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.
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.
When adding credits that contain a "Jr." (like 'Robert D. Leonard, Jr.'), don't include the comma. If you do, it gets split up into 'Robert D. Leonard' and 'Jr.' as two different people. Simply omit the comma before the Jr. and it will get added correctly.
Once you've added a game entry to MobyGames, make sure you go back and check it out once it's been approved. This not only catches any errors we may make, but lets you rate or review your new game entry as well.
Cruisin' for contribution points, but don't know what to add? Try an Advertising Blurb! Many of the games in the database have full back covers, but no Ad Blurb. A nearly-unlimited supply of free Contribution Points can be yours if you pull up said back covers and enter the text in as an Ad Blurb with Back Cover as the source. You don't even need to own the game! Cool, eh?
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
or Michael Berlyn
Did you know that you can vote in any of our past polls at any time? Just view any poll's results, then click "Vote" to cast your vote.
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.
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.
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.