DBolical is a digital media network focused on providing community driven content to a wide audience of gamers and non-gamers alike. DBolical empowers its community to create, collaborate and tailor their entertainment experience to suit their interests.
The DBolical sites have undergone a number of design changes over the years with the current design (v4) launching in 2008. A lot has changed in the past 7 years with mobile, adaptive and flat designs currently dominating. Whilst we haven't adopted any of this hype, we are exploring how we can deploy a smarter, easier-to-use design.
There are a number of big areas we are focusing on, with the primary being putting the important information within a profile first. This means download buttons, watch buttons, videos, key details to appear above the fold. Step one was to consolidate our gallery system from adding a lot of vertical height into a simple bar:
This removed a lot of vertical height and duplication (the same video sometimes appeared multiple times in a profile). We know this bar of images isn't the best as it is quite small, we will work to address that in a future update. There is more coming, and we've started a public Github page for our community to report bugs and suggestions. So if you have ideas for us, send them in. Hope you like the changes, more are on the way!
Many thanks to all those budding graphics guru's that took the time to send in their work as part of our Mod of the Year logo competition that kicked off last month. We had an amazing response from the community with a great array of logos sent in. Here are the entries:
We are keeping the winning logo under wrap for the time being and looking forward to revealing it, in our Mod of the Year kickoff come December 1st, be sure to keep an eye out and thanks again to everyone who participated!
A little known fact is that our DBolical plans for ModDB, IndieDB and SlideDB originate from Australia. A sunburnt desert full of snakes, spiders and a strong love for mods and indie games! For the Sydneysiders visiting, are you attending EBGames 2015 Expo on this Thursday to Sunday? We are and might be able to find a chance to say hi, as we try out assorted games and some of those fancy VR gadgets.
It be great to talk to some visitors and pick your brain. We are quietly working away on ModDB/IndieDB v5 (still many months away!) and look forwarding to hearing everyones thoughts about what they like / dislike about the sites right now. Oh and we will also be at PAX in Melbourne next month for those attending it too.
With our annual award events closely approaching, we are looking for a new logo for this years event. As in the past we invite our community to help create an award winning new logo for use across this years events and promotional content. Here's what our community has created in the past:
Willing entrants have 30 days to send their logos to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will also adapt their logo for IOTY and AOTY and supply high res layered images to claim their prize. We look forward to seeing your creations and unveiling them December 1st!
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
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