Author Topic: Inconsistencies within flags in Amiga dats  (Read 106 times)

Offline Kodoichi

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Inconsistencies within flags in Amiga dats
« on: December 25, 2020, 08:42:05 AM »
I noticed different renaming styles in the coverdisks and games dats.

In the coverdisks dat, for whatever reason some have the date or issue number right next to the title, others as an extra flag at the end. Some have information comma separated, others as two separate flags. Can this be unified? Also the issue dates are missing on the German magazine Amiga Games. Just like Amiga Action, the new issues were released at the end of a month, so the disks should have the current month as release date, but the next month as an additional info flag.

Examples:

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Amiga Action #13 (1990-09)(Europress Interactive)(GB)[o][Oct 1990][Disk 1]
Amiga computing #034 (1991)(Europress Interactive)(GB)[o][CoverDisk 17, Mar 1991]
Amiga Fun 91-09 (1991-08-23)(CompuTec Verlag)(DE)[Demon Wars]
Amiga Plus 1992-04 (1992)(ICP)(DE)
CU Amiga (1991-02)(EMAP Images)(GB)[o][Coverdisk 010]

I would write out the publishing date as [published Oct 1990], otherwise that date just stands there and people might not understand what it means.

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As for the games dat, some games have a flag of the compilation title at the end, but it's very inconsistent. Sometimes it says [compilation TITLE], sometimes [comp TITLE], sometimes just [TITLE] (the later is very confusing, took me a while to understand that the flag is a compilation title). Sometimes the compilation is even named differently:

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After Burner (1989)(Sega)(US)[cr BS1][compilation Sega Arcade Smash Hits]
After Burner (1989)(Sega)(US)[cr Trilogy][t Trilogy][compilation Arcade Smash Hits]

Pinball Mania (1995)(21st Century)(AGA)(Disk 1 of 3)[compilation Amiga Magic]
Whizz (1995)(Flair)(AGA)(Disk 1 of 2)[Amiga Magic Pack]

I would write out the compilation flag as [compilation TITLE], as comp is a bit of a vague abbreviation.



Offline Crashdisk

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Re: Inconsistencies within flags in Amiga dats
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2020, 06:55:56 PM »
Hi Kodoichi,

There is no specific rule for extra flags. The coverdisks have been added in waves by different archivists and the result is indeed not unified.
I won't fix it all at once because it would require a check for each disk and it would take an infinite amount of time. It's not that it would be useless but let's just say that it will show up in the occasional addition or correction.

Concerning the games coming from a compilation, I corrected some obvious errors but as for coverdisk, the other corrections will be applied when examining the disk set of a game except in the case of a report as you did.

[compilation Sega Arcade Smash Hits] > [compilation Arcade Smash Hits]
[Amiga Magic Pack] > [compilation A1200 Magic Pack]

Do you have examples of [comp TITLE]?