I'm putting out a call to AtariAge members to help us populate game descriptions in our online database. These descriptions go under the "Game Notes" heading for a game, but I may change this to "Description" shortly. While some notable games (such as Adventure
, although this one contains no information about gameplay) and most homebrew games have descriptions, the large majority of games do not, and this is something that is definitely lacking in our database. What I'd like to see for each game is a paragraph or two that briefly describes the game (as in, what it's about, game mechanics), any significant historical information about the game, any interesting trivia, and so forth. I'm not looking for in-depth dissections of games, those can come later.
Why not just use the descriptions from the back of the box? I'd prefer to have more "editorialized" descriptions rather than the straight marketing fluff that's often on the back of the box. Plus, the box descriptions don't place the game in historical context, nor do they often talk about the gameplay mechanics too much. While the box description can help form the basis of a description in our database, I'd much prefer original descriptions that contain a bit more than that. And if someone wants to read the box description, they can look at the box scan.
To help spur this along, I figured I'd start with the Atari 2600 games broken down by manufacturer. Once a certain manufacturer (or block of games within a manufacturer) is complete, we'll move onto the next block. I'll choose the blocks, and they may not be in any sensical order.
Credit will be given to the contributor below the description (such as, "Contributed by Michael Sheridan"). I reserve the right to edit descriptions as far as spelling and grammar goes, as well as as to add hyperlinks where necessary. I may edit content a bit, but for the most part I will leave it as submitted.
To add further incentive, for every 10 descriptions someone writes up that I use in the database, I will give a $5 credit in our store. Write up 100 descriptions that we put online and that's $50 you can use towards the purchase of new homebrew games or the many other items we have in our store. I am the final judge of entries that make it into the database, and I will only accept reasonably well-written entries that I feel are comprehensive enough. So please don't try to flood me with entries just to get store credit, as I won't use them.
Please do not write game descriptions in the first person ("This is one of my favorite Atari 2600 games" or "I first saw this game in the 1978 Sears Wishbook").
If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to ask!