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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 prioritize accuracy. This type of content can be omitted from appearing on the front page of the site and ads will not be shown on these pages, but 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.

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: chad@boardgamegeek.com .
Note: If the game you are advertising is pornographic in nature or otherwise offensive, please do your best to keep your post tasteful. VGG may remove any advertising content that is flagged. Fresh accounts with little or no previous activity on the site will automatically be flagged as SPAM for posting such content.

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 or What Video games did you play this weekend 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.

The Database

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.

Why is the average rating not shown?

An average rating is only displayed once the game has received over 30 ratings. This feature was implemented in May 2017 in response to complaints about exceptionally high or low early game scores. It also didn't make sense to show the average before there was a sizable pool of ratings. This feature only applies to unreleased games or games published within the last year.

Is there a non-numerical game rating system?

You can view the user comments, located under the average rating on a game page, to get an idea of how people feel about a game and why. These tend to be shorter and more precise than full written reviews.
Furthermore, by clicking "GeekBuddy Analysis" under the game title you can view a comprehensive list of just your Geekbuddies comments. Don't have any buddies? You can add some by clicking the arrow next to a username and selecting "Add Geekbuddy" from the drop-down menu. It may be worthwhile to add people who both share your tastes in games and don't so that you can get a good comparison. NOTE: GeekBuddy Analysis is not currently available on VGG but coming.

Can I report a user's game rating?

No. Ratings on games are opinion based and not subject to moderation. VGG will never force someone to change their game ratings or dictate what criteria they use for ratings. This includes potentially biased opinions from playtesters, bad Kickstarters, review copies, etc. There are some measures in place to prevent or minimize game score manipulation - for example: an algorithm will omit scores from individuals with certain rating patterns from the average ratings. Consumers can exercise due diligence by examining the individual user scores, reading reviews, watching videos and partaking in forum discussion.

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.

Submitting Content/Contributing

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 an admin 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?

Anyone wishing to contribute content to the site will need to learn how to properly enter information using VGGs forms. Furthermore, almost all of the admins on VGG are volunteers who are not compensated in any way for the time and work they put into the site. Over a hundred new submissions are entered every day and the volunteer admins cannot be expected to research and fix every entry single submission. The admins may elect to fix small mistakes every now and then, but they rarely clean up an entire submission themselves.

Why do submissions require so much work?

As a database our goal is to archive information about games that is complete; 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; VGG also offers greater GG compensation than BGG or RPGG for game submissions. Understandably, the steps and research required may be too much for some. However, there are other ways in which you can contribute to the site: see images, reviews, or the community challenges.

I submitted a game. Why hasn't it been approved yet?

Video game approvals typically take between a day to a week depending on how much free time the volunteer admins have. However, the queues tend to swell during the holidays, conventions or community driven events. When this happens it may take months before your submission is approved. Other times, a submission may fall into a grey area and the admins will take additional time to discuss it.

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.

My image was declined! Why?

You should have received a message with a list of reasons for the decline. For help troubleshooting see Why Was My Image Submission Rejected?. See also, VGG Image Policy

Why do reviews have to go through GeekMod?

It was originally part of the GeekGold system (and still is to some extent), but is used more for spam control these days. Many articles sent through are too short or 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 are collectively decided upon by the admins (volunteer and paid staff). You can propose changes in the VGG Suggestions Forum or contact 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.

Reporting Content

Report infringing content on VideoGameGeek

If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that a submission on VGG 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?

As an information resource we value accuracy and completeness. Game titles, images, videos and so forth are not censored, but can be blocked from appearing on the front page of the site and from having ads appear if they contain objectionable material. If an individual is acting inappropriately on the forums or through geekmail, you may report them to Octavian (the community manager).

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 the forum admins who can 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 to zap spam, consider joining LASH and posting a comment in the Naughty List, 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

VGG is a database, an archive of information. All information entered into the database is done so for the purposes of posterity and historical research. Removing games from the database goes against that goal and purpose. Erasing an entire game entry from the database is not something we generally do or take lightly since it can impact user collections, ratings, reviews, images and other database items linked to the game. Only a select few admins can merge or delete game entries and for good reason. It is a complex process that done incorrectly can cause havoc and corrupt other data irreparably.
Just because you want a game removed, regardless of the reason (e.g., something you're not proud of, it's offensive, cancelled, etc.), 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 fake game reviews and ratings?

The short answer: you don't, unless they are a bot.
We cannot and should not dictate how you rate your collection. Everyone is allowed to rate any game whatever they want for whatever reason. We are aware of the nefarious practices some individuals employ as a way to troll the site and ruffle the feathers of game devs. To combat this we have an algorithm in place that filters out ratings from individuals who rate large numbers of games very low/high. Overall ratings are also not displayed on a game page until there are at least 30 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.
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