First, special thanks to MobyGames contributor hoeksmas, who added hundreds of lesser known Apple II games and screenshots to the database! Helping make MobyGames the most accurate and complete collection of games published for the Apple II.
Now onto site updates:
Optimized API queries (approx. 15x faster!)
Behind the scenes infrastructure work for the API (moving to a new system soon that's easier to scale and develop)
Improved page responsiveness for smaller screens (mobile)
SEO tweaks to hopefully help improve our results on Google (if you're an SEO wizard and have any suggestions, please contact me)
Changed credits display on combined game pages to show credits for the first release (was showing info from the first platform, alphabetically)
Removed critic/user score overview section from game pages (discussion)
Fixed combined game pages that were displaying the first alphabetical platform and release date in the page title
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 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:
- Where last year I had to switch to LibreOffice to make the graph due to limitations in Excel, I hit some more since. I decided to write my own code to draw the graphs and nicely colour everything. Makes it look better too with some nicer anti-aliasing.
- As usual we see a drop-off at the end, simply because we haven't been able to keep up with all the new game releases.
- 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!]
Happy new year! It's time to ask once again: what are your personal goals for 2020, MobyGames or gaming in general related? These are our resolutions from last year. What about this year? Let us know in the comments below.