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, it is merely a record of anything video game related. The game information recorded here is intended for posterity, historical research, and user-contributed content. All the information within our database was meticulously and voluntarily entered on a game-by-game basis by our user base - You. This information is freely offered through flexible queries and "data mining". You may also use VGG to keep a personal record of your game collection.
Is VGG a work and family friendly site?
- No. There are many games featured on the site that contain uncensored adult or morbid content. As a database and information resource we prioritized accuracy when it comes to database entries and never censor game titles, images, videos, or other material associated with these games. 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 the VGG pages anonymously if you want to. 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, you don't need to sign up for VGG - your existing account allows you full access to all three domains. If you don't already have an account, you can 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 any of our Terms of Service and Community Rules. Most of our user base who utilize multiple accounts use one as a personal account and the other as a business account. Who you let access your account(s) is entirely up to you, and you remain wholly responsible for all activity that occurs on your account(s).
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! Games and crowdfunding campaigns can only be promoted in the Press Release Forum however, 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.
- We have also posted "Game Preview" articles to the VGG news section whenever a developer has provided us with the material. All you have to do is write up an article about your game; include a description about the gameplay, story or level design. Include any additional information you want about the development team, the inspiration behind the project and the types of challenges you faced. Include as many images or videos as you want - video games are a very visual media after all. You can even include a link to a demo, your website or soundtrack if you have it. Be creative. Then send a copy to admin Forbidding and we'll post it to the news section.
- You can contact the Advertising Manager, Chad Krizan via email: email@example.com for paid advertising in the form of banner and text ads.
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 user activity?
- Glancing over VGG's game pages you may come to the conclusion that there is no activity on the site, evidenced by the barren forum pages. This is especially true if you have just come over from BGG or RPGG and are not very familiar with VGG. Rest assured that this normal for any websites and databases that cover video games. The forums are just not an efficient or desirable way to talk about digital media like they are for physical tabletop games.
- Where is all the activity then? You will find it in the GeekLists. Any of the Games Beaten GeekLists are a good place to start.
How can I financially 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.
- Besides that, you will find iTunes and Amazon links on most game pages. These ads are added manually by the admins. By clicking on these links and buying the games VGG will receive a small percentage of the money from 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 admin Forbidding 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?
- The admins may elect to fix small mistakes every now and then, but they rarely clean up an entire submission themselves. VGG is flooded with new submissions and corrections every day for every item type in the database. It frees up an immense amount of admin time if you fix your own submissions and serves as a learning opportunity to familiarize yourself VGG's submission form. With literally thousands of games across multiple platforms and generations there is also a good chance that you know about the game than the admins.
- It is also important to note that all the admins on VGG are volunteers. They are not compensated for any of the time and work they put into the site; They have real lives, families, obligations and paying jobs that require their limited time. It is unethical of us and an impractical use of their time, to ask them [the admins] to fix everyone's mistakes.
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 will simply be too much for some people. There are other 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.
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.
- We are aware of the questionable practices some individuals employ to tamper with game ratings. Despite this, we do not police the user ratings, nor do we dictate what criteria someone uses to rate games. It is not our place or anyone else's to tell you how to rate your game collection. If you are a small or independent developer and have concerns over poor ratings impacting your game before release, we advise that you hold off submitting an entry until the game has been released and made its way into the hands of as many people as possible.