Tips

Tip #14

You can click on any graphical thumbnail to enlarge it. This is especially useful with box covers.

Tip #52

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.

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 #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 #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 #79

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.

Tip #22

MobyGames isn't just for commercial games, we also include shareware and freeware games as well. Check out the Commander Keen Series or Popcorn for examples.

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 #72

"Are you certain that you bought a particular game on its launch date? Do you still have the receipt with the box? Most stores print a date of purchase on the receipt, so you could check through some of your older games and fill in some more accurate release dates for lesser-known titles." - Ben Kosmina

Tip #49

Cruisin' for Contribution Points, Volume Two: If you own a game that doesn't have screenshots in MobyGames, take a few -- they're worth 2 points each. Even if a game already has screenshots, you can still get your screenshots accepted if they are better than what we have on file. What's better than what we have? Examples include shots that have actual gameplay in them instead of just an intro cinematic; shots that don't give the ending of the game away; shots that are encoded properly (320x200 games saved as 4/16/256-color GIF instead of a 640x400 JPG). The last section of the FAQ has some pointers on taking screenshots.