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Giant Bomb API Now Available

Develop your own applications that pull things out of the Giant Bomb database with our handy framework.

Have you ever wanted to sink your hooks into a gaming database full of release dates, artwork, games, platforms, and other sorts of related data? I'm going to guess that, for the bulk of you, the answer's probably no.

But if you're out there wondering what to do next with your developer-savvy smarts, you've got another big source to pull data from. The Giant Bomb API is now available for non-commercial use.

What does this mean? It means you can write an application (say, for your iPhone or something) that has full access to our data. Then you could take that data and mash it against a database of local game retailers or something? Or maybe you want to mash our character data against Comic Vine's character data for a huge list of cross-media dudes? Or maybe you want to pull a list of game credits for a set of fan shrines for your favorite developers? OK, those aren't all great idea. But that's part of why we're opening this stuff up to everyone. We're sure that some of you probably have some pretty great ideas, but lack the database required to get going.

Bang. Zap. Pow. Now you've got a database.

The key things to know are that we're offering this data in XML and JSON formats. And it doesn't offer any data specific to our userbase--your privacy as a user of this site is still completely intact. And if you're planning on using it for commercial purposes, you really need to get in touch with us beforehand.

For more information, the full terms of use, and to get your API key, check out api.giantbomb.com. If you're working with our API and are looking for some community support, check out our board for devs.

(And if none of this made any sense to you at all, feel free to go about your business and forget we ever said anything.)
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Posted by Jeff
Have you ever wanted to sink your hooks into a gaming database full of release dates, artwork, games, platforms, and other sorts of related data? I'm going to guess that, for the bulk of you, the answer's probably no.

But if you're out there wondering what to do next with your developer-savvy smarts, you've got another big source to pull data from. The Giant Bomb API is now available for non-commercial use.

What does this mean? It means you can write an application (say, for your iPhone or something) that has full access to our data. Then you could take that data and mash it against a database of local game retailers or something? Or maybe you want to mash our character data against Comic Vine's character data for a huge list of cross-media dudes? Or maybe you want to pull a list of game credits for a set of fan shrines for your favorite developers? OK, those aren't all great idea. But that's part of why we're opening this stuff up to everyone. We're sure that some of you probably have some pretty great ideas, but lack the database required to get going.

Bang. Zap. Pow. Now you've got a database.

The key things to know are that we're offering this data in XML and JSON formats. And it doesn't offer any data specific to our userbase--your privacy as a user of this site is still completely intact. And if you're planning on using it for commercial purposes, you really need to get in touch with us beforehand.

For more information, the full terms of use, and to get your API key, check out api.giantbomb.com. If you're working with our API and are looking for some community support, check out our board for devs.

(And if none of this made any sense to you at all, feel free to go about your business and forget we ever said anything.)
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Posted by mubress

*Performs hand passing over head motion*

Posted by p4ddym1607

Anyone know how to use this? I tried but dont know what I am doing.

Posted by Infneon

iPhone/iPod Touch app to access the database easily would make me love you long time

Posted by xionpunk

mmmm... whiskey

Posted by Kintaro

Wow, I wish I had an idea to use the database with right now.

Posted by Sephiroth9997

wat?

Posted by JohnDudebro

I know the iPhone app is inevitable, but somebody should get on an Android app as well. Might as well cover our bases.

Posted by JediAutobot

Can't wait to see what people come up with.

Posted by wrecks

groovy!

Posted by LordAndrew

I'm gonna make eight iPhone apps and there ain't nothing you can do about it!

Posted by CitizenKane

Awesome!  Now, if I only knew XML...

Posted by wardrox

Well that's just all kinds of groovy. I'll get cracking on a Wordpress plug-in shall I?

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Very cool!  I might tinker with this and use it to enhance my own game tracking.

Moderator
Posted by Driadon

...So Facebook app coming soon?

Edited by dtran1212

i dreamed that one day GB would provide me with API for my iPhone, THANK YOU GOD!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN FINALLY DIE HAPPY!!

Posted by Duffy

It's an application programmer interface, I used one last year for java. It shows you all the methods/functions, classes and libraries you can use in a certain language. Or I suppose in this case Giant Bomb's data base. I'm not sure how one would work in this case I've only ever used the java one. I'd love to give it ago though.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

YAY for API! I'm swamped at work right now, but I'll defiantly check it out and see what I can do.

Posted by lamegame621

does'nt make sense to me...moving along...

Posted by TripMasterMunky

So I assume this is useless to people who don't have iphones...

Posted by Ferg

If there's a desire for it, I'd be willing to build an Android application to fetch reviews and such.

Posted by JoelTGM

I don't have any idea what you just said.

Posted by Pkshields

Please make an iPhone app someone, I would be forever grateful to whoever created it.

Posted by klinkcow

This is the best comment section on any post... ever.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Well, someone make an iPhone app. I don't know how to make this stuff, but I do have an iPhone, and it would love to get a dose of Giant Bomb sometime soon.

Posted by Player1

Cool would like to see some cool iPhone apps in the future. Facebook ones would be nice as well.

Posted by ocdog45

SOMEBODY MAKE AN IPHONE APPLICATION! 

Posted by Momar

Been waiting for this. Thank the GiantBombgods!

Posted by chw

Super!  Now where's the Giant Bomb Firefox search?

Posted by Media_Master

Interesting

Posted by JJOR64

NOW I CAN BUILD AN APE THAT MAKES GIANTBOMB PINK!    MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!!           lol j/k

Posted by Rowr

cant wait to see the awesome stuff that comes of this.

Posted by LordAndrew

The API is still in its infancy. No filtering yet, so you'd have to build that into your application for now if you want to do that.

Posted by Snail

This made no sense... I'll go about my business. I say chaps, awful cold innit?

Posted by TheAdmin

I don't suppose a user API is coming any time soon?  (with xml data of your activity or blog posts or whatever)

Posted by Spiritof

Finally my dream of an Internet Movie Database will become a R E A L I T Y !

Posted by thefiretemple

This is an area of nerd-dom that I haven't ventured into before, and hence, I will continue to mind my own business.

Posted by thecoffeemug

I'd like to see a facebook app for user info, ranks and points and what not, but I don't think this would be used for that.

Posted by AlexDP

Wow! This is almost perfect timing! I've been looking for some site to pull released dates and updates from recently for a game tracking application I've been working on. I plan to make it so that it gives you little popup like Windows Live Messenger (aka MSN) or Outlook with game updates for your favorite game, as well as reminders about release dates. Most of its already in place, just been looking for a good data source for it. XML and JSON, perfect! Thanks Jeff and the rest of the Giant Bomb team!

Posted by Jensonb

Sooo...

Anyone made an app yet?

Posted by Whight_Knight

How do I use this and what do I need?

Posted by evlo

Simply AWESOME!

Edited by plextor30aa

Can someone please explain to me how to use the API? I'm just not understanding the information from the documentation. I need a deeper explanation. I'm not asking for anyone to explain everything, but just explain the basics of what I would have to do to take this information:

- Name of game

- Year

- Platform

- Genre

- Rating

- And how to use images with each game

I'm new to XML and programming period, but really would like to know how to do it. Plus, a lot of the documentations are of a different language. Meaning, I just don't understand.

If anyone wants to know the reason I want the information: I'm trying to create a basic video game project where you can type in the name of any game and you get its information (see above for list).

- Plex