ArqadeWhat are some comprehensive game database websites, like IMDB is for movies?
[+16] [7] Nathan Chase
[2010-07-18 13:15:29]
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Looking for websites that contain a broad depth of detailed information/imagery for classic/vintage, arcade, handheld, PC, console, and mobile games.

(3) I went ahead and edited your title a bit. Ask for what you want, not what is the best. 'The best' differs from person to person. - Arda Xi
@Arda, good edit, but this still probably isn't objective enough to stay open. - Lord Torgamus
Seems like it to me, it's pretty well described what OP is looking for. - Arda Xi
Gotcha. Thanks for the edit clarification. - Nathan Chase
I know it's off-topic, but in a somewhat similar vein BoardGameGeek is the IMDB of board and card games. - Wikwocket
[+24] [2010-07-18 13:19:44] Oak

MobyGames [1] is a site that attempts to catalog all video games, and it does a pretty decent job at this, including very old games. They also catalog mobile games, including J2ME, iPhone, Android, etc..

From their FAQ:

MobyGames is the working name of an extremely ambitious project: To meticulously catalog all relevant information about electronic games (computer, console, and arcade) on a game-by-game basis, and then offer up that information through flexible queries and "data mining". In layman's terms, it's a huge game database.

In addition, MobyGames both provides its own reviews for some games, as well as aggregating and linking to reviews from other websites.


This site is also used as a source by one of the DOSBox front-ends, whose name has slipped my mind. - Arda Xi
(1) D-Fend Reloaded is the name of the frontend. - Zizzencs
(1) No, that's not it. I was referring to DosBox Game Launcher, or DBGL. But I suppose that one uses it too then. - Arda Xi
[+9] [2010-07-18 14:23:19] Nathan Chase

I found GiantBomb [1], which looks to be a pretty good resource. Any others?


+1. AFAIK they have a publically available API too. - Nippysaurus
[+9] [2010-07-18 20:38:54] DisgruntledGoat

GameFAQs [1] is fairly comprehensive. It has things like credits information, images and various help guides.

I don't think it has much in the way of mobile games and standalone arcade/handheld games but it has info for all console games, even pretty obscure ones.


[+5] [2010-07-18 22:25:43] Martín Marconcini

Don’t forget the venerable Game Spot [1]. It’s the ArsTechnica of the Games (or used to be).


(4) I am biased against that site because they fired one of their staff for writing a fair review, even though the company was being paid by a developer studio to bias the review in their favor. - Nippysaurus
(3) I might add that the person who was fired is the same person who started the site "giantbomb". - Nippysaurus
[+1] [2011-01-06 14:40:19] community_owned

For Linux There is Linux Game Databses [1]


[+1] [2011-06-25 19:20:11] Fabiano PS

For Indie games, this seems to be the best:

[+1] [2010-07-18 14:49:58] Daenyth

For linux, there's the Linux Game Tome [1]


Bad link, the correct link is - deft_code
Sorry, typo. Fixed - Daenyth