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 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!
Seems a little odd that GIFs have made such a resurgence since PNGs basically made them extinct 10 years ago, but sharing big animated images appears to be all the rage. To celebrate our new poorly compressed low quality animated GIF image overlords - we now support animated images! Here are a few samples from assorted games that have put this functionality to use:
and a few more cogs:
Oh and to make it easy to upload we've doubled the size of images allowed. Excited to see what gets shared!
Reaching over 250,000 unique readers a day ModDB, IndieDB give game/mod developers a place to share their work and grow their fanbase whilst making it easier for gamers to find great games/mods no matter their stage of development.
Without being dependent on press/editors gatekeeping the important gaming news sites.
Since the sites conception a lot has changed around us, We've got Twitch streaming games, bazillions of mobile games, F2P, amazing engines accessible to all to only mention a few things.
You are invited to Join our public brainstorm as we review whats working and whats not and give you a voice on what you want to see in our facelift, As both gamers and developers join forces to create the ultimate gaming destination!
Current feedback includes.
You can keep updated with the latest on the forums.
We all have waited a long time for this, lets get to work!
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!