Template:Infobox video game/doc

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{{{title}}}
[[File:{{{image}}}|{{{image_size}}}]]
{{{caption}}}
Developer(s) {{{developer}}}
Publisher(s) {{{publisher}}}
Director(s) {{{director}}}
Producer(s) {{{producer}}}
Designer(s) {{{designer}}}
Programmer(s) {{{programmer}}}
Artist(s) {{{artist}}}
Writer(s) {{{writer}}}
Composer(s) {{{composer}}}
Series {{{series}}}
Engine {{{engine}}}
Platform(s) {{{platform}}}
Release {{{released}}}
Genre(s) {{{genre}}}


This is an infobox for video games. It is capable of pulling values from Wikidata when fields are omitted. (See WP:VG/WD for a guide to editing Wikidata.) To prevent Wikidata from pulling data for a field, use the parameter in the template but leave its contents blank.

Usage[edit]

{{Infobox video game
| collapsible = 
| state = 
| italic title = 
| title = 
| image = 
| alt = 
| caption = 
| developer = 
| publisher = 
| series = 
| engine = 
| platforms = 
| released = {{Video game release|WW|date}}
| genre = 
| modes = 
}}

Add the following credit fields for people who worked on the game (please read inclusion notes below):

| director = 
| producer = 
| designer = 
| programmer = 
| artist = 
| writer = 
| composer = 

Add these fields for arcade games:

| cabinet = 
| arcade system = 
| cpu = 
| sound = 
| display = 

All fields are optional. See talk page for examples and standards.

Full syntax[edit]

{{Infobox video game
| collapsible = 
| state = 
| italic title = 
| title = 
| image = 
| alt = 
| caption = 
| developer = 
| publisher = 
| series = 
| engine = 
| platforms = 
| released = {{Video game release|WW|date}}
| genre = 
| modes = 
| director = 
| producer = 
| designer = 
| programmer = 
| artist = 
| writer = 
| composer = 
| cabinet = 
| arcade system = 
| cpu = 
| sound = 
| display = 
}}

Syntax guide[edit]


Nintendogs
{{{image_size}}}
An example image
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Kiyoshi Mizuki
Producer(s) Hideki Konno
Composer(s) Hajime Wakai
Series {{{series}}}
Engine {{{engine}}}
Platform(s) {{{platform}}}
Release
Genre(s) Pet-raising simulation


Note: In the following, plurals such as "developers", "publishers", "artists", etc do not exclude the singular (i.e. "artists", for example, implies "artist or artists"). Similarly, with the credit fields, individual development tasks for one field (e.g. which artists designed characters and which designed concept art; or which writers created story lines and which wrote scripts) should not be mentioned in the infobox but in the article text instead. Individual tasks should be generally kept to prose and the field should only list key people.[1][2] For example, the distinction between story and script writers of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is mentioned in the article's development section.

Parameter Default Description
collapsible no Set =yes to make the box collapsible.
state Determines the initial collapsed state of the infobox. Set =collapsed to put the box in collapsed state initially. Set =expanded to put the box in expanded state initially. Set =autocollapse to have the box's initial collapsed state be determined automatically based on the number of other templates in the article that also have the "collapsible" attribute. (Has no effect if collapsible is not used.)
title The full name of the game including punctuation and style (e.g., "Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars" instead of "Super Mario RPG" or "Legend of the Seven Stars"). Do not wikilink the name of the game.
image Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P18) The ideal image is an English-language cover or, in the case of an arcade game, a promotional flier. Secondarily, use a logo or foreign-language cover. When cover designs differ between regions, use the cover from the region associated with the game's first English language release, though do not change another English-language version that has been uploaded first. Use art without platform decals, such as PC cover art, where possible. Avoid screenshots (per consensus), and multiple images (per WP:FUC #3). Also see the WPVG image guideline.
  • Format the filename without the File: prefix (e.g., Name.jpg). The infobox uses "frameless" and "upright" flags to auto-size the image and accommodate user preferences. Do not manually set the image size with added syntax (e.g., "frameless", "upright", or "px").
alt Alternative text - A short descriptive text associated with an image that serves the same purpose and conveys the same essential information as the image. Useful in situations where the image is not available to the reader, e.g If they are using a screen reader due to a visual impairment. See WP:ALT for information about how to write good Alternative text.
caption Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P2096) A short description of the image. Is it a flyer, a game cover, or something else? (See above for what an image should consist of.) This is used as the alternate text that will be displayed below the image. (Does not show if image is not used.)
developer Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P178) The popular name or names of the video game developers. This field is for the game development company (e.g., Nintendo) or, if confirmed by primary sources, the name of the team that developed the game (e.g., Nintendo EAD). The names can be wikilinked. Individual development tasks handled by different companies (e.g., scenario, programming) and ports should not be mentioned in the infobox but in the article text instead.
publisher Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P123) The popular name or names of the video game publishers. Add publishers for English-language regions and the developer's region. The names can be wikilinked. Use the {{Video game release}} template for regional publishers. If there are many publishers or if the list grows too long, use the {{Collapsible list}} template, fill the field title= with the primary publisher, and also include the field titlestyle=font-weight:normal;background:transparent;text-align:left;.
series Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P179) The video game series the game is associated with. Only use this field if there is an article for the series. Wikilink and italicize the names (such as ''[[Halo (series)|Halo]]'').
engine Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P408) The game's engine. Only use this field for game engines with an established, independent article and wikilink its name (such as [[id Tech 3]]).[3] Do not list middleware such as Havok, SpeedTree or Euphoria.
platforms Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P400) The unabbreviated console or operating system family for which the game was specifically developed. This includes dedicated ports, but not games in emulation or services. E.g.:
Deus Ex was ported specifically for the PlayStation 2, but was emulated on the PlayStation 3
EarthBound was not ported but emulated on the Wii U Virtual Console
Windows, not Steam or Oculus Rift
Xbox 360, not Xbox Live Arcade
The original platform, not PlayStation Now or OnLive
Games that were developed for macOS when it was named OS X should be listed as being for "OS X", not macOS, nor should this be retroactively changed. However, any new games released after this change can be listed as for "macOS".
released Add release dates according to the platforms field, for English-language regions and the developer's region. Use only general public release dates of full games, not mod, festival, preview, or early access dates. If sourced, use the game's exact release date ("September 16, 2019"). Use the {{Video game release}} template: {{Video game release|NA=September 16, 2019}}. If there are many release dates, enclose them all with the {{Collapsible list}} template[4] and add the field titlestyle=font-weight:normal;background:transparent;text-align:left; followed by title= set as the earliest release date. Platforms can be abbreviated to fit in one line and should be listed as bolded section titles without colons, separated with commas (e.g., PS2, NGC, Xbox).}}
genre Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P136) The gameplay genre or genres (such as first-person shooter, adventure, etc) the game is categorized in by its developers and publishers, or by reliable sources. Do not include broad gameplay mechanics that are frequently confused with genres, such as open world. This should not include thematic genres (like science fiction, horror, etc.) as video games are more difficult to categorize in such a way. Verifiable thematic genres can be mentioned in the article's body.
modes Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P404) Playing modes offered by the game. Currently, the only accepted values are single-player, multiplayer, or both.[5]
cabinet The type of cabinet the arcade game uses (e.g., upright, sit-down, cocktail, custom).
display The characteristics of the arcade hardware's video output, such as graphical technique, display resolution and monitor orientation. Wiki: [[Raster graphics|Raster]], 256 x 224, horizontal orientation
arcade system The name of or names associated with the arcade game's system board hardware. In case of unique arcade hardware, omit this field and use those below.
cpu The names and number of central processing units used by the arcade game's hardware, wikilinked if possible.
sound The names and number of hardware [sound-processing units?] used by the arcade game's hardware, wikilinked if possible.
director Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P57) The popular names of the game directors or creative directors who oversaw the creative development of the game. The names can be wikilinked.
  1. List only the person credited specifically with the title "director";
  2. Do not list other types of directors in this field;
  3. For games directed by a succession of people (e.g. MMOs and games with exceptionally long development cycles), indicate their years of involvement.
producer Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P162) The popular names of the video game producers in overall charge of the production of the game. The names can be wikilinked.
  1. List only the person credited specifically with the title "producer";
  2. Do not list the "Executive producer" or other "sub"-producer credits, as they are not generally as intimately involved in a game's development;
  3. If three or more people are credited as "co-producer"s, discuss whether any one played the most significant part and, if decided, list that person;
  4. List the "Creative producer" only if said person's involvement in the game is discussed in the article's development-related section.
designer Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P287) The popular names of the video game designers, i.e. people who worked on the game's system. The names can be wikilinked. This field is often unfilled in modern high-budget development due to large team sizes and collaboration. Older games and indie games are more likely to use this position.
  1. If a single person is credited as "Lead designer", list that person; synonyms for this position include "[game] design director" and "lead planner";
  2. If there is no equivalent to #1, omit this field;
  3. If three or more people are credited as "lead designer"s, discuss whether any one played the most significant part and, if decided, list that person.
programmer Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P943) The popular names of the video game programmers. The names can be wikilinked. This field is often unfilled in modern high-budget development due to large team sizes and collaboration. Older games and indie games are more likely to use this position.
  1. If a single person is credited as "lead programmer", list that person; synonyms for this position may include "technical director";
  2. If there is no equivalent to #1, omit this field;
  3. If three or more people are credited as "lead programmer", discuss whether one played the most significant part and, if decided, list that person.
artist Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P3080) The popular names of the video game artists. The names can be wikilinked.
  1. List the person credited as "art director" or "lead artist";
  2. List no more than three people in this field.
writer Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P50) The popular names of the video game writers. The names can wikilinked. The writers should be listed in the order of their contribution, with those who wrote the game's scenarios/scripts listed before the game's story writers.
  1. If a single person is credited as "scenario director" or "scenario writer", list that person; synonyms for this position include "lead writer";
  2. If there is a person credited as "scenario concept writer" or "[original] concept", also list that person here;
  3. List no more than three people in this field.
composer Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 27: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (P86) The popular names of the video game composers.
  1. List people who contributed significantly to the soundtrack. Discuss inclusion criteria on a per-game basis on the talk page.

Microformat[edit]

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If the product has a URL, use {{URL}} to include it.

Classes used

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  • brand
  • category
  • description
  • fn
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  • identifier
  • listing
  • photo
  • price
  • review
  • type
  • url
  • value
Please do not rename or remove these classes
nor collapse nested elements which use them.

Template revisions[edit]

Style changes[edit]

Here's a record of previous styles that were very different from one another:

  • Gray with alternating colors, but with a gap between cells: [1] (Discussion)
  • Gray but no alternating colored rows: [2]
  • Purple with dark borders: [3]

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TemplateData[edit]

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See the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Infobox video game

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(Has no effect if collapsible is not used.)", "type": "string", "default": "autocollapse", "required": false }, "image": { "label": "image", "description": "File name for a screenshot of the image, e.g. 'GIMP screenshot.png'", "type": "string/wiki-page-name", "required": false }, "caption": { "label": "caption", "description": "A short description of the image.", "type": "string", "required": false }, "developer": { "label": "developer", "description": "The popular name(s) of the game developer(s), if confirmed by primary sources.", "type": "string", "required": false }, "publisher": { "label": "publisher", "description": "The popular name(s) of the video game publisher(s), if confirmed by primary sources.", "type": "string", "required": false }, "series": { "label": "series", "description": "The video game series the game is associated with. Only use this field if there is an article for the series. Wikilink and italicize the name(s) (such as Halo).", "type": "string", "required": false }, "engine": { "label": "engine", "description": "The game's engine", "type": "string", "required": false }, "platforms": { "label": "platforms", "description": "The unabbreviated console or operating system family the game was specifically developed or officially announced (if not canceled) for. This includes dedicated ports, but not games in emulation or services. See documentation for examples.", "type": "string", "required": false }, "released": { "label": "released", "description": "Release date. If possible, use the game's exact release date. Example: November 3, 2013.", "type": "string", "required": false }, "genre": { "label": "genre", "description": "The genre of the game, such as first-person shooter, adventure, etc.", "type": "string", "required": false }, "modes": { "label": "modes", "type": "string", "required": false, "description": "Playing modes offered by the game. Currently, the only accepted values are single-player, multiplayer, or both." }, "cabinet": { "label": "cabinet", "type": "string", "required": false }, "display": { "label": "display", "type": "string", "required": false, "description": "The characteristics of the arcade hardware's video output, such as graphical technique, display resolution and monitor orientation. Example: Raster, 256 x 224, horizontal orientation" }, "arcade system": { "label": "arcade system", "type": "string", "required": false }, "Note": { "label": "Note", "type": "string", "required": false }, "cpu": { "label": "cpu", "type": "string", "required": false }, "sound": { "label": "sound", "type": "string", "required": false }, "director": { "label": "director", "type": "string", "required": false, "description": "The popular names of the game directors or creative directors who oversaw the creative development of the game. The names can be wikilinked." }, "producer": { "label": "producer", "type": "string", "required": false, "description": "The popular names of the game producers in overall charge of the production of the game. The names can be wikilinked." }, "designer": { "label": "designer", "type": "string", "required": false, "description": "The popular names of the game designers, i.e. people who worked on the game's system. The names can be wikilinked. This field is often unfilled in modern high-budget development due to large team sizes and collaboration. Older games and indie games are more likely to use this position." }, "programmer": { "label": "programmer", "type": "string", "required": false, "description": "The popular names of the game programmers. The names can be wikilinked. This field is often unfilled in modern high-budget development due to large team sizes and collaboration. Older games and indie games are more likely to use this position." }, "artist": { "label": "artist", "type": "string", "required": false, "description": "The popular names of the game's artists. The names can be wikilinked." }, "writer": { "label": "writer", "type": "string", "required": false, "description": "The popular names of the game's writers. The names can wikilinked. The writers should be listed in the order of their contribution, with those who wrote the game's scenarios/scripts listed before the game's story writers." }, "composer": { "label": "composer", "type": "string", "required": false, "description": "The popular names of the composers who worked on the game's music." } }, "format": "block" } </templatedata>

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