Wednesday, 1st January 2020
Abandonware DOS in 2019: what's changed and what's new
In 2019 I changed the way that I usually add content on Abandonware DOS. This means that it takes me less time to add games, take screenshots, add articles, etc.
As for everything else... here's a quick list of some work what I've done this year on Abandonware DOS:
- Finally finished writing the descriptions of (almost) every keyword.
- Revamped the statistics page.
- Added a "Featured document" box in the homepage.
- Added the "also published for" field with info about other platforms.
- Tweaked and cleaned the web design across all pages.
- Decided to drop a lot of "additional details" taken from Wikipedia to lower the quantity of non-original text on Abandonware DOS (that should improve SEO).
- Added a lot of "retro reviews": short excerpts of reviews published on old magazines decades ago or taken from defunct video gaming sites.
- Company details pages were in fact two for each company: one for developed games and one for published games. Now there's only a single page for each company, listing both developed and published games.
- Merged both the list of developers and publishers into a single companies list.
- Remade the game designers section: new info, more games.
- Re-created every single miniature image making them slightly bigger.
- Dropped the whole subgenre system in favor of tags and keywords.
- Reached the "1900 games online" milestone!
- Added splash screens for a lot of games
- I also started to update info and downloads for the very first games I uploaded on Abandonware DOS a long time ago.
Unfortunately a death in my family took away a lot of my free time, so I was unable to work more on Abandonware DOS.
I hope you like the state of Abandonware DOS today. I planned quite a few features for 2020... but the main focus will be: more content, more games.