MobyGames - missing arcade games (via MAME)
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SOMEWHAT OF A README (created by JMM, May 2017)
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NOTE: please add your nickname in Column L in the second tab if you add any games!
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This spreadsheet is to be used as a list of arcade games that might need to be added to MobyGames. It's based on the output of MAME 0.185 and the list of games on arcade platform in MG on May the 11th 2017.
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Sheet 'mame' contains the MAME list, and those games in MG that matched them. Whenever possible, the match is done with the parent, although some games in MG appear as clones (for technical reasons) in MAME.
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Clones are on grey lettering, and for MG purposes only the parent should be taken on consideration for the most part; said that, many clones have distinct gameplay enough to warrant a mention in the description, or even a separate entry like Lost Caves has. I've already removed the Casino games without matches; while it might have deleted some legit arcade entries, it cleaned hundreds of videopoker machines or reel gambit stuff. Mahjong is still there but you can sort by the genre column and delete the guilty ones.
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Most of the matching was done automatically, with about 500 games having to be matched manually. Then years were checked for no more than 1 year difference.
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A parent without match is possibly not in MG; however a simple check should be done before adding the game. Generic information can be obtained in places like http://adb.arcadeitalia.net/default.php?lang=en but for many games more information can be found in Google at specialized sites.
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About the years: the parent usually is a modern revision, so maybe clones have an earlier year of release.
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Briefly said, use with care but it's a start! Lots of games deserving to be in MG are here.
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About the sheet 'mg not in mame', it contains games in MG that for whatever reason aren't in MAME: too new, attractions, TTL, undumped, etc. There are a few cases which might need further investigation.
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And maybe you can see some information about your favorite game that might deserve some research to see if MAME has data worth fixing in MG, in case it differs.
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