Video Game Geek
What is Video Game Geek?
- Video Game Geek (VGG) is a video game database - a collection or catalog of data and information on electronic games. VGG is NOT a retailer or gaming news website; some news related articles and ads may appear on the site, but the focus of VGG is on recording video game related information. The game information recorded here is intended for posterity, historical research, and user-generated critique and discussion. The information contained within our database was meticulously and voluntarily entered on a game-by-game basis by our user base - You. This information is offered freely through flexible queries and "data mining". You may also use VGG to keep a personal record of your game collection. Contributor's to VGG retain all legal rights to the content they submit, and it may not be copied or used off-site without their consent.
Is VGG a work and family friendly site?
- No. Games may contain adult or morbid content and as a database and information resource we prioritized accuracy. This means game titles, images, videos, and other material submitted to the site are never censored. Furthermore, you must be at least 18 years of age to create an account, and anyone under the age of 16 is not permitted to use the site. You view VGG at your own risk.
Do I need to register to use VGG?
- Yes and No. You do not need to register to look at anything on the site and can browse all of VGG's pages anonymously. However, if you want to contribute content to the website or change anything, then you will need to register. Registration is free and your details are not passed on to other organizations. You will need an email address, and other than that, no other details need to be factual. If you already have an account at BGG or RPGG, then you do not need to sign up for VGG - your existing account gives you full access to all three domains. If you do not already have an account, then you may sign up for one by Registering now.
Can I have more than one account?
- Yes, so long as it is not used for nefarious purposes or to violate our Terms of Service and Community Rules. Multiple accounts, one personal and one business, are common.
Can I delete my account?
- You can delete your account at any time. This action is permanent and cannot be undone. Any content you submitted in the form of images, videos, and the like will persist with a "Submitted by N/A" message unless you manually delete it. Any threads you started will not disappear, but your contributions to them will. All unspent GeekGold will vanish; it is recommended that you donate it to someone or the No Geek Left Behind... thread before initiating account removal.
How do I ask for help?
- You can ask our friendly community to lend you a hand by posting questions in the Help and How-to Forums. If you need to talk to an admin, you can GeekMail any of the VGG Admins. We will be more than happy to help.
Can I promote my game or crowdfunding project?
- We love hearing about the latest game projects from our community. However, games and crowdfunding campaigns should only be promoted in the Press Release Forum due to how quickly the promoting of game projects can get out of hand. If the game is in active development or already finished, feel free to add it to our database. For paid advertising in the form of banner or text ads on the site, contact the Advertising Manager, Chad Krizan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Can I sell my games on the site?
- You can sell your games through the Geek Market. For items not included in the database, such as soundtracks and art books, use "outside the Scope of VGG".
Where is the activity?
- Most of the discussions on VGG take place in GeekLists. Any of the Games Beaten GeekLists are a good place to start. The forums are just not an efficient way to talk about games.
How can I help support Video Game Geek?
- To become a supporter of VGG, simply go to "Support VGG", or click any user's "Patron" badge. If you donate $15 or more you will receive your own Patron badge and if you donate at least $25 you can disable the advertisements on VGG. Additionally, every dollar donated will net you 1 GeekGold. More on donating Here.
- Most game pages also contain iTunes and Amazon links that are added manually by the admins. By clicking on these ads and buying the games, VGG will receive a small percentage of the revenue from the game sales.
What is GeekGold?
- GeekGold (abbreviated GG) is the virtual currency used on the site. You can use it to tip contributions, buy an avatar, microbadges or other things. GG is awarded for adding content to the site like games, reviews, images, files, and so on. The amount awarded is dependent upon the content type and quality.
What is GeekMod?
- GeekMod is a community driven system where users pass judgement on images, reviews, session reports and representative images. GeekMod was made public on January 12, 2006 to speed up the verdict on content submissions while lessening the load on the admins. GeekMod is NOT handled by the admins, but by our user base. You can help out and earn GeekGold by participating in GeekMod yourself.
Where can I discuss GeekMod?
- Discussions related to suspicious content or why an image was refused can be posted to the GeekModders Discussion Thread. If you feel an image was wrongly declined please contact an Admin before posting a complaint outside of VGG.
What do the game ratings mean?
- There are three rating systems you will see on the site:
- User Rating (aka Your Rating): The rating you gave to the game. When viewing the ratings section of a game page you can see the individual ratings each user gave that particular game. You will see this rating listed in advanced searches and your game collection.
- Average Rating: The average of all the ratings from registered VGG users, calculated by adding up the individual ratings and dividing by the number of ratings. You will see this rating listed in advanced searches and near the top of game pages.
- VGG Rating (aka Geek Rating): VideoGameGeek's ranking charts are ordered using the VGG Rating, which is based on the Average Rating, but with some alterations. To prevent games with relatively few votes climbing to the top of the VGG Ranks, artificial "dummy" votes are added to the User Ratings. These votes are currently thought to be 100 votes equal to the mid range of the voting scale: 5.5, but the actual algorithm is kept secret to avoid manipulation. The effect of adding these dummy votes is to pull VGG Ratings toward the mid range. Games with a large number of votes will see their VGG Rating alter very little from their Average Rating, but games with relatively few user ratings will see their VGG Rating move considerably toward 5.5. This is known as "Bayesian averaging" and a quick search of both VGG and/or the Web will reveal much discussion on the topic. You will see this rating listed in advanced searches, your game collection, and near the top, most right corner of game pages.
- The "User Rating" is arguably the one you will use the most, and the "Average Rating" will be the most helpful when looking for a good, well received game. With both of these rating systems you will see a number between 1 and 10. Each user is encouraged to rate games based on their own opinion of the game. As such, different users may assign different meanings to the 1-10 scale. There is no official or set algorithm in place by which users are expected to follow.
How do I suggest a new feature?
- To suggest a change to a current feature or offer up an idea for an entirely new one post in the VGG Suggestions Forum. You can view an official list of features we hope to implement in the future here.
How do I submit a game award?
- Contact an admin about awards. Do not submit them yourself; award entries are VERY easy to mess up and continuously require new sets, categories, and honor submissions every year. 99% of user submitted awards are done incorrectly and are not properly linked.
How do I contribute to the website?
- All content on the site is voluntarily submitted by the VGG userbase. Anyone can view the site anonymously, but to contribute to the site you will have to have an account. If you don't, you can register here. When your ready, check the Guide to Data Entry and the VGG Image Policy.
Who owns the content on VGG?
- No one and everyone. VGG is merely an archive; a record. No one technically owns the game information recorded on the site. It can be freely accessed, edited and shared. Any copyrighted material however, such as images or reviews, are wholly owned by the submitter. You must ask their permission if you wish to copy, reproduce or use elsewhere.
How do I submit a game award?
- Contact admin Forbidding about awards. Do not submit them yourself. Award entries are not straightforward like games or versions. They are VERY easy to mess up and continuously require new sets, categories, and honor submissions every year. 99% of user submitted awards are done incorrectly and are not properly linked or titled.
Why was my submission sent back for revision?
- When an entry is missing details or important information we may send it back for you to revise. A link to revise your submission will be at the bottom of the revise message you received along with an explanation of what needs to be changed. Games sent back for revision are "held" in a separate queue from the pending ones. As soon as you revise your game submission it will be sent back into the "pending" queues. Games that go unrevised for months may be declined.
Why can't the admins fix my submission for me?
- Nearly all the admins on VGG are unpaid volunteers, and are not compensated for any of the time and work they put into the site. These volunteers have real lives, families, paying jobs and obligations that all require their time, and are understandably more of a priority than corrections on VGG. It is unethical of us, and an impractical use of their time, to ask them [the admins] to fix everyone's mistakes.
- The admins may elect to fix small mistakes every now and then, but they rarely clean up an entire submission themselves. VGG receives new submissions and corrections every day for a variety of item types in the database, and it frees up an immense amount of admin time if you fix your own submissions. It also serves as a learning opportunity to help familiarize yourself VGG's submission forms. With literally thousands of games across multiple platforms and generations there is also a good chance that you know more about a particular game than the admin does.
Why do submissions require so much work?
- As a database our goal is to archive information about games. We also aim for quality and completeness; A bunch of barren "stub" pages aren't of much use to anyone. Even so, only the most basic of information about a game is marked as a mandatory field. If you can't find this information then the game probably isn't ready for inclusion in the database yet, or maybe it is just an obscure title in which case we will be a bit more lenient.
- On the management side of things, a lack information will inevitably lead to bad corrections and poor merges. Some items such as companies will need to be linked to a game or they will become "orphaned". Orphaned entries are ghost pages that cannot be found in a search and accumulate in a sort of limbo.
- With practice, game submissions get easier and faster; some pros can get perfect game entries out in 5 min or less. VGG also offers greater GG compensation than BGG or RPGG for game submissions. Understandably, the steps and research required are simply too much for some. There are other ways in which you can contribute to the site though. We are always in need of new images or more community discussions.
I submitted a game. Why hasn't it been approved yet?
- Video game approvals typically take between a day to a week. However, the video game queues will swell during the holidays, conventions or community driven events. When this happens it may take one to two or even three weeks before your submission is approved.
I submitted an image. Why hasn't it been approved yet?
- Images pass through GeekMod (a community driven system) and are not handled by the admins. How quickly an item passes through GeekMod is dependent upon how many users choose to take part in the voting process. Please be patient and do not re-submit your images again. Duplicates will be declined and the ones you have pending will not move any faster. If an image is approved or declined you will receive a GeekMail message notification. If one has not been received then the item is still pending.
Why do reviews have to go through GeekMod?
It was originally the GG system (and still is to some extent), but is used more for spam control these days. Many articles sent through are too short and lacking in substance to be considered a proper review; oftentimes just a link to an external site is provided.
Who drafted the submission guidelines? Can I change them?
- The guidelines for user contributions to the site are collectively decided upon by the volunteer admins. You can propose changes in the VGG Suggestions Forum or Gmail the admins directly. Please note that the volunteer admins can not help with anything that requires changes to the site code, such as implementing new features. These types of changes have to be approved by Aldie (site owner) and then implemented by a paid developer.
Report infringing content on VideoGameGeek
- If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any user submission or other content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing our Copyright Agent with the information specified in section 11-A of our Terms of Service.
How do I report offensive content?
- VGG is not a family friendly. There are games that contain adult content featured on the site. We do not censor game titles, images, videos and so forth. If an individual is acting inappropriately on the forums you may report them to Octavian.
How do I report SPAM?
- If you see obvious spam (e.g. advertisements for streaming movies, drugs, fake passports, etc), simply click the red-X next to the post or thread, then select the "spam" option. That will notify admins who will delete it. There is no need to reply or start up a new forum thread to report the spam. If you want to get more involved in helping zap spam quickly at VGG, consider joining LASH and posting a comment at http://www.videogamegeek.com/thread/821150/the-naughty-list/new when you see spam, which will notify some admins even faster.
Report Content on the Wrong Game Entry or Gallery?
- You may come across images or videos on the wrong game page. Contact any VGG Admin and we will move it to the correct entry.
I Want a Game Removed
- Erasing an entire game entry from the database is not something we generally do or take lightly since it can impact user collections, ratings and other database items linked to it. Only a select few admins can merge or delete database items, and for good reason. It is a complex process, that done incorrectly can cause havoc and corrupt other data.
It is also worth noting that all information entered into the database is done so voluntarily for the purposes of posterity and historical research. Just because you want it gone doesn't mean that every trace of information on it should disappear into the aether. Copyrighted and trademarked material such as images and reviews can be removed. Listing general information about a product, such as the game name or number of players, on a website is not covered or affected by copyright and trademark.
How Do I Report Game Rating spam/abuse?
- The short answer: Unless they are a bot, you don't. Everyone is allowed to rate games whatever they want for whatever reason.
- A user rating reflects an individuals opinion about a product. It is not VGG's place to dictate what criteria someone uses to rate games, or tell you how to rate your game collection. It is also not possible for VGG to verify publisher identities or lock games for ratings until they have been "released" (released where? when? which edition? in what language? does play-testing count or not? early review testing?). Nor is it possible to restrict ratings to those who have actually played the game, because VGG has no way of verifying if a game was actually played. Keep in mind, some members of the site use ratings as a crude data tool because VGG's facilities to filter data is limited. We are aware of the questionable practices some individuals employ to tamper with game ratings; the site has algorithms in place to mitigate these ratings. Additionally, you can ask the system to display ratings with comments, or by using Geekbuddies you can look at games through the filter of your buddies or 'antibuddy'. VGG also supports reviews written by site members and video reviews on every game page.