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.
If you get the year and platform right when entering a game, it makes adding game attributes
much easier. The attribute wizard custom-tailors what attributes you can choose based on
year and platform.
If you know an existing game was released under a different platform than is listed on its Rap sheet, and you know the release date and the publisher/developer, you can easily add it.
- Go to the existing game's Rap sheet.
- On the left frame click Contribute.
- On the next screen, click New Platform.
- Just follow the game wizard and that's it. It'll be looked over by an approver and should be added in shortly.
Having trouble capturing screenshots for MobyGames? We've written an extensive answer to that problem in the MobyGames FAQ
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.
You can click on any graphical thumbnail to enlarge it. This is especially useful with box covers.
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.
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.
Entering a game and don't know what to enter in a particular field or checkbox?
Aren't sure what the exact system requirements are for a game?
Just leave it blank--we'll take care of it. :-)
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.