In order to improve the speed of a number of services (video streaming, image caching & loading) accross all sites, we are having to take some back end servers down temporarily.
During this time, the sites all should load, however file uploading, and some video streaming & images may not display.
Thanks for your understanding!
GDC 2013 - its finally here. San Francisco is welcoming thousands of gamers and game developers to the largest game development orientated conference in the world.
Every year GDC gets bigger and brighter, from the highly motivational and sometimes humorous Indie Games Summit talks, to Developer chats from Intel, Microsoft, Facebook and more - it is massive!
Monday and Tuesday this week are mainly focused on conferences and talks - Wednesday the main exhibition opens as well as GDC Play.
Today we have sat on a number of IGF talks which have all been interesting, including the making of FRACT and How Twitter can save Video Games.
There is ALOT more GDC to come, we will be posting updates all week including action from tonight's Indie Games mixer party!
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.