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So we're announcing a contest for adding missing PlayStation games which'll run through the end of May. The person who adds the most PlayStation games - with a bonus for adding other formats - will win a $100 Amazon gift card. (We know you don't do this for the money, but we thought it'd be fun!)
An initial list of missing U.S. PS4 games (about 250+!) is available here, so you can get to work straight away. Please fill out detailed genre info, full developer/publisher info, then mark it off in the spreadsheet - and you get 2x the credit if you add the other platforms for these games at the same time!
As we get going, we may compile similar lists for PlayStation Vita and other platforms - if you're adding games for Sony platforms beyond PS4 or non-U.S. PS4 games, feel free to add them into the Google Doc yourself. Other questions welcome. We're planning to use the missing games as a basis to expand our coverage of credits (in particular!), promo art, etc & will have some more plans in that direction soon.
While we have some amazing contributors entering game credits (one of the most important parts of MobyGames' data!), we're looking for more. We wanted to highlight this, especially now we're adding a lot of interesting PSN console and Steam PC games as part of our 'game helper' functionality.
We particularly wanted to confirm an unwritten rule - that you can link to a YouTube video for checking/proof when submitting your credits. (EDIT: you can grab screenshots easily from YouTube videos, which we would prefer.) Our standards have been amended as follows:
"Although not mandatory, EITHER screengrabbed in-game screenshots/scanned manual credits OR a link to a YouTube video with the credits captured are greatly encouraged. If you're using YouTube credits uploaded by others, please use this FAQ to grab screenshots from it and upload. This will help approvers verify and double check your credit submissions for possible human error factors (typos, missing developer names, etc.) and make the approval process much faster."
[NOTE: Though in the future, we may allow developers to enter their own credits individually, right now contributors need to enter the game's entire credits for it to be accepted.]
Some notes for those using it for the first time:
-The 'entry helper' only works for adding games from scratch. Please try to check quickly to see if the game was released for other platforms & add those too, if you can. (Reminder: please provide the proof URL in the comments on your submission!)
- If it can't find a precise match for a developer or publisher, the 'entry helper' will leave that field blank. Please type in the name again and if it's not in the DB, you can add it at that stage.
- For the Steam version, please check SteamDB.info for when the Linux and Mac versions were added, since sometimes this is unclear even on Steam itself.
- You can skip writing a description (only using the 'entry helper') if the store page had an English language description of the game.
- There's very little you need to add to make a valid entry. (You do not have to write a description, though we'd love you to.) But at the very least, please make sure you fill in some of the basic genre, perspective, and game style tickboxes when adding a game. Ideally, you could also add tech specs too.
That's the basic shape of it. Please feel free to ask questions in the forums, and good luck!
Amazingly, we've reached the 150,000 image milestone already. Recent contributions include GBA rally car renders, No Man's Sky special edition promo shots, and Lords Of Magic concept art, to name but three.
Why does hosting this matter at all? Well, we're putting new art online (or back online) in many cases, to be kept in safekeeping, indexed by Google Images and available on our API. And even when we're mirroring official store pages, we're ensuring that when that store goes down (and it will, eventually), the artwork is still available for posterity. Thanks again to all contributors, and roll on 200k!
Some of you eagle-eyed MobyGames users may have noticed newly added games, for example Song Of The Deep, which are using the Steam (or PSN) Store description instead of a user-created description.
This is part of a Beta feature we're currently testing, allowing all users to add a game entry by augmenting the existing entry page for a game on a digital store. It will import release/platform information, digital covers and promo screenshots, and 'Ad Blurb' (the Store description), and is an extension of our successful screenshot grabbing feature which has added over 100,000 images to the site.
Having done this, you can (optionally) skip the 'description' stage of the entry - this will be particularly helpful for those who don't have English as a first language, but want to add entries from existing stores. (We still allow people to add a user description later, and are definitely encouraging people to write them where they can add info & value, though.)
The initial stores to be supported are the U.S. Steam store (Win/Mac/Linux), U.S. PlayStation Store (PS4/PS3/Vita), and Apple Store (iOS). If you'd like to Beta test this feature before its official rollout, please PM me - and thanks to Tracy Poff and our contributors for their hard work on it already!
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Tip Of The DayWhen selecting countries in release info items, keep in mind that games have different release dates, publishers and distributors for specific regions. The United States and the United Kingdom are almost never listed alongside in the same item. Also, different regions have different product codes, therefor release info items are split, and submitted as separate items. more tips
3000 ZX Spectrum Games (98%)
We need 34 more ZX Spectrum games documented to complete this goal!
The game itself is a third-person shooter, taking cues from games like Manhunt with it's extensive interrogation and torture system. Every level has some sort of specific environmental interrogation method, ranging from broken window panes to more extreme fare like nailguns and sawblades,
This title was based on both the movie and some of Garth Ennis' comics featuring the Punisher, complete with Thomas Jane reprising his role. It's a surprisingly faithful, if not loose adaptation of the comics, and is probably one of the most faithful comic book video games I seen. It plays at a decent rate and there's lots of Marvel character cameos.
This is a game not for the faint of heart. However, it's fun and has some decent replay value with the challenges and upgrades.
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