Wikipedia:Naming conventions (video games)
|This guideline documents an English Wikipedia naming convention. It is a generally accepted standard that editors should attempt to follow, though it is best treated with common sense, and occasional exceptions may apply. Any substantive edit to this page should reflect consensus. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.|
This page is a complement to Wikipedia's naming conventions, not a replacement. Always consider Wikipedia:Article titles when naming a page.
- If conventions conflict, prefer the most specific convention.
- Do not capitalize second and subsequent words unless the title is a proper noun (such as a name) or is otherwise almost always capitalized (e.g. "Cloud Strife" uses a "Buster sword", not a "Buster Sword").
- In general, use page names with singular nouns (e.g., "Key item", not "Key items").
- Except for titles of works or official names, avoid the definite ("the") and indefinite ("a"/"an") articles at the beginning of a page name. This applies even if the subject of the page is usually preceded by the definite article "the" in speech or writing (e.g. "City of the Ancients" is preferred over "The City of the Ancients").
- In general, use standard English capitalization for titles, even if trademarks encourage otherwise (e.g. "Infamous" is preferred over "inFAMOUS").
- Exceptions to the above are for articles whose name is almost exclusively known by its acronym (e.g. F.E.A.R. which stands for First Encounter Assault Recon) and in the case of video games whose first character is not representative of a letter (e.g. .hack//Infection instead of .Hack//Infection).
- Consider creating redirects to the correct page from pages with names similar to the correct one and from pages with names which are discouraged per this convention (e.g. "Qbert" and "Q-bert" redirect to Q*bert). Also consider adding hatnotes linking between articles with similar names.
- Unofficial titles (e.g. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn) are not acceptable. Usage of taglines in titles is not permitted.
- Use the most commonly accepted English name first, if one exists. This is usually the official title in the initial English release, but not always. Subtitles and pre-titles are allowed if deemed appropriate but are not necessary and pre-titles should be replaced once an official title has been announced.
- For the purpose of naming, modifications (mods) are considered stand-alone video games. e.g. Counter-Strike is preferred over Half-Life: Counter-Strike. When disambiguating, use (video game), not (mod).
- For series that use either Arabic numerals or Roman numerals to denote the order of games in the series, use the numerals in the official titles for the games, even if their types vary from game to game (for example, Final Fantasy IV instead of Final Fantasy 4, and Quake 4 instead of Quake IV). When Roman numerals are used, consider providing a redirect that uses Arabic numerals (for example, Final Fantasy 4 should redirect to Final Fantasy IV); a similar redirect is not necessary for Roman numeral equivalents.
- When naming articles for specific games in a series it is best to be consistent throughout the entire series as much as possible. This includes the use of subtitles and numbering. Exceptions exist when two different games are released under two completely different titles (for example, Dragon Warrior and Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen).
- As per a very lengthy debate, full names should be used for video game character article namespaces when they appear in-game. Otherwise the common name should be used.
- When the common name in other media is far more iconic, that name should be used (for example Ash Ketchum instead of Ash).
- A list article's title should accurately describe its content.
- Lists should be named "List of..." (e.g. "List of Final Fantasy titles").
Do not disambiguate unless a naming conflict exists and never make a disambiguation tag longer than necessary. In addition never use "(computer game)" or "(computer gaming)" for any disambig even if the article is exclusively about a PC-related topic.
Use hatnotes and disambiguation pages when disambiguation in naming is used. Disambiguation pages are not required if the only disambiguation exists between similarly named articles related to the same video game series, but hatnotes are strongly encouraged to point between these items on their individual pages. Hatnotes should always be used to provide pointers to a disambiguation page or article if the other topics are not directly to the video game, series, or other related topics.
- In general, use of the two-word phrase "video game" is preferred to the single-word term "videogame".
- For original video games: Disambiguate using numerics and subtitles when part of the official title (e.g. Need for Speed: ProStreet). Further disambiguation can be made by appending "(video game)" or "(YEAR video game)". The former is preferable. Using "(video game)" should be used instead of "(computer game)", "(arcade game)" or similar disambiguation. Using only "(game)" is discouraged.
- For platform-specific remakes/ports: Disambiguate by appending "([platform])" to the title (e.g. "Final Fantasy IV (Nintendo DS)")
- For modifications: Disambiguate by appending "(video game)", or, if necessary, "(video game mod)". The former is preferable.
- For video game series: Disambiguate by appending "(series)", or, if necessary, "(video game series)". The former is preferable.
- Exception: If a video game series has a naming conflict solely with the first game in the series (e.g., Final Fantasy), the series page should reside at the primary name if the series possesses a minimum of 3 video game articles as well as at least one other unrelated video game or related media item. Otherwise, the first game in the series should occupy the primary name, and the series article should be disambiguated with "... (series)".
- For characters: Disambiguate by appending "([Title of the game])" after the character's name (e.g. "Lulu (Final Fantasy X)"). If the subject appears across several titles in a series, then use "([Title of the series])" (e.g., "Cid (Final Fantasy)"). If the subject's name is the same as of the game, then use "(character)" (e.g. "Rayman (character)").
- For video game specific terminology use (video gaming); for video game terminology that is also used with non-video games, use (gaming).
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style (Japan-related articles), as many video games are originally produced in Japan
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style (titles)