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    Default NEW: Our Web-Browsable Game Database!

    This has been on our list of projects for a long, long tiime and I am happy to announce that the BETA version of the Digital Press ONLINE Collector's Guide is now a reality!

    It's not PDFs. It's a searchable database that lets you filter and view your game lists thousands of different combinations, and then view all of the details for the games themselves. For example:

    - You're going hunting for Sega CD games. You can simply call up a complete list of US released - Sega CD games and print it out. Now you've got your rarity list "cheat sheet" with you on the hunt.

    - You're interested in all of the DP recommended Atari 2600 titles. Select Atari 2600 and check off the "recommended" box and whammo!

    - You're looking for games by that guy - what's his name? - that did Barnstorming. Look up Barnstorming, click on the game from the list, and when the designer's name appears in the game details, click his name - instant list by designer!

    - You're curious what arcade ports were made for the Intellivision. Easy.

    - You want to see all of the games that were supposed to be released in 1985 and never were. A breeze.

    - You want to get all of the Atari systems into a single list, showing only those games that have Easter Eggs (tricks). Piece o' cake.

    - You want to see screen shots of every Earthworm Jim game. Advertisements too. A cinch!

    - You want to see every game with the word "Mario" in the title. Child's play!

    - You want to list all of the 8's, 9's and 10's for all US systems, then sort them from rarest to least of the rare. No sweat!

    - You're really just into the history and lore. Pick a company, a system, a game, ANYTHING. read the game description, which will have links to other similar games in the genre, on the system, by that manufacturer, developer, etc etc etc

    Oh, you probably want that link!

    http://66.92.250.36:8080/DP/cmf/search.cmf

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a BETA. It's running on our test box and there are a few hiccups to work out and our content is eternally growing (no pictures in this version yet). The engine itself is good to go, however, it's quite fast and even at this first stage is incredibly handy!

    Give it a test drive and let us know what you think.

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    SPECIAL THANKS to Adam ("SpasticFuctard"), who designed the game engine and managed all of the technical stuff and who is now forever locked in to DP Industries Inc - AND - the superb men and women who make the database tick and whose names you will see at the bottom of every game details page.

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    ANOTHER NOTE: Pay no mind to the style/genre area which is broken at the moment (and also causing some duplicate records in the action/puzzle genre). We'll have that fixed up in a jiffy.

    Carry on!

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    I just tried it out and its very cool...Good work

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    This is indeed an excellent resource. Great work guys!

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    aaah so my guess was right

    great addition to the site, thx
    -Jan

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    Heh heh... trust me, if you think it's good now, it can only get better

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    Goodness--what a monumental project! I presume this is the "secret tenfold" update that I've heard about...

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    hey joe, i just realized the old us/non-us "problem" gets even bigger with this database, right now there is no possibility to let it list all PAL Master System games or whatever PAL list!!

    you could add a Country field to search (like the released, developer... fields) but that also wouldn't work really good, if you would search for Europe, you would miss all France/UK/Germany/Australia... exclusives (

    i would just change it from us/non-us to US/Japan/PAL, that would REALLY help, i know the guide is us-based but i don't think it is too much work or whatever, and all import fans would also appreciate it

    even if you don't like that specific idea, you've got to change something, users must be able to search ONLY for japanese or pal games...
    -Jan

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    Great job guys!!
    My Gaming Collection (Now at Google Drive!)

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    One word: Wow!
    Again, this is what I was hoping the forthcoming 'surprise' would be. Just wait until all the finalized DP Advance data is entered

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydr0x
    you could add a Country field to search (like the released, developer... fields) but that also wouldn't work really good, if you would search for Europe, you would miss all France/UK/Germany/Australia... exclusives (
    With the PAL Megadrive list, what I've done is to list all Euro games under 'Europe' in the country field, and if they were only released in UK/France/whatever, I've just noted that as part of the description.

    It's for the same kind of reasons that you mention here - when the list is published, I want all European PAL games to be in the same section, and not to have a large 'Europe' section aswell as piddling little separate sections for UK/France/Germany etc. I've kept the Australian & Brazilian exclusives separate though.

    However, a TV format field (PAL-E/NTSC-U/NTSC-J/PAL-M etc) would be nice, but I imagine it's a little late in the day to overhaul all the lists now.

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    Very nice work guys.
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    Does this mean I get a cookie now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress
    ANOTHER NOTE: Pay no mind to the style/genre area which is broken at the moment (and also causing some duplicate records in the action/puzzle genre). We'll have that fixed up in a jiffy.
    UPDATE: This bug has been fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anagrama
    However, a TV format field (PAL-E/NTSC-U/NTSC-J/PAL-M etc) would be nice, but I imagine it's a little late in the day to overhaul all the lists now.
    It's never too late! When I call in the next update from the section editors I'll have this added in. We've also been requested to add ESRB ratings and due to the nature of the web beast we'll also have fields for URLs to our screen shots, adverts, and box art (all from the DP site, natch).

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    I dunno if this is where bugs found should be posted but:

    Bug Found (example):
    - Search: NES, Recomended Only.
    - Sort by: Name.
    - Returns: All NES items sorted by name.

    I assume that this is not such a specific problem, but I have not explored it any further.

    -james

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgenotte
    I dunno if this is where bugs found should be posted but:

    Bug Found (example):
    - Search: NES, Recomended Only.
    - Sort by: Name.
    - Returns: All NES items sorted by name.

    I assume that this is not such a specific problem, but I have not explored it any further.

    -james
    I was wondering if anyone would pick that up. It actually happens for "Recommended Only", "Landmarks", and "Slant Only". The other checkboxes and fields do not have this problem. Looking into it now, I'm sure SF here already has the cure.

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    Suggestion for this; for the "Rarity" field, allow a range. Often when I'm perusing the guides I'm looking for the 5 and up rarities so I know what to purchase on sight. Like this:

    Rarity ___ to ___

    Beautifully done by the way!

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    sorting and paging on those three fields should be working now at the cost of some speed. It'll be faster when I can get the sysadmin to bounce the servlet runner.

    As for range, you can't have range. :P

    but we'll let you do inequalities. (IE: rarity>5, dollars < 80)

    SF - Cope.

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