Animated gifs are now supported, and we've doubled the size of images allowed.

Posted by INtense! on Aug 17th, 2014

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:

Skyline Subway Level

and a few more cogs:

Axle Axle

Oh and to make it easy to upload we've doubled the size of images allowed. Excited to see what gets shared!

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Hell_Diguner Aug 17 2014 says:

Yessss... now if only the interwebz widely adopted the .mng file format.

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Crypt Aug 17 2014 replied:

Or .apng!

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strelokgunslinger Aug 17 2014 replied:

what about webm

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_w_ Aug 17 2014 replied:


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alainrodriguez522 Aug 19 2014 replied:


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Daemonos Aug 26 2014 replied:

-"Made me laugh"
-"Send him to a kulak"

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jman88s Nov 8 2014 replied:

get with the program, use PNG

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BrightenQuintin Aug 17 2014 says:

Yay, thanks INtense!

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Aug 17 2014 says:

Awesome work boss!

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Dr.Goupyl Aug 17 2014 says:

And lemma too !

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Piemanlives Aug 17 2014 says:

I love you guys, thanks for the GIFs!

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Kark-Jocke Aug 17 2014 says:

Looks great! "Doubled the size of images allowed" Make it easier for us, many thanks!

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GooberTrooper Aug 17 2014 says:


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ThisIsVegas Aug 18 2014 replied:

Your profile pic is very fit to your comment :D

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matthew_dev Aug 17 2014 says:

Well done LOL

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BenAdams Aug 17 2014 says:

Could you add to the allowed iframe urls for videos?

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Aug 17 2014 replied:

Ideally we want you hosting your images on your profile pages, why do you want to embed an iframe for an image,when we supply the same function on every page?

As a note if you have uploaded animated gifs in the past, the thumbnails will not show the animated image, you need to re upload the image overwriting the old upload to get the thumbnails to animate.

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BenAdams Aug 17 2014 replied:

Autoplaying animated shorts of mp4 for posts, bit like gifs but smaller and with better quality. (E.g. atm you can embed vine; but they have to be 480x480 which is a really odd size)

Example uses:


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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Aug 17 2014 replied:

I'm sure we can add a feature for this (autoplay video shorts).
Ill see what we can do about an iframe in the mean time :)

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BenAdams Aug 17 2014 replied:

Thank you

Autoplay & loop with forced muting :)

For info if you used the message when saving is
Please correct the following to save your news:

The content field only permits certain iFrame URLs. Contact us, if you would like the iFrame URL you posted added to the allowed list.

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BioDestroyer Aug 18 2014 replied:

Autoplay is terrible, I HATE pages with a lot of autoplaying videos. If I want to see the videos, I will press play, one at a time, it isn't a lot of work. (and I doubt anyone can see 6 videos at the same time, we can't even put them all on screen at the same time)

You guys gotta keep in mind that not everyone has a beast computer, some of us can't even play the majority of games/mods we track here.

So, if I'm allowed to speak for this minority, remove autoplay, I'm completely capable of pressing play on the videos, it's not that exhausting. xD

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Aug 18 2014 replied:

Agreed, its also why its taken so long for us to embrace the .gif
We want to accommodate for all users connections, this is why animated images / vines are not forced & always up to the developer to choose how to present their game.

IMO Gifs sit between vines / autoplay webm, they load on almost any device and a 4mb limit is pretty small so should keep load times under control.

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BioDestroyer Aug 18 2014 replied:

Gifs aren't much of a problem, only if a page is full of them. The only problem I can see (that I mentioned on another comment below), is that if all of the images in the front page are gifs, it might potentially get heavy on some systems (I have no idea if it will). Having the front page of the site heavy to some people would be terrible, that's not a game/mod's page, it's the front page of ModDB.

My main problem is with autoplaying videos, it doesn't make sense to have 10 autoplaying videos in the same article (Like the Deep Space Settlement's Recap news), I opened that page, with no other tab open, and it ate 100% of my CPU.

I don't see the difficulty with pressing play on the videos when I go see them, after reading the paragraphs that explains what is in it, and I don't think anyone is capable of watching all of those 10 videos at the same time.

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ppshxd Jan 3 2015 replied:

One of my laptops, AMD E450 @ 1.65ghz and Radeon 6320m can barely handle a page full of gifs.

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v1ld Jan 16 2015 replied:

I agree with this - autoplaying video is a bad idea. It's not just CPU, it's the unexpected explosion in sound especially when you've opened a mod in a new tab. Please make this an option at the very least.

And that the entire page reloads, causing videos to start running all over again when you're just trying to go to the next page of comments on a mod is very annoying. Please, please make this optional.

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fangzhiyu Oct 21 2014 replied:

I think your view is so correct.i hate pages with lots of autoplaying videos,too.

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bloodsuckern Aug 17 2014 says:

Learn 2webm you ******* cavedwellers it's 2014 for ***** sake

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Sph!nx Aug 19 2014 replied:

2webm? Never heard of it. This cave-dweller will investigate. I got one for you too "Respect". You go look that up.

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Jerkakame Aug 17 2014 says:

scared me on the front page

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nr14 Aug 17 2014 says:


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mcunha98 Aug 17 2014 says:

Very good !

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thejamesanderson Aug 18 2014 says:

This is great! Thanks!

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Dragonlord Aug 18 2014 says:

Can you please add an option to disable animated gifs on the frontpage? It's really a nuisance if all damned news images start to blink like on a playground. Some started already using gifs and it's very disturbing.

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BioDestroyer Aug 18 2014 replied:

I agree. As I said in a reply to a comment above, not everyone has a beast computer (I've seen people complaining about pages full of gifs around the internet, so it's a significant number.).

I counted 21 'Latest Articles' today in the front page, I don't know if it would be heavy if they all used gifs, seeing as the images are small, but it may be.

I like gifs, and videos (about my other comment above), but there is a point that having a lot of gifs or autoplaying videos on the same page is too much, or even disturbing to some people, as Dragonlord said.

Sorry about the two big comments, but I feel I should say this, as I'm sure I'm not the only person that has these problems. (I would not mind it if I had a better computer, but even then I know there would be people in my place)

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OminousSpudd Aug 18 2014 replied:

Agreed, also, when browsing off of my none to fast phone, having gifs on front pages will make a rather slow experience even slower.

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INtense! Author
INtense! Aug 19 2014 replied:

looking at past image history, GIFs make up less than 1% of images. If it does appear it is overused, we will investigate disabling certain GIFs

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andreasng Aug 18 2014 says:

good news!

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Reborn:X Aug 18 2014 says:

More space is good news always.

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babeco Aug 18 2014 says:

Great news! thanks

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TωısтeđHeαdαcħe Aug 18 2014 says:

Sweet news. You should all try GifCam. I've been using it for years, and it still amazes me.

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Cyberpresident_CORE Aug 18 2014 says:


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Daav Aug 18 2014 says:

I love the passive aggressive tone in this post. Love it. Shows character in bending to popular demand, at least. We all love .gifs!

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null. Aug 18 2014 says:

Good thing I can just deanimate gifs with my local privoxy.

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Rus[T] Aug 18 2014 says:

This is going to slow down Moddb quite a bit.. I love gifs, but it's so intense on ones machine sometimes.

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Knez Aug 18 2014 says:

Excelent.Many thanks.But what will you do for older machines ? Mod DB will lag on low-spec's pc's

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[TZP]SeeZ0 Aug 18 2014 replied:

As long as you dont mean potatoes by low-spec PCs, then I think you should be fine.

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Noktis Aug 18 2014 says:

Good news.

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teslaptak Aug 18 2014 says:

now only repair reply system.

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Mobius89 Aug 19 2014 says:

It's nice to see updates here on ModDB! :)

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EddyGamer Aug 19 2014 says:

looks good

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