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Tips

Tip #32

Games that are related, even indirectly, are often grouped together in a Game Group. So check out any Groupings you come across in a game's Rap Sheet -- you may learn something new. For example, check out Cinemaware games. If you notice games that should be added to a group, just go to the group and click the add games link.

Tip #34

If you're having trouble determining the exact year a game was published, check the title screen of the game, then the manual, then the fine print on the box. If those are unavailable, look at the dates of the files themselves. When all else fails, crack open a hex editor and start looking through the game code -- programmers usually jam copyright strings and other useful information in the game executable.

Tip #83

Scan cover art in a high resolution and make sure that the scans are completely straight, for the covers themselves as well as the game discs. Scan the art directly against the glass, out of the keep case or jewel case, as this will give a sharper image. Of course, when you keep your games sealed or shrinkwrapped, we make an exception.

Tip #25

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.

Tip #45

Hints, Tips, and Tricks aren't necessarily for cheat codes; in fact, if you have any helpful hint about a game, contribute it even if it isn't related to cheating. Lots of MobyGames users have contributed gaming strategies, alternate ending paths, and more. You don't have to be a cheater to use our tips!

Tip #36

If you've ever read one of your approved reviews and wanted to go back and change or fix something, you can: Just click "Review Game" while viewing that game's rap sheet and you can re-edit and re-submit your review. Your existing review will already be filled in for easy editing.

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 #41

Even if you've received hundreds of them before, don't be quick to delete the confirmation/approval messages you receive automatically from MobyGames. You see, not all of them are form letters -- we personally respond inside those emails from time to time to comment on your progress, or maybe recount a little nostalgic anecdote. Why? Because we want you to know we really do appreciate your contributions, and we read every single one.

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 #54

How to scan the back of a jewel case, where the insert is encased in plastic? For typical jewel cases, JPaterson writes: "Take the case and place it down face up. Open the case. Grab the black plastic by the larger, indented piece (furthest to the left, where the front case opens). Grab each end with a finger, and pull. You'll hear a snap. Now move your fingers to the center of the case and pull some more. The whole one side will come pop out. Now just pull it out. "