Tips

Tip #54

How to scan the back of a jewel case, where the insert is encased in plastic? For typical jewel cases, JPaterson writes: "Take the case and place it down face up. Open the case. Grab the black plastic by the larger, indented piece (furthest to the left, where the front case opens). Grab each end with a finger, and pull. You'll hear a snap. Now move your fingers to the center of the case and pull some more. The whole one side will come pop out. Now just pull it out. "

Tip #44

To see the total number of games in the database, click the word "Database Stats" in the left frame on the main page. The resulting screen will have the number of games next to the word "Games".

Tip #24

If you've put together a fan site dedicated to a particular game and that game isn't in the database, feel free to add it! But even if the game has already been added, you can still contribute your website's URL by viewing the game's rap sheet, then clicking Contribute. After it's approved, it will show up as a Related Website.

Tip #36

If you've ever read one of your approved reviews and wanted to go back and change or fix something, you can: Just click "Review Game" while viewing that game's rap sheet and you can re-edit and re-submit your review. Your existing review will already be filled in for easy editing.

Tip #18

Creating a user account allows you to contribute to the database and get a warm fuzzy feeling at the same time. :-) If you haven't already done so, click on "Create New Account" on the left-hand column to get started. You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

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 #85

Did you know you can enter the UPC, Sony part number, Nintendo part number, and other commonly used codes into the search to find an exact match for a game? -- Corn Popper (69382)

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.

Tip #41

Even if you've received hundreds of them before, don't be quick to delete the confirmation/approval messages you receive automatically from MobyGames. You see, not all of them are form letters -- we personally respond inside those emails from time to time to comment on your progress, or maybe recount a little nostalgic anecdote. Why? Because we want you to know we really do appreciate your contributions, and we read every single one.

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