To contribute any of the below (or maybe something we haven't thought of yet) contact us Here
Please note contributor reviews are capped at 5 per game
We know this might mean you miss out on reviewing your favorite game of all time and might put you off contributing all together but there is no point in a few massively popular games getting 50 reviews if every other game gets ignored.
We genuinely hope that people will take a look at a number of other games no matter ho positive or negative their review might be as long as it's an honest and fair reflection.
We'd like to keep the contributor reviews in the same format as legacy reviews so please submit your reviews in the following format.
(Your introduction into the game or any particular point you want to start at)
(The next section of your review)
(The final part of the main section of your review)
A summing up paragraph of your overall review
In A Sentence
One sentence to describe the game for you.
A Few Extra Notes
Please note contributor images are capped at 50 per Game
Please note contributor videos (minimum 10 minutes long) are capped at 5 per game
Every database page will have a maximum 50 images.
This can be 50 screen captures from one person, 1 image from 50 different people or any combination in-between.
We'd like to keep the images as varied a possible so please try and add some variety to both what you contribute and any images already on the site.
Also please don't submit any ending screens or anything else likely to be considered a massive spoiler.
Never has the Video Game industry been bigger than it is now and never has it been easier for people to share their video game experiences with the world.
Twitch is skyrocketing and a good number of the biggest You Tube channels are dedicated to gaming
We don't care if you've got a million subscribers or just one as long as your video meets our mini list of terms below we're happy to embed it on legacy.
Video Sharing Terms
All videos are streamed directly from You Tube so you have full control to remove them at any point you want while also still receiving all viewing numbers.
We know some of the biggest stars like to use offensive language in every video and yes sometimes that's what made them a star, but they are already at the top so why would people watch you?
Legacy isn't against the use of profanity in particular (it's one of multiple reasons I don't do commentary on my videos!) but it's not something everyone wants to watch / listen to so lets just keep it simple and keep it out.
Anybody can make a list of games ect right?
Well it's probably harder than you might actually assume but regardless on top of that we included the Collectors extras because...
I guess I just like nerd stats!
When I came up with collectors extra it seemed simple enough collectors sets for example should be pretty simple to include an they are (for some lists anyway) the differing languages games were released in proved a bit more problematic but it was fun research and I've learned to type Korean (even if I can't read a word of it)
The variation just seemed like a mini little extra that after just a few weeks I soon realised would actually be an monumental task but one i'm committed to sticking with.
But with so many lists, so many regions and of course so many extras if you know of anything missing we'd be most grateful if you could get in touch and help us create the most comprehensive downloadable lists in the world.
I personally don't use cheats & very very rarely use guides of any kind while playing games.
For me if I can't beat a game on my own then I guess I just can't beat it.
However everyone some people do want guides it might be for achievements or trophies, it could be for that one level or area they are stuck in, that one item they just can't find that one missing $100 bill on conkers bad fur day (took me 9 hours to find that thing on rare replay despite having done the game multiple times on N64)
I have even met people in the past that wanted a guide to use religiously from the very start to the very end of a game (I personally don't see much point in playing if that's the case but again we're all different)
I personally will be uploading very few cheats or guides to Legacy so this section will almost exclusively be a contributor only section of the database.
You can submit your guides in any of the following formats
As always please only contribute your own work.
If you know of a particular guide that you think is just so amazing it should be shared here send us a message and a link where to find it and we'll get in touch with the author and see if they'd like to share it here.
Terms Of Submission
By submitting any contribution to Video Game Legacy you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions.
1. You will always be credited for anything you contribute
2. Video Game Legacy has the right to host the content for as long as it sees fit, we have no obligation to remove any contributed content.
3. Video Game Legacy has the right to use in part or in whole any content contributed to further promote or advertise the website or our services as we see fit.
4. You will always have the right to delete or remove your videos streamed via YouTube
5. You will not be rewarded financially or in any other format for any contribution you make.
6. Video Game Legacy reserves the right to change, add to or amend these terms at any time.
Having a publishing schedule is important to Legacy for a couple of reasons.
1. It lets all of you know what will be going live on which days so if your only here for certain content you'll know when it's going to drop.
2. It helps me personally plan ahead and have more content prepared in advance meaning I can have more content posted overall.
At the start of 2019 Legacy is largely run and created by just me.
Michael (Legacy Smikey) Editor, owner, founder and pretty much everything other than tea lady (but only because I don't drink tea)
I can't publish as much content as some of the big sites that have dozens sometimes even hundreds of staff all working on different things at the same time.
Hopefully one day we will have some more staff members to help move things along or at the very least some more regular contributors to fill parts of Legacy up I simply don't have time to do.
That being said I have a true love for the video game industry and I've studied it in great detail for most of my life.
Even when I'm not actively publishing posts here it's highly likely I'm still working on the site behind the scenes or other gaming related stuff.
This schedule will be reviewed and updated on regular basis as required.
This schedule starts January 6th 2020
There will be a scattering of additional content posted to legacy when time allows but you can expect this schedule to be stuck to as much as possible.
* Reviews will either be Full Legacy reviews, Critic review Summaries (with links to full review) full contributor reviews or a combination of the 3.
While It's Legacy's long term ambition to write our own reviews for as much of the database as possible in the short to medium term the check lists and database are much bigger priorities.
Legacy is a passion project set up to document as much of the video games industry and the people who work within it as possible.
While of course we want to cover all the latest and greatest games and the greats of the past we also want to cover the obscure and interview those that often don't get the credit they deserve.
It's not just the big games or the big names that created or sustain this great industry it's also every indie game or every person behind the scenes that works just as hard to bring a game to life.
My Name is Michael (Legacy Smikey)
At the time this website launched (June 4th 2018) I'm a 38 year old farther of 4 who has spent almost his entire life playing video games.
I've been told i'm almost certainly on the autistic spectrum by a specialist doctor who diagnosed 2 of my kids as being so.
I have very little desire for social interaction have an amazingly small group of friends and spent vast amounts of my life (pre kids) playing video games.
They were't just my hobby or even my escape but in many difficult periods of my life they were the only thing that kept me going.
I have almost completely written my own autobiography, more as a self reflection for my own issues than anything else but it's possible it could turn up on here at some point.
Should that day ever arrive I must give some advance warning it's brutally honest and includes some occasionally singing sheep!
As I write this Legacy doesn't have a single contributor (because the website isn't live yet)
I accept the fact that Legacy might never have more than a handful of dedicated contributors and it's entirely possible the site could go for years and years without anyone adding any form of contribution.
Legacy will grow and move from strength to strength with the help of contributors that is simply a fact the more information we gather and the more opinions and media we share the more diverse the whole thing will become.
Legacy will continue to grow and evolve throughout the years no matter how many or how few contributions we receive.
We do hope however that you'll stop by from time to time and make this project even better with your input.
What makes Video Game Legacy Different from the other 26 million video game websites?
This is pretty hard to answer in just a couple of sentences but please have a look around and we think you'll find a few differences pretty quickly.
Exactly what does Legacy take into account when reviewing a game.
Here you can find exactly what we do and don't take into account when adding reviews to Legacy.
Here are just 3 examples of why we don't believe review scores don't work and never will.
10 players of vastly different gaming ability and genre preferences are given a game to review
Player 1 Finds the game too difficult for their own abilities & doesn't get all that far into it, they end up totally frustrated and give the game a lower score than they would've had they made it to level 3.
Player 2 Finds the game far too easy, the press notes said challenging but having spent the last few years earning trophies and achievements that less than 1% of players ever get the challenging notes from the developer have left the reviewer underwhelmed and therefore they score the game lower than they would've had their expectations not been raised.
Player 3 Simply hates these kinds of games, they aren't even sure why it was given to them in the first place.
The editor told them it would give a better reflection of the game if it could win over someone who wasn't a fan of the genre.
It must be agreed there was some merit to that argument but the idea failed all the same they hadn't even got to the end of level one and they already wanted to write the thing up as cliche, more of the same and boring with nothing new or exciting to move the genre on to new heights.
The game receives a terrible score.
Player 4 Loves this particular genre they buy almost every game of it's type to come out which isn't all that often as it's rather niche.
It's not the best game or worst game in the genre they've ever played but they add an extra a point or two onto the score because that way more people might give these kind of games a chance and help the genre become more mainstream.
Player 5 Rolled their eyes when the editor gave them the review code for this game.
It wasn't a genre issue they've played these types of games on a few occasions and some were quite enjoyable.
It wasn't a difficulty issue they play both easy and difficult games is pretty equal measure.
This game was an indie game and player 5 really hates playing indie games.
Player 5 longed for the day their editor would give them the latest triple A game for a review but today wasn't to be that day and this game's score was going to be deducted at least one point because of it
Player 6 Loved indie games, they proudly followed hundreds of Indie developers on social media and always felt they were hard done by when it came to reviews.
They always have a tendency to overcompensate for this this perceived view of the review world by adding a point or two to their own indie game reviews.
Player 7 Player 7 didn't mind reviewing an indie game in fact they were just generally happy to review any game of any genre from any studio with any budget.
For Player 7 it was a genuine honor and privilege just to play a game early and write about their experiences.
They liked the game and thought it was rather well done.
All in all taking the game's budget into account and looking at many aspects of the game they awarded it a 7 out of 10.
Player 8 Player 8 also didn't mind reviewing an indie game in fact they were also generally happy to review any game of any genre from any studio with any budget.
For Player 8 it was also a genuine honor and privilege to play a game early and write about their experiences.
They also liked the game and thought it was rather well done.
They took the game's budget into account and looked at many aspects of the game.
They were going to give it a 7 but just mere hours before sending the review off to the editor the review of player 7 popped up online and they most certainly weren't about to award the exact same score as that website was almost always too generous with it's scores so they gave it a 6 instead.
Player 9 Player 9 didn't mind reviewing indie games either and yet again they were happy to review any game of any genre from any studio with any budget.
They thought the game was reasonable but nothing amazing.
Given the number of games that had just come out recently player 9 thought this game couldn't really be considered for a high or even middle of the numbers score as compared to some other games with completely different budgets and genres they were more deserving of the readers money overall so they gave it a disappointing 4.
Player 10 Player 10 didn't much care about the genre, budget or origin of the game.
He was new to this job and wanted to get people talking regardless how much they agreed or disagreed with their point of view.
They put less than half an hour of actual game play before writing review and mostly used snippets of information gained online or from the developer notes included with their review copy.
Player 10 knew their website wasn't the biggest on the internet but they had just made it to the fabled land known as metacrtic and what was the best way to make an instant splash and get people to click on their review before those of others?
A very low score or a very high score seemed like one of the best ways.
That and getting their review out first of course.
The first half hour of game play didn't seem up to all that much so they gave it a 3 out of 10.
It didn't matter what the developer thought about it really he'd already broken the review embargo by a day and the website would gain lots of clicks from it so it was worth it in the end.
If your game doesn't score over 80% on Metacritc we're only going to pay you 80% of the agreed terms.
That was the exact words given to an indiedev who was just about to sign a contract with a big multi national to publish a game they'd spent almost 8 years of their life working on.
Of course the indiedev could have refused and tried to go it alone perhaps self publish on a smaller scale on less platforms and less countries.
If they spent long enough maybe they could even find a new publisher who would offer better terms but they felt like this might be the last chance to get the game out there.
A game they had dreamed of making as a child was now complete and ready to be unleashed on the world.
Of course they had faith in the game how could they not after such a long time working on it and surely the reviewers would take into account the budget spent and review the game on it's own merits.
The game got off to a good start with some very good reviews but ultimately the deadline for an 80% passed and the game sat at 78% a few weeks later falling to 73%
The indiedev involved vowed never to work with a publisher again and questioned how they can withhold so much money purely based on a 2% swing of opinions from a privileged few.
It's not just indiedevs that are having things like this imposed on them many game creators and staff at certain companies are paid bonuses or have employment reviews almost exclusively based on a few review opinions.
Are there really that many people who can without question say that game is a 7.8 /10 and that one is an 8?
What exactly are these differences?
And why is your opinion more important than the person sat next to you?
Please note if we deem you have reviewed the game unfairly or purely for publicity we will never give you a review copy again.
That was a footnote included with my review code for a game I received a few years ago when I was still running Nintendo Legacy.
I asked if that meant a low score because Legacy doesn't publish scores.
Their response was it includes anything that we deem unfair including scores.
Their response obviously made little sense as I'd already told them we don't score reviews.
Of course it essentially meant give the game a great review or at the very least an overall positive one or you'll never get anything again.
I don't claim this is a wide spread practice it has only ever been said to me once and I certainly don't claim that all or indeed any review website would ever give a game a score higher than what they deem it to be but its most certainly another reason to not completely rely on a simple number alone.
I declined the review code and bought and reviewed the game a few months latter in a sale, I gave it a fair review but not one I believe they'd have been totally happy with.
Here we'll give you a fairly brief explanation of what affiliate links are, why we use them, why we don't consider them advertising and how you can add links of your own.
Affiliate links are links to websites.
If you click on one of our affiliate links and then make a purchase (either for the item we linked to or anything else on that website) then we normally (although not always terms vary from company to company) get paid a small % of that sale.
There is no additional cost to you our payment comes directly from the profits of the seller.
Legacy is and forever will be an advertisement free project.
However just because we don't choose to make money from selling contact details or posting annoying advertisements all over the website we still have costs to pay.
We still have to pay for server costs, pay website renewals and a whole host of other associated costs without even including all my own personal time, and electricity working on this project.
Legacy is still a business and funds still have to be raised to keep the accounts in the black.
The Legacy Store is and always will be our main source of income, we may or may not at some point raise a few extra dollars through Patreon and affiliate links will hopefully subsided a few more costs.
But please rest assured no matter how much or how little things like Patreon or these links Legacy will continue as a project and advertisement fees will never be apart of it.
Why would Legacy offer non affiliate links if it won't make any money from them?
Legacy is all about freedom of choice we want to give you as many links as possible to buy the stuff you want regardless if we make the odd dollar or not.
If that's the case why doesn't Legacy just fill in this area itself?
One day I genuinely hope the site will grow big enough and have enough people working in it to do just that.
But until then I just genuinely don't have the time to check out multiple websites in multiple languages to bring up links from all over the world. (the affiliate links alone can take up to an hour to put together and we have a lot of pages to add to the database that's a lot of hours)
We really do hope that if you see this product on a reputable website(s) please do send us those links and we will add them to this area.
The more we get the better.
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