Hello all! In addition to helping out with some admin duties around here, I also run a pinball blog called Credit Dot Pinball
. I had the opportunity to interview our beloved IPSND head honcho Jess Askey last week, and in my humble opinion it is one of the best interviews ever to appear on Credit Dot. Very informative with a specific emphasis on the history of the IPSND! Take a look by following this link
. Thanks for your time, and keep submitting those serial numbers!
Im going to be moving my database server over to a new Virtual Windows Server 2008R2 box running SQL Server 2012 today, so the site may pop up and down over the day. Im also going to try and upgrade my ESXi machine from 5.0 to 5.5 today if I have time. That could go south pretty quick so I may put that off until I do some super-due-diligence and get all my backups in order first.
It has been a fun week with us getting lots and lots of submissions so thanks for everyone finding all these numbers. A few things have come up on the nudging the past few days so I wanted to put something up here about it and also talk about some upcoming changes. Firstly, be sure to hover over the little 'question mark' if you are a nudger and don't like the serial submisson, there may be notes in there that explain it a little better and us ADMIN's may even put some notes in there. I am going to change the nudge queue form, so that if there is a comment, that it will be visible with the serial number too. Also, please be sure to NOT submit game parts as games, even if you see the part is from a Flash by it's ROM's or something, that unfortunately doesn't guarantee that the serial number was actually from a Flash at the factory. Don't worry about the points and anyway, one of us ADMIN's will probably remove the game association anyway. More to come on that topic in the future!! Thanks everyone!
Rob uploaded the 1500th backglass image over the weekend.... Gay Time
by Bally. We have most of the mainstream American and European games done and are just working backwards into the more obscure stuff now. We are prioritizing by games that already have submissions
to fill in the remaining ones, but those get more and more challenging to find decent flyer images that can be used.
Hope that your 2014 was pretty decent and that 2015 is better... a couple updates for the new year...
- New Font for site: I liked Trebuchet and all, but I saw this new one and it actually seemed easier to read and was pretty snazzy looking too. Let me know if you have an opinion on it.
- We are up to 1410 Backglasses thanks to Rob's constant work.. everyone owes Rob a beer if you see him.
With the immense help of Rod McLarge (aka Rob M.), we now have about 750 backglass (the 1400 I had posted earlier was our two-size thumbnail count) images on the site. I think that this is really going to help people correctly identify the correct game as there are lots of instances where a game is both EM and SS and even multiple editions (recent Stern's, Bally home vs arcade, Fireball's, etc). Since the backglass really is the thing that humans perceive when looking to identify a particular game, I hope this will help. Plus it makes the site look a little snazzier! More to come...
I have updated the site so that available backglass images will now show on the Game Page, Search Results, Manufacturer game listings and also the game listings by MPU. I will be slowly churning through the process of adding images as best I can. Big thanks to Rob M. for helping with the process too!
Im starting simple, but in the search results
for games, there will now be a backglass image shown for each game. This is something that has been in the Android Mobile app for quite awhile but I figured I would move them over to the main site because it will help submitters get the correct game more often. I only have about 350 backglass images so far and I will slowly be adding more. If anyone has an archive of backglass images, I will need both a 100x100 and a 300x300 version for each game. Contact me if you want to help make thumbnails. Cheers!