yo, this is a bit of a necropost, but I'm thinking it might be a good idea to maybe set up a sort of "google docs" living collaboration place for articles that are in the process of getting put up. That'd mean certain people (not everybody, that'd be terrible) would be able to edit and work on making articles stronger with other writers from the site.
Questions, Comments, Hows My Driving? Just message my aim and I'll ask my parents for permission before I respond!
We're hoping to get the site converted to a CMS sometime next year, when that happens something vaguely along that line might be implemented. For now, you can post stuff on the forum for people to comment on.
Another thing I would highly recommend to would-be writers is the Videogame Style Guide and Reference Book. You can get the pdf version free or order the book at gamestyleguide.com/. It sets guidelines in cohesion with AP Style so that writers can maintain correct grammar and spelling in their articles. Example: 'Cut scene', not cutscene. Videogame, not video game. As a copyeditor and journalist, I follow AP Style standards the best that I can, but if I'm not sure whether something's right or wrong, I'll check the book.
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2012 23:30:54 GMT -5 by Insidious
Careful: While the style guide is very helpful in most regards (correct spellings of console names for example) there are some major decisions that are debatable and still being debated: Those who write "videogame" as one word are actually in the minority, and HG101 traditionally belongs to the "video game" faction. I'm also pretty sure we opted in favor of "cutscene" instead of "cut scene" when copy editing the Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures.
Post by Sketcz-1000 on Aug 31, 2012 11:50:12 GMT -5
Well, there has been talk of standardising the spelling, but as an Englishman I quite like using the UK standard. Or rather, I don't think about it when typing. For what it's worth I usually leave the chosen spellings as is when designing some pages.
Generally we leave it up to the author, as we have an eclectic mix of nationalities.
If it is ok to ask in this thread so do i wonder why there is no youtube videos linked in the articles? It is a good way to show the games. ok.. now it is common that users remove videos and such but maybe a hardcoregaming101 user account should be added to youtube so they are safely linked?
For example i have a "Turbo Outrun" (Atari ST version) video uploaded that is recored from the real hardware (and from an original copy of the game) and it shows the long loading times and stupid disk swapping... stuff that usually is not mentioned in reviews. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbvPC-jl6Ek
If this is an good idea then i can supply some Atari ST game videos for articles that are recorded from real hardware and if possible using a copy of the game that is not cracked/hacked/packed.
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No problem, just take them as they are, only make sure the cropping is right. If they're too tiny, we'll have them displayed in double size. The alternative would be cutting the portraits out of the illustrations. There's a bunch on the back of the cover for Mystic Ark, with a decent scan at gamefaqs... dunno if they're all you need, though.
EDIT: This Let's Play has scans from the game's art book (but terrible jpg screenshots) distributed over its pages: lparchive.org/Mystic-Ark/Update%2001/ Still don't know if it has all the major characters, though.
I have a problem and wasn't sure where to put it. I think this might be the right place.
I got some screenshots of Gunbird 2 with Morrigan, but there is a huge problem. The screenshots are way too big and look fuzzy when they are at normal size. I'm thinking about resizing the link so that it looks good on the web page. What size would be ideal for Dreamcast screenshots? I'm not sure what I'm doing with the whole "resolution to try to make the picture not look compressed" thing. Thanks.