MZ per X wrote:I remember thinking about your proposal back then. Looking back, it helped shape Oregami's data model a little bit.
There was always a problem with MobyGames compilations... they were designed to hold those games "not worth a separate entry", only in their description. Then there are other cases of compilations of existing titles (with own entries)... Those can be linked manually to separate titles, however this is only a one-way link
What I wanted to propose to MobyGames (when I still hoped for a positive
redesign) was reusing the code from game groups
to revolutionize compilations. This way the database shows you (on game entry) in which compilations it can be found.
These two-way links would solve another major omission in MobyGames system. Namely games-ported-only-in-compilation, which on their own separate entry never admit to being released on that platform (because of "no standalone relase" rule). There should be some indicator (color coding?) meaning "released for this platform, although only on compilation).
UVL tags are its only interesting feature (otherwise I see plenty of problems, like shouldn't there be links to other platform ports here?
). Useful for noting minor features, things can easily get cluttered if there is no gradation in displaying them (this problem started to creep into MobyGames too). I don't like their often laconic descriptions. Make sure you don't
use the "tag cloud display", it's a messy web2.0 fad! At least some Ordnung muss sein... There should be moderation in creating tags (not for every user), to avoid doubles (how about alternatename field which is also used in autocomplete suggestions).
Although considered "not serious" by self-made-researchers, "gamification" of contribution process (points and achievements - just check those Wikia sites) guarantees more content from the casual crowd. Badges could also be practical: for identifying the user's field of expertise (Piltdown_Man and me would get "Armchair Aviator", while Unicorn Lynx - "Tentacl... nevermind!
I can't find "website" on your database diagram. What I wanted to propose to MobyGames was adding "official" flag, because official website should be displayed on the game's main page (near title/developer), while all fanpages are dumped to "links" section.
What I wanted to propose to MobyGames was a separate summary (next to release info data?) of "what languages is this game available in?" (not always clearly evident from release data!). Skip the packaging/manual, what we care about is in-game text and voices (counted separately).