Mobile and tablet games have opened up a new world of gaming anywhere and everywhere you want. You can slide, tap, shake and play all manner of games from family friendly educational titles to adventurous classics. On Slide DB we give developers a community they can share their ideas with and showcase the work they are doing, beyond the basic app stores and the highly contested "top charts".
One of the toughest parts about succeeding when making a game or mod, is finding players for your creation. A big part of this is marketing and promoting, and we are pleased to see more and more developers taking full advantage of IndieDB and ModDB by sharing their updates with our audience. Today we reach over 250,000 unique visitors daily and it pleases us greatly that we constantly see innovative and brilliant games and mods emerge and get the publicity they deserve.
We know that a lot of developers like to track their stats (i.e. see Gang Beasts stats below and here for an example) so we've decided to improve this system.
First change is for the profile owners, the "recent referers" section should now show where all your traffic came from over the last 24hours, so you can see who is sending you visitors and writing about your game.
Second change is dissapointingly we have noticed a lot of people trying to cheat the rankings to bump their game up the charts. Admittedly it was super easy to cheat, so to combat this we've made the system ignore duplicate visitors and to reset daily not hourly. While it means it is still possible to cheat, we encourage you to play fair, as games suspected of cheating will be banned from the service - and that isn't something we enjoy doing.
We hope you enjoy these changes and as always, if there are any ways you think we can improve the site and help drive traffic to your game or mod, please let us know in the comments!
We have a major deployment occuring tommorow (between the hours of 8pm and 1am July 18th PST). Due to the size of the changes (mostly to the backend system), we shall be taking the site down while it is ongoing. Please expect an outage of 1 ~ 2 hours then it will be back to business as usual.
While you wait, enjoy a picture of the machines currently running this site. We shall also be posting updates on twitter, so nows a great time to follow us :) @desura @indieroyale @moddb @indiedb @slidedb. Please let us know if you have any questions about this and we shall do out best to answer them.
You can find more information over on the write up page here, so if you have ever wanted to pick my brain now is the time to do it.
A few months ago David and I were interviewed by Richard Moss who was writing a piece for the new gaming website Polygon. The article is now posted and provides incredible insight into our 10+ year history of making gaming sites which includes ModDB, IndieDB, SlideDB, Desura and IndieRoyale. It was quite a shock to read the article at first because Richard was so easy to talk and laugh with - I must admit I didn't expect half of the stuff we discussed to be in it. But for the most part it all is, so it is an incredibly honest and detailed history of all the things we've done, decisions we've made and challenges we've faced over the past 10+ years trying to carve out a niche in the gaming community that we so love.
The article is entited DesuraNET's quest to make a better indie community and I encourage everyone to read it (it is quite a long read). Some of the key headlines included in the article are:
Thanks again Richard and Polygon for the opportunity to be featured on your site, it is a great honor.
We've made quite a few changes to our commenting system in recent times, with one of the more major ones recently being deployed. For members this is the ability to view your commenting history, which should help you see the discussion you have participated in, and more importantly where you posted that comment. This we hope will allow you to find old images / mods / games you've posted on but forgotten about. For example here is my comment history.
A more radical change we are also experimenting with, is the ability for guests to comment. This we hope will lead to an increase in discussion on the site between developers and fans - because we believe the most important service we can provide is a way for you to get feedback when posting news, images and videos on the site. To stop spam and trolling, all guest comments are policed by you the members and guest comments are not shown until you have approved them. So everytime you vote a guest comment up or down, you are basically allowing (or disallowing) that person to comment - so use your power wisely. And please join in the discussion on all of the news flowing through ModDB, IndieDB and SlideDB - because nothing makes us happier than seeing developers share their hard work and having you discuss and critque it.
Finally some bad news. At the moment GameFront helps us mirror and host most of the files on the site. They recently changed their download policy, which prevents users from the following countries from downloading files:
The net effect of this has been our mirrors getting overloaded with requests and simply being unable to keep up with the demand. It is difficult for us to fix this, as providing another 2gigabit of bandwidth for downloads is quite expensive and requires significant architecture. We are in the process of adding more mirrors and investigating what we can do, but we encourage you to be patient when downloading, and remember that registered members are given priority access over guests on the site. So join today if you haven't already.