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Release date titlestyle[edit]

Is the "titlestyle" portion of the documentation's release date collapsed list directions still accurate? The 12px font part seems out of place. czar  12:34, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Move to template infobox[edit]

Hi could we move this to infobox meaning we would update it to look like


Please Paladox2017 (talk) 15:35, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Why? What does it do? What are the benefits? - X201 (talk) 15:53, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
It looks like this would make this less standardized, which is not what we want to do. --MASEM (t) 17:02, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
no it would just add infobox template to the template. It would also be easer to add more labels and add more data. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:16, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
Which we don't want. We've trimmed out things to avoid having the infobox get excessively long. If there are specific fields you'd like to see you can request them, but I doubt we will want random label additions. --MASEM (t) 17:17, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
oh but why not. (talk) 18:24, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
I think Masem sufficiently explained why not. We don't want extra info cluttering up the infobox. You can request specific things to be added if you think they're necessary. — Frεcklεfσσt | Talk 18:32, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Rating system[edit]

So there's still a lot of games on Wikipedia with the rating system that finished in 2012, as seen here Template talk:Infobox video game/Archive 11#Propose removal of ratings section
Is there a project involved to go round to all these games and remove the video game ratings template to clean up the infobox, or does it stay in the infobox?
Just wondering, as I had already started a couple of video games that feature the template, featured in the What links here section. --Mjs1991 (talk) 09:59, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

There was "We're editing 42% of all WP:VG articles" (Archive 104), but I don't know the status of that effort czar  14:36, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
Don't worry. I'm working on it. The end of days is soon approaching for those. I'll post an update tomorrow. -X201 (talk) 20:48, 18 May 2014 (UTC)


So given the previous threads about the removal of defunct fields. There was a delay whilst we gave Wikidata the chance to salvage what they want from it. They have now completed that and we're almost ready to start a run to get rid of the defunct fields. I've started testing the new AWB script that we have for this, mainly to see if it can handle the different formatting of the requirements section and other formatting oddities that exist out there. So in summary, yes, almost 5 months after setting the ball rolling, we're on the brink of getting the clean up started. - X201 (talk) 08:04, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

So there's an easier task using AWB rather than actually checking the "what links here" page? Is their a link that shows how to do this?

--Mjs1991 (talk) 14:14, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

@Mjs1991:Yes, no need for the manual method, that way will send you mad. There's an AWB script that I'll post after I've finished testing it. It does a multitude of things in one hit, it removes all of the defunct fields (picture format, aspect ratio, input, license, resolution, ratings, requirements, version, preceded by, followed by, latest release version, latest release date, latest preview version, latest preview date, website) from the template, it also corrects instances of Infobox VG to Infobox Video game as well as doing all of the usual AWB general fixes. Give me another day or two to finish testing it (have found one glitch that people need to watch for when using it) and I'll post it here and you can download it and let rip with AWB on the 11,000 articles that need fixing. - X201 (talk) 14:39, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
I think I've managed to fix the big problem I found (Matching was going mental when it came across a vgratings template that had references inside it). I've also added a small formatting fix, to move title down to a new line when its on the same line as the template name. I'll put another load of articles through it to find more errors and then post the code up here for anyone who wants to join in. - X201 (talk) 15:58, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for that!!--Mjs1991 (talk) 21:29, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
I added the infobox name change to the genfixes via the template replacement page, so you can probably remove that from your changeset. --Izno (talk) 01:42, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
Done, thanks. - X201 (talk) 08:45, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

@TeleComNasSprVen: We need your help again. I've found another defunct template field, called footnotes (see discussion), it was a short lived one, but its just cropped up on an article so stands the chance of cropping up on others. Could you create the tracking category template code to find it, and get it added to the template please? We may as well do a thorough job on this. Thanks. - X201 (talk) 08:43, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Doesn't look too difficult; according to what I can read from the source code, I think if you just add a single line to the list of deprecated parameters like -->{{{footnotes|}}}<!-- it will automatically add itself to Category:Infobox video game with deprecated parameters. On the other hand, if you want a special category just for the footnotes parameter, I think you can add something like {{#if:{{{footnotes|}}}|[[Category:Infobox video game with footnotes parameter]]}} inside the infobox template itself. --TeleComNasSprVen (talkcontribs) 09:30, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
No need for a specific category. addition of -->{{{footnotes|}}}<!-- is enough. Thanks. - X201 (talk) 11:11, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done{{U|Technical 13}} (tec) 14:15, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Is it possible for someone to give a guideline on how to remove the templates using AWB? Thanks--Mjs1991 (talk) 08:38, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

@Mjs1991, X201 said just a few lines above that is going to post the AWB directions once they're finished. czar  13:53, 24 May 2014 (UTC)


Right, nearly ready to roll. There are a few bugs in the AWB code but nothing major that a sensible human can't handle. I need help in getting one more thing done and then we'll be ready to roll. The code has trouble with articles that are on user pages for some reason, so we need to remove all of them manually beforehand and that will provide for a smoother, easier to handle run for the other 10,000 articles. There are 591 user space articles that need fixing I've created a page that lists them all if you could help me get rid of them buy manually removing the defunct template fields that would be a great help. Its also a good chance to make sure that the user page articles have got a {{userdraft}} template at the top of them, so if you could att that at the same time it would help also. I'll make a start on the user pages today and should be through them a short while. Then its onward to the 10,000. - X201 (talk) 11:08, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Closing in on halfway with this now. - X201 (talk) 09:04, 12 June 2014 (UTC)
Right, so that's the 591 user pages out of the way. Have had to tweak the AWB Find and Replace Regex so I'll have to test that for a bit longer, but finally the start proper is in sight. - X201 (talk) 15:58, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Have found another small problem. Template:Cite Video Game uses some of the same fields as Infobox VG, causing the Regex to edit Cite Video game as well. After a quick bit of maths, its only likely to be a very small percentage of the articles in the clean up that have both templates in their code, and it doesn't warrant re-writing the RegEx to take account of them. So I've created an intersection list of articles that have both templates on them, and I'm cleaning those so that they get removed from the main Category and don't become a problem for anyone taking part in the main clean-up. I've got around 250 articles to work through. - X201 (talk) 09:12, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

I've processed all the pages that use Cite Video Game, so they're now out of the main clean-up. I'm now working on removing articles that have Collapsible list in use, as that sends the matching mental. There's 288 of those to sort. - X201 (talk) 13:39, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

preceded_by and followed_by[edit]

I believe that preceded_by and a followed_by fields are needed for the video game info box, as many video games have successors/sequels.Kentronhayastan (talk) 21:00, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

Its been asked for 11 times in the last 8 years, it even has its own private talk archive because it comes up so often. The short version of it is that the job is done perfectly well at the foot of most articles with a navbox. There stuff can be laid out as it needs to be, rather than the arguments that would ensue from what is canon and non-canon in a single infobox field. - X201 (talk) 09:02, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
Since it is so frequently-asked, might it be worth someone adding some notes to the documentation to explain this and how to do it (or linking to a source)? I can do so later on, but am fairly unfamiliar with standard practice for this, so it may be better addressed by someone with more experience in such construction. — Sasuke Sarutobi (talk) 09:41, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
I'm not quite sure what you're saying. I was pointing out that its been asked for numerous times and has been opposed and rejected on all occasions. In short there is a long standing consensus to not have preceded by and followed by fields. - X201 (talk) 12:29, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
And X201 pointed out that game articles in a series may have a navbox at the bottom. For example:
Creating them is rather straight-forward (if you're familiar with wikimarkup). You can ping me on my talk page if you want some pointers. — Frεcklεfσσt | Talk 13:33, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

Media: Cassette tapes.[edit]

In the Syntax Guide, under "media" it says: "The only values possible are "floppy disk", "cartridge", "memory card", "optical disc", "download", and "cloud computing" (and combinations thereof)."

What about early games that were released on casette tapes? I don't know how to do it, but I think that should be made a possible value as well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Derboo (talkcontribs) 19:27, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Derboo: The Video Game
Distribution Cassette

The listed categories are a guide, just type cassette in, see template to right. - X201 (talk) 06:02, 4 July 2014 (UTC)