Hey gang! Piki Geek has a pretty odd origin story. While I won’t get into too many details you should know that Piki Geek was supposed to be half video game blog and half game database. As you’ve no doubt noticed, the video game blog thing worked out fine while the database portion has been more elusive than a Mew in the wild. Until today.
We finally have most of our ducks in a row and are excited to invite you to check out the Piki Geek Game Database. So what is there to do with this fresh new database of games? Lots of wonderful things. The database is built using WebKite technology, a vertical search engine creator. It takes a set of data (in this case a ton of video games) and makes it sortable by a number of different facets and preferences. In the game database, you can sort through an entire library of games by multiplayer components, metacritic rating, platform, genre, and user ratings.
User ratings is what makes this database a tool worth using. The more you rate games the better the search and rankings will be. If you sign in, you can add your own review and comments to certain games. It’s a pretty cool tool, but you haven’t seen the half of it yet!
Sorting through games is fun and all, but the real magic and utility comes into play when we’re dealing with unique sets of data that can be hard to navigate. For instance, we have Fallout: New Vegas Weapons that you can sort by the best for setting traps, explosions, or plain ol’ beating up enemies. Maybe you’re into Starcraft 2, in which case we can help you find the best unit for scouting, which cost the most minerals, and hit points.
Something we want to do more of are create these kind of searchable lists for niche games. Like this one for FTL: Faster Than Light. If you’ve ever played FTL: Faster Than Light, you know how important the weaponry can be. Cost, power, and damage becomes a precious balancing act that can put your entire crew at risk if you’re not careful. We wanted to try an experiment and apply this technology to FTL, and we think it turned out pretty swell.
That’s the Piki Geek Game Database. Take a look around and let us know what you think. There’s a ton of room for improvement so all suggestions are welcome. And if you have an idea for a set of data you’d like to see on there, let us know and maybe we can make it happen.