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".
It is hard to believe that ModDB is 13 years old and IndieDB is nudging 7 years. We are as strong today as we have ever been serving up 35 million pages to our 4 million monthly users. It is a massive labour of love for us, helping so many mods and indie games on their way to success.
We want to keep doing this for a long time, and provide the best community on the web for developers to share what they are working on, whenever and however they want. We succeed when we help you reach a large audience, we have big plans and look forward to putting them into motion over the coming months and years.
Today marks an important day for us, as we welcome our new media representative Gamer Network. Gamer Network specialise in marketing for all games (especially those in the PC and indie space) where we find ourselves strongly positioned. They run Eurogamer, EGX and work with our friends over at Rock Paper Shotgun. We hope this partnership will allow us to display relevant and most importantly friendly ads - and reverse the trend towards adblock.
Let us know what you think, we believe that mods and indie games are only going to become more and more important, and by working with a company that understands their importance - it'll help us secure our financial future, remain independent and provide a better service all in one go.
So the video player we were running on the site was about 10 versions old (not years!). This meant it's compatibility with HTML5, mobile etc was a little dubious at the best of times. Our new player is:
We've also updated the image gallery system so that now when you click on the "view HD" link the gallery goes full screen. Browse any image gallery and hit that button to see this feature in action. More to come, hope you enjoy the changes and let us know if you encounter any problems!
For a long time we have seen the success of games and mods hinge on timely updates and a big buildup prior to releasing key demos and files. Starting today, you can now control your downloads and addons destiny on ModDB and IndieDB!
If you are an established member, instead of waiting for a site administrator to check your file - you now control it's release date. You can even set a date in the future which you can see demonstrated here. This means you can:
We hope this empowers our users and if it goes well will look to extend the functionality to the news system so you can post directly onto the homepage. Enjoy!
Write a lot of news posts or manage your mod or game profile? Editing it should now be a lot easier! We have finally emerged from the stoneage with a new HTML5 WYSIWYG text editor which should exactly mirror how your post looks. If you want to test it out pretend you are posting news and scroll down to the content section.
Another big feature for the text editor is a handy image uploader personalized for every member. Want to include an image in your post? Awesome that is easy peasy now, just follow the steps below...
If you track where visitors come from to your profile, we have updated it so the referrers you have visited already are dulled out:
Adding large downloads should be easier, because we now support uploading from Dropbox and Google Drive (provided the file is shared and public).
Finally, we have updated our code syntax highlighter - so if you need to share code or write a tutorial perhaps it is much easier to do. Just click the "Insert/edit code snippet" then button paste in your code to wind up with something like this:
<ul class="tabs"> <li class="on"><a href="/" title="All platforms">HOME</a></li> <li><a href="/platforms/set/xone">XONE</a></li> <li><a href="/platforms/set/ps4">PS4</a></li> <li><a href="/platforms/set/wiiu">WiiU</a></li> <li><a href="/platforms/set/iphone">iPhone</a></li> <li><a href="/platforms/set/android">Android</a></li> <li><a href="/platforms/set/vr">VR</a></li> </ul>
In 2015 we have a lot planned for the DBolical Network. First and foremost our aim is to greatly enhance and optimise our existing sites (ModDB, IndieDB, SlideDB) - so we can continue to grow and nature our amazing community. We have already done a great deal in the last month which includes:
We hope these changes help both creators and players who visit our site on a daily basis. We have plenty more to come such as a redesign, embeddable game support, extra VR stuff and will continue to improve everything we can (welcoming all suggestions).
Oh and one final change for us admins, is a new detailed analytics dashboard to help us make informed decisions and see the impact they have on our visitor engagement. I've included a secret sneak peak of it above. Thanks for reading! Scott