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Tips

Tip #31

When adding game entries into the database, try to keep the description objective. Remember, the description is going to be the first text people read when they look up a game. Putting opinionated text like "Best game ever!", "Wonderful graphics and sound!", etc. doesn't describe the game at all and will result in getting the entry sent back to you for editing.

Tip #21

The PC gaming industry's products were not always conventional, popular, or mainstream. But that doesn't stop us from documenting them! Where else would you learn about such oddities as Timothy Leary's Mind Mirror and Captain Blood? :-)

Tip #11

Early games had such simple graphics that screenshots were not effective in marketing the game, so conceptual illustrations were used instead. For an example of this, take a look at boxes from IBM or Funtastic games--then compare them to their screenshots. (This is not to say that Funtastic and IBM games aren't fun--they are--we're just using them as an example.)

Tip #46

You can contribute technical details and platform-specific information to existing entries by entering the Add Game Wizard. Just enter the title of the game already in the database (make sure it's exact!) and you'll be whisked to a special screen where you can contribute platform and technical attributes. Again, make sure the title is exactly the same as the title in the database, otherwise you'll be adding a duplicate entry that we'll have to reject in the interest of keeping the database clean and consistent.

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 #32

Games that are related, even indirectly, are often grouped together in a Game Group. So check out any Groupings you come across in a game's Rap Sheet -- you may learn something new. For example, check out Cinemaware games. If you notice games that should be added to a group, just go to the group and click the add games link.

Tip #3

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 Jordan Mechner or Michael Berlyn.

Tip #48

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?

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 #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.