One new addition to the database, however, is alternate titles. For example, most non-North American countries know the game "Out Of This World" as "Another World", so we added the ability to contribute that information. You can not only see alternate titles displayed on the main Rap Sheet for a game, but you can also do searches for them. You can even reference alternate titles in mobytags. For typical examples of alternate titles, check out King's Quest or Out Of This World. For a particularly extreme example, check out Firehawk -- you can thank Sierra's and Game Art's marketing campaign for that fiasco. :-)
New alternate titles can be contributed by going to that game entry's Rap Sheet and selecting Contribute, then Alternate Titles.
If you'd like to write a feature article (and snag some additional bonus Contribution Points for it), feel free to email [email protected] with ideas.
I had no idea just how many Kroz games there were until about 4 hours ago. I guess you learn something new every day. --Jim
On a related note, we're up to 5440 developers (did you ever think there were that many people involved in making games?) and a very coincidental 3333 screenshots.
The Good News: The use of MobyTags is way up, which enriches the database. Thanks to everyone!
The Bad News: MobyTags are being use incorrectly sometimes. The big problem is the "game" tag. This is the tag that lets you link directly to a game. People have been using "title" instead, which doesn't exist (but we said it did in the documentation so that's our fault -- doh!). We're going to be correcting all the "title" tags into "game" tags in the database to fix this, and also change the documentation later today, but keep this in mind if you don't read documentation. :-)
Also, a reminder that the "developer" tag is for people, not companies; for companies, use the "company" tag. We've seen this confused recently.
Don't get us wrong--we are delighted that people are taking the time to enhance the text they enter with MobyTags; we originally added them for our own benefit, but when we documented them in the style guide, they took off. Big thanks to everyone who uses them!
MobyTrivia: MobyTags were conceived when Jim wondered out loud how to show that Jon Freeman was married to Anne Westfall when you brought up either's Bio page, and Brian suggested them as a concept.
Actually, I'll stress that again: Read the definitions. :-) A couple of times last week, people were asking questions like "Where's the 'God Game', 'Sierra-style', or 'Ultima' genres?" "God Game" is the slang term given to Managerial games, classic Sierra adventures are Adventure + 3rd-Person perspective, and Ultima games are Adventure + Role-Playing + Top-Down perspective. As a historical archive project, we classify things objectively, not by referring to other games. Saying that Phantasie has "Ultima and Wizardry-style elements" doesn't help anyone, since you have to be familiar with Ultima and Wizardry first to understand what that means.
Further clarification: It was a website put together by two game industry people, not by the reformed Cinemaware itself (although it did mention some future Cinemaware projects, so one can only hope). Let's hope this all gets ironed out. -- Jim
Special thanks go to Andy Roark for sending us a CD full of covers of his personal collection over 6 months ago when we were just getting started.
Here's wishing you a happy, healthy, and safe Year 2000 celebration.