Bifford the Youngest (Sam)
Bifford the Youngest
My guess is that whoever entered the Hardware either chose to include the manufacturer in the title or they chose not to. And that is why there is no coherent policy.
I think it is worth discussing putting the manufacturers name in front of the hardware title so the Hardware search can be used in the manner described.
One issue is that some of these feel natural including the manufacturer. Like Nintendo Wii. But Microsoft Xbox One feels clunky as does SNK Neo Geo.
I agree that would look awful in the general scheme of things. However I do think an extra data field in the items would help, or even just changing the search parameters so that a hardware search would incorporate the company who made them.
I think it likely has to do with how the product was marketed.
Note that I don't think it is wrong that the Hardware search can't be used in this manner. But it is interesting that someone would choose to use the search this way, and it would not be terribly difficult to modify titles so they are 1) Consistent and 2) More searchable.
The reason I didn't search for Developers, but instead used Hardware was because then it brings up several billion Games under that search. So "Nintendo" would bring up ALL the games as well as hardware. I actually ended up doing this and then setting the results to "hardware" but that's one more step than I feel should be needed.
If (as I was) I'm searching for Nintendo Hardware to add to my "Owned/Previously Owned" list then I'm naturally going to select the Hardware search and type in Nintendo rather than first doing "N64" then doing "Wii" then doing ####. That's just long-winded!
GameCube is likewise not showing up in the Nintendo search.
None of the Xbox consoles come up when using Microsoft in the Hardware search.
None of the Playstation consoles come up when using Sony in the Hardware search.
The Dreamcast does not come up when searching Sega under Hardware.
None of the Turbo-Grafx consoles come up when searching either for NEC.
None of the Neo Geo consoles come up when searching for SNK.
All perfect examples of why I think that search parameter needs changing!