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Creating a database of computer games.

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I.T. Coursework Project 1b I am creating a database of computer games. It is intended to both aid the customer in choosing which game to purchase, if any. It is also intended to aid the staff of the store by easily providing them with any information that they need for whatever reason (for example helping a customer with an enquiry). They have the problems of there being a lot of different computer games available on a number of different 'platforms' (different hardware systems), this means that it will either take a long time for a customer to search through all of the games available to them and to find the look of one that they like, or they cannot see all the games that are in stock, for instance there could be some in the stock room that they do not know about. These problems all currently exist in the shop and there is no way of customers to know the information they require, they just have to ask members of staff. This database will help them, as it will display all the games in the shop and the stock room. It will also display the rating given to the game by a reputable independent magazine for that format (CUBE in this case). It will also display a hyperlink to a review for the game, so that they can find out if the game is suitable to their tastes. ...read more.

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I created a couple of input masks so that information could not be entered incorrectly; fig 1.2 displays an error that was displayed if you entered text in a numeric field. Another one was to just check all entries by proof reading them, both as I entered them and then reading through again after entering them. The second was to run a spell check, to pick up on any spelling anomalies and allow me to check the manually. This picked up on a couple of mistakes which I was able to edit (see fig 1.1 below). (fig 1.1) (fig 1.2) Whilst validating my information picked up a difference between the information entered in the table and that on my data capture form. This first shot shows it incorrectly I then changed the information so that the platform is show as "All" rather than "GC", as the game is available on all consoles, rather than being a GameCube exclusive. I created a number of different searches, these would be able to easily different customers questions as well as advising them on what games they are likely to enjoy. I created eight different queries. These allow me to set the system up so that a customer could quickly and easily find the information that they need. There are a number of similar searches which allow you to find the information by entering the information for one field, these allow ...read more.

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I was not required to find out all the information for it as a lot of it was found in the Directory of CUBE (tm) or on different websites such as www.hmv.co.uk where I found information such as the RRP . This shot shows the RRP for a game called "legend of Zelda". Results This is the design for a complex search. It finds the game that suits you most by asking you a question about each criterion, and if you don't know them you can leave it blank. This allows you to search for a game by developer. This allows you to search for a game by the number of players it caters for. This allows you to search for a game by the platform it is available on. This allows for the staff to find out the price of the game by entering the name of the game and the platform it is on. This allows you to find all the games released by a certain publisher. This query allows you to find all the games in a certain genre. Using this query you can find out all the information for a game by entering its name. With this I can find all the games which have a certain rating. Or you can find all the games which have a rating starting in 0.9 (which would bring up all games scoring 90% or above). David Reed 10 Blue IT Coursework Project 1B Page 1 of 7 ...read more.

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