) on Jul 18, 2014


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I just happened upon these games from Canada, in case anyone wants to add some more ZX81 games.

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=HomeComputingWeekly/Issue052/Pages/HomeComputingWeekly05200026.jpg

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Pseudo_Intellectual (63606) on Jul 26, 2014


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Please note, the header over each page (and on the mainpage) still hypes: "New MobyGoal! We're aiming for 1,500 well documented Arcade games."

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FatherJack (62725) on Jul 26, 2014


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Not sure if i'm right but I think the old one was 1000, it must have now been increased to 1500.

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Cavalary (11063) on Jul 26, 2014


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Yep, first one was 1000.

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Simon Carless (1852) on Jul 26, 2014


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Yep, this is a brand new goal, so we'll do a news post about it now, yay.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (63606) on Jul 26, 2014


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OK, that makes more sense.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (63606) on Jul 26, 2014


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I was just confused by how quickly we returned to the well after ignoring so many other worthwhile prospective goals.

Next MobyGoal: see how many of our small-game-library platforms we can bring to 100% completion.

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Rola (8277) on Jul 26, 2014


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There is no such thing as 100% completion thanks to the homebrew scene :/ Even if it's "1979 handheld from Zimbabwe" (to quote Oleg) a new ROM may appear tomorrow...

My former suggestion was good old plain C64. Adding one entry usually also means ports for Spectrum and CPC or even beyond.

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chirinea (46731) on Jul 27, 2014


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Rola Wrote:
There is no such thing as 100% completion thanks to the homebrew scene :/

This. We had all Odyssey² games for a while, but Revival Studios keep releasing games every now and then, so we're half a dozen games behind completion, it seems.

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Simon Carless (1852) on Jul 27, 2014


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If you guys have other suggestions, then yep, we'd love to hear em - we just went back to arcade cos it's by far the biggest area for improvement outside of PC and iOS/Android - there's 2 or 3,000 arcade games still 'missing', we think.

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formercontrib (158176) on Jul 27, 2014


Maybe something that brings quality back to the database, instead of moving on entering hundreds and thousands empty new games entry...?? (with most of them never been touched by anyone afterwards). Something that brings people back the believing that there is at least a little bit of interest remaining about the good old - and meanwhile absolutly meaningless phrases like: Quality over quantity, contribution approvals: first in --> first out etcpp. --- and please don't bore me with the impressive reduction of the approval backlog - there's only one reason for this: Sciere, closing his eyes, shutting off his brain, and hits the approve button in full-automatic mode (which level did he reached meanwhile: 90% of all approvals, give him a new keyboard each 3 months, and he can complete the 100% faster than all others are able to complete 3 old platforms with 100% of all games ever released for it - but before everything else doing this for new entries of poor and poorest quality with errors over errors, but yes - it looks nice and impressive to all of those you look only one time at a new game entry. Besides that, the years ago impressive standard and quality of the database has decreased enormous, even most private 2-weeks-projects does many many things better than Moby actually.

(Edited by formercontrib (158176), Jul 27, 2014)

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Игги Друге (46324) on Jul 27, 2014


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You are in the contributors top three; probably you know what you're talking about. Why don't you start a new thread, or a new response, where you make a more clear argument?

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Cavalary (11063) on Jul 29, 2014


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What about some completion goals next then? If the database can be queried that way, instead of new game entries set a goal for x% of games for [platform] to have at least one cover image, or at least y screenshots or such, the percentage thing making it so adding new entries without that will work against the goal, and also so it'll be harder to reach it just with new entries.