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A barnstar for you![edit]

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For the incredibly interesting article you wrote on Gamergate for the WP:VG newsletter. Brustopher (talk) 08:36, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks. I appreciate it. I only wish I'd had a bit more time to edit and process it. I'd originally intended a longer article and I feel this one comes off as a little disjointed. Anyway I'm pleased if people found it interesting. It's a topic that the WP:VG Newsletter really couldn't just ignore forever, and a large debt of gratitude is owed to the interviewees who agreed to speak with me. -Thibbs (talk) 10:25, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
  • You're really good with the interviews. I hope you'll do more pieces like this in the future, perhaps working the interview itself as the story? czar 15:07, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
    • Hah, I'm glad you think so, Czar, because you're up for interview next quarter! -Thibbs (talk) 22:26, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
      • Make it a feature about the mean, mean deletionists! ;)  · Salvidrim! ·  23:05, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
        • Not a bad idea. I could see a Newsletter piece on the effects of deletionism on editor retention and how best to foster a nurturing environment for new editors. But I am probably going to sit out a quarter or two. I've written 3 of the last 4 newsletter features and if I'm not careful the readership will soon tire of my droning voice. -Thibbs (talk) 23:21, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
          ... I think he was joking. And for what it's worth, I can't picture how the newsletter would tire of hearing an original report from you each quarter, but that's your call. czar 15:58, 15 October 2015 (UTC)
          Yeah I figured that, but it's still not a bad idea. If you grow out a proper mustachio in the next few months and learn to twirl it then you could play the part of the villain. -Thibbs (talk) 01:17, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

EBSCO application?[edit]

Hi Thibbs, just curious - has my EBSCO application been declined? I haven't heard back from any Library admin, so just wanted to confirm present status. Thanks --Peripatetic (talk) 12:33, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

@Peripatetic: Sorry for the slow progress. You applied several weeks ago and your patience is greatly appreciated. This is a new partnership for TWL and the behind-the-scenes set-up process is taking a little longer than anticipated. Your request has not been denied and I will be working through and processing more accounts today. Please hang in there. -Thibbs (talk) 13:21, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

Editing from a previously blocked IP address[edit]

Hello, Thibbs. You pinged me and Gial Ackbar at User talk: For what it's worth, here are my observations. The IP address was used in the past by the blocked editor Johnwest1999. Blocks on both that IP address and the account were evaded by using the IP address, which has now been blocked for a year by Gilliam, and is back in use. There have been only three edits from since its latest block ended, which does not provide much evidence, but there is just about enough similarity to previous edits to encourage me to think the IP address may well be being used by Johnwest1999 again, but not enough for me to take any action. I think for the moment just watching editing from is the thing to do. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 10:47, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

Game Zero[edit]

Thanks for the tip on Wikipedia:WikiProject Websites/Early web history task force. I have not run across that group before so I'll definitely take a look. I really appreciate you keeping this issue in mind and frankly I was quite surprised to see your message. Thanks again. Cheers! BcRIPster (talk) 20:23, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

Oh, and just as a side note while I'm here. I've started a process of scanning all of the press materials the magazine received between 1992-1998. I have several thousand pages of documents and part of getting them scanned in, I'm working out a home for them to live online (it may go under the GZ domain, but still undecided). Lot's of really cool stuff in here that I think people would enjoy seeing. I've also been slowly digging up old tapes and putting stuff on YouTube which includes the video footage of XBand announcing their partnership with Game Zero (at 1:14 Genesis video and 1:44 SNES video). BcRIPster (talk) 20:34, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

  • Very cool! I'll take a look after work tonight. -Thibbs (talk) 12:47, 22 October 2015 (UTC)
A couple more video links for you. I found a tape we shot at Shoshinkai 1995 and pulled off footage of the late Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi as well as beta gameplay of the Mario 64... I also put up some beta gameplay of a previously unseen build of Resident Evil. I have such a stack of video to sort out. Good grief... BcRIPster (talk) 08:35, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

I don't like my edits being reverted[edit]

Hi Thibbs

I don't like my edits being reverted at Wikipedia. I know I have been blocked by sockpuppetry for many years now, I want to return to Wikipedia and keep electronic game articles updated. I hope I will be globally unblocked soon.-- (talk) 11:31, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

Help needed: Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 233[edit]

Hey there, Thibbs. I'm preparing some rewrites for Tales of Vesperia in my sandbox, and I've got a review from the issue above as part of the reception section. As I've heard that you have a copy of this issue, can you help me with this? --ProtoDrake (talk) 13:09, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

Update: I've found a safe pdf of the issue online, so problem solved. Sorry for any trouble. --ProtoDrake (talk) 17:38, 1 November 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm glad you found a copy, ProtoDrake. And please feel free to ask me in the future for other materials I have listed at the WP:VG Reference Library. I'm glad to provide assistance for requests like this. -Thibbs (talk) 18:51, 1 November 2015 (UTC)


I have yet to receive anything about EBSCO. Has there been an issue? Nick2crosby (talk) 01:14, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

@Nick2crosby: Yeah, I sent you an email on October 25th so if you haven't received it by now then there's probably a problem. I assume you've checked your email since then, but perhaps the email address you set up with Wikipedia is different from the one you normally use. Can you verify that the email you are checking is the same as the one you've associated with Wikipedia? You can see which email address you gave to Wikipedia under "email options" at the bottom of Special:Preferences. -Thibbs (talk) 01:23, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
@Thibbs: I did check with the registered Wikipedia e-mail. It didn't appear in my inbox on here or my e-mail. Nick2crosby (talk) 01:35, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
@Nick2crosby: OK, I've sent you another email just now. Please check your spam folder too. -Thibbs (talk) 01:43, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
@Thibbs: I received it. Thanks. Nick2crosby (talk) 02:39, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

No e-mail received[edit]

Hello, Thibbs: I did not et the EBSCO-related e-mail last month. Kdammers (talk) 01:36, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

  • YesY Email re-sent. -Thibbs (talk) 11:35, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

EBSCO email Reply[edit]

Hello Thibbs,

No I cannot see an email from or about EBSCO. I have recently changed my email, but have updated it for Wikipedia contact. Please send the email again. I would certainly like to have access to EBSCO.

James sinarau (talk) 05:24, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

  • YesY Email re-sent. -Thibbs (talk) 11:35, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

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  • I am hesitant to start anything major just at present due to an elevated IRL workload... I have been meaning to get back to DRN, though. I'll make a point of taking on a few (not simultaneously of course) when things calm down a bit. -Thibbs (talk) 01:26, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

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  • Thanks for the heads-up. I did vote a few days later. -Thibbs (talk) 02:06, 22 December 2015 (UTC)


I not sure how you feel justified in calling other editors "deeply troubled" or a "fool", while at the same time complaining of their behaviour. but I will ask that you remove those attacks. Thank you. - theWOLFchild 15:47, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

The "deeply troubled" comment was inadvisable. However the second part, in context, was "... make the perpetrator look like a fool ..." which was not actually calling you a fool. Regards — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:12, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Easy for you say... you're not on the receiving end of the comment, whereas I clearly am. I think his message can just as easily be conveyed without that remark, hence my request for it to be removed still stands. - theWOLFchild 21:13, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
  • @Thewolfchild: Yes, I had a change of heart shortly after posting the comment you've linked. I really didn't think it fair to paint you and the other editor with whom you were bickering with the same brush. You're both individuals and your edit histories deserve individual scrutiny. I think you will be pleased to learn that I have already refactored that comment several days ago. I don't think I'll remove my comment that "Severely anti-collegial behavior doesn't only make the perpetrator look like a fool, it drives away good editors", however, because it's a general statement with general applicability (as true for you as it is for the other editor, for me, or for anyone else). It's not uncommon for very angry and aggressive editors to act in such a way that they appear childish or foolish. That in itself is not a problem. It only becomes a problem when the editor is unable to learn from the feedback he is receiving. -Thibbs (talk) 21:28, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Well, you still felt at one point that it was acceptable to refer to other editors as "deeply troubled". Now you claim you changed it because "the editors in question have different contribution histories"...? Not because it could be (and should've been) considered an attack? Whatever.
You certainly could use your "fool" statement in a "general" sense in other venues, but in this case it is specifically being applied to me. You claim to not see that, but it's also evident you don't give a crap about how your comments impact your fellow editors - one of the very things you seem to enjoy preaching about. But, whatever... change it or don't change it. You don't care. None of the dozen or so admins there care. And now, neither do I. Like I said, this whole experience has been 'enlightening'. I am now done with this matter. - theWOLFchild 22:21, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
  • I understand that you are upset and now that I see that Cassianto has in fact retired I can see why you might think that my comment was specifically being applied to you. I do give you my word that I was unaware of Cassianto's retirement at the time I posted my comment, though. My concerns that aggression would drive others away was made with more of a mind toward new editors who might encounter that sort of thing. I will try to make a note of this at the AN thread later tonight after I get home from work. -Thibbs (talk) 23:00, 3 December 2015 (UTC)


Hello! I have recently answered your message about access to the Ebsco database. Looking forward for your reply.--Alexander Tendler (talk) 19:26, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

  • YesY done. -Thibbs (talk) 02:06, 22 December 2015 (UTC)


Just like the message before this one, I'm following up on EBSCO access - you asked me to ping you when I reached 500 edits, I'm not at 532. Thanks for your consideration! Owlsmcgee (talk) 02:00, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

  • YesY Thanks for the ping! I've sent out the email now. -Thibbs (talk) 02:06, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Here's to another year of the Newsletter, Thibbs. GamerPro64 03:11, 26 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Hey thanks, GamerPro64! I'm getting close to finishing up the featured article for this month. Glad about this Jan 6 deadline to be sure! I hope you have a most excellent end of the year and 2016 yourself. -Thibbs (talk) 11:42, 26 December 2015 (UTC)

WPVG CSE clutter fixes[edit]

Wanted to toss these to you for discussion

  • and– maybe remove these from the main RS search and move them to the situational search? because they're only good as self-published sources (haven't been fact-checked by Gamasutra)
  • – these are always listings with no helpful info, but what are we even using from this site? /features/? /faq/? I'd also remove /screen/ [1] and /video/
  • and /trailers and /details – we don't use comments from the first, the second isn't helpful to have as a link, and the third consists of "credits provided by GameFAQs"; in fact, I'd even reduce Metacritic to only search for the /critic-reviews page, if possible, because that cuts out the stuff we don't use altogether (note: though I suppose we use original articles and rankings by Metacritic too, however sparingly)
  • Who supplies the info behind and listings?
  • Listings like and tend to clutter the search results too

czar 19:20, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

  • Also I think we can add alongside mcvuk czar 20:23, 1 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks, Czar. I'll attend to this soonish and I'll make a note here when it's done. Please remind me if it's not done within 7 days. Regarding, by the way, (whose vetting we relied on in determining reliability) have a note for this source related to the authorship of the articles. The note is this: "UWAGA: Redaktorzy nie są anonimowi, ale podpisują się imieniem i nazwiskiem wyłącznie w materiałach płatnych, stąd też ich tożsamość musi być sprawdzona poprzez ręczne wyszukiwanie. Przy wpisywaniu ocen serwisu należy brać pod uwagę jedynie ocenę wystawioną w recenzji, nie zaś kombinowaną." I'll reach out to some of the Polish editors here for a quick translation. -Thibbs (talk) 21:17, 1 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Sounds good. I'd also remove GamersHell too per its discussion czar 16:45, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Also any idea why would not show up in the search? czar 16:49, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
    • Thanks for the suggestion on GamerHell as well, Czar. That GameSpot article shows up for me on the Situational Sources CSE which (if I remember correctly) is where I put it due to the mismatch between WP:VG/RS's indication that it is an RS here in the "General gaming" table but that it is a Situational RS here in the Checklist. This should be cleared up. If it's an RS then I'll shift it to the main CSE. -Thibbs (talk) 21:09, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
      • Oy, that's a lot of GameSpot discussions. I'm not sure why it's marked as situational in the checklist—the user-created content? In any event, I think it's worth moving to the main RS search and filtering out the user content as we do with the other sites czar 21:39, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
        • Sounds good to me, but I am slavishly guided by WP:VG/RS in making these determinations so we'd have to update it there first. I liked your idea from a few weeks ago to merge the SRSes and RSes by the way. I think the SRSes were often compromises from quite a while ago and I would guess that many of them might be merged into the RSes or non-RSes with little problem if they were brought up in talk. -Thibbs (talk) 21:59, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
Updated in the checklist. I think we'll need individual revisits of the situational sources, but that's towards the bottom of my list. At the top, I'll have the interview finished later today, hopefully with a little spare time for revisions czar 10:32, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
  • [2] Not sure how best to remove these... perhaps on &GroupKeys=blogs/members/? czar 10:57, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
    • OK I think I got that one fixed. I actually addressed several of the above issues last weekend. I meant to ping you but forgot... I still haven't fixed the first three bulletpoints at the top, but I'll get on that this weekend as time permits. -Thibbs (talk) 14:56, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
I just fixed bullet point #1, but I'm not 100% satisfied with it yet. The Gamasutra press releases are now nicely absent from the RS search and present in the SRS search, but the mcvuk press releases seems to be mostly absent from both CSEs. Sometimes there is a little lag in the system so hopefully this just resolves itself... I'll get to the last two points (gamerevolution and metacritic) later today if I can. -Thibbs (talk) 15:36, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
OK all done... I think. Let me know if problems persist. -Thibbs (talk) 20:23, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks—got another: and czar 20:59, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
    • YesY Done. -Thibbs (talk) 03:02, 17 January 2016 (UTC)
      • It also looks like one of the tabs in game's pages leads to stuff under, which is editable user-created content. And they put some default text there that triggers search hits even when the actual page is empty, like [3]. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 18:08, 17 January 2016 (UTC)
        • YesY Done. And thanks for the suggestion, Hellknowz. As I've told Czar previously, I am very grateful for these sorts of suggestions on the CSE. Please let e know if you see anything else. -Thibbs (talk) 20:05, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

What's our opinion on tag listings on websites, that is, a list of article blurbs tagged with some relevant term. In my particular search example, I searched for "Aardwolf mud" at [4] and the first page is entirely engadget's tag lists pointing to the same article as the first hit. While a tag page does provide an overview, all the hits are still in the main results sorted by Google's relevance criteria. The issue here is that a lot of tag lists end up as irrelevant hits and tend to clutter the already-short results page. If "Starcraft" appears under "Blizzard", "RPG", "Zerg", "Chris Metzen", "Templar", etc., then all those tag pages get returned even if most of the articles listed are not relevant or even the same ones. I don't think any real hits will be lost if we exclude tag pages and let google show the direct pages. The only way a page would be excluded is if it's tagged under something that the article does not mention (but then how is it relevant to RS search anyway). I'm wondering what yours and Czar's opinion on this is as you've dealt with exclusions? —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 18:55, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

  • Well that makes sense to me. I'll exclude it tomorrow if Czar doesn't object. -Thibbs (talk) 02:15, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
I'm of mixed minds. I like the tag pages when they collect more than one article—makes it really easy to see the range of what each publication is covering. There is also something to say for an outlet choosing to make a tag (planning to cover future articles in that topic). It does add some clutter, though, and I imagine it's worse with the broader topics. I slightly lean towards keeping them but I don't feel strongly about it. Another idea could be to have a CSE for just the tags, when needed. czar 07:56, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
OK I'll hold off for now then. I don't know how much use a tags-only CSE would get, but we could might ask the broader community for input. If there's interest then I could get that set up. -Thibbs (talk) 11:29, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

I wanted to look at which sites have exclusions, so I organized them in a table: User:Hellknowz/Sandbox3. While doing so, 3 exclusions seem to not belong to anything that I can identify:*,, —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 12:51, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

  • is now (redirecting to) —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 14:00, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
    • YesY Done. I have removed the three unmatched exclusions (I have no memory of why they were there to begin with), and I changed to Thanks, Hellknowz! -Thibbs (talk) 03:12, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Happy New Year, Thibbs![edit]

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  • Thank you Liz! I expect good things on-Wiki from 2016. Happy editing! -Thibbs (talk) 21:17, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

re:Translation request: 2 sentences[edit]

I suggest a better forum for this would be WT:POLAND. But it says roughly: NOTICE: Editors are not anoymous, but sigh with full name only in paid materials, therefore their identity has to be confirmed through manual search. In rating the service (website), you should take into consideration only the rating in the reviews, not combined." (The last sentence s not clear to me, even in Polish, perhaps missing some context here). Cheers, --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 16:31, 12 January 2016 (UTC)

I responded at your userpage, but never thanked you properly here. Thanks, Piotrus! -Thibbs (talk) 14:24, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

EBSCO resources[edit]

Dear Thibbs, some months ago I applied for an EBSCO account through TWL; since I got my account unfortunately I haven't managed to exploit it: before applying I had read that several journals on Classical studies (my main interest on Wikipedia) were included in the EBSCO subscription, but then I found out that they are just indexed and no full text is provided (other resources have full text of course, but so far I found none interesting to me). I hope I will be able to make a better use of my EBSCO account in the next months, but I just wanted to let you know that I can give up on my account in case there is shortage of EBSCO accounts for other applicants. Best regards, ContinuaEvoluzione 09:45, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

  • Thank you for letting me know, Continua Evoluzione. That's very considerate of you. I won't scrap your account just yet, but I'll make a note of it on your record. -Thibbs (talk) 11:10, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

WP:VG/RS search engine[edit]

Hi Thibbs,

I learned that you're the one who made the custom Google search engine. Thank you very much for making it, it has made editing and a quick look up for notability so much easier. I've never been the constructive type of editor (mostly involved with deletion lately it seems), but I managed to turn the article on Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan from this into this. I couldn't have done it without the search engine, so you've made this possible. Thanks! soetermans. ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A TALK 21:59, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, Soetermans! I'm glad it is proving useful! To give credit where it's due, the origins of the idea trace to Odie5533 and Gwern, and although I maintain it at present, it wouldn't be half as slick without the help of editors like Czar (and recently also Hellknowz) bug reporting and feeding me suggestions for improvement. There's a mini history if it here. Please let me know if you see anything that needs tweaking. -Thibbs (talk) 00:36, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Speaking of, here's some exclusions we can filter out that pop up in search:

By the way, do these need http://www. prefix? What if the sites are https or don't always use www?

I'm also still not convinced we need tag pages. The issue is I get to page 10 and so many entries were eaten by redundant tags instead of hopefully getting more results from different sites. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 14:30, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Hellknowz! I just updated the CSEs. The "http://www." prefix is not necessary, but I'll think more about the tags situation in the next few days. Ultimately it might be best to hold a discussion on the topic at the talk page of WP:VG/RS. Thanks again for the help! -Thibbs (talk) 02:57, 24 February 2016 (UTC)
I just opened up the topic to the community in talk at WP:VG/RS. Czar and Hellknowz: feel free to invite anyone else to the discussion and to cross post to WT:VG. -Thibbs (talk) 20:21, 26 February 2016 (UTC)

I noticed that Pocket Gamer ( is not on the list. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 14:08, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Weird... It's listed at WP:VG/RS as defunct yet I see posts from March 1, 2016. I see that the print version is listed as reliable, but is that the official website for the print publication? -Thibbs (talk) 02:56, 2 March 2016 (UTC)


This was a WP:DICK comment to make, and you know it. I know you're one of those high and mighty preachy types that likes to lord around ANI condescending to people, but try to draw a line somewhere. Start by not posting WP:DICK comments like that, ok? Have a nice day. - theWOLFchild 22:16, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

It's hard for me to watch idly while you badger people who are expressing valid views in public spaces, Thewolfchild. And I don't think it's particularly dastardly of me to point out hypocrisy when I see it even in instances where it diminishes the thrust of your badgering. I learned about the case a few days ago while reading up on a different topic at one of the Wikipedia criticism websites, and I've been watching that case unfold quietly from the sidelines up until now so I'm not exactly sure how I've given you the impression that I'm a "preachy type[] that likes to lord around ANI", but OK sure. Feel free to make personal attacks if you like. My skin is thick enough and all comments are welcome here. I'm amused at the thought of you lecturing me about WP:DICK. Do I dare to hope that you've read it yourself? Either way it's a good social principle well worth the time spent reading it. Not quite a pact, but a good principle nevertheless. I promise you that I'll continue to keep it in mind. Thanks for stopping by. -Thibbs (talk) 00:53, 5 April 2016 (UTC)
"It's hard for me to watch idly while you badger people..." ...and that's as far I got. I'm not gonna waste anymore of my time. We're done here. - theWOLFchild 01:00, 5 April 2016 (UTC)
Indeed. If you can't be bothered then neither can I. Good luck with ArbCom. If you need an extra support !vote for your Wikicology-mentoring plan then you know where to find me. -Thibbs (talk) 01:15, 5 April 2016 (UTC)
Just noticed your self-imposed drama-related wiki-break. That was one of the most sensible things you've done in the last several weeks. I hope you're taking the time to re-evaluate your peer-level rhetoric here. There are places where anti-collaborative behavior can be a useful tool, but generally it's a poor idea. I'd be happy to support a future bid of yours to get your anti-vandal tools back. Let me know if you're interested. -Thibbs (talk) 10:55, 13 April 2016 (UTC)

Source needed: Can you help?[edit]

I'm going to do some work on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner. Since you've got access to Vol 4, Issue 3 of GameFan from 1998, which has an exclusive on the title, I would dearly like the information from it. I'm not really able to take responsibility for your physical copy (I'm somewhat ignorant of how this kind of source information request works), so if you could provide the information in some other way, like a transcript with page numbers, I would be really grateful. --ProtoDrake (talk) 20:09, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

  • Sure no problem. I'll post it to your talk page. -Thibbs (talk) 01:55, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

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  • Dang, I really just don't have the time at present... My IRL and off-wiki workload has become considerably higher in recent months, and I'm hardly even creating mainspace content now. I'll re-add myself if I feel like I'm free enough to build the encyclopedia and assist in other ways. Until then I've removed myself from the rolls. Sorry. -Thibbs (talk) 10:55, 13 April 2016 (UTC)


I recently learned that I have access to EBSCO through the state library. Would you be able to give my account to another user? Thanks again for all your work overseeing EBSCO. Keahapana (talk) 20:46, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

  • OK thanks for letting me know, Keahapana. I appreciate it. -Thibbs (talk) 03:33, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

Scan needed[edit]

Hi Thibbs, I was looking at the Famitsu archive and was wondering if you have any issues that contains anything on Nights into Dreams...? Although its FAC has some supports, it will fail unless I can locate any Japanese coverage. So far I've got absolutely nothing, and I'm becoming increasingly desperate as I can't find any Japanese reviews for a Japanese game. If I can even have one or two Japanese reviews, I'll make the most out of them. I'm certain Famitsu has it covered, but the trouble is that I don't know which month or issue they would have covered it in. The game was released in July 1996, so it would be anything around that time. Thank you! JAGUAR  12:00, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

  • @Jaguar: I can take a look through my copies of Famitsu, but the ones I have listed at the Reference Library page are pretty much it, so I think the latest I have may be October 1995. Maybe there might be some development info or teasers? I'll see. And it may take me a few days to look through since I won't have a lot of time before Friday. But I can give you a little good news perhaps. I've tracked down a few sources at (Famitsu's online presence): 1, 2, and perhaps more via this search. These articles look good to me at first blush, but they will need to be translated. I've done some translation in the past, but I don't have a lot of time at present. Would you be able to track down a translator? If not I can try to take a look at translating it this weekend too (no promises though, since I'm slower now than I was and I'm worried I'm getting rusty from lack of practice). -Thibbs (talk) 04:12, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you! I think I've seen both of them before, the first one is an overview of the 2012 HD re-release (I used Google translate on the pages, but I can't make much sense with it) and I think the second one is an overview on the PS2 re-release. I was hoping to find some Saturn reviews or retrospectives, the only hope I found was a magazine called Hyper Saturn, but only the front cover is available. I have an app that can translate scans (it worked smoothly on German), so I'll give it a shot. Just any Japanese reviews on the game would hopefully bring some success to the FAC, and I can understand why there's an oppose for no Japanese coverage. Thanks again for your help. JAGUAR  11:14, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
  • @Jaguar: That Hyper Saturn source looks good. Famitsu had its own spin-off as well called Sega Saturn Tsushin (セガサターン通信?) which surely would have covered the game, but I don't collect that magazine and I only happen to have one issue on hand. Sadly it's from 12/2/94 which is just too early to be covering Nights into Dreams. I looked through the issue anyway just in case but I found nothing... In more positive news, I did consult a very reliable fan-made index of Famitsu articles that I found online eons ago and according to that source there are articles on Nights in the following issues:
    Famitsu's 4/19 issue (Pgs. 10 & 18)
    Famitsu's 4/26 issue (Pg. 96)
    and Famitsu's 5/10-17 issue (Pg. 80).
    I know it's not much help since I don't have any of those issues, but at least you have specific targets now... I'll keep looking a bit more tomorrow but I doubt I'll find much more. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. It's a great game and deserves a FA. -Thibbs (talk) 02:17, 28 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you. It's a shame that I can't find any actual scans (I've looked everywhere I can think of online) but at least I know the specific targets. I couldn't find anything else on Hyper Saturn, other than the front cover. I'm actually beginning to think that Japan has their own internet! The very least I could find was a scan for the PS2 re-release, but I doubt that would constitute in decent native coverage. JAGUAR  22:06, 28 April 2016 (UTC)


Hi Thibbs, I am the owner of WarpZone magazine here in Brazil and I did the edition in Magazine List. Please, I did something wrong? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cmarquesbr (talkcontribs) 09:52, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

@Cmarquesbr: - The list you have been editing is a list of prominent or otherwise notable magazines. There are simply too many video game magazines in the world for us to provide a complete/exhaustive list of every magazine so recently the community has decided to limit the list to notable magazines. In order to show that a magazine is "notable" we would have to establish that it would be possible to write a stand-alone article on it. In other words we would need a bare minimum of two reliable third-party articles substantially covering the topic of the magazine in question. Please understand that just because a magazine isn't considered "notable" doesn't mean that it's a bad magazine or anything like that, but there are minimum rules for membership on the list. If you have any questions then feel free to ask me for more detail here. -Thibbs (talk) 11:08, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

EGM req[edit]

Hey Thibbs, would you be able to scan EGM #233 (Oct 2008) for the Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise review? czar 08:29, 4 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Sure. I've been looking for a reason to dig into my small EGM collection anyway so this gives me an excuse. Give me a minute. -Thibbs (talk) 12:22, 4 July 2016 (UTC)
Appreciate it! Hope I can give you an even better reason to go digging soon... czar 19:35, 4 July 2016 (UTC)

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PS-themed book needed[edit]

Hi Thibbs, I'd like to beef up an article about an early Playstation game franchise, and it seems that the recent duology of Pix'n Love books La revolution Playstation has some essential info tidbits that could allow for an in-depth coverage of the subject. My question is, then, whether you have direct or indirect access to these books or to the earlier work by the same author titled Revolutionaries at Sony, which they are apparently based on. Please drop a message at my talk page when you have the time. Your help, of course, would be much appreciated. Electroguv (talk) 08:09, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

YesY No such luck... (Responded at Electroguv's talk page.) -Thibbs (talk) 13:37, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Russian computer mags[edit]

Jason Scott is uploading thousands of old Russian computer mags [26]—thought you might be interested. Not sure if any gaming mags are included czar 10:01, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the suggestion. Having taken a quick look I can already see that there are a number of journals that cover games, although I haven't found an game-specific ones yet. I would hope that whatever game-specific journals there are will eventually be categorized into the Game and Gamer Magazines collection, but I must say that from my experience (having uploaded material many months ago) they are a little resistant to non-hierarchical categorization requests. E.g. If you upload a new collection as "Czar's Collection" and then requested that it be placed under "Wikipedian Collections" then they would be ok with it, but if you requested that all Nintendo-related content from "Czar's Collection" be bundled together with all Nintendo-related content from "Thibbs' Collection" to form a new "Wikipedian Nintendo-related Content" collection which itself would be categorized under "Wikipedian Collections" then they aren't great about allowing it. So we'll see. Anyway thanks again for the heads-up on this interesting material. -Thibbs (talk) 11:55, 24 July 2016 (UTC)