New Addition to Armchair Arcade? - Museum - Need Suggestions!

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Bill Loguidice
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After two iterations of the System Ranking Matrix database on the old Website and as my personal collection has grown, I've always wanted Armchair Arcade to be able to contribute to the greater knowledge via our own contribution to the growing number of Museum Websites. I want ours to cover "Videogames, Computers and Handhelds", meaning everything, which is really what AA is all about--everything.

Right now, if you click "Forums" on the Navigation menu, you'll see a new section called "Museum": http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/forum

All it really is is a dedicated forum, right now empty. What I'd like now is for suggestions on how to best organize it. At the lowest level, it will be the system name and the main post will contain some factoids and some typical platform stats (with a bias to real-world rather than theoretical). It will contain one or more as-professional-as-possible images (preferably streamed from Flickr), as well as any videos. This will all be in a universal format. I also wouldn't mind having individual games getting their own pages too, as well as accessories (including images, videos, etc.). However, it all comes down to the structure.

Do we do something like:

MUSEUM
-Videogames
--Consoles
---Software
---Accessories
--Handhelds
---Software
---Accessories
-Computers
--Systems
---Software
---Accessories
--Handhelds
---Software
---Accessories

So for instance, the Master container is MUSEUM, with the first level of Videogames, then a second level of Consoles, then a third level each of Software and Accessories.

It might look like the following:
MUSEUM
-Videogames
--Consoles
* Atari 2600jr (very specific)
* Microsoft Xbox 360
---Software
* Space Armada (1981, Mattel Intellivision)
* Super Mario Bros. (1985, Nintendo Entertainment System)
---Accessories
* Mad Max Gaming Headphones (200x, Mad Max Gaming)
* Super Joystick (1983, Supra)

Now, that's assuming that using a forum is even the best way of doing this. Simple, quick and versatile is key, but it won't necessarily be the best way to keep things going once the lists start to get large, simply because the forum will sort by most recent posting, not alphabetically (though it will be fully Google and AA Search indexed).

Matt and I have been looking at some modules for Drupal that might do the trick, but Mark suggested the forum idea and I thought it might really work just as well without us doing anything different. So, with all that blather, any thoughts?

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types

Well, don't forget that you also have a TYPE option in the categories, and more can be added as you see fit. It's under "vocabularies." Sounds like you need a couple layers, there. Maybe a top level "systems," then "console/computer/portable" etc. People could click the names of the categories to see all of them.

Look at this page, Bill:
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Bill Loguidice
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Museum - something simple this time
Matt Barton wrote:

I'm still struggling to envision exactly what you have in mind. One way might be simply to create blogs for each platform using a pre-selected tag or type for each of them. Then once they were inputted, we could build something dynamically. The only problem with this approach is that you have all those other fields you want defined, such as the scores and capabilities. Hm.

What do you want people to be able to do? That might be a good place to start.

I'm not envisioning anything fancy this time. Just a simple page with some photos and videos, a little bit of descriptive text with links and some common system specifications like the ones in the retrogaming book. No need for ratings this time around, though that could easily be added. There's no need for a database. I just want someone searching either our site or through Google to have the page for the SV-318, for instance, come up to the SV-318 page. This would differ from a normal blog or forum post in that the format would be consistent for each museum entry. I still want members to be able to comment and add their own insights, just like they can for any other blog or forum post.

The x factor is how to organize the museum listings as we add entries to it. I suggested one such breakdown based on using our forums as the engine. It's not ideal because there's a limit to how you can sort and organize.



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I'm still struggling to

I'm still struggling to envision exactly what you have in mind. One way might be simply to create blogs for each platform using a pre-selected tag or type for each of them. Then once they were inputted, we could build something dynamically. The only problem with this approach is that you have all those other fields you want defined, such as the scores and capabilities. Hm.

What do you want people to be able to do? That might be a good place to start.

Just had a thought--if we could input all the data into some sort of table module, then we could simply put the links to the blog or forum pages for each system as cells in the table. This might allow people to compare or order stuff, but still get a full page (forum or blog) to see the platform, make comments, etc.

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yakumo9275 wrote:

Sounds good but I think it runs the risk of having a lot of forums whereby only a single topic exists for the most part.

-- Stu --

That's true, but I can't really think of a better way than devoting individual topics to individual items. That's more a failing of using the forum format than the concept itself. It would obviously be helpful to group on multiple categories as well, like "Commodore", "Atari", etc. Again, it may ultimately mean that the forum concept is not the way to go. Perhaps we should focus on structure and work from there in determining what would best work as a delivery platform?



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Sounds good but I think it

Sounds good but I think it runs the risk of having a lot of forums whereby only a single topic exists for the most part.

-- Stu --

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