From Video Game Music Preservation Foundation Wiki
- Games must be at least 10-years-old to be featured in the VGMPF. The majority of videogame soundtracks are still owned by their respective copyright holders, and a decade-long buffer will help alleviate legal issues. We realize that copyrights last for 95 years after publication, but some bending of the rules is made in order to prevent this music from falling into obscurity.
- Music should be recorded using the software that offers sound quality most accurate to the original.
- Music that loops in the game should also be looped in the recording. Include 2 total plays through the track (one full time through, and then a full loop). The third time through should be a 10 second fadeout.
- If the music is over 2 minutes in length, just include a 10 second fadeout without looping the music.
- Music should be uploaded in FLAC format if possible, if not, use Ogg Vorbis. If MP3 is used, it will be transcoded into Ogg Vorbis and a quality loss will be incurred.
- Screenshots must be in PNG format at the same resolution of the game in native mode (do not use scalers, anti-aliasing, color enhancement, etc.).
- Box scans must be in JPG format. Large scans that are clean from company watermarks are preferred.
- If the album contains music from more than one game, include a "Game" column in the track list table.
- The composer's gameography should include every unique title for each game. For example, Wario's Woods and ワリオの森 are the same game, but they have different titles that may be searched for.
- The foley artist's gameography should include every unique title for each game. For example, Wario's Woods and ワリオの森 are the same game, but they have different titles that may be searched for.
- The game description should be brief detailing the style of game play and the story.
- The music descriptions should detail the genres covered, the software/hardware used to make the music, and any special information about the music itself.
- The rip description should include the method used for extracting the music from the game's data files.
- The first screenshot should always be the title screen.
- Remaining screenshots should cover different sections of early game play including menus, dialog, action, etc. Screenshots should not contain spoilers.
- Audio credits should be listed as they appear in the game, where applicable, but real names should be added when an alias is used by a composer.
- Release information should display the full publication name found at mobygames.com (e.g., Nintendo should be listed as "Nintendo, Co., Ltd." or "Nintendo of America, Inc.", not just "Nintendo")
- Accurate release dates can be obtained from gamefaqs.com
- The length of the song should be the rip's length at a single play. It should not include the length of a second loop or fadeout, unless the fadeout is part of the original song.