Tips

Tip #40

Occasionally, a slip of the finger creates a duplicate developer entry. If you come across people in the database that are listed separately but are actually the same person, let us know by submitting a developer correction from one of the developer pages so that we can merge them together. Having one entry for one person is very important, for reasons of referential integrity and proper correlations to other games and developers.

Tip #19

When performing a Keyword Search, you don't have to type the full name; just type a few words (if that's all you can remember) and click the magnifying glass to display all partial matches.

Tip #18

Creating a user account allows you to contribute to the database and get a warm fuzzy feeling at the same time. :-) If you haven't already done so, click on "Create New Account" on the left-hand column to get started. You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Tip #72

"Are you certain that you bought a particular game on its launch date? Do you still have the receipt with the box? Most stores print a date of purchase on the receipt, so you could check through some of your older games and fill in some more accurate release dates for lesser-known titles." - Ben Kosmina

Tip #13

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

Tip #86

Bored and having nothing to do? Click the Random Game link located under User Actions in the top left frame to waste some time, this just might bring you back to games you've long forgotten. -- Corn Popper (69604)

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.

Tip #77

When 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.

Tip #85

Did you know you can enter the UPC, Sony part number, Nintendo part number, and other commonly used codes into the search to find an exact match for a game? -- Corn Popper (69604)

Tip #78

Release dates can be hard to track down, especially for older games. Always consult multiple sources and compare them with an attentive eye. You can use developer and publisher websites, press releases, newsgroups or online shopping sites. For older games, you can look up earlier information or sites of defunct companies using the cached pages of www.archive.org. A lot of sites simply copy release dates from each other, so be wary. When a game goes "gold", it is sent out for duplication, that is not the release date. Watch out for "shipping dates" as well, it usually takes some more time before the games actually reach the store. When in doubt, you can leave open the day or the month, but for recent releases, an exact date should be possible.