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This page documents templates related to video games. Note that infobox templates shown below are examples, purely for demonstration purposes. Therefore some information has been omitted to reduce the size of the template transclusion on this page.

Project templates[edit]

Project banner[edit]

{{WikiProject Video games}} → Tag the talk pages all WikiProject Video games related articles and project subpages with this template. It will automatically add the page to Category:WikiProject Video games articles. See Template:WikiProject Video games/doc for additional documentation on how to use the template and fill in other parameters.

WikiProject Video games  
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject Video games, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of video games on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
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Welcome template[edit]

{{subst:vgproj welcome}} → A welcome template that welcomes new users to our project. Add it to the talk pages of new users who have contributed to video-game related articles, using {{subst:Vgproj welcome}} --~~~~.

==Welcome to WikiProject Video games==
Gamepad.svg Hi WikiProject Video games! You are receiving this message because we've noticed your excellent edits on video game-related articles. We need your help at the Video games WikiProject! There is much work to do, so please head over to the project page and help us enhance and increase the coverage of video game related articles on Wikipedia!

Project discussion[edit]

{{VG-Discussion}} → Tag the related article talk page(s) or user talk page(s) with this template to direct editors to a centralized discussion on the project talk page.

Article templates[edit]


See also: Infobox discussion, Project template discussion, Release dates.

Template Example Information
{{Infobox video game}}
The Orange Box
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
EA UK (PlayStation 3 version)
Publisher(s) Valve Corporation
Distributor(s) Electronic Arts (retail)
Steam (online)
Engine Source engine
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release date(s)
Genre(s) First-person shooter, puzzle, compilation
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Distribution Blu-ray Disc, download, DVD-ROM
Infobox VG is in articles about video games that have been or will be released for single or multiple platforms. The image used should be game box art and no other non-free images should be present.

For console games, the fields engine, media, input, and requirements should generally be omitted. For games with a PC version, it is preferable to populate input, engine, and requirements. Never list a computer game as a "PC" game—list the applicable operating systems instead.

The fields for director, producer, designer, programmer, artist, writer, and composer should be used to list people who played key roles in the development of a game. However, their inclusion should be carefully measured not to make the infobox overly long.

{{Video game release}}
  • JP 30 September 2014
  • NA 30 September 2014
  • PAL 30 September 2014
  • EU 30 September 2014
  • AUS 30 September 2014
Used for release dates, which creates superscript abbreviations. Other country codes are listed here.
For dates in video-game related articles where the day-of-year is not known, the year should be linked to "YYYY in video gaming". The template creates this wikilink easily: {{vgy|2007}} will automatically produce the year and create a link to the appropriate article.

Video game reviews[edit]

Template Example Information
{{Video game reviews}}
Documentation Template
For testing
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings DS: 59%
PS2: 69%
PS3: 72%
PSP: 69%
Wii: 72%
X360: 74%
Metacritic DS: 61/100
PS2: 68/100
PS3: 70/100
PSP: 70/100
Wii: 70/100
X360: 73/100
Review scores
Publication Score PS3/X360: C
Electronic Gaming Monthly PS3/X360: C, C, B-
Game Informer PS3/X360: 8.75/10
GameSpot DS: 5.5/10
PS2: 6.0/10
PS3/X360: 7.5/10
PSP: 7.0/10
Wii: 6.0/10
GameTrailers PS3/X360: 6.9/10
IGN PS2: 7.2/10
PSP: 7.5/10
PS3/X360: 7.3/10
Wii: 7.8/10
Official Xbox Magazine 7.5/10
X-Play PS3/X360: 2/5
Custom Reviewer With score
Other Custom Reviewer. Can skip numbers.
Publication Award
BAFTA PC Game of the Year (2000)
PC Zone Best PC Game of All Time
Provides a table of review score(s), and award(s) received for a video game of any platform(s).

VG Requirements[edit]

Template Example Information
{{VG Requirements}}
System requirements
Minimum Recommended
Operating system Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
CPU Pentium 4 2.5 GHz (single core) Intel Core 2 Duo Or AMD Athlon 64 X2
Memory 1 GB 2 GB
Hard drive 8 GB of free space
Graphics hardware DirectX 9.0c compliant card with 128 MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550), Must support Pixel Shader 3.0 DirectX 9.0c compliant card with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA 7900GT or better) or DirectX 10 compliant card (NVIDIA 8600 or better)
Sound hardware 100% DirectX 9.0c compliant card Sound Blaster X-Fi (Optimized for EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0/5.0 compatible cards)
Network Internet connection required for activation
Provides a table of requirements for a video game for a personal computer system if more space is needed than what is provided by the Infobox template.

List item[edit]

Template Example
{{Video game titles}}
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP August 9, 1996
  • NA June 1997
  • PAL January 29, 1998
Release years by system:
1996—Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom
2008—Wii Virtual Console
  • Known in Japan as Bokujou Monogatari (牧場物語 Bokujou Monogatari?, lit. "Ranch Story")

Image tags[edit]

Copyright tags

Template Example
{{Non-free game cover}} [[Category:]] game covers]]
{{Non-free logo}}


{{Non-free game screenshot}}
{{Non-free computer icon}}

Non-free fair use tags

Template Example
{{Non-free use rationale video game cover}}
Non-free media information and use rationale – non-free video game cover or boxart – NEEDS ARTICLE NAME

This is the cover art for {{{Article}}}. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the game or the publisher of the video game or the developers of the video game. 


The box/cover art can or could be obtained from the distributor.



Portion used

The entire cover: because the image is cover art, a form of product packaging, the entire image is needed to identify the product, properly convey the meaning and branding intended, and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the image.

Low resolution?

The copy is of sufficient resolution for commentary and identification but lower resolution than the original cover. Copies made from it will be of inferior quality, unsuitable as artwork on pirate versions or other uses that would compete with the commercial purpose of the original artwork.

Purpose of use

Main infobox. The image is used for identification in the context of critical commentary of the work for which it serves as cover art. It makes a significant contribution to the user's understanding of the article, which could not practically be conveyed by words alone. The image is placed in the infobox at the top of the article discussing the work, to show a primary visual image associated with the work, and to help the user quickly identify the work and know they have found what they are looking for. Use for this purpose does not compete with the purposes of the original artwork, namely the creator providing graphic design services to relevant concerns and video game marketing to the public. 


As cover art, the image is not replaceable by free content; any other image that shows the packaging of the item in question would also be copyrighted, and any version that is not true to the original would be inadequate for identification or commentary. 

Other information

Use of the cover art in the article complies with Wikipedia non-free content policy and fair use under United States copyright law as described above.

Fair useFair use of copyrighted material in the context of [[]]//


What to type What it produces

{{Game guide}}

{{In-universe|subject = video game|category = video game|date =}}

{{Copy to gaming wiki}}

External link templates[edit]

Use these templates to link to various CVG databases/websites on the internet:

Stub types[edit]

For a generic stub about computer and video games, use {{videogame-stub}}. This will put the article into the Video game stubs category. However, it is advised that you use one or two (no more than two) specific stub templates listed below:

For a more specific stub by genre, use
Or for stubs by company, use
For stubs by platform, use
Other stub types include
For stubs based on video game series, use

AfD templates[edit]

Use these templates in video game-related AfDs.

Find video game sources: "Gorby no Pipeline Daisakusen"news · books · scholar · imagesVGRS · WPVG Talk
Note: This debate has been included in the list of video game-related deletion discussions. (G·N·B·S·RS·Talk) czar  01:41, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

User talk templates[edit]

{{subst:VG Barnstar}}

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The Video game Barnstar

put your message here czar  01:41, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

{{subst:The Video Game Barnstar}}

Video Game Barnstar Hires.png The Video Game Barnstar
Put your message here. czar  01:41, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

{{subst:Vg welcome}}


Video games
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Hey WikiProject Video games—thanks for your recent contributions. I noticed your interest in Wikipedia's video game content and thought you might be interested in the video games WikiProject. We've done some great work (over 200 pieces of Cscr-featured.svg Featured content and over 600 Symbol support vote.svg Good articles), but there is plenty more to do. Come say hello on our talk page, participate in our current events, or let me know if I can help with anything. Anyway, welcome to Wikipedia and I hope I'll see you around! czar  01:47, 7 May 2014 (UTC)