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Back in 2018 I was making submissions on how we could standardize the platform information to be of one voice.  This includes Notes and Specs.  Since I dropped off the community for a few years, I have since come back and decided I want to try and continue that work as I see not a lot of impact has been done on the literal platforms.   

It looks like platforms are still approved by admins rather then by the community so I will post here the notes that I add for systems in case updating is not done that quickly and others want to accurately document their platforms.

If these posts get traction I would love to see us  properly naming platforms and removing duplicates as well going forward. 

Example of improperly named: Game Wave

Example of duplicates: Xaviport

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Title: WoW Action Max

Scrape As: WoW Action Max

Release Date: 9/30/1987

Developer: Worlds of Wonder

Manufacturer: Worlds of Wonder

CPU: HD401010 (8-bit); 4 MHz

Memory: 32 bytes

Graphics: N/A

Sound: Internal Speaker

Display: 320 x 200 NTSC; 320 x 256 PAL

Media: VHS Cassette Tape

Max Controllers: 1

Sort Title: WoW Action Max

Notes:
The WoW Action Max, usually just referred to as the Action Max, is a third generation (1983-2003) video game console developed and distributed by Worlds of Wonder. It was released in September 1987 in North America at a retail price of $99.99. The console was also released in Europe (1987) in a limited capacity. The Action Max system required the owner to have a VCR to play it's games which were on VHS tapes. The console was discontinued in early 1988.

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Title: ZAPiT Game Wave Family Entertainment System

Scrape As: Game Wave Family Entertainment System

Release Date: 10/31/2005

Developer: ZAPiT Games

Manufacturer: ZAPiT Games

CPU: Mediamatics 8611

Memory: 16 MB SRAM

Graphics: N/A

Sound: 2 Channel D/A Full Stereo

Display: 480p,480i,720p,720i,1080i

Media: DVD

Max Controllers: 6

Sort Title: ZAPiT Game Wave Family Entertainment System

Notes:
The ZAPiT Game Wave Family Entertainment System, usually just referred to as the Game Wave, is a seventh generation (2005-2017) video game console developed and distributed by ZAPiT Games. It was released in October 2005 in North America, starting in Canada, at a retail price of $99.99. The Game Wave was a hybrid DVD player and home console, mostly focused on trivia based games. The console was discontinued sometime in 2009.

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Additional Platform Change Suggestions:

  • There are 2 Platforms that reference the Game Wave - This platform should be eliminated, and any games be merged into this platform.
  • The current platform should be renamed to "ZAPiT Game Wave Family Entertainment System" to follow other platforms like Sony PlayStation, Sega Genesis, Atari Jaguar, etc.
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Title: VTech Socrates

Scrape As: VTech Socrates

Release Date: 7/11/1988

Developer: VTech

Manufacturer: VTech

CPU: Zilog Z80A 3.58Mhz

Memory: 64 KB

Graphics:  Custom On Board Chip

Sound:  Toshiba tc8802AF

Display: 256 x 228

Media: Cartridges

Max Controllers: 2

Sort Title: VTech Socrates

Notes:
The VTech Socrates, usually just referred to as Socrates, is a third generation (1983-2003) video game console developed and distributed by VTech. It was released in July 1988 in North America at a retail price of $129.99. The console was also released in Germany (1988) as the Prof. Weiss-Alle and France (1988) as the Professeur Saitout. The Socrates was an educational machine that featured standard wireless controllers which communicated via infrared reception. The console was discontinued quietly in the early 1990's.

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I've filled in a bunch of platform data by hand in my build. I'm not sure what the process is to get them actually added to the database, but I'm willing to help in any way I can. (I'm not so good with making art, don't use photostop, but I figured out how to use Windows Paint to cut out and put transparency behind images for devices.)

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Title: VTech CreatiVision

Scrape As: VTech CreatiVision

Release Date: 12/31/1981

Developer: VTech

Manufacturer: VTech

CPU: Rockwell 6502A (8-bit) 2 MHz

Memory: RAM: 1 Kb, Video RAM: 16 KB

Graphics:  Custom On Board Chip

Sound:  Texas Instruments SND76489 (4 Channels - 3 Tonal, 1 Noise)

Display: 256 × 192

Media: Cartridges

Max Controllers: 2

Sort Title: VTech CreatiVision

Notes:
The VTech CreatiVision, usually just referred to as CreatiVision, is a second generation (1976-1992) video game console developed and distributed by VTech. It was released in early 1982 in Europe at a retail price of £499. The console was also released in Australia (1988) and New Zeland (1988) as the Dick Smith Wizard. The CreatiVision was a hybrid computer and home video game console. The console was discontinued in early 1986.

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12 minutes ago, fromlostdays said:

I've filled in a bunch of platform data by hand in my build. I'm not sure what the process is to get them actually added to the database, but I'm willing to help in any way I can. (I'm not so good with making art, don't use photostop, but I figured out how to use Windows Paint to cut out and put transparency behind images for devices.)

I am cool with any help that others want to help with.  My goal is to do enough of these to spur interest to finally get the database admins to make the polishing changes.  Again worse case is they don't update the game database with these changes, but they will be available for others that want that data and don't want to dig for the research on all of the platforms.

The best way to help is to keep the encouragement coming and offering suggestions on my submissions.  Additionally helping supply field data like Graphics/Sound/etc. saves researching.  I already have a ton of images I have modified into pngs, so no need to re-invent that wheel if you don't have the best tools or knowledge.

Thanks! 

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Title: VM Labs Nuon

Scrape As: Nuon

Release Date: 11/9/2000

Developer: VM Labs

Manufacturer: Motorola, Samsung, Toshiba

CPU: Quad Core VM Labs Nuon MPE (Media Processing Element) 108MHz

Memory: RAM: 32 MB 33MHz, Sound RAM: 512 KB, Video RAM: 8MB 66MHz

Graphics:  

Sound:  Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel

Display: 360 x 240

Media: DVD

Max Controllers: 2

Sort Title: VM Labs Nuon

Notes:
The VM Labs Nuon, usually just referred to as Nuon, is a sixth generation (1998-2013) video game console developed by VM Labs and distributed by Motorola, Samsung, and Toshiba. It was released on November 9th, 2000 in North America at a retail price of $250.00 to $350.00, depending on additional features. The console was also released in Europe (2000) and Korea (2000). The Nuon was actually technology imbedded into a DVD Player that added features for gaming. The technology was discontinued and phased out of DVD players in mid to late 2003.

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Title: SSD Company XaviXPORT

Scrape As: XaviXPORT

Release Date: 8/31/2004

Developer: SSD Company Limited

Manufacturer: SSD Company Limited

CPU: 6502 CPU (8-bit) 21.0 MHz

Memory: 1 KB High Speed

Graphics:  (((UNKNOWN)))

Sound: 16-bit Stereo 44.1 KHz Sampling Rate

Display: 640 x 480

Media: Cartridge

Max Controllers: 2

Sort Title: SSD Company XaviXPORT

Notes:
The SSD Company XaviXPORT, usually just referred to as XaviXPORT, is a sixth generation (1998-2013) video game console developed and distributed by SSD Company. It was released in August 2004 in North America at a retail price of $79.99. The console was also released in Japan (2004), Russia (2004) and Europe (2004) as the Domyos Interactive System. The XaviXPORT was a cartridge based game system where the games were sold with wireless controllers shaped like sports equipment. The console was discontinued in early 2017.

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Additional Platform Change Suggestions:

  • There are 2 Platforms that reference the XaviXPORT - This platform should be eliminated, and any games be merged into this platform.
  • The current platform should be renamed to "SSD Company XaviXPORT" to follow other platforms like Sony PlayStation, Sega Genesis, Atari Jaguar, etc.
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Title: Bandai WonderSwan

Scrape As: WonderSwan

Release Date: 3/4/1999

Developer: Bandai Co., Ltd.

Manufacturer: Bandai Co., Ltd.

CPU: NEC V30MZ @ 3 MHz

Memory: 64 KB

Graphics: Custom Chip (Supports 8 Shades of Gray)

Sound: Custom Chip (4 Channels)

Display: 224 x 144

Media: Cartridge

Max Controllers: 1

Sort Title: Bandai WonderSwan

Notes:
The Bandai WonderSwan, usually just referred to as WonderSwan, is a fifth generation (1993-2005) handheld video game console developed and distributed by Bandai Co., Ltd. It was released on March 4, 1999 in Japan at a retail price of ¥4,800. The console was not released outside of Japan. The WonderSwan system had a low price point and long battery life which made it a formable competitor to Nintendo in Japan. The console was discontinued in Mid to late 2003.

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Additional Platform Change Suggestions:

  • The current platform should be renamed to "Bandai WonderSwan" to follow other platforms like Sony PlayStation, Sega Genesis, Atari Jaguar, etc.
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Title: Bandai WonderSwan Color

Scrape As: WonderSwan Color

Release Date: 12/9/2000

Developer: Bandai Co., Ltd.

Manufacturer: Bandai Co., Ltd.

CPU: NEC V30 MZ 3.072 MHz

Memory: 512 KB VRAM/WRAM shared

Graphics: Custom Chip (Supports 241 Colors)

Sound: Custom Chip (4 Channels)

Display: 224 x 144

Media: Cartridge

Max Controllers: 1

Sort Title: Bandai WonderSwan Color

Notes:
The Bandai WonderSwan Color, usually just referred to as WonderSwan Color, is a fifth generation (1993-2005) handheld video game console developed and distributed by Bandai Co., Ltd. It was released on December 9, 2000 in Japan at a retail price of ¥6,900. The console was not released outside of Japan. The WonderSwan Color was backwards compatible to the Wonderswan and still held a long lasting battery life. The console was discontinued in mid to late 2003.

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Additional Platform Change Suggestions:

  • The current platform should be renamed to "Bandai WonderSwan Color" to follow other platforms like Sony PlayStation, Sega Genesis, Atari Jaguar, etc.
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