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      Welcome to the Video Game Museum FAQ. Here we'll give submission info and answer some questions we're normally bombarded with. If you have a question you want to see up here, e-mail us.

     - About the site.
         - How did the Video Game Museum get started?
         - Where can I see what Gamepics or Gamescans looked like?
         - What does 'a fat boys' mean?
         - How can I contact the staff?
         - What should I do if I find a mistake on the site?
     - Contributing to VGM.
         - I want to send in games for Gamepics, how many should I send?
         - What image file format should I use?
         - Should I zip the files?
         - Anything else I should know?
         - I want to send you some scans for Game Scans, what resolution do you want them to be, and what format?
         - What about all the other sections?
         - Why have you not put my contribution up yet!?!? Why haven't you e-mailed me back!?!?
     - Linking to VGM.
         - Can I link to your images on my website?
         - Can I use your images on my website?
         - I run *such and such site*. Will you put my site in your links section?

How did the Video Game Museum get started?

      - Started by Garrett "Mek" Dockery on August 20, 1999 out of his need to have screenshots for as many games as possible, the site was originally called Gamepics. On December 12, 1999 the first game scans were added to the site and they became so popular that by January 14, 2000 the sub-site Gamescans was online, followed quickly by merging off these two sites into the Video Game Museum, launching officially on January 26, 2000. In the following months and years after the merge, more sections such as Game Endings, Sprite Rips, Game Ads and Game Reviews were added, various redesigns were applied to the site, several staff members joined and left building the VGMuseum as it is today. The site is updated and maintained by staff members Rey and Oli with Mek serving as the webmaster.

Where can I see what Gamepics or Gamescans looked like?

      - This is what Game Pics and Game Scans looked like, they merged into the first version of VGM and later updated to a second design. You can see more history and designs at the Staff page.

What does "a fat boys" mean?

      - a fat boys.

How can I contact the staff?

      - Mek:
      - E-Mail: VGMuseum at gmail.com
      - AIM: Mek3D
      - ICQ: 32549872

      - Rey:
      - AIM: ReyVGM

What should I do if I find a mistake on the site?

      - E-mail us the link where you found the mistake and we'll fix it as soon as possible.

I want to send in games for Gamepics, how many should I send?

      - You can send as many images as you want. Or enough to get a good look at the title screen, introduction, character select screen, story intermissions, boss preludes, level bosses, different levels and anything else that might look interesting. Please don't take a pack of screen captures of the same looking part of a level, instead take one or two shots of each stage as long as it looks different.
Example: A game like Pac Man doesn't need a lot of images since all the levels look basically the same, but a game like Super Mario World would since the levels and world maps are varied.

      - If you are in doubt about the quality of your contributions, compare them with the other Gamepics or Gamescans of that system.

What image file format should I use?

      - The images need to be in the .PNG format, they can also be .BMP or .GIF if the images were originally produced in that format. Do not try to convert the images yourself or you might downgrade their original quality in the process. It would also help *GREATLY* if you first send a list of the games you are contributing.

Should I zip the files?

      -Yes, all contributions should be zipped in files no larger than 12MB.

Anything else I should know?

      - Please do not send any images named: titleshot.gif, in-gameshot.gif, etc. Instead number them like nameofgame001.gif, nameofgame002.gif, etc.
      - Don't use capital letters in the image files, it conflicts with the HTML.
      - And please don't send in shots from other websites or pics that you have taken from somewhere without permission. Thank You!

I want to send you some scans for Game Scans, what resolution do you want them to be, and what format?

      - The resolution should be 300 DPI or higher. At least 1,000 - 2,000 pixels for the long side of the scan. And save them as high quality .JPG. Same goes for Game Ads. It would help us greatly if you could split the front and back. Also take a look at the guideline for sending in gamepics. Same applies to scans.

      - To achieve better quality scans, clean the glass surface of a scanner often.

      - In you scanner Options menu TURN ON de-screen option, to reduce the actual dots from screen printing.

What about all the other sections?

  • Game Endings - See the Ending FAQ.
  • Sprite Rips - Pixel perfect, please. If you make a sprite rip, turn off eagle effect and scan lines. I also accept animated rips, maps and monster charts (i.e. Focus's Dragon Warrior chart).
  • Game Systems - You can send in pics or info for systems we don't have up. You could also add new images or replace poor pics with better ones.
  • Game Reviews - See the Review FAQ.
  • Game Ads - See the Game Scans guidelines above.
  • Game Music - At the moment we aren't accepting any music.

    Why have you not put my contribution up yet!?!? Why haven't you e-mailed me back!?!?

          - Oy, we get this one from time to time. First off, we have a queue of things yet to be put up. We promise it will be up in due time. It could take anywhere from 2 days to 3 months, depending on the flow of updates and time availability. As for the e-mail, we reply to each email unless it gets lost in the junk folder.

    Can I link to your images on my website?

          - No, you cannot. The server administrators have disabled off-site image linking, you can however link to the pages themselves.

    Can use your images on my website?

          - Yes, you can use the images, as long as you give credit to the website where you found them.

    I run *such and such site*. Will you put my site in your links section?

          - Yes, we will. As long as you link us as well. We've been burned in the past and it's annoying. Some people can't grasp "Link TRADE" I guess.

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