eXo wrote:Hello all. I only recently discovered the ashes of mobygames, and my first thought was to figure out where to move my operations. After looking at the available options, it became apparent that no existing website really fit the bill, and that the hope of what Oregami can be is really the best possible hope at this point.
Welcome to Oregami!
And yeah, I know that feeling of not finding what you're looking for. Oregami is the product of it.
eXo wrote:I am also a mod at The Movie Database, where I primarily try to assist with content monitoring and submissions.
It's a pity that all these good ressources founded in good spirit will only be good as long as they're not valuable enough to be sold. So, there's quite some other domains that need to be "freed" once Oregami is up and running. Movies / TV is one of them (Oremovi?), non-game software (Orenongami?) and music (Oremusi?) being others. Time will tell, at least there's no lack of vision here.
eXo wrote:Mobygames was originally a primary source that I used for something I called eXoDOS. It was/is a 5 volume collection that attempts to collect every DOS game available and make them playable through a menu based front end that has each game preconfigured through dosbox. Archive.org has picked up my work and hosts it there. I am currently working on a version 2 overhaul, as well as a complete (as close as possible anyways) collection of Win 3.x titles in the same format.
Chapeau! That's game preservation by true enthusiasts. And it's one of the great things about running Oregami, that you learn of all those good projects by good people.
eXo wrote:So, with all that laid out - my perspective is that a good games database should offer users a way to export or access the data.
Definitely. Our technical architecture is specifically designed for this, to the extent that the Oregami database website itself will only be a data-consuming client, the only exception being the possibility to write data back to the repository from there.
eXo wrote:I read through the first few pages of this thread and saw a few calls for everything to be entered from scratch.... and while that might sound doable from a modern console/modern pc game perspective - I think that it would be a death blow to older massive game collections such as DOS. I have around 4,400 unique DOS game entries in my database (mobygames only had about 3,000 of them). I can not imagine who would sit down and type up all 4,400 games.
As it looks now, we will be able to import all the data from TheLegacy
, so we will start with some 50K games. I strongly believe that a certain amount of your DOS collection will be already up then.
eXo wrote:I would really like to see a definitive games database site, and no matter when or where it pops up, I will be there with the intention of tying my projects to it.
That's good to know. For the moment, just read a bit around here in the forums, and if you encounter something worth commenting, then please do.