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New official screenshot 'scraping' available to all! (+ new proof.)
We're happy to announce that MobyGames' new screenshot grabbing/'scraping' functionality is now available to all users. This allows you to easily add Steam, PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, iOS, or Android (Google Play) screenshots to our 'promo images' sections.
As an example, you can see on the 'promo images' page for Mechanic Master that there's a new dialog box. Just hit the 'Contribute' button on any game page and add images and they will be added automatically, and you'll need to click through to submit them.
There are a few issues/exceptions - particularly around differences in regional Steam stores & with age gates for some of the stores, and we only grab from profiles with images, but it works in general. (Approvers working on the system early have submitted a LOT of the Steam releases in the DB already, but other stores - especially the Nintendo eShop - have been added to less, so check those out!)
[One other long-needed change that rolled out with this code update - you are now required to provide another URL as proof when you submit most item types that aren't 'scraped'. This helps us make sure the info is accurate, thanks! And thanks to Tracy Poff for all this coding work as per usual.]
Just a quick (but massive!) note of congratulations - Poland's very own Karsa Orlong just reached 100,000 MobyPoints!
He joined us only back in 2010, so to be the 9th person in the history of the site to make it to 100k is SUPER impressive. He's also getting closer and closer to his goal: "Trying to add all commercial Polish video games to MobyGames' database." (While doing a bunch of extra approvals and work along the way!) Thanks again to him...
We only announced this section in June 2016, but we're delighted to announce that we have over 100,000 images added to the promo images section on MobyGames.
Many of these are automagically 'scraped' from major stores (Steam, iOS, Google Play, etc!), which is still important since these screenshots change and sometimes disappear over time. But a large number are also grabbed from other sources, like '90s FTP sites or even press CD-ROMs. And MobyGames' high Google ranking means the images often get prominently displayed for Internet users to check out and use. So... great work, all contributors who made this happen!
(We're planning more ability to contribute other types of images to MobyGames soon, including a way to add magazine advertisements, so watch out for an announcement on that!)
Spotlight on: Kabushi's amazing work adding obscure games!
While we've been focusing a lot on the recently added promo art, we also wanted to point to some regular contributors who don't get enough 'MobyGames news section love'. In particular, Sweden's Kabushi continues to regularly add super-important credits and game entries for obscure systems.
You can check out everything he's added in 2016 here, & since many of these titles are not well-documented on Wikipedia or elsewhere, the info, credits & screenshots are super important for documenting game history. Much kudos to him!
As we just updated on the MobyGames Patreon page: "Thanks in part to the help of our wonderful Patrons, we have built a MobyGames API and are currently in the process of alpha testing! There's still a lot of work to do, but this is a big step forward."
We're keen to keep adding features to the site, and your monthly pledge really helps to pay for server costs and for coding time to both add to the existing site & continue working on a new one. Please consider adding to our Patreon today - we have some new tiers & special icons for supporters!
Preserving '90s PC promo screenshots on MobyGames!
Since we launched the promo images section on MobyGames, there's been over 90,000 images uploaded (!), including many rare press CD-ROM images & raft of automatically 'scraped' images for Steam, Nintendo and iOS - thanks to _all_ contributors who've made that possible. (The image 'scraping' tech will be rolling out to all contributors soon, by the way - it's approver-only right now.)
In any case, we wanted to also highlight the amazing work of MrFlibble, a MobyGames contributor who notes on his profile: "I'm primarily interested in more or less obscure shareware games of the 90s era for DOS and Windows." And he's been uploading lots of rare images - many pre-release - from the games of that period.