Lots of MobyGames user milestones!
Since I asked in one of our forums, here's a WHOLE bunch of neat recent milestones in terms of points from our users. We have Foxhack making it to 20,000 MobyPoints, for example! And also Kam1Kaz3NL77 just recently reached 75,000 points.

Oh, and Piltdown Man is perilously close to 150,000 points, so thank him in the near future when he makes it! There's lots more, of course, so we'll be back to thank them in the near future...
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Apr 15, 20185 comments
Contributor highlight: Kabushi's early cellphone images.
Although we've been adding a larger quantity of modern games, there's still plenty of work being done with older systems and formats.

As always, veteran contributor Kabushi is doing a lot of rare documentation in a low-profile manner, and he's been adding a bunch of promo images for early (2001) Ludigames/Gameloft title Lock 'Em Up, for example.

And overall, the overall list of games that he's added shows lots of concentration on rare & overlooked formats and titles - which is amazing. Keep it up, Sir!
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Apr 08, 20186 comments
Check out our Featured Games archive!
MobyGames has included 'featured games' - with why they're interesting - on the front page for almost two decades now (!). So just wanted to highlight the full archive, including such recently showcased gems as BMX XXX, Nuclear War, and Henry The Hedgehog's Big Adventure.

You can add featured game write-ups via this page - thanks to Tony Denis, Katie Cadet, Flapco, Harmony, Plokite Wolf, Kennyannydenny, and Virgil for some of the recent submissions - we still need more, so go ahead and submit if you can.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Mar 24, 20180 comments
New MobyGoal; two new contributor milestones!
A brief update with three things to mention here:

- We have a new MobyGoal: we're looking for 280 more iOS games, which would get us to 5,250 in total. That's a small fraction of the amount available, obviously, but we're just trying to pick out highlights. Help us out if you can!

- Congrats to Charly2.0 for making it to 100,000 MobyGames points, many of them on cover art, which he's been a MAJOR contributor to in recent years, hurray.

- In addition, looks like Kennyannydenny also hit a key milestone, of 50,000 MobyGames points, thanks to his work documenting DLC for modern-day platforms (and quite a few standalone games too!) Great work here also...
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Mar 04, 201812 comments
Sciere = 500,000 MobyGames points?!
It might seem outrageous, but it's true - Sciere, the top all-time MobyGames contributor, has reached a milestone that no other user on the website ever has - 500,000 MobyPoints!

Please congratulate and thank him for his 15 amazing years of service to game history on MobyGames.
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Feb 12, 201824 comments
Why the MobyGames 'promo image' section is important...
As many of you know, the 'promo image' section on MobyGames is where all the game images/screenshots from digital stores go, and also where promotional artwork is placed.



It means you can compare screens and hi-res promo art across many years - the Giants: Citizen Kabuto promo art section is a great example, since it includes everything from original '90s promo CD-ROM rips to the brand new GOG.com and Steam screenshots.

We think this is useful for preservation AND comparison purposes - keep uploading that promo art! (We also wanted to mention that we are finally planning to add the ability to include magazine ads in promo images at some point this year. It just requires some extra coding!)
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Feb 04, 201821 comments
The big milestone - congrats, two new 100k Mobypoints users!
Massive congratulations to リカルド・フィリペ and jaXen for being the 10th and 11th contributors to reach 100,000 MobyGames points!

It's a remarkable total, and the amount of items they've both added at this point is pretty staggering - thanks to both of them!
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Jan 20, 20187 comments
MobyGames Stats - 2017 edition
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!]
Submitted by vedder (30027) on Jan 12, 20186 comments
Guess the game logos this MobyGames logo is made from?
Regular MobyGames contributor Pseudo_Intellectual has posted his latest puzzle, as follows:

"It's been a while since I hit you fine folks with a round of my little game, but I hope that it takes you a few more minutes to guess the game-related source of all these letters than it did last time"



The existing forum thread has some correct guesses but there's still quite a few missing letters!
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Jan 06, 20185 comments
An official merry Xmas/happy holidays from MobyGames!
Honestly, MobyGames is mainly YOU all - contributors and readers - but from myself, Reed (owner) and Tracy Poff (coder), as well as all the site admins and approvers, thanks for your great work on MobyGames over the last 12 months.

We've added over 15,000 games this year - likely an all-time record - and are doing a good job of keeping up on console digital releases, as well as filling in the blanks with Game & Watch handhelds, mainframe games and more.

Our goals for 2018? Keep up the good work, keep giving researchers and non-profits access to our API, and try to get some neater visualizations of our data live as we keep working on a revamped website. Happy Xmas!
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Dec 24, 20179 comments
What was the favorite game you played in 2017?
Well, it's almost the end of 2017, so rather than ask 'what was your favorite game of the year?', I know that a lot of MobyGames contributors and readers don't necessarily play, uh, new games.

So here's the alternative question - what's the best game that you played during 2017, whether old or new, and why? (And a happy upcoming holidays to you all!)
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Dec 17, 201726 comments
Reminder: MobyGames has an API that you can use!
For those who didn't spot it - yes, MobyGames has an API that you can use for non-profit, non-commercial purposes.

Here's more information about it and how to access it, if you're interested. (And we do have a commercial license if you need to use it that way too!)
Submitted by Simon Carless (1777) on Dec 09, 20170 comments