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.
You can click on any graphical thumbnail to enlarge it. This is especially useful with box covers.
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.
Did you know that you can add a featured game
to MobyGames? If you think you have a good idea for a featured game, go ahead and submit it
You can contribute technical details and platform-specific information to existing entries by entering the Add Game Wizard. Just enter the title of the game already in the database (make sure it's exact!) and you'll be whisked to a special screen where you can contribute platform and technical attributes. Again, make sure the title is exactly the same as the title in the database, otherwise you'll be adding a duplicate entry that we'll have to reject in the interest of keeping the database clean and consistent.
If you know an existing game was released under a different platform than is listed on its Rap sheet, and you know the release date and the publisher/developer, you can easily add it.
- Go to the existing game's Rap sheet.
- On the left frame click Contribute.
- On the next screen, click New Platform.
- Just follow the game wizard and that's it. It'll be looked over by an approver and should be added in shortly.
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.
Having trouble finding the exact spelling of something? Just type a partial string into the advanced full-site search box and hit enter, and all partial matches will be displayed (as well as exact matches).
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.
Sometimes a developer receives a nickname during the development of a game. However when entering credits to the database we do not accept nicknames right into the person's name like John "Madman" Doe. Adding the nickname often results in a duplicate entry. What you can do, depending on how the credits are structured, is to add the nickname to the end of the person's name in parenthesis like John Doe (Madman). Additionally you can submit a name correction to the person's profile stating that John "Madman" Doe should be an aka.