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Video Game Database software

Post by Dark Sol on Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:36 pm

I can't find the corresponding topic. I'm a pretty sure there was one.
Well.
Years ago i stumbled upon different software to help me catalogue and categorize all the games i had.
After some research i found the BEST software on the market. It was this one:
http://www.collectorz.com/game/
(not advertising!!)
It's really good program. It has nearly everything i wanted. You can customize ANY field you want. You can upload pictures, you can add games either manually or use their database search and auto-input. Sort by any field, export to many formats, use templates..
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Post by The Imp on Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:24 am

Perhaps this was the thread you were looking for:
http://sealedgame.heavenforum.org/off-topic-f18/i-ve-finally-started-cataloging-all-of-my-stuff-t603.htm

For myself, I have always used a cleverly-written HTML file, that doubles as a CSV file with dummy columns. So, you open it in a browser, you get a nice web page, but if you open it (properly) in a spreadsheet program, you get a spreadsheet. I've been trying to get away from that for a while, but every time I go to write something else (a program to import/export the current list to a real database), I get distracted by real work. So, I've been inefficiently maintaining this almost-2-megabyte monstrosity for years :-)

I'm surprised that there isn't better, and more, software for this sort of thing, given that all of us who are anal-retentive enough to be collecting sealed games in the first place a pretty fastidious about our endless cataloging and ordering.

Anyway, back on topic, I see a lot of online cataloging sites these days letting people build personal lists as subsets of their "complete" catalogs. I think most of us will end up using this sort of thing eventually. Primarily, these seem to actually be game trading sites or collector's forums, but not always.

Examples (not any kind or endorsement, nor in any order):
http://www.vgrebirth.com/
http://www.digitpress.com/DP/cmf/search.cmf (not sure if this link is to the correct section of the website)
http://www.onlinegamesdatenbank.de/ (not sure if personal catalogs are still a feature of this website - actually, I think it might be a "beta" feature only at this point)
http://www.mobygames.com/
http://www.xgd.com/index.php

Sorry if I've missed your favorite site or piece of software: post in this thread to add anything we should know about!

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Post by Gemini-Phoenix on Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:43 am

I tried it many years ago and found it to be frustratingly tedious. I also believe it was designed to be used with their own infrared laser barcode scanners which would make cataloging much easier. Personally, I find it's much easier to create your own excel database and format it how you require.

I've also tried a few others on the list that The Imp posted above, only to find that a lot of them are Americanized - Ie, aimed specifically at the US collector's, and as a result often use NTSC cover artwork for the pictures, and also rarely include many of the European LE's and CE's

The only problem with any kind of database though is ensuring you keep it up to date everytime you add (Or take away) an item from your ccollecction, which unfortunately I am not too good at - However, I do try and keep a lot of my threads on here up-to-date best I can, although my IGN list has slipped somewhat to the point where I have to go through it thoroughly and see what I have yet to add
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Post by striker on Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:04 pm

i just tried collectorz.com but it's a hassle to actually put games and pictures in their and it doesn't look portable since you can only point to pictures on your hard drive.

I agree w/ G-P too much hassle
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Post by Dark Sol on Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:19 pm

It's a hassle to put anything anywhere. So it's not a minus.
Adding games in online shit as ign is even more hassle.
You can export it to anything and make it more portable.
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Post by striker on Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:25 pm

but do the pics come with it when you export?
and what format does it export to? Some file which you need collectorz.com to open?
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Post by Dark Sol on Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:34 pm

yes, they all rename automatically and sit in export folder.
YEars ago i've exported it all this way and uploaded to a website. It was a nice gallery.
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