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Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Error Listings and rejected edits 2023
« on: September 16, 2023, 07:08:09 pm »
Xbox Series X 
Empty + nonspecific listing -

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Developer/Publisher Requests
« on: September 16, 2023, 02:59:49 am »
Bamtang Games (Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3) 

General / Re: Would you replace a Greatest Hits/Reprint game?
« on: September 11, 2023, 06:29:34 pm » is something you might want to check out. They have many replica covers and also custom ones that you can print out and replace the ones of copies you have. Just keep the original covers in a binder or someplace safe. It might just be a better option then selling your games just to rebuy them again.

If you really want to replace them just do it with your absolute favorites. Just keep in mind certain versions of games such as Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition is only available as a greatest hits.
This is actually a great suggestion, thank you. I've been meaning to try this for a long time, maybe now is finally the time to give it a shot before I waste a bunch of time selling/rebuying. 

Is there a site like this that scans manuals? I see they have a section for PS1 games but they don't have "covers," instead they have full manuals so just printing out a picture of the front of the manual would be a little awkward. I suppose I could just print out the backs/spines and call it a day lol. That's all that would really show on a shelf anyways.

General / Would you replace a Greatest Hits/Reprint game?
« on: September 11, 2023, 05:32:28 am »
Just curious what you all think about this. If you had a reprint version of one of your favorite games, like Greatest Hits/Platinum/Player's Choice/Nintendo Selects, would you consider replacing it with the original version? Or would that be too overkill? How high on the priority list would that be for you to do? 

I have a bunch of games I really love but unfortunately they are Greatest Hits versions that I acquired when I was younger. I really hate seeing that red strip on my shelf because I can't decide how to organize them (separate them from the black labels or do the whole set alphabetically?). It's genuinely such an eyesore. I'm honestly considering selling them and getting black label copies instead.

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Renamed digital releases
« on: September 04, 2023, 11:37:02 pm »
I believe for digital name changes like that you would use the newer one. When PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds got renamed to "PUBG: Battlegrounds" (name makes no sense, but I digress), I had all the database entries successfully changed to the new name. So, I imagine it would be the same here.
Edit: And the old name would go in the Alt-name field.

What emulator did you download that tells you that message? 

I do believe emulators are legal but the part that makes it illegal is the BIOS files, aka the files that actually make it operate like the real console. You are supposed to dump those files yourself using your own hardware. All PS1 emulators require you to obtain BIOS files before they will work properly, which is what I believe that message in your OP is referencing. 

Same with ROMs, it is illegal to download or distribute ROMs, the way you are supposed to obtain them is by dumping them from real cartridges/discs. This is why no big companies have managed to strike down any emulators for copyright although I'm very sure they would love to. They aren't breaking any laws.

Now... are you going to get arrested or fined for downloading ROMs or BIOS files? Well, I think the police would rather go after the people who hosted the files first, before they go after you, unless you are bulk downloading a billion ROMs for some reason. Your ISP might catch you by monitoring your browsing history though. So you are probably safe to get some of the rarer games... but I don't recommend breaking the law.  :)

Modern Video Games / Re: Are "triple A" games dead?
« on: August 05, 2023, 08:23:17 pm »
Whenever there's triple A games coming out, they always seem to drop in the same year/month all at once and then it feels like a drought of games until the next big releases. Ignoring remasters/remakes, this year has been pretty decent with Diablo, FF, Zelda and Street Fighter with more coming in the second half of the year like Starfield and Spider-Man. But... what's left for next year? Not looking like much so far. I wish these games were more evenly spread out throughout the year.

These obnoxiously long development cycles now seem to be the norm for the AAA industry. IMO, it's very hard to stay excited and interested in a game first announced 3-5+ years ago. Developers need to find a good balance between announcing their games too early in development and right before it comes out to hold interest. But I don't think the AAA industry is dying. I believe it's actually making more money and sales than ever before, but I haven't really researched that. That raises the question though, are the high sales because they're exceptionally good and fun, or just because there's nothing else to buy and play majority of the time?   

As far as the release day bugs go, yeah I agree, that is a huge annoying issue that keeps popping up over and over again. I don't know if it's apathy from the upper management, dev laziness, the project being severely rushed by the end stage, not enough budget, or a combination of all four at this point. The modern Pokemon games are the absolute worst example of this. Saints Row was pretty dreadful on release day too.   

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Duplicate List 2023
« on: July 30, 2023, 11:48:05 pm »
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Hardened Edition Steelbook 
I remember discussing this listing here back when I created it originally and had gained approval for it, but I believe the style guide has updated enough to warrant merging them now. 

Harvest Moon: Back to Nature PS3 

The Legend of Dragoon PS3 

Modern Video Games / Re: Limited Run Games Showcase 2023
« on: July 13, 2023, 02:29:38 pm »
Pleasantly surprised by the Tomba and Gex announcements. I've always wanted to own Tomba but every time I consider buying a copy, its just slightly out of my price range. Now I'll finally have my chance. Hopefully they will release the second game too eventually. Gex is a series I've tried to get into multiple times across all three titles but never could, crossing my fingers that the new release will give the extra push to finish at least one of the games. I'm wondering if they will be touched up at all or if they will strictly be ports... IIRC, the first Gex game is quite dated, I think it only had a password save system on the PS1, but I might be wrong... it's been a really long time since I've played it.

Can't allow for a specific exception for an item in a general category.

Also make sure when you post about a specific item, you link to the item.
Thanks, will keep that in mind.
Here's another bundle-type listing for Epic. I can't take a look at the thread I linked earlier... it says it's off limits to me now, so I can't double check if this fits the description for being removed but I'm pretty sure it does. 

3 out of 10: Season One
You can download/purchase all 5 of the chapters individually. 

I am not disagreeing that there are Webkinz toys with box packaging. They may certainly exist, but the ones in question such as the one above objectively do not have packaging.

Yes, crucial information is found on the label, but the Cart Art slot is not reserved for those kinds of images. Other items have crucial information on various sides or components (i.e. Webkinz tags, spine, box bottom), but the art slots are for front, back, and media only, so those images are not submitted either.

I understand there is an issue with submitting non-media to the cart art field, and that it causes problems later down the road for the database. Would it then be in any way possible to submit the back of the code cards to the back art field for these specific instances?

Notification for rejecting back image and cart image for Webkinz plushes: 

Items without packaging may be submitted loose in the Front Art slot exclusively. No other slot should be used. Relevant recent forum post:,12402.msg201816.html#msg201816
For Webkinz, there are indeed some plushes that were "packaged" with some kind of cardboard graphic. I think this happened later in the game's lifespan. I disagree with there being no packaging on the majority of them, though. I see the secret code card in the plastic sleeve with the blue ribbon and fastener as being the "packaging". The Webkinz plush with the secret code card still attached is what I and many others would consider CIB for these specific toys and is how they were sold on the shelves, so I don't exactly see why including an image of the back of the code card, where the majority of the item's info (barcode, item numbers, company info, etc) is located, would be denied for cart art. 

The "back art" rejection I can understand, and I won't submit those anymore. It was mostly just submitting something for the sake of it and having access to the images, I suppose. 

I also personally disagree with not allowing developer and publisher info for these specific items. It just makes sense, the secret code is definitely developed by GANZ for the game, while the plush itself is published and manufactured by GANZ. But I can settle for leaving them blank for consistency's sake. 

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Recent Additions to Database
« on: July 06, 2023, 12:03:46 pm »
I know exactly this feeling. I did over a 100 pages on the Nintendo Switch Eshop [EU]
It is really satisfying :)
That is an absurd amount of pages. Over 2500 items wow, thank you for doing all that work! I can definitely say I recall seeing many of your entries around here too

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Duplicate List 2023
« on: July 05, 2023, 01:56:26 pm »
Marvel's Midnight Suns (Steam) 

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