WEIRDEST ITEM OF THE WEEK: The Wal-Mart SUV Parking Lot Challenge! from JudgeDeadd: "...an arcade game where the player must try and park his car at the handicapped spot on the mall's parking lot."
WEIRDEST ITEM OF THE WEEK, PT.2: Call of Duty: Ghosts - Snoop Dogg Voice Pack - no, really, eWarrior, we thank you for your dizzle.
NOSTALGIC GAME OF THE WEEK: Giganoid for Amiga, thanks Jo ST - I actually do remember playing this when it came out in the late '80s, and it was a very creditable Arkanoid clone.
SCREENSHOT ADDITIONS OF THE WEEK: Looks like the seminal Planescape: Torment got some extra screenshots at the bottom, thanks to MAT - and I think someone (also him?) has nicely tidied up and re-ordered everything too. Thanks for that - it's a super important game, and great to see it well represented.
And of course, there's so much more - check it out in latest updates and new games yourself! More next week...
- We're still pushing on at quite a pace, with around 5,000 items (games, credits, tech specs, etc) approved this week from a multitude of key contributors - thanks to Sciere, JudgeDeadd, אולג小奥 and a number of others for their fine work. We are a _little_ behind on approvals overall, so bear with us - but it's not too bad (I think we were doing closer to 10k a week just after site relaunch, but some of that was backlog.)
- Another spot and excellent thread from אולג小奥 as follows: "Our Top 100 Contributor List welcomes its first Macao-born, Japanese-Portuguese member, Riki Hydao, a passionate submitter of rare Japanese covers, screenshots with humorous descriptions, and quality console new game entries." Congrats, Hydao! Again, please mention other milestones in forums and we'll post 'em up here!
- Lots of updates this week are notable, but another one I posted up on my Twitter just now because I dug it - FatherJack (who is our latest Approver btw, congrats to him!) added the 1987 Virgin game Election, which I thought is a neat example of a 'political game' from far before the time many people think about that type of thing as happening. Sounds like a bundle of laughs, too: "The hardest route is a clean campaign but taking the easy route of dirty tactics can work against you as the other politicians start a dirty campaign against you." Nice!
- A little late on this, but per אולג 小奥: "Congrats to vileyn0id_8088 for reaching the All-Time Top 100 Contributors List with  points [ - ranked 96th] ! He is one of the two current Israelis with this achievement, and only one of the three in the history of MobyGames." Wow - nice going!
- As the forums noticed, by far the oddest 'this day in history' popped up, due to Abenteuer Europa, "a promotional game by the German party SPD to reach new voters for the election of the European Parliament in 1994." This means the SPD has a full profile & on this day in 1974: "Helmut Schmidt becomes Bundeskanzler (Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany)." Not _entirely_ as we intended 'this day in history' for games, but.. yep!
- Otherwise, thanks to _everyone_ who's been adding games towards the iPad/iPhone/Android goal - some of the highlights through the last few days have been Game of Thrones Ascent (thx, MrMamen!), Sid Meier's Ace Patrol (woo, Patrick Bregger!), and CastleStorm (yay, Kabushi!)
More next week, folks!
- The top MobyGames approver of the week was again Sciere, but congrats to Kabushi, Alaka & CalaisianMindthief for being next biggest approvers by # of items!
- As Patrick Bregger pointed out after last week's updates: "Rainer S reached his first 10k points some time ago, right now he is already at 11k, mostly with cover scans of German releases. Lately he also started to contribute some games, mostly compilations and strategy games it seems. Congratulations!"
- Finally, as spotted by Rola: "We now have over 600 000 screenshots on file." And indeed we do - nice! (And we're getting closer to 250,000 covers, as well, wow.)
More next time out!
Popular games usually come in sets. Super Mario Bros. leads to Super Mario Bros. 2, and so on, until eventually you have a sprawling, 172-game franchise. But things don't go quite so smoothly.
Resident Evil 4 wasn't released until six years after Resident Evil 3, and during those years, there were many prototypes of the yet-to-be-released sequel. One of these was judged too different in gameplay, but had enough potential to be spun out into its own series: Devil May Cry.
Sometimes, potential sequels aren't split off because they're good enough to stand on their own, though. Six Pound Sledge Studios was developing Vinyl Goddess from Mars as a sequel to Epic's Jill of the Jungle. Epic wasn't happy with the quality of the game, so the developers published it on their own, as an unrelated game.
On the far side of the issue, some properties inspire fans to write their own games, without any official connections. MobyGames currently documents 253 fangames, from 1978's Star Trek up through 2014's Maverick Bird.
- TOP APPROVERS: congrats to Sciere for approving >2500 items this week (wow!), a clear winner.
- TOP SUBMITTERS: looks like for the year so far, FatherJack is out in front, closely followed by Sciere, Marcin Ostrowski, Karsa Orlong and Patrick Bregger.
- FEATURED CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE WEEK: we particularly liked Alex M. handling the .JP PC releases with Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, plus Patrick Bregger hitting up the brand new Octodad: Dadliest Catch & Kabushi grabbing the super-popular mobile hit CSR Racing.
More highlights - of random types, and suggestions welcome for people or uploads to highlight - next Friday!