Tips

Tip #38

Notice anything missing from a entry? Well, MobyGames is a site based on user contributed information and we could use your help in filling the gaps. Some entries are missing technical information, credits, covers, trivia, etc... So if you are able to contribute, make an account and get cracking. MobyGames is all about quality of information and you can help!

Tip #49

Cruisin' for Contribution Points, Volume Two: If you own a game that doesn't have screenshots in MobyGames, take a few -- they're worth 2 points each. Even if a game already has screenshots, you can still get your screenshots accepted if they are better than what we have on file. What's better than what we have? Examples include shots that have actual gameplay in them instead of just an intro cinematic; shots that don't give the ending of the game away; shots that are encoded properly (320x200 games saved as 4/16/256-color GIF instead of a 640x400 JPG). The last section of the FAQ has some pointers on taking screenshots.

Tip #6

Got any suggestions? Is there something you love--or hate--about MobyGames? Let us know!

Tip #11

Early games had such simple graphics that screenshots were not effective in marketing the game, so conceptual illustrations were used instead. For an example of this, take a look at boxes from IBM or Funtastic games--then compare them to their screenshots. (This is not to say that Funtastic and IBM games aren't fun--they are--we're just using them as an example.)

Tip #30

Before adding a game entry, check to see if it's in the database first. Doing so will save you the frustration of having the redundant entry rejected.

Tip #48

Cruisin' for contribution points, but don't know what to add? Try an Advertising Blurb! Many of the games in the database have full back covers, but no Ad Blurb. A nearly-unlimited supply of free Contribution Points can be yours if you pull up said back covers and enter the text in as an Ad Blurb with Back Cover as the source. You don't even need to own the game! Cool, eh?

Tip #13

What features would you like to see--or improve--at MobyGames? Email to give us your suggestions.

Tip #75

When assigning companies in release info items, make sure to spell the company name correctly. New companies are added every day, but most of them are already listed on the site. When multiple possibilities appear in the dropdown list, look up the differences between the names in the company profile pages. Some companies have separate divisions for developing, publishing, distributing, administration, localization or porting, often depending on the region. This is usually described in the company overview. Also, some names are used for specific timeframes - select the name that fits.

Tip #31

When adding game entries into the database, try to keep the description objective. Remember, the description is going to be the first text people read when they look up a game. Putting opinionated text like "Best game ever!", "Wonderful graphics and sound!", etc. doesn't describe the game at all and will result in getting the entry sent back to you for editing.

Tip #84

When scanning a disc it is preferred that the background be white. Place the disc on the glass and then place a blank piece of white paper over the disc. If you scan a lot, then tape the paper to inside of the scanner's lid.