|This essay contains comments and advice of one or more Wikipedia contributors on the topic of notability. Essays may represent widespread norms or minority viewpoints. Consider these views with discretion. Essays are not Wikipedia policies or guidelines.|
|This page in a nutshell: A game is appropriate for a stand-alone article if it has been the subject of significant commentary in multiple published sources which are independent of the creator. Avoid creating new articles about re-releases or expansions if they will be short or redundant, and cover smaller releases at the article about the original game.|
This is a guideline that explains how the concept of notability applies to articles about games (card, board, etc). This guideline is not paramount, and editors should see if other notability guidelines may apply, in particular the notability criteria for web-specific content or the more specific guideline for video games.
Notability of games
A game is appropriate for an article if it has been the subject of significant commentary or analysis in published sources that are independent of the game creator.
- Published sources include any reliable sources, such as newspapers, magazines, books, documentaries, websites, and consumer reports.
- Independent sources must not be primary sources, press releases (or re-prints), advertisements, manuals, or material from business partners.
- Significant commentary should report more than basic game data (such as its title, publisher, or creative staff). Commentary should be critical and detailed.
- Old or international releases are more likely to be covered in sources that are not immediately available online. A reliable source that briefly mentions a title's influence on a genre or type of game can show evidence that significant commentary probably exists in print and/or non-English sources.
Awards and nominations do not by themselves demonstrate a game's notability; however, significant commentary on the award or nomination by a reliable source would meet the notability guideline. In some cases the award-giving organization themselves may be seen as a reliable source. A guide to the reliability of such an organisation would be that the award nominations are quoted in other reliable sources, and it may be more appropriate to look for and use such third-party sources for purposes of judging notability.
- No original research
- Reliable sources
- Cite sources
- Naming conventions (video games)
- WikiProject Video games
- Self-promotion and product placement are not the routes to having an encyclopedic article. The published works must be someone else writing about the game. The barometer of notability is whether people independent of the subject itself (or of its manufacturer, creator, or vendor) have actually considered the content or site worthy enough that they have written and published significant commentary that focus upon it.