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.
Welcome all to 2015, we are super excited to see what you all will create and release this year.
As 2015 rolled over our mirrors were not able to recognize the date change, causing around 60 files added on the 1st of January to be lost into the twisting nether of the internet.
We apologize for this inconvenience and are working with the developers to get their files re added and live as soon as possible.
Unfortunately due to the loss of these files, you may find your recent uploads have been removed, or downloads report a 404 error.
If you do have any issues downloading files from our mirrors, feel free to leave a link to the file in question in the comments below.
You can also keep up to date with site updates on by following me on twitter.
We wish you all the best in 2015, Keep changing the game!
Your, DBolical Staff
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!