Posted by AdventFalls (73 posts) -

Hey guys- I'm AdventFalls, and this is the BombQuest.

Been a while since the last Quest, where we took a good, hard look at Globe-Trotter. Today, we're looking at one that's actually fairly easy, but no one actually does.

Catch and Release. Three quests, and they're quests that require you to do something a certain number of times. They all count towards each other, so thankfully it doesn't force the issue too often.

Namely, you have to add a new release to Giant Bomb. This isn't 'add a new game', this is add a new release.

  • Release Me!: Add one new release.
  • Release Your Inner Data Monkey: Add 25 new releases.
  • Full Release!: Add 50 new releases.
Fifty total new releases. Full Release is actually the rarest quest I have on Giant Bomb- it's rarer than even the Limited Edition Quests I have. And I'm here to walk you through this quest set.

  • How do I find a page that needs releases?

Well, you're not likely to find it looking at Gears of War 2 or any well-loved game of the past few years. Here are a few tips:
  • Look for games that were never released in the US (Example: Mother 3, Getter Love!!)
  • Look for games that predate the PS2/Gamecube/XBox era (Example: Glover)
  • Look for games that didn't sell very well (Example: Rocket: Robot on Wheels NO I WILL NEVER SHUT UP ABOUT THAT GAME)
  • Look for games that are really, really bad (Example: Elf Bowling 1&2)
  • How do I add a release?

Let's take a look at a game I filled up releases for: a shitty Carmageddon port for the N64. Right under the title of the game it states that the game consists of '2 releases'. Every different area of the world (US, UK, Japan, Australia) is a different release. If it's on the N64 and the PS1 only in the US, that's two releases right there! A 'best-seller' edition is a new release. A compilation where it's packed with several other games is a new release for all of the games.

However, Carmageddon 64 was only released twice! We can't possibly use this as an example!

Another really, really shitty game: Superman 64. Ah, but the Giant Bomb database says it was only released in the US! However, a quick look at Wikipedia/GameFAQs/the source of your choice tells you that it was also released in the UK! It's time to boot up the system by clicking the 'Add New Release' button in the upper right corner.

Clicking that button leads you to this window. Things look a bit intimidating, no? But really, there's only a few things you absolutely, positively NEED to get a successful release posted.

  • The name
  • The platform
  • The region
  • The release date
That's it! It doesn't even need to be an exact release date; there are games that only have 'Q1 1995', and Giant Bomb will allow it. However, the more specific you can make your release date, the better.

This is that same window with more information. We have the name, platform, region, and release date. But I've also got some other information in there. The product code refers to the numbers on the UPC tag in the US, or the ISBN-10 or EAN-13 tags elsewhere.

Company ID only refers to Nintendo or Sony products, and can be found on GameFAQs or elsewhere. It's not strictly required, but it's nice to put in.

Finally, the game rating. Notice that I didn't put in a game rating. The reason is simple: I'm not sure the game rating system Superman 64 used is in the database, so I leave it blank.

Propose the new release, and await moderation! New releases are moderated for people under a certain point threshold, but I've gotten enough to get past it.... meaning my submission goes up instantly. Presto, a new release! Only 49 more to go, and remember- that's not necessarily 49 games!

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And that's Catch and Release! Did the pictures help? Should the next Quest return to page hunting, or go to wiki editing?
#1 Posted by AdventFalls (73 posts) -

Hey guys- I'm AdventFalls, and this is the BombQuest.

Been a while since the last Quest, where we took a good, hard look at Globe-Trotter. Today, we're looking at one that's actually fairly easy, but no one actually does.

Catch and Release. Three quests, and they're quests that require you to do something a certain number of times. They all count towards each other, so thankfully it doesn't force the issue too often.

Namely, you have to add a new release to Giant Bomb. This isn't 'add a new game', this is add a new release.

  • Release Me!: Add one new release.
  • Release Your Inner Data Monkey: Add 25 new releases.
  • Full Release!: Add 50 new releases.
Fifty total new releases. Full Release is actually the rarest quest I have on Giant Bomb- it's rarer than even the Limited Edition Quests I have. And I'm here to walk you through this quest set.

  • How do I find a page that needs releases?

Well, you're not likely to find it looking at Gears of War 2 or any well-loved game of the past few years. Here are a few tips:
  • Look for games that were never released in the US (Example: Mother 3, Getter Love!!)
  • Look for games that predate the PS2/Gamecube/XBox era (Example: Glover)
  • Look for games that didn't sell very well (Example: Rocket: Robot on Wheels NO I WILL NEVER SHUT UP ABOUT THAT GAME)
  • Look for games that are really, really bad (Example: Elf Bowling 1&2)
  • How do I add a release?

Let's take a look at a game I filled up releases for: a shitty Carmageddon port for the N64. Right under the title of the game it states that the game consists of '2 releases'. Every different area of the world (US, UK, Japan, Australia) is a different release. If it's on the N64 and the PS1 only in the US, that's two releases right there! A 'best-seller' edition is a new release. A compilation where it's packed with several other games is a new release for all of the games.

However, Carmageddon 64 was only released twice! We can't possibly use this as an example!

Another really, really shitty game: Superman 64. Ah, but the Giant Bomb database says it was only released in the US! However, a quick look at Wikipedia/GameFAQs/the source of your choice tells you that it was also released in the UK! It's time to boot up the system by clicking the 'Add New Release' button in the upper right corner.

Clicking that button leads you to this window. Things look a bit intimidating, no? But really, there's only a few things you absolutely, positively NEED to get a successful release posted.

  • The name
  • The platform
  • The region
  • The release date
That's it! It doesn't even need to be an exact release date; there are games that only have 'Q1 1995', and Giant Bomb will allow it. However, the more specific you can make your release date, the better.

This is that same window with more information. We have the name, platform, region, and release date. But I've also got some other information in there. The product code refers to the numbers on the UPC tag in the US, or the ISBN-10 or EAN-13 tags elsewhere.

Company ID only refers to Nintendo or Sony products, and can be found on GameFAQs or elsewhere. It's not strictly required, but it's nice to put in.

Finally, the game rating. Notice that I didn't put in a game rating. The reason is simple: I'm not sure the game rating system Superman 64 used is in the database, so I leave it blank.

Propose the new release, and await moderation! New releases are moderated for people under a certain point threshold, but I've gotten enough to get past it.... meaning my submission goes up instantly. Presto, a new release! Only 49 more to go, and remember- that's not necessarily 49 games!

-----

And that's Catch and Release! Did the pictures help? Should the next Quest return to page hunting, or go to wiki editing?
#2 Posted by MementoMori (189 posts) -

cool.

#3 Posted by Natedogg2 (456 posts) -

This is some great advice. I finished up this quest line today and I was #171. It's not that hard to do. I did a lot of N64 and PS1 games (as well as some PS2 games). I sorted by release date, went back a few hundred pages, and then hit links until I found releases with 0 listed. Then copy the title into GameFAQs or a similar site and grab the info.