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Encyclopedia > MobyGames
URL http://www.mobygames.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Gaming
Registration Free
Owner MobyGames
Created by MobyGames

MobyGames is a website devoted to cataloging computer and video games, both past and present. The site contains an extensive database of video game information. The website's goal is defined as the following by the website's FAQ: "To meticulously catalog all relevant information about electronic games (computer, console, and arcade) on a game-by-game basis, and then offer up that information through flexible queries and "data mining". In layman's terms, it's a huge game database." As of mid-March 2007, that catalog includes more than 78 separate gaming platforms (consoles, computers and handheld devices including mobile phones) and more than 18,000 unique games. Image File history File links MobyGames. ... // Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a technical, Web-related term used in two distinct meanings: In popular usage, it is a widespread synonym for Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) — many popular and technical texts will use the term URL when referring to URI; Strictly, the idea of a uniform syntax for... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... March 2007 is the third month of the year. ... A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer or electronic device that manipulates the video display signal of a display device (a television, monitor, etc. ... Children playing on a Amstrad CPC 464 in the 1980s. ... This article or section reads like an advertisement. ...



MobyGames website screenshot
MobyGames website screenshot

MobyGames' database is completely relational, meaning that information can be searched for in a variety of ways. The database contains information on video and computer games, video game developers and publishers and categorizes them by year, manufacturer and platform. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 584 pixelsFull resolution (1008 × 736 pixel, file size: 251 KB, MIME type: image/png) Screenshot of the MobyGames website (July 2007), rendered in Mozilla Firefox at 1024x768. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 584 pixelsFull resolution (1008 × 736 pixel, file size: 251 KB, MIME type: image/png) Screenshot of the MobyGames website (July 2007), rendered in Mozilla Firefox at 1024x768. ... A relational database is a database that conforms to the relational model, and refers to a databases data and schema (the databases structure of how that data is arranged). ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

The Moby software also develops lists of related games. For example, all the games in the Ultima series are included in a group list. Indirectly-linked games are also grouped together, ranging from Tetris variants to The Simpsons licenses. It has been suggested that Mongbat (Ultima) be merged into this article or section. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Simpsons redirects here. ...

Also, all versions of a particular game released for different platforms also get grouped into a special list. Games are separated by their gameplay and similarity to one another. So that even though two games may share the same name or license, they only comprise the same game sheet if the gameplay represented is the same (or almost the same). Therefore a game such as Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, released for 3D-capable platforms (Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Windows) is separated from Splinter Cell as it appears on the Game Boy Advance or N-Gage. Tom Clancys Splinter Cell is a critically-acclaimed stealth-based video game, developed by Ubisoft Montreal. ... 3D computer graphics are different from 2D computer graphics in that a three-dimensional representation of geometric data is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ...

Content to MobyGames is added on a voluntary basis. The ideas are similar to a wiki, though not identical. Anonymous contributions are not allowed, each item is tracked to a user account for auditing purposes. Furthermore, all information submitted to MobyGames is individually verified by users with Approver access before it goes into the database. User accounts are free and require only a valid email address. Several notable developers have contributed to the database, including John Romero [1], Damon Slye [2] and Harvey Smith [3]. Look up Wiki in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Alfonso John Romero (born October 28, 1967 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a well-known game designer, programmer, and developer in the video game industry. ... A request has been made on Wikipedia for this article to be deleted. ...

MobyGames also maintains a comprehensive list of developers, such as programmers, game designers and artists. This list is garnered from the credit information for games in their database. Some developer "rap sheets" (as MobyGames calls them) have biographical information, similarly to how IMDb tracks credits for various film actors and crew. A game programmer is a software engineer who primarily develops computer or video games or related software (such as game development tools). ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... A game artist is responsible for all of the aspects of game development that calls for visual art. ... A rap sheet is a form that accusations for crime are listed on. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Almost all information on a game is included in MobyGames. Each entry can include a summary, credits, release information (across different countries and releases—many budget-price reissues are documented), cover art scans, screenshots (rules for contributing these are strict, ensuring perfect quality), reviews (unlimited), technical specifications for the game, trivia, tips & tricks (cheats), advertising blurbs the game may have used, and links for buying or trading the game. MobyGames does not offer any downloadable games, demos or patches, feeling those roles are better left up to the developers. They also do not carry game news as there are many other web sites devoted to that task. Cheat codes are codes that can be entered into a video game to change the games behavior. ... Demo disc released with a magazine. ... In computing, a patch is a small piece of software designed to update or fix problems with a computer program or its supporting data. ...

One of MobyGames' signature features is that it allows its users to rate their favorite games. The top rated games are then featured in a series of lists sorted by genre, system, year, etc. There is also a list for "The 25 Greatest Games of All Time".[1]

Concepts and goals

The primary goal of MobyGames is to meticulously catalog all video games. MobyGames relies upon user contributions for accurate information of video games ranging anywhere from the '70s to the 21st century. The goal is to record all historically relevant information about a game. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... The 21st century is the present century of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...

MobyGames relies upon the idea that the website is built largely upon the contributions of the members of the site. The games added to the site are all added by users that contribute a missing game or some aspect of the game like credits or screenshots. Games can range anywhere from the '70s up until the release date before it is entered into the database. Many games are missing relevant information such as credits, cheats, screenshots, and covers which can be contributed by users as long as the information is accurate. Almost all information relevant to the game is cataloged including its rating (ESRB, PEGI, CERO, etc.), screenshots, cover art, techncial specifications, release info (including release info for every country the game is released in), and advertising blurbs. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games in the United States. ... PEGIs logo Pan European Game Information, or more commonly PEGI, is a European system for rating the content of computer and video games, and other entertainment software. ... Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (CERO) is the organization that rates video game and computer software in Japan with levels of rating that informs the customer of the nature of the product and what age group it is suitable for. ...

Besides this information, users can write reviews for any game entry. MobyGames subscribes to the concept that the average of multiple user ratings is more accurate than a few ratings from a professional journalists. Reviews are written and submitted to the website, and later re-edited by the author if necessary. The site also allows for users to enter in trivia or their own walkthroughs/cheats/hints for others to use. This does not cite any references or sources. ...


MobyGames was founded on March 1, 1999 by Jim Leonard, Brian Hirt, and David Berk (joined 18 months after project started, but still credited as a founder), three friends since high school. Leonard had the idea of sharing information about electronic games with a larger audience; out of that desire came MobyGames. is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

MobyGames began with just entries for DOS and Windows games, since those were the only systems the founders were familiar with. On its second birthday, MobyGames started supporting other platforms, initially the leading consoles of the time such as the PlayStation, with classic systems added later. The significance of the site is perhaps summed up by the creation of an online petition calling for the ZX Spectrum to be added. It was added in late 2004, and as of late 2005 has around 1000 games documented for that platform. Instructions on how to use the directory command. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... The ZX Spectrum is a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ...

Other 2005 additions include the MSX, Amstrad CPC, TRS-80, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, Java ME, Xbox 360 and Gizmondo . According to David Berk, new platforms are added once there is enough information researched to design the necessary framework for them in the database, as well as people willing to be approvers for the new platform. In 2006, Atari 8-bit, Commodore PET, Apple Macintosh computers, Channel F, Magnavox Odyssey, CD-i, Dragon 32/64, Magnavox Odyssey², iPod, PlayStation 3 and Wii were added to the database. Systems such as the BBC Micro and Sam Coupé are still absent. Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Palm OS is a compact operating system developed and licensed by PalmSource, Inc. ... Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combined with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices which run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, and Portable Media Centers. ... Java Platform, Micro Edition or Java ME (formerly referred to as J2ME), is a runtime and collection of Java APIs for the development of software for resource constrained devices such as PDAs, cell phones and other consumer appliances. ... The Xbox 360 is the successor to Microsofts Xbox video game console, developed in cooperation with IBM, ATI, Samsung and SiS. Information on the console first came through viral marketing campaigns and it was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information divulged... The Gizmondo handheld video game unit. ... An Atari 800XL, one of the most popular machines in the series. ... The PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) was a home-/personal computer produced by Commodore starting in the late 1970s. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... The Fairchild Channel F was the worlds first cartridge-based video game console. ... The Magnavox Odyssey was the worlds first commercially sold video game console. ... CD-i or Compact Disc Interactive is the name of an interactive multimedia CD player developed and marketed by Royal Philips Electronics N.V. CD-i also refers to the multimedia Compact Disc standard utilized by the CD-i console, also known as Green Book, which was co-developed by... The Dragon 32 and Dragon 64 were home computers built in the 1980s. ... Magnavox Odyssey² video game console The Magnavox Odyssey², known in Europe as the Philips Videopac G7000, in Brazil as the Philips Odyssey, in the United States as the Magnavox Odyssey² and the Philips Odyssey², and also by many other names, is a video game console released in 1978. ... iPod (fifth generation) in Apple Universal Dock, iPod nano (second generation) and iPod shuffle (second generation) iPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple and launched in 2001. ... PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[7] commonly abbreviated PS3) is Sony Computer Entertainments third video game console. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... The BBC Microcomputer System was a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by Acorn Computers Ltd for the BBC Computer Literacy Project operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... The SAM Coupé was an 8-bit British home computer that was first released in late 1989. ...


MobyGames was nominated for, but did not win, a Webby Award for Best Game-related Website [2] by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences on April 11, 2006. Presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Webby Awards are a set of awards presented to the worlds best websites. The awards have been given out since 1996. ... The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences was founded in 1998 to help drive the progress of the Internet and evolving forms of new media. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

See also

The Killer List of Videogames (otherwise known simply as KLOV, pronounced Kay-El-Oh-Vee) is a website devoted to cataloging arcade games past and present. ...


  1. ^ "The 25 Greatest Games of All Time" list from MobyGames
  2. ^ 2006 Webby Nominees, Games-Related category


  • Rusel DeMaria, Johnny L. Wilson, High Score!: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games, McGraw-Hill/Osborne Media; 2 edition (December 18, 2003), ISBN 0072231726
  • Katherine Isbister, Better Game Characters by Design: A Psychological Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive 3D Technology), Morgan Kaufmann; Pap/Cdr edition (June 5, 2006), ISBN 1558609210
  • Christy Marx, Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games, Focal Press (October 25, 2006), ISBN 0240805828
  • Jean Swanson, Dean James, The Dick Francis Companion, Berkley Trade; Berkley Pr edition (July 29, 2003), ISBN 0425181871
  • Sheri Graner Ray, Gender Inclusive Game Design: Expanding The Market (Advances in Computer Graphics and Game Development Series), Charles River Media; 1 edition (September 2003), ISBN 1584502398
  • Jason Rutter, Jo Bryce, Understanding Digital Games, Sage Publications Ltd (May 24, 2006), ISBN 1412900336
  • Ari Feldman, Designing Arcade Computer Game Graphics, Wordware Publishing; Bk&CD-Rom edition (November 1, 2000), ISBN 1556227558
  • Dave Morris, Leo Hartas, Strategy Games, Thomson Course Technology (2004), ISBN 1592002536
  • Diane Carr, Computer Games: Text, Narrative and Play, Polity (2006), ISBN 074563401X
  • Torben Kragh Grodal, Bente Larsen, Iben Thorving Laursen, Visual Authorship: Creativity and Intentionality in Media, Museum Tusculanum Press (2005), ISBN 8763501287

High Score!: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games is a book published in April 2002 by McGraw-Hill Osborne Media. ... The McGraw-Hill Companies logo. ... Morgan Kaufmann Publishers is a San Francisco based book publisher specialized in computer science and engineering. ... SAGE Publications is an independent academic publisher of books, journals and databases in the humanities, social sciences and scientific, technical and medical fields. ... Polity Press is an international publisher in the social sciences and humanities. ...

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