Out with the old and in with the new. v3 is still working in the background, but its time to understand what v4 is all about and what is still to come!
Posted by INtense! on Nov 9th, 2007
After years of brainstorming and scheming, months of developing Mod DB v4 is here, and we hope you like what you see. If not, well let us try and convince you by sharing what Mod DB v4 is all about and what is still to come.
For the past few years blogs, groups, friends, bookmarking and other "social networking" type features have been all the rage across the internet. Though we believe 99% of the time these features are a total waste of space, unless you are a lone ranger like Zorro or Chuck Norris, mod making is very much a team activity which requires communication and networking among many individuals. With this in mind we set out to build a site which empowers the developers to do what they do best (develop games), and gives the community control over the content, since the mob knows what it wants and we don't want to stand in its way. What does this all mean? Well member blogs can be used to share tidbits of your development knowledge, groups can be created (privately and publically) with the aim of working as a team by sharing assets, news and files among the groups members. Like Wikipedia all content is open, members can add engines, games, mods and addons to the site. Profiles now act as "full webpages" allowing you to browse, read and post news without ever leaving the profile. Multimedia content can be added and embeded (if a picture is worth a 1000 words, share a million by posting a video). Interlinking and relationships between content can be established so you can see which games run on which engines, and what addons, games and mods various groups are working on. v4 is an information powerhorse. Everything can be smartly connected which will hopefully with time make the Mod DB a great development resource which provides information from the developers to the engines powering the games, mods and addons built.
You are only looking at the tip of an iceberg. There is so much still to come, especially for the developers as we work on a suite of web-based tools which should assist you in your game development endevours. We are also going to bring you closer to the games industry, how games are made, how you can score a job doing what you love. Our todo list is 500 items long so you can expect to hear a lot from us as we work through it over the coming months and with MOTY only a week away you can bet things are not going to slow down anytime soon. In the meantime for a more detailed breakdown of what "v4" is all about, we recommend you check out the walkthrough. Otherwise enjoy the site, there are tons of new features to explore and use, and let us know your thoughts.