Hey guys, I decided to make a thread to call attention to one of our major features here, the Game Database. I'll probably bump it from time to time to let everyone know about new hot games that have been added that you can add to your collections or rate.
First, let me explain a few things about rating games and adding them to your collection. Everyone (yes, even you -1ers!) can rate games and add them to your collection. This is a pretty simple process. Go up to the menu above and select GAMES -> Game Database, or just CLICK HERE. You will see a list of titles you can browse, and you can also search for specific titles with the search feature at the top, and even add games you can't find with the little bar at the top right above the search functionality that says "Submit a Game (keywords)". To add a game to your collection you check the box under "Owned" next to the game, and to rate it you select a number under "You" (you can add without rating and vice versa, if you want to). You can do one game or a whole page at a time, and when you are ready to submit your collection and ratings updates, click the "CLICK TO UPDATE THIS PAGE OF YOUR COLLECTION AND RATINGS" bar that can be found at either the top or bottom. Simple!
You can also rate games and add them to your collection from the individual game pages that you access when you click on any game from the main game page. For instance, if you were on the Mario Party 6 page there is a box in the top right where you can add it to your collection or rate it and click the "PUSH" button to update.
Now, let me explain something about writing game reviews. Again, everyone (yes, even you -1ers!) can write reviews for the site. This is a pretty simple process. Like before, go up to the menu above and select GAMES -> Game Database (or just CLICK HERE. Select the game you want to review (you can use the search at the top to find games quickly) and click on it. Near the top right of the page for that individual game you will see "Add a review" with a little plus next to it. Click the plus, write your review, choose a score (or not, if you don't like scoring reviews) and submit. Easy as pie!
And don't worry about not being formal enough, or sticking to a specific review format, or whatever. As long as you can write a paragraph or two and put your thoughts into a semi-coherent form, everything is good. Also, reviews of older games are totally acceptable, for instance I recently posted a WarioWare: Twisted! review of mine that I wrote like 6 years ago or whatever.
Alright, that's all I have for now. Use the features guys!
When you add a "collection" game to your collection, do you also mark the games within that collection as "owned"?
For example, if you only own the Mega Man Collection, do add Mega Man 1-8 to your NW collection as well? I personally do, even if it might not be completely accurate. I own those games as much as I own the collection itself, and I like being able to rate games within a given series to compare them.
It might seem like a silly question, but I'd like to know if other people handle it differently.
Nope. The only time I do something like that is if it's a Virtual Console game. So I "own" Earthbound on SNES because I have the Virtual Console version of it on Wii U, but I don't "own" Zelda II: Adventure of Link on NES, even though I "own" The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition on Gamecube.
What's the ruling for adding Japanese games to the with no official English title to the database? The example I have in mind is Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi. That's the Japanese title, which fans have translated as Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals or Fire Emblem: Binding Blade. Binding Blade is the translation that has been commonly accepted by English speaking fans, with that being the title featured on the Fire Emblem Wiki and other Fire Emblem oriented sites.
I think Binding Blade is the most appealing of the three options. The Japanese title, despite being the only official one, is unwieldy to use in English conversation. Binding Blade is true to the meaning of the Japanese title and has been colloquially accepted as the English title of the game. But I'll defer to others on this.
Seriously, who came up with that name? Is it a very literal translation of the Japanese title, or did someone lose their mind when coming up with a name?
If you turn it into an acronym, it becomes TMS#FE. If you flip TMS, it becomes SMT, so we get SMT#FE. And if you squint our eyes, # looks like X. Also, # means "sharp" in this case instead of "hashtag"... AND YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS SHARP? THE LETTER X.
So, flip half the title and squint your eyes and you get SMTXFE. Hurray!
@Hero_Of_Hyrule When I've added Japanese games to the database in the past, I'll usually put the Japanese name first, followed by a translated English name in parenthesis, for reference/search purposes.