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Welcome to the Arcade Task Force, a task force under WikiProject Video games. The goal of this task force is to better organize information in articles related to arcade video games. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this task force will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there. Lists of games that need work can be found on the lists page.


Well enough time has been allowed for people to set themselves as active and currently we have five people set as active. Clearly some recruiting needs to be done before we can move forward. Since were in a rather undesirable situation a collective effort of all the people still here is really going to be needed if were going to turn things round. If anyone has any ideas on how we can do this seeing some activity on the talk page would be a great start. Also if you know anyone who may be interested in this project please consider inviting them to help. --Hybrid360 (talk) 21:48, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

To see how active this project actually is I have put inactive next to all participant user names. I have left a message on each of these users talk pages basically saying replace "inactive" with "ACTIVE" if they are still participating, to remove themselves from the list if they are no longer participating and finally leave as inactive if they plan on contributing in the future. Even if no action is taken by the user the fact it will still say inactive by the users name on the participant list will tell us all we need to know.

Once we know who's still interested and who's not we can really see what action will be necessary. Of course if lots of users become active then we can get rid of the inactive tag on this page. If there's hardly any response from these users for a week then we'll have to think about trying to get a lot more people involved in the project.

Looking at it this way I'm sure we can still get this project to work its just a matter of finding out what kind of state this project is really in right now. --Hybrid360 (talk) 21:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Not inactive: Contrary to some ill-informed rumors, this project is currently active. Few issues have come up as of late, but the work of writing articles on arcade games continues.

August 13 2004: Completed Infobox and started adding to arcade game articles.



This taskforce aims primarily to set a baseline for the improvement and expansion of articles related to arcade games. This project was started from my disappointment in the state of articles on arcade games, and the fact that they tended to lack standardization. This project provides a meeting place for improving articles on arcade games.


The parent of this taskforce is the Video Game WikiProject.

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The structure presented below is just a suggestion. It doesn't have to be adhered to, it is just being presented because it was useful for others when creating articles on arcade games.

Below is an outline of sections arcade articles should contain:

  • Opening
  • Overview
  • Description
    • Cabinet & controls description
  • Legacy (only applies to some)
  • Ports (only applies to some)
  • External link(s)

Of course, an article can include any other sections deemed necessary. Below are descriptions of each section.

  • Opening: Just your standard introductory stuff. The opening sentence should mention the name of the game (it should be bold and italicized), the year it was released, who developed it and that it is an arcade game. This follows the Manual of Style guidelines. This section should also give an idea of the type of game it is (e.g. shooting, jumping, etc.).
  • Overview section: This first-tier section (that is, it is indicated in Wikimarkup with two equals, i.e. ==), should give a brief description of the game. It should be no more than a few sentences. Think of it as the "executive summary" of the game.
  • Description section: Another first-tier section. This section is where you can give a long, drawn-out description of the game, mentioning levels, bosses, tricks, etc. I've been using the last paragraph of this section to describe the game's cabinet, controls and number of supported players. If you think it warrants it (i.e. the cabinet requires more than one paragraph to discuss), you can make another section for it.
  • Legacy section: This section should list any sequels (or prequels) and any other games it inspired. Not all games will require this section.
  • Ports section: Most arcade games are ported to home systems at some time or another. List the systems and the dates they were developed here. Not all games will require this section either.
  • External links section: All games should have this section. Virtually every major arcade game released is listed in the KLOV and a link to the appropriate entry should be included. See below for more information.

Lastly, please write your article in the present tense. Whether or not you've seen a game in the last 20 years or not, it still exists, so say so. For example:
Slippery Slam had five modes of play.
Slippery Slam has five modes of play.

Also, don't address the reader. This is a common mistake in arcade, video and computer game articles. When talking about gameplay, talk about the player or user's experience. For example:
In Slippery Slam you grab the goodies while trying not to slip on the floor. You have two shots at completing each level.
In Slippery Slam the player grabs the goodies while trying not to slip on the floor. They have two shots at completing each level.


The Internet has three excellent sites for information on arcade games.

The first is the Killer List of Videogames. This site is a database of just about every friggin' arcade game ever produced! Most games have pictures of the game cabinet and screenshots of gameplay. Some even have images of the control panel and 3D models of the cabinet. Most entries have in-depth descriptions of games, including... well, everything. You can use these entries as resources when creating or editing a Wikipedia article on the game, but please don't plagiarize. Also, don't lift screenshots from this site unless you get specific permission from KLOV (it is usually easier to just use MAME).

The second site is which contains additional information which may not be found on KLOV.

The third site is really not for arcade games, but for video and computer games. MobyGames is a database of many games released for any home systems (home computers, video game consoles including handhelds and classic systems) with the notable exception of the Macintosh. This site is a good resource to see if an arcade game has any ports. As with the KLOV, don't just lift images from this site and upload to Wikipedia--go through the correct process to obtain images.

Also Wikipedia has a good resource for arcade games. Use the List of arcade video games for inspiration for a game to write an article on or to investigate articles others have written. If you create an article via a link not from this list, please make sure to add it if it doesn't already have it.

Frecklefoot has written a fair number of arcade game articles which adhere to this structure. See the list of arcade game articles he's written for examples of how an arcade game article should look.


Make sure to add the appropriate categories to the article. Make sure the category indicator is located below the External links section, but before interWiki language links and template messages (such as {{stub}}).

All arcade game articles should belong to an Arcade games category. TheDotGamer has created year-specific categories for arcade games. So, add the year category that is appropriate for the games, such as [[Category:1982 arcade games]]. If you don't know the release year of the games, just add it to the topmost category, [[Category:Arcade games]].

In addition, add any other appropriate categories to which it belongs. For example, if the game had a Commodore 64 port, add it to that category ([[Category:Commodore 64 games]]). And if it had a port, add it to that year's category of games (e.g. [[Category:1984 computer and video games]]). Each year should have a category, so don't worry if it doesn't—it should.


Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong arcade cabinet
Arcade cabinet
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Series Donkey Kong, Mario
Engine Radar Scope
Platform(s) Arcade, Various
Release date(s) Arcade version
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Up to two players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright, mini and cocktail
CPU Zilog Z80 (@ 3.072 MHz)
Sound CPU: I8035 (@ 400 kHz)
Chips: DAC (@ 400 kHz),
samples (@ 400 kHz)
Display Raster, standard resolution 224 x 256 (vertical) palette colors 256

{{Infobox VG}}

This infobox replaces {{Infobox Arcade Game}} and the previous non-template infobox designed by Frecklefoot. Because this template may be used on a large number of articles, any changes that affect its appearance should first be discussed at Template talk:Infobox VG.

The Notes field of the former infobox has been removed due to a consensus on the infobox discussion page. When converting the old infobox to the new template, the contents of the Notes field should be incorporated into the main article text, if it is not already present. The lead section is a good place to place pertinent information.

Most of the information for the infobox can be obtained from the Killer List of Videogames. For more hardware data, check the Arcade History Database or System16 - The Arcade Museum.

See Template talk:Infobox VG for usage details.

Infobox code[edit]

Copy and paste the following code into an article and simply fill out the fields.

Note: All fields must be present regardless if they're used for the template to function properly.
{{Infobox VG
|arcade system= 


{{arcade-stub}} is the stub for this project.