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.
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." :-)
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.
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. :-)
We've put a new release out for with some
major changes to the way the information in the database is displayed
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.
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.
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.