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MobyGames Stats - 2017 edition

vedder (32161) on Jan 12, 2018


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As per tradition, I present to you the database visualization! Made possible by the MobyGames API.

Previous editions:
June 2017 - January 2017 - January 2016 - January 2015 - January 2014 - January 2013 - January 2012 - January 2011 - January 2010 - January 2009



(Click to enlarge)

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.

[All data taken from MobyGames. Of course, the graph is only as complete as our database is - meaning we currently undercount some new digital game platforms like PC/Mac, digital console, and iOS/Android since we don't 'scrape' those databases automatically - and the dropoff in 2015 and 2016 is because we're still entering newer games into the database. Come help us if you can!]

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Sciere (505777) on Jan 12, 2018


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Great work, a very interesting graph once again.

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Simon Carless (1801) on Jan 13, 2018


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So cool! One of the best things about this is that we've finally started getting enough new games that the graph doesn't dip in the most recent 2 or 3 years - this is a major breakthrough!

(Obviously the graph actually should scale a LOT bigger still in recent years, lol, but nonetheless, it looks way more sensible.)

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vedder (32161) on Jan 13, 2018


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Indeed, thanks to the scraper 2017 is the most populated year of all! So definitely for these kinds of graphs and number crunching it's been a great development.

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Plokite_Wolf (7014) on Jan 13, 2018


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June 2017 and January 2018 are so different from each other in the 2016-2017 area. Most productive half-year in MobyGames history?

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vedder (32161) on Jan 13, 2018


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I wouldn't be surprised.

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Coreus (171) on Jan 16, 2018


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These graphs will be a nightmare to read for colorblind people. You should use table data as well.

- C