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Syntax guideEdit

This Wiki article desperately needs a "Syntax guide" section to explain the various fields in the template. See "Template:Infobox_video_game#Syntax_guide" for a good example. ProResearcher (talk) 07:49, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

Agreed. I'll try and make a start on one later. - X201 (talk) 08:24, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

Corrected italicization/quotationEdit

Since this infobox pertains to franchises, I’ve replaced the title’s italics with quotation marks per MOS:QUOTEMARK. I’ll correct any articles I find that now display incorrectly as a result (e.g., "Myst", not Myst or "Myst franchise"), and encourage others to do the same. —Frungi (talk) 22:34, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

Since most articles don’t seem to follow this practice, I’ve reverted my changes, pending a decision at WT:MOSTITLE#Media franchise titles. —Frungi (talk) 00:32, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

spinoff ofEdit

That field should be removed from the template documentation since it doesn't seem to work anymore. --Mika1h (talk) 17:04, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

  Done - X201 (talk) 18:29, 7 July 2014 (UTC)


Can you please add license informations? I'd like to know what license are some games published under. Thanks for any help.

     Sincerely, Mis012  — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:36, 24 September 2014 (UTC) 


Following the Wikidata-enablement of Template:Infobox video game, this will be looked at shortly as well. I've implemented the easy properties in the sandbox. Fields I have not looked up suitable properties for are platform of origin, year of inception, released, first release x, latest release x and spinoffs. Most of these will likely need sub-modules to check property qualifiers. I'm uncertain "spinoffs" has a suitable property, as Wikidata does not necessarily care about main versus spinoff parts. -- ferret (talk) 12:27, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

Confusing field label link - Creator vs writer?Edit

Creator is wikilinking to Author, while writer is not linked at all (Should be writer?). I do not have a suggestion on more suitable links, other than Creative work which doesn't really work, but I think this is an odd arrangement. This is important for Wikidata as there is a Creator and Author property. We would use the Author property (On Wikidata, "writer" is an alias for "author") for Writer, and Creator property for Creator. The enwiki articles here seem confusing but maybe there's nothing to be done for it. -- ferret (talk) 12:39, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

Example? czar 14:34, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
The Sims. Will Wright is the creator, not the writer/author. I don't necessarily know an infobox using both fields off hand, but I find the labels confusing. -- ferret (talk) 15:05, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
I wouldn't link "Creator" in The Sims—it should be self-explanatory (and not every field needs a link, no?) czar 15:37, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
Then I would say unlink Creator from Author, and link Writer to Writer. -- ferret (talk) 15:42, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

Artists, Writers, ComposersEdit

Should the Artists, Writers and Composers parameters be present in this infobox? I'd expect these roles change often during the course of most long-running video game series. Also seems weird to include these three but not stuff like producer, director, designer, which are probably more noteworthy roles when it comes to coverage from video game series in reliable sources. --The1337gamer (talk) 21:20, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

I would only include these when there have only been a few staff members in those roles throughout the series, or when some are particularly noteworthy. And yes, I'm surprised there aren't parameters for producers, directors and designers.--IDVtalk 15:37, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
I think its a large case-by-case basis with them, and would honestly not even bother with adding staff unless they are almost always known by that role, such as Koji Kondo as the composer of the Mario and Zelda series, or Nobuo Uematsu for the Final Fantasy series. ~ Dissident93 (talk) 04:23, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, this is the type of field that draws the wrong type of info. I agree it should be key people that oversaw nearly every game of the series in that role. --MASEM (t) 06:23, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Year of inceptionEdit

There is a discussion regarding the year of inception field ongoing at WT:VG#"Year of inception". Page watchers may wish to participate. --Izno (talk) 12:38, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Could this be brought up again? I really don't see the point in such a parameter when the "first release date" states the same thing in more detail. ~ Dissident93 (talk) 19:27, 1 January 2019 (UTC)
    Agreed, we don't need that. I would even go as far and say that we don't need "platform of origin" either. Lordtobi () 11:45, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
Yeah, just realized that the first platform listed should be considered the "platform of origin" anyway. ~ Dissident93 (talk) 02:35, 3 January 2019 (UTC)
@Lordtobi: Do you want to go ahead and just remove both? I don't see who would really oppose this when the info already exists under other parameters. ~ Dissident93 (talk) 01:39, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
Dissident93, yep.   Done. Lordtobi () 09:47, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
Lordtobi Need to run AWB and remove use of the old fields. See Category:Pages using infobox video game series with unknown parameters -- ferret (talk) 13:09, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
Should we summon PrimeBOT? Lordtobi () 13:10, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
  Done. Lordtobi () 17:17, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

Country of OriginEdit

How do the people know which country a game came from? This information should be included in this infobox.

It isn't always reported in reliable, secondary sources, and it rarely has more than trivial significance. (And if the developer's country is important, that relation is best explained in prose.) The infobox is for quick lookup of a game's most definitive traits. czar 19:18, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Plural indicatorEdit

Can somebody add (s) to the genre and platform parameters (and whatever else that needs them)? Some series are strictly a single genre, and it's already inconsistent with some other parameters that already do this. ~ Dissident93 (talk) 17:00, 7 September 2018 (UTC)

  Did this back in November but forgot to reply. Lordtobi () 09:48, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
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