Tips

Tip #3

You can click on any game developer you see to retrieve the list of games that developer has worked on. Some developer entries also have a small picture and biography! For an example, see Jordan Mechner or Michael Berlyn.

Tip #24

If you've put together a fan site dedicated to a particular game and that game isn't in the database, feel free to add it! But even if the game has already been added, you can still contribute your website's URL by viewing the game's rap sheet, then clicking Contribute. After it's approved, it will show up as a Related Website.

Tip #2

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).

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 #47

You can add new platform attributes -- or edit existing ones -- by going to the game's page and then click the "Contribute" link and submit the info via the Game wizard.

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 #14

You can click on any graphical thumbnail to enlarge it. This is especially useful with box covers.

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 #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 #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.