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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.
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.
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.
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
Most attributes have a description of what they mean. So the next time you look quizzically at "CGA (Tweaked)
ahead and click on it to learn what it means.
Just because an entry already exists in the database doesn't mean you can't snag some contribution points for it. :-) Many entries still don't have screenshots, trivia, box covers, or developer credits. Go to any of these entries and click "contribute" to get started.
In the past, we used to accept the inside cover of a box as a single scan. As covers are downscaled to a width of 640 pixels for viewing, this makes it hard to read the text. Therefore, the inside covers of box scans are now split into separate images, with a comment like "Left Flap" and "Right Flap". Many covers on the site still have the inside cover as a single item, feel free to replace those.
"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
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