Tips

Tip #38

Notice anything missing from a entry? Well, MobyGames is a site based on user contributed information and we could use your help in filling the gaps. Some entries are missing technical information, credits, covers, trivia, etc... So if you are able to contribute, make an account and get cracking. MobyGames is all about quality of information and you can help!

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 #39

If one of our cover scans stinks, feel free to replace it! Just because we have a cover scan on file doesn't mean it's decent; if you feel you can submit a significantly better one, go right ahead.

Tip #25

Did you know that you can add a featured game to MobyGames? If you think you have a good idea for a featured game, go ahead and submit it.

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.

Tip #59

Sometimes a developer receives a nickname during the development of a game. However when entering credits to the database we do not accept nicknames right into the person's name like John "Madman" Doe. Adding the nickname often results in a duplicate entry. What you can do, depending on how the credits are structured, is to add the nickname to the end of the person's name in parenthesis like John Doe (Madman). Additionally you can submit a name correction to the person's profile stating that John "Madman" Doe should be an aka.

Tip #80

If a game comes on multiple discs with identical art, you only have to submit a single scan with the comment "Disc 1/x" (where x is the amount of discs).

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 #78

Release dates can be hard to track down, especially for older games. Always consult multiple sources and compare them with an attentive eye. You can use developer and publisher websites, press releases, newsgroups or online shopping sites. For older games, you can look up earlier information or sites of defunct companies using the cached pages of www.archive.org. A lot of sites simply copy release dates from each other, so be wary. When a game goes "gold", it is sent out for duplication, that is not the release date. Watch out for "shipping dates" as well, it usually takes some more time before the games actually reach the store. When in doubt, you can leave open the day or the month, but for recent releases, an exact date should be possible.