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".
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
Since 2002 ModDB and IndieDB have been helping developers promote their craft to our amazing community of gamers. Today we reach 7.7million people who download over a petabyte of content every month. It has been an amazing journey and more than we ever could have imagined, and we aim to stay online forever.
However a challenge that all web communities face today, for better or worse is a dependence on advertising. Our aim has always been to show as few, as classy and relevant advertising as we can and we continue to fight that battle. But with adblock penetration exceeding 50% this is a challenging task. For large companies like Google this isn't a problem, because they pay adblock to allow their ads by default. But for us we are left in a tricky place.
Adblock or not we still love yoooou and will always welcome all visitors, but if you don't mind seeing ads every now and then, we ask for your support by whitelisting ModDB.com and IndieDB.com.
If you like the site, we are testing out a subscription system which you can join above. In return you will see no ads for a year, and we offer a warm fuzzy feeling that you are helping us feed the beast (the 15 servers we have pushing out content). We welcome all suggestions so please don't hesitate to share - our aim is to give all game and mod developers a voice free from editors/gatekeepers, as we succeed when we help you succeed. Oh and if you must use adblock, consider giving Fairblocker a try.
It is amazing and an honor for us, that big Youtubers and Streamers like pewdiepie, manvsgame and others use our sites to discover and unearth innovative indie games and mods. Five Nights at Freddys, Gangbeasts and Double Action: Boogaloo are a few games and mods that have exploded in popularity to give an example.
Helping all games and mods on the site big or small find their audience is what motivates us to continually improve - which is why we let anyone share news, downloads and media with the community. We don't want to be just another editor controlled destination where you hope a writer covers your press release, there are plenty of them!
One area which drives a lot of discovery is the top charts as it is easy to browse. The problem however, is that top charts are typically static with the same content always at the top. To combat this, we just changed a lot of variables controlling the algorithm, which means most games and mods are just one great news post, update, or link away from showing up in the charts. We hope this helps power discovery and encourage you to keep sharing content and linking to your profile on the site when you post news, downloads or media, and seeing your rank rapidly climb as a result.
We also deployed a fix to the comment system so discussion threads no longer wrap across pages and are super confusing. We know people want comment notifications - rest assured it is coming as we know how important comments are.
Next up we have a redesign coming, embedable game support, fixing the text editor all in the pipeline and welcome all suggestions.
For a few months now we have been accepting feedback from the community as we work on a redesign for Mod DB / Indie DB and Slide DB. While we finalize the design, we have been deploying a ton of improvements to the site, and one of the bigger ones you may notice is new tags on comments to identify key people.
You can see this functionality in-action in the comments below, and will also see it anywhere there are comments on the site. We hope this will help improve the interaction between developers and their fans. Enjoy, we have plenty more to come - and welcome all suggestions!