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VGG FAQ

Video Game Geek

What is Video Game Geek?

Video Game Geek (VGG) is a video game database - a collection or catalog of data and information on electronic games (computer, console, and arcade). The game information recorded here is intended for posterity, historical research, and user-contributed ratings. All the information within our database was meticulously and voluntarily entered on a game-by-game basis by our user base - You. This information is freely offered through flexible queries and "data mining".

Do I Need to Register to Use This Site?

Yes and No. You do not need to register to look at anything on the site and can browse all of the VGG pages anonymously if you want to. However, if you want to contribute content to the website, or change anything, then you will need to register. Registration is free and your details are not passed on to other organizations. You will need an email address, and other than that, no other details need to be factual.

If you already have an account at BGG or RPGG, you don't need to sign up for VGG - your existing account allows you full access to all three domains. If you don't already have an account, you can sign up for one by Registering now.

Is VGG a Work and Family Friendly Site?

VGG is a database, and as an information resource we prioritized accuracy when it comes to database entries. There are several games with adult or morbid content featured on VGG. We do not censor the titles, images, or other material associated with these games. Additionally, there is some user submitted content we cannot enforce rules on, such as videos, that may contain obscene material. You view VGG at your own risk.

Can I Have More Than One Account?

Yes, so long as it is not used for nefarious purposes or to break any of our community/site rules. Several of the site admins use "sock puppet" accounts to browse the site undercover and undisturbed. Most of our user base who utilize multiple accounts, use one as a personal account and the other as a business account. Who you let access your account(s) is entirely up to you, but you remain wholly responsible for any and all activity that occurs on said account(s).

How Do I Ask For Help?

You can ask questions in the Help and How-to Forums and our friendly community will lend you a hand. If you need to talk to an admin, you can message anyone of the VGG Admins and we will be more than happy to help.

How Do I Financially Support Video Game Geek?

To become a supporter of VGG, simply go to "Support VGG", or click any user's "Patron" badge. If you donate $15 or more you will receive your own Patron badge, microbadge, and if you donate at least $25 you can disable the advertisements on VGG. Additionally, every dollar you donate earns you 1 GeekGold. More on donating Here.

Besides that, you will find iTunes and Amazon links on every game page. By clicking on these links and buying the games, we will receive a small percentage of the money from the game sales.

How Do I Contribute to the Website?

There is a flood of new video game releases everyday, and as you can imagine keeping up with them all is a huge undertaking! Any help entering new game releases is always welcome:

Additionally, any content like images, videos, reviews or even just general game discussion really helps out the site and fosters a great community:

What Do The Game Ratings Mean?

There are three rating systems you will see on the site:
  • User Rating (aka Your Rating): The rating you gave to the game. When viewing the ratings section of a game page you can see the individual ratings each user gave that particular game. You will see this rating listed in advanced searches and your game collection.
  • Average Rating: The average of all the ratings from registered VGG users, calculated by adding up the individual ratings and dividing by the number of ratings. You will see this rating listed in advanced searches and near the top of game pages.
  • VGG Rating (aka Geek Rating): VideoGameGeek's ranking charts are ordered using the VGG Rating, which is based on the Average Rating, but with some alterations. To prevent games with relatively few votes climbing to the top of the VGG Ranks, artificial "dummy" votes are added to the User Ratings. These votes are currently thought to be 100 votes equal to the mid range of the voting scale: 5.5, but the actual algorithm is kept secret to avoid manipulation. The effect of adding these dummy votes is to pull VGG Ratings toward the mid range. Games with a large number of votes will see their VGG Rating alter very little from their Average Rating, but games with relatively few user ratings will see their VGG Rating move considerably toward 5.5. This is known as "Bayesian averaging" and a quick search of both VGG and/or the Web will reveal much discussion on the topic. You will see this rating listed in advanced searches, your game collection, and near the top, most right corner of game pages.

The "User Rating" is arguably the one you will use the most, and the "Average Rating" will be the most helpful when looking for a good, well received game. With both of these rating systems you will see a number between 1 and 10.

Each user is encouraged to rate games based on their own opinion of the game. As such, different users may assign different meanings to the 1-10 scale. There is no official or set algorithm in place by which users are expected to follow.

Suggested Rating guidelines:

10 - Outstanding, masterful and an all-time personal favorite.
9 - Excellent, always a pleasure to play. Shines under most circumstances.
8 - Very good, a memorable and entertaining experience.
7 - Good, competent and likely to recommend.
6 - Above average, some fun or challenge. Enjoyable in the right circumstances.
5 - Average, what you were expecting or just indifferent. May be willing to play.
4 - Below average, will likely be forgotten. Will need to be persuaded to play.
3 - Poor, not enjoyable or engaging.
2 - Very poor, lackluster and unremarkable. Will strongly resist playing.
1 - Horrible, a black Hole of Fun. Definitely won't play again.

What is Geek Gold?

GeekGold (abbreviated GG) is the virtual currency used on the site. You can use it to tip contributions, buy an avatar, microbadges and other things.

GG is awarded for adding content to the site, such as new games, reviews, images, files, and so on. The amount awarded is dependent upon the content type and quality.

GeekMod

What is GeekMod?

GeekMod is a community driven system where users pass judgement on images, reviews, session reports and representative images. GeekMod was made public on January 12, 2006, to speed up the verdict on content submissions while lessening the load on the admins. GeekMod is NOT handled by the admins, but by our user base. You can help out and earn GeekGold by participating in GeekMod.

Why Is It Taking So Long For My Images To Get Approved?

GeekMod is a community driven system. How quickly items pass through GeekMod is dependent upon how many users choose to take part in the voting process. Please be patient and do not submit your images again. Duplicates will be declined and the ones you have pending will not move any faster.

If an image is approved or declined you will receive a GeekMail message notification. If one has not been received then the item is still pending.

My Image was Declined! Why?

Did you read the VGG Image Policy? For help troubleshooting see Why Was My Image Submission Rejected?.

Where can I Discuss GeekMod?

Discussion related either to suspicious content or why an image was refused, post to the GeekModders Discussion Thread. If you feel an image was wrongly declined please contact an Admin before posting a complaint outside of VGG.

Reporting Content

How Do I Report Offensive Content?

You may come across user created content that you find offensive or inappropriate. How do you report it? Firstly, there is something you should consider:
  • What is considered offensive is culturally determined, and tends to vary from country to country.

That being said, it is critical for users, when GeekModing, to actually pay attention to the content and check it. Instead of just lazily hitting the 'Approve' button. This is how most of the questionable content makes it's way onto the site in the first place. What can you do about the ones that slip through? You can always click the red 'X' to hide the video, forum posts, or any other area that has the submitter's avatar present. This will 'not' remove the content, but it will let others know that it is distasteful.

Generally once something passes through GeekMod it will never be removed, unless it is clear that the only purpose of the content is to cause a disturbance. The goal of the database is, in essence, to say "this exists" without judgment about whether or not it should exist. Recognizing that something exists is not the same as condoning its existence. If you still feel it must be reported, contact a VGG Admin.

Report Content on the Wrong Game Entry or Gallery?

You may come across images or videos on the wrong game page. You may also come across content that is in the wrong gallery. Contact any VGG Admin and we will move it to the correct entry.

I Want a Game Removed

Erasing an entire game entry from the database is not something we generally do or take lightly since it can impact user collections, ratings and other database items linked to it. Only a select few admins can merge or delete database items, and for good reason. It is a complex process, that done incorrectly can cause havoc and corrupt other data.

It is also worth noting that all information entered into the database is done so voluntarily for the purposes of posterity and historical research. Just because you want it gone doesn't mean that every trace of information on it should disappear into the aether. Copyrighted and trademarked material such as images and reviews can be removed. Listing general information about a product, such as the game name or number of players, on a website is not covered or affected by copyright and trademark.

How Do I Report Someone Rating Large Numbers of Games 1s?

The short answer: unless they are a bot, you don't. Everyone is allowed to rate games whatever they want for whatever reason. We do not police user ratings, nor do we dictate what criteria someone uses to rate games. If you are a small or independent developer and have concerns over poor ratings impacting your game before it has been released, then we advise that you hold off submitting an entry until the game has been officially released and has made its way into the hands of as many people as possible.

Other

How Do I Suggest a New Feature?

To suggest a change to a current feature or offer up an idea for an entirely new one post in the VGG Suggestions Forum. You can view an official list of features we hope to implement in the future here.

How to advertise on VGG

VGG accepts advertising in several forms: Banner advertising, publisher-sponsored contests, promotional item distribution, and text ads for retailers. Interested advertisers can inquire about advertising by contacting VGG's Advertising Manager, Chad Krizan via email: chad@boardgamegeek.com

How Do I Submit a Game Award?

Contact admin Forbidding about awards. Do not submit them yourself. Award entries are VERY easy to mess up and continuously require new sets, categories, and honor submissions every year. 99% of user submitted awards are done incorrectly and are not properly linked.

Where Can I Promote My Crowdfunding Project?

Due to how quickly the promoting of crowdfunded campaigns can get out of hand, Kickstarter links are only permitted in the following forums:

Posting or promoting crowdfunded projects anywhere else violates our Community Rules and may result in the termination of your account. Sending out promotional messages to our user base is also prohibited.

How Do I Volunteer?

See VGG Volunteer.

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