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These are the primary references used the most to write the contents of this website. These might serve as a good starting point for game history researchers.

Release and Developer Information


A database with box art, screenshots, credits, and release information for games on all platforms. Syltefar has used MobyGames extensively for research, box art, and screenshots.
Founded in 1999 by Jim Leonard and Brian Hirt, edited by a volunteer community.
MobyGames was purchased by Atari in 2021.
Active: 1999-now


Wikipedia's information about releases, genres, and the history of specific games has been useful for this site. In return, a couple of Wikipedia articles were started by Syltefar, and a couple of errors fixed.
Created in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger
Active: 2001-now

Giant Bomb

Has a community-edited wiki games database with box art, screenshots, release information, descriptions, tags, and reviews.
Founded in 2008 by Jeff Gerstmann and Ryan Davis, formerly of Gamespot
Giant Bomb was purchased by Fandom in 2022, together with GameSpot, Metacritic, GameFAQs, and Comic Vine.
Active: 2008-now

Hall Of Light

A comprehensive database of Amiga games with box art, screenshots, manual scans, and reviews.
Founded in 2001 by RCK
Active: 2001-now

The International Arcade Museum (IAM)

Database of pinball, electro-mechanical, and electronic arcade games, and a database of arcade game flyers.
In 1991, the Killer List Of Videogames (KLOV) was maintained by Mike Hughey. This would gradually become the Arcade Museum database.
Owned by WebMagic Ventures
Active: 1991-now

PSX Data Center

A comprehensive database of PSX games with box art, screenshots, including Japan-only releases.
Started November 29th, 2007 by CRX
Active: 2007-now

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Useful for finding evidence for release dates.
Started July 4th, 1836
Active: 1836-now

Other Information

Hardcore gaming 101

Articles about obscure older games and game series, tagged with genres, platforms, and developers, great for discovering new old games.
Created by Kurt Katala in 2004.
Active: 2004-now

Retrogaming with Racketboy

Useful guides with recommended games and hidden gems for old game platforms.
Active: 2004-now


Reviews of classic shoot 'em ups.
Created in 1997 by Malcolm Laurie
Active: 1997-now


Multiplayer information
Active: 2008-now


A game database with community-provided game length statistics.
Owned by Ziff Davis
Active: 2011-now

Hardware Information

System 16: The Arcade Museum

System 16 has information about arcade hardware, categorized by manufacturer, and lists of games per arcade hardware architecture.
Founded in 1999 by Toby Broyad.
Active: 1999-now

Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME)

Hardware information about arcade games
Commenced in 1997 by Nicola Salmoria.
Active: 1997-now

Game ROM Images

The Internet Archive

ROMs and disk images for old games
Founded in 1996 by Brewster Kahle.
Active: 1996-now

Edge Emulation

ROMs and disk images for old games

Translations and other ROM hacks
Founded in 2005? by Nightcrawler
Active: 2005?-now

Composer Information


Composer and technical replay information for Amiga games.
Founded in 1997 by Jools Wills
Active: 1997-now

Video Game Music Preservation Foundation

Composer information
Started in 2009 by Dean Tersigni.


Composer information
Secret Squirrel (?)

Walkthroughs and Guides


Walkthroughs, passwords, cheat codes
Founded as the 'Video Game FAQ Archive' by Jeff Veasey in 1995.
GameFAQs was purchased by Fandom in 2022, together with GameSpot, Metacritic, Giant Bomb, and Comic Vine.
Active: 1995-now


Walkthroughs and guides
Created in 2005 by Brandon Suit/echelon
Active: 2004-now


Wiki, walkthroughs and guides for RPGs, especially focused on FromSoftware's games.

Imagine Games Network (IGN)

Walkthroughs and guides
Founded by Jonathan Simpson-Bint
Purchased by Ziff Davis in 2013
Active: 1996-now


Community-edited wikis for a wealth of game franchises, previously known as Wikicities or Wikia.
Founded by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley Starling in 2004
Active: 2004-now


Main pages
Game Database
External links

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