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Posted at 11:15 on March 18th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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As discussed in the other thread, we're going to classify games by 'theme' now. The site's backend can already handle this, although you won't be able to use it yet - for the simple reason that activating the function publically doesn't make sense as long as the data basis feeding it isn't there. So we have to take care of that being there first.

Wandrell and I will do all the games which we have added ourselves. That, however, leaves us with approximately 200 more games which have been added by people who aren't exactly active anymore. So we need help to classify those. Your help. Not because we're lazy, but because we already have more than enough to handle (do the math: I'm talking about 200 games which weren't added by either Wandrell or me - leaving about 400 which were and which we'll do anyway).

You can find a list of the themes in my post in this thread: http://www.goodolddays.net/forum/topic.php?id=2224. A list of 'uncovered' games is available here: http://www.goodolddays.net/0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_en_0_0_missing_1__0_0_0/.

You'll find that the latter page also has a list of games without comparisons. That list is vastly identical. If you go through the list to name themes, it would be great if you could also come up with comparisons for that game (at least one, not more than four) - to get rid off all those 'dead end' game entries once and for all. Once you start thinking about applying theme information, you're already halfway there anyway, so it really makes sense to do this in one combined step.

If you come up with comparisons, try not to make them completely circular. I.e. if you write up comparisons for games A and B, don't just compare A to B and B to A. Then, the visitors will be stuck in an infinite loop. It is, of course, ok to to 'inverse' comparisons, but only if you also include at least one more game as an 'escape'. I.e.: Compare A to B and to C, and compare B to A and to D.

If there absolutely is no other game on the site which a game can be compared to, you can also provide 'forward comparisons', i.e. comparisons with games which aren't on the site (yet). Obviously, it would be great if such games were actually to get to the site in the near future...

Last, but not least, there is also a list of the games whose reviews haven't yet been translated into German. This is yet another reminder that we really need to take care of that problem as well. Details about that can be found here: http://www.goodolddays.net/forum/topic.php?id=940.

Of course, your help won't be in vain. As with all contributions, your site contribution score will go up with every bit you do. One point for each game classified with themes, one point for each comparison you come up with (1.5 points if you submit those comparisons in both languages of the site). And, of course, the usual five points for each review translation. Seriously, this is an easy way to breach the magical wall of 100 points in order never to have to bother with the unreliable and slow 'alternate download server' again! And if you're not bothered with this score - why not just help the site?

So here's the deal: Just answer to this thread and list your contributions in a understandable way. Example:

Advanced Destroyer Simulator
Themes: Historcial, Nautical, War
Comparison:
Silent Service 2 (Amiga)
Submarine warfare in the pacific
+ Elements of sneaky attacks and hit & run tactics
- No pre-made missions
= Similar looks and functions, yet superior due to tense battle scenes

I'll put everything into the database then which will trigger the entry to disappear from the 'missing' list automatically.
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 10:01 on March 19th, 2009
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I'll note games which I couldn't classify so far in this thread as well. Feel free to point out other problematic cases, too. Maybe then we'll see a pattern so that we can add another theme or so.

Catch the Kreis
Problem: none of the themes fit
Solution: Obvious case of 'Abstract'

Solved
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 18:28 on March 20th, 2009
Posted at 10:05 on March 19th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Command HQ
Problem: forward comparison - Modem Wars (C64)

Solved: added game, changed comparison target to (PC)
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 11:11 on April 18th, 2009
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Brutal Sports Football (AGA)
Problem: forward comparison - Grave Yardage (C64)

Solved: added game
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 12:29 on April 25th, 2009
Posted at 10:34 on March 19th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Cyber Empires
Problem: forward comparison - Dark Legions (PC)

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Edited by Mr Creosote at 08:40 on May 23rd, 2009
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Damocles
Problem: forward comparison - Castle Master (Amiga)

Solved
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 17:14 on May 27th, 2009
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Eric the Unready
Problem: forward comparison - Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (PC)

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Edited by Mr Creosote at 18:29 on May 9th, 2009
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Heart of Africa
Problem: forward comparison - Seven Cities of Gold (C64)
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Posted at 17:25 on March 30th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hot Wheels
Problem: forward comparison - Barbie (C64)

Solved
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 12:26 on May 16th, 2009
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International Athletics
Problem: Forward comparison - International Championship Athletics (Amiga)

Solved
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 18:33 on June 1st, 2009
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Creepers
Themes: Cartoon & Comic
Comparision:
Lemmings (Amiga)
Solve Puzzles to save your Lemmings from sure death
+ challenging puzzles and an incredible soundtrack
- the gameplay get's very hectic in later levels
= A true classic everybody should take a look at

Löse Rätsel um deine Lemminge vor dem sicheren Tot zu bewahren
+ fordernde Level und ein unglaublicher Soundtrack
- Das Spiel wird in späteren Abschnitten sehr Hektisch
= Ein echter Klassiker den jeder sich mal anschauen sollte
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Edited by T-Pow at 11:13 on April 5th, 2009
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Aces of the Deep (PC)
Themes: Historical, Nautical, War
Comparision:
Wolfpack (PC)
Submarine warfare with the possibility to play the other side
+ Multiplayer support, Option to play the other side and defend the ships
- No global Scenario only single Missions
= More action based version of the submarine scenario

Wolfpack (PC)
U-Boot Kriegsspiel mit der Option die Gegenseite zu übernehmen
+ Multiplayer Modus, Möglichkeit die Verteidiger gegen das Rudel zu spielen
- Kein grosses Szenario nur einzelne Missionen
= Aktionlastige Variante des U-Boot Szenarios


Problem: forward comparison Wolfpack
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Edited by T-Pow at 12:07 on April 5th, 2009
Posted at 11:52 on April 5th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Aces of the Pacific (PC)
Themes: Flight, Historical, War
Comparison:
Aces over Europe (PC)
Airwarfare simulation for advanced players with campaigns for both fractions
+ More flyable Planes, more targets, harder missions
- -
= If you like airwarfare based games, this one's for you

Aces over Europe (PC)
Luftkampfsimulation für fortgeschrittene mit Kampagnen für beide Kriegsparteien
+ Mehr steuerbare Flugzeuge, mehr Ziele, forderndere Missionen
- -
= Wer Flugkampfsimulationen mag, der kommt an diesem Titel nicht vorbei
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Edited by T-Pow at 12:17 on April 5th, 2009
Posted at 16:24 on April 18th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Locomotion
Problem: no theme fits
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Posted at 17:16 on April 18th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time
Problem: forward comparison - Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail
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Posted at 09:45 on April 21st, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Paradroid
Problem: forward comparison - Heavy Metal Paradroid (C64)

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Edited by Mr Creosote at 16:07 on June 9th, 2009
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Pudgy
Problem: no theme fits
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Posted at 12:19 on April 21st, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Pub Trivia Simulator
Problem: no theme fits
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Posted at 16:49 on May 6th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Aces over Europe
Themes: Flight / Historical /War
Posted at 16:51 on May 6th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Akalabeth
Theme: Fantasy
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