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 #17

If the description of a game is too vague or confusing, try checking the game's Advertising Blurb to see the original advertising copy, sometimes directly from the game's box or website. (Hey, we don't type 'em in for nothin'! ;-)

Tip #76

For older games, it can sometimes be hard to track down the publisher or developer. You can look it up online, or look for clues on the cover art, in the manual or in the game itself. When in doubt, leave it out - we're about quality, not quantity.

Tip #10

Some game companies put a great deal of creative effort into their packaging. Take a closer look at the box covers you see here (for an example, try Captain Blood or Pinball Construction Set).

Tip #13

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

Tip #75

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.

Tip #30

Before adding a game entry, check to see if it's in the database first. Doing so will save you the frustration of having the redundant entry rejected.

Tip #35

Don't like a description we have on file for a game or feel that you can add more to it? Revise it! From the game's page just click the "edit description" link at the end of the description and you'll be able to revise the description and get credit for it. (Just make sure to keep it objective!)

Tip #33

Did you know that you can contribute a poll? If there is an idea that you have for a poll, please let us know. We are always looking for new ideas.

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.