Contribution rules

Updated: November 1, 2016

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the arcade-history database. As part of our ongoing quest to maintain, improve and refine our coin-operated machine database, we have created these rules.

The authoritative source for information submitted should be, at first, the game itself, and it's program. Other sources can be: ads/flyers, manuals, covers, dev. interviews, etc...

You can contribute coin-operated games, coin-operated machine to the main database. Also, since 2012, we are also accepting home consoles and computers games.

1a. In the case of non-video games machine, use the title from the artworks. These apply to ALL types of machine.
1b. In the case of video games, use the title from the title screen.
2. Check capitalization of the title.
2a. For English titles, do not capitalize joining words such as 'of', 'the', 'a', 'in', etc. unless they are the first, last or only word in of the title.
2b. For non-English titles, use capitalization rules common to the language of the title.
3. Always separate a title and a subtitle with a '-' (title - subtitle)
3a. If the title finishes with a '!' or '?', the subtitle doesn't needs a '-' to be separated.
4. In the case of Multiple Game, separate game's names with a '+' (title 1 + title 2)
5. Official model number should be added at the end of the title between brackets (Title - Subtitle [Model XXX]). Note: Model numbers are useful to differentiate versions of a game/machine and to link a particular entry in the database.

Use the date when the machine was first released for sale in its specific locality.
1. In the case of video game, use always the date from the title screen. If different from the release date, it should be noted in the TRIVIA section.

Use the exact name of the manufacturer/publisher (and not the developer/distributor).
1. The developer name should be noted on the STAFF section.

1a. Export releases must have the "Export releases" keyword ONLY. All other keywords goes to the original release entry. (except for Conversions)
1b. Conversions for Export should have the "Export releases" AND the "Home Conversions" keyword.

This field is used to insert ROM name, if exists. (available only when adding New Game.). To add a ROM name for an existing entry, add a note under your contribution.

This field is divided in many section:
DESCRIPTION: put here the description of the gameplay. This description can be written from the official manual, ad or totally invented.
TECHNICAL: put here technical information about the machine (official model number, cabinet type, cpu, sound, buttons, etc.)
TRIVIA: put here everything good to known about the machine (exact release date, history of the programming, history of the game, etc.)
UPDATES: this section is considered as a sort of "what's new" between old and new revision of the game if exist (i.e. : 1.0 => 1.1 => 1.2, etc.)
SCORING: put here the scoring of the game (i.e. for a video game : small alien: 10 points, big alien: 20 points, etc.)
TIPS AND TRICKS: all is in the title ;)
SERIES: list of the game in a series (i.e. : 1. Mortal Kombat, 2. Mortal Kombat 2, 3.Mortal Kombat 3, etc...)
STAFF: here are listed people involved in the game creation (i.e : programmers, designers, created by, etc...). Dev. company can be noted here too.
PORTS: here are listed all home versions (consoles and computers) of the game, if exist.

Please note that all contributions to become property of and History.dat. The administrator reserves the right to edit any contributions. If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then do not submit it. By submitting your work you promise you wrote it yourself, or copied it from public domain resources. This does not include most web pages. Do not submit copyrighted work without permission.