Since there seems to be some interest in the idea, some opinions on this. For want of a better term, I'll refer to this as a 'game card' until someone corrects me.
Accept good edits even if they don't follow format: I'd rather see some wiki than nothing at all, so a policy of being forgiving when populating it would be preferred. Of course, only take stuff that improves the status quo.
Allow incomplete entries: Maybe someone is unsure of the genre, too lazy to google for the publisher or year etc. - others can contribute to missing parts later in a CW fashion.
A form to generate the markup for the game card would be awesome, I've heard of StackApps but not looked into what they are exactly
The 'game card' section should be the last section in the wiki, because
- it serves for visual scraping of specific info quickly
- on this site, it has a lower importance than other elements (see e.g. FAE's comment re. how to use the tag)
Information to include
- Game name, full or otherwise; with series info if applicable.
- Common alternate names by which it is known along with context (e.g. FF4 -> FF2 in US etc.)
- Release Date, or year if the exact date is unknown
- Publisher and actual studio (EA/Bullfrog, Activision/Blizzard etc.: gamers want to know which part of a huge mega-company made that game, as reputation matters a lot)
- Platforms on which it is available: this of course has PC, PS3 et al.; but should it also include Steam or other distribution platforms?
- Cost - free, freemium, pay2win, one-time fee, recurring subscription etc. More important for MMOs, and of course the actual names will differ but my point is that 'free but with cash shop' should also be differentiated into its various dissimilar subdomains. Mention multiple cost types if applicable (e.g. EQ2 paid & free)
Information to EXCLUDE
- People involved (writer, composer etc.): Yes, this is in the wikipedia example linked in question. It only makes sense imho for famous game personalities (Carmack, Mechner etc.) but these can be mentioned elsewhere in the wiki, as its not a field applicable to all games.
- Version (latest patch, earliest release etc.) or other ephemeral info
Structure of the Wiki
[Optional, iff there is tag usage below] A brief description, ideally just 1 or 2 lines; possibly a cut-down version of the excerpt.
How to use the tag. We can't do this without explaining what it is for, hence the tiny preface above.
More detailed game information including any notable features (started a new genre, created by someone famous ...)
Game Card with standardized fields & data
- Use shorthands wherever possible; genre, company (official only,
EA but not
- Main focus here is for a short intro, so I am unsure if this needs a standard format, though guidelines for people who don't know what to put here would be great (even better if its automatically derived from the game card info).
Potential format with 2 elements:
- Brief description of the game or series; including the common name (e.g.
The Elder Scrolls : Morrowind), genre and company.
- Notes on tag usage, including list of common alternate tags that may apply better in some cases.