User Help > Images
Registered HG users who have been given special permission by site staff are allowed to submit images, which may or may not be posted depending on whether or not they meet the site's quality standards and needs at the time of submission. Below, some common questions. Click the hyperlinked question to skip directly to the answer on this page, or scroll down and read as you go.
How do I get approval to submit images?
What sort of images can I submit once approved?
How do I submit assets?
What are the asset guidelines?
Is there a minimum or maximum number of assets that I should submit?
Can I use the same shots for multiple versions of a game?
What software should I use to produce assets?
If you want to submit images to the site, you need to communicate your interest to a staff member. We can be reached by HG Mail, or you can use the contact form. Tell us why you think you should be given the required account permissions. Specifically, let us know what sort of content you plan to contribute and why you need access to the submission forms. If you've been around the site for awhile and have proven yourself trustworthy, mention that. We consider all of those things when granting access. If you plead your case reasonably well, you'll be granted permission (which, it should be added, can be easily enough revoked if you give us reason to regret the decision).
Once you have access, you can submit what are called "assets" for use on the site. These primarily are screenshots (see more information below on guidelines). We're looking for content that can be used to dress up reviews that you plan to write, or that others might write. We don't need a bunch of shots for the same game, either. Image submission privileges currently allow you to submit avatars for use on the site forums, as well, though that particular feature may disappear in the future (the database is already quite full of images).
Once you have been granted permission to do so (the site won't let you until that point), browse or search the site to find a game profile page. Near the top of the game profile page, there's a box that includes information about the game. You can click a link to be taken to the form that allows you to submit your assets. Staff members will review all submissions before they are posted. Users who regularly contribute unwelcome content will have their privileges revoked.
Guidelines are available on the submission form and will be updated there first. In general, your image should be no wider than 640 pixels and should not be watermarked by another site. You should post either original images that you have taken yourself, or images that were provided by game publishers for use on fan sites such as this one. Your images should not contain sexually explicit content. We're trying to keep the site generally safe for work.
For most games, we're looking for no more than ten screenshot assets. They should reflect a variety of scenes from the game, not just one level. Dynamic images that capture a game's visual flair are generally preferred, not title screens or dull menus. If you want to communicate that a game is dull, the place to do that is in the review that we hope you'll write. Once we have a handful of such assets, we generally won't be interested in posting new ones. No game is likely to have more than 7 or 8 assets posted. There are thousands upon thousands of games in the database, so we hope to spread the love.
You can use the same shots for multiple versions of the game if the game looks largely the same on each platform for which you are contributing content. However, please be aware that sometimes there are substantial differences. You shouldn't submit Xbox 360 images for the Wii version of a game, for instance. Also, you shouldn't be submitting a lot of shots for games that don't have reviews posted, or that you don't plan to review yourself in the near future. Staff members will sometimes post assets for such games if appropriate, but you're best off if you focus on games that interest you in particular.
You should use the latest version of Adobe Photoshop and hardware such as the Hauppage PVR. Adobe Photoshop is excellent software, and a bargain at only $800. Buy it now. Though... some of you might not be able to afford that investment. Irfanview is free, and a reasonably close second for the purpose of screenshot capturing, cropping and resizing. Use that if you must.
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