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WikiCup 2017 July newsletter[edit]

The third round of the competition has finished in a flurry of last minute activity, with 288 points being required to qualify for round 4. It was a hotly competitive round with all but four of the contestants exceeding the 106 points that was necessary to proceed to round 4 last year. Coemgenus and Freikorp tied on 288, and both have been allowed to proceed, so round 4 now has one pool of eight competitors and one of nine.

Round 3 saw the achievement of a 26-topic Featured topic by MPJ-DK as well as 5 featured lists and 13 featured articles. PanagiotisZois and SounderBruce achieved their first ever featured articles. Carbrera led the GA score with 10, Tachs achieved 17 DYKs and MBlaze Lightning 10 In the news items. There were 167 DYKs, 93 GARs and 82 GAs overall, this last figure being higher than the number of GAs in round 2, when twice as many people were taking part. Even though contestants performed more GARs than they achieved GAs, there was still some frustration at the length of time taken to get articles reviewed.

As we start round 4, we say goodbye to the fifteen or so competitors who didn't quite make it; thank you for the useful contributions you have made to the Cup and Wikipedia. Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 3 but before the start of round 4 can be claimed in round 4. Remember too that you must claim your points within 10 days of "earning" them (some people have fallen foul of this rule and the points have been removed).

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Archive bot[edit]

Greetings. Is there a tool in Wikipedia that could be used to autoarchive all links in references? I've seen users doing that. Regards.Tintor2 (talk) 22:27, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

@Tintor2: Aka you saw JudgeSurreal go on a driveby archiving spree today? :) Yeah, [1] - easiest way to find it if you forget is to go to the history of whatever article, and click on "Fix dead links". It will ask you to login to WP's authorization portal so that it can post on your behalf when you tell it to- do that. Then it will take you back to the archiving page. If you just run it, it will archive all dead links in references. If you select "Add archives to all non-dead references" it will do live links as well. In the top bar you can pick to run the bot on a set of articles, though if you do you don't get the option to archive live links. It's usually shockingly fast to run. --PresN 01:23, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. Now I won't have to go archiving manually like I did with D.Gray-man XD.Tintor2 (talk) 01:28, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
I just stumbled on this topic coincidentally, but Jeeezuz Christ! Fantastic! Now I won't have to manually archive all 449 references on Marilyn Manson (band)—or any other article ever again. Cheers PresN and @Tintor2: Homeostasis07 (talk) 23:28, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

The WikiProject Video Games Newsletter, Q2 2017[edit]

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Dungeon Siege @ FA[edit]

Looks like you and I are in the same boat with our FA nominations. We've both been waiting around for a while, so would you be interested in us both reviewing each others' articles? Josh Milburn seems pretty cool. I recall him saying – just a couple of weeks ago – something along the lines of "as long as the nomination is active, it can stay at FA noms". Would you be up for this? Here's mine. I'd do a source review for your article—which seems to be the kind of review holding up most FA noms [I don't know why, they're actually much easier than regular prose reviews]. I've just finished my last Wiki project, so I'm free to do this. Let me know if you're interested. Cheers. Homeostasis07 (talk) 23:17, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

@Homeostasis07: That sounds great! Would you rather have a source review or a prose one? --PresN 03:20, 10 July 2017 (UTC)
I need one of either, so whichever one you feel most comfortable doing. I'm starting your source review now. ;) Homeostasis07 (talk) 17:20, 10 July 2017 (UTC)
@Homeostasis07: Source review'd you, thanks very much! Sorry about all the nitpicks in yours. --PresN 02:17, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
No problem. You needed to do what you needed to do. ;) Pleasure doing business with you. And good luck with your nomination. Homeostasis07 (talk) 23:48, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

Congratulations on the promotion; thoroughly deserved. Josh Milburn (talk) 22:32, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

Lars Alexandersson[edit]

I have been recently worked into the Power Ranger like character of the fighting game series Tekken: Lars Alexandersson. I managed to give both the creation and reception a huge expansion. However, I also uploaded one image that talks about the characters' redesign and I'm not sure if it also fits well. Also, the producer Harada has talked about his creation in his twitter account. Is this allowed? Anyway, I also wanted to hear Drake's comments since he also experienced with it. Cheers.Tintor2 (talk) 00:30, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

@Tintor2: Despite some negative connotations, Twitter is a valid publishing source, and a creator's own words are allowed to be cited. It's a first-party source, so it can be cited for factual information but not anything that would require interpretation, and doesn't count for notability, but you're fine there anyways. As far as the image, I'm not the best at judging; I think it'd defensible as you're explicitly commenting on the redesign, though it'd be better if you had a little more talking about what changed. --PresN 01:21, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
@Tintor2 and PresN: I agree with the points PresN made above. As long as it's from one of the game creator's official Twitter accounts, then it's valid information. As to the image, yes some added commentary would be good if you don't want its inclusion challenged. You could look at the article for Lightning, which faced a similar issue during its lifetime. --ProtoDrake (talk) 07:07, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

@ProtoDrake and PresN: You mean creation information or reaction to the design? If it is creation, I couldn't find anything so far. On the other hand, there are almost two paragraphs about response to it.Tintor2 (talk) 13:31, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

@Tintor2: I think reaction would be a more than tolerable addition. Something like noting critic reaction to the usage of the design as a small line within the image cation. --ProtoDrake (talk) 13:44, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

@ProtoDrake and PresN: Then I think it can be used. Thanks you two.Tintor2 (talk) 16:49, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

Emm, I used the tweet template but it says the references are lacking a number but I don't get it. Any idea?Tintor2 (talk) 21:57, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

@Tintor2: With cite tweet, you don't put the url, you put the username and tweet number. I fixed them for you. --PresN 23:32, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks PresN and Drake. *sweating* I can't find anything else to add to the article. Last week I requested the guild of ce to copyedit it due to English not being my native language? Do you that once the copyedit is finished, I could nominate it to GA. I also cleaned up the two images' fair uses based on Lightning. Greetings.Tintor2 (talk) 01:32, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
I don't see why not. I've seen character GAs in worse shape at nomination and they still passed. Mine included... --ProtoDrake (talk) 07:57, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
Also ProtoDrake After expanding the article more, I found early sketches of the character in an artbook of the series. I also found out that the character's theme song (which is highly discussed) alongside with his redesign from Tekken 7 appear in a cover here. Do you think I should avoid these images or one of them is worth adding to the article? Sadly, wikimedia commons doesn't have a free image about the single CD. Cheers and thanks for the advices.Tintor2 (talk) 01:59, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
@Tintor2: Personally, I'd not push it with the images. I've had to watch myself going nuts on images for illustration on some of the articles I've worked on because they're among the first under fire by reviewers. What's there looks more than adequate. --ProtoDrake (talk) 09:14, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
I see. I'll at least remove the sketch one for being redundant.Tintor2 (talk) 13:41, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

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Request[edit]

Hi PresN, would you be interested in performing a source review of my FAC here? It's completely fine if you're currently wrapped up with real-life obligations. Thanks either way. Slightlymad (talk) 05:06, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

Re:Homeworld[edit]

Hey! Thanks for fixing my mistake on Homeworld. I've been drive-by adding awards to articles for a few weeks (or maybe longer) now, and the speed and volume required mean that some errors slip by me. Glad to see that at least a bit of what I added on Homeworld was useful. Keep up the great work—and belated congratulations on the Homeworld FA. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 18:27, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

@JimmyBlackwing: thanks! No worries, easy mistake to make and easy to correct. I've seen your stream of edits a couple times, it's super-super helpful for pretty much everything you're touching, so no use fussing about small bits of being inconsistent with one article's format. Glad to see you around here having fun improving articles! --PresN 19:49, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Rebound (video game)[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Qwak![edit]

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WikiCup 2017 September newsletter[edit]

Round 4 of the WikiCup has ended and we move forward into the final round. In round 4, a total of 12 FAs, 3 FLs, 44 GAs, 3 FLs, 79 DYKs, 1 ITN and 42 GARs was achieved, with no FPs or FTs this time. Congratulations to Peacemaker67 on the Royal Yugoslav Navy Good Topic of 36 items, and the 12 featured articles achieved by Cas Liber (5), Vanamonde93 (3), Peacemaker67 (2), Adityavagarwal (1) and 12george1 (1). With a FA scoring 200 points, and bonus points available on top of this, FAs are likely to feature heavily in the final round. Meanwhile Yellow Evan, a typhoon specialist, was contributing 12 DYKs and 10 GAs, while Adityavagarwal and Freikorp topped the GAR list with 8 reviews each. As we enter the final round, we are down to eight contestants, and we would like to thank those of you who have been eliminated for the useful contributions you have made to the Cup and Wikipedia. The lowest score needed to reach round 5 was 305, and I think we can expect a highly competitive final round.

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List of awards and nominations received by Inna[edit]

Hi there! It's been a long time since you reviewed Alexandra Stan discography for FL status. I wondered if you could take a look at the FLC above. Let me know if I can do something for you. Best regards, Cartoon network freak (talk) 18:05, 3 September 2017 (UTC)

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Google books[edit]

A fellow user requested me to do a source review in a FAC. Everything seems fine, but I'm confused about one that uses scans from google books. Are scans from Google Books fine or should they be removed? Cheers.Tintor2 (talk) 14:50, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

@Tintor2: As in, a "|url=" pointing to a google books scan in a cite book? I've seen it both ways; I think at this point a google books link is considered to be consistent with WP linking standards as far as a convenience link goes- if it violates copyright standards in a given user's country the link doesn't work, so I think it's fine. --PresN 15:36, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
I see but I can't tell in what instance it would break copyrights or not.Tintor2 (talk) 15:38, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
Hello, there is something I have been wondering. Is it possible to request free images or vids. I mean today it was revealed the character GA Lars Alexandersson is getting a special collaboration with Japanese wrestler. I notice the Tekken franchise even has some free videos just like the ones I added to Tekken 7. Is there a way I can ask to see if there is a free image to avoid uploading another nonfree images that compares the wrestler and Lars' design based on him? Cheers.Tintor2 (talk) 22:28, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
@Tintor2: not sure what you're asking; request from who? You can always ask a company or person to release an image/video as CC-by-SA or whatever, though getting a response from Bandai is pretty unlikely. I see that those videos were uploaded to youtube with that license, which is why you can use them, though I don't know if youtube has a way to filter on that like flickr does. If you want to see what free images already are on commons, just look through [[2]]. --PresN 01:42, 23 October 2017 (UTC)
It was just an idea I have because Lars' costumes keep having notorious response like the one from Kishimoto that resulted in his inclusion in a Naruto and now the wrestling outfit. Are requests made here?
Cheers.Tintor2 (talk) 21:25, 23 October 2017 (UTC)
@Tintor2: Again, requests to who? That's a category talk page; I don't know who would be watching that but I suspect it's nobody. If you want a free-use image of Lars in costume, your best (only) bet is to find the person who took the image and ask that they release it under the CC-by-SA license. I've had the best luck with finding pictures on flickr and then asking the poster to re-license it, but it's still pretty hit or miss and you're not going to get more than amateur photos. --PresN 21:54, 23 October 2017 (UTC)
Mmmh, I see. Guess I gotta avoid it. Here's the official video and here an English site.Tintor2 (talk) 22:00, 23 October 2017 (UTC)
On another note I've been working on the fighting game (for a change) Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2. When I asked in the project whether I should add the cast or not, the consensus appeared to be yes so I added a list. An editor also said that the plot could be expanded. However, it is just a retelling of the series. What do you think? Should I add a premise for every chapter in the game? Cheers.Tintor2 (talk) 17:59, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

an edit summary of yours that I was wondering about[edit]

"...Request by user on Discord chat" I am a little familiar with IRC but what is "Discord chat"? Thanks, Shearonink (talk) 04:47, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

@Shearonink: The desciption page is at WP:DISCORD; to sum up, it's an IRC-like platform (article) that you can access via browser or app, except that it allows for unlimited "channels", or rooms, and also keeps all of the old posts on the screen even if you weren't logged in, so that if you join the discord server you see all the messages that were there before, not just the ones after you logged on. There's usually a few dozen of us online at any time; we have a few general channels and ones for a few wikiprojects. --PresN 12:10, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
I had never even heard of "Discord"...will have to check it out. Thanks for the explanation. Shearonink (talk) 14:23, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

The WikiProject Video Games Newsletter, Q3 2017[edit]

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Nier: Automata's Spoilers[edit]

By what you are saying: "Lets not get into spoiling Automata's plot here", are you telling me we shoulden't spoil Automata's plot unless new players had played Automata first? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 130.105.63.8 (talk) 14:48, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

@130.105.63.8: I was saying that the Nier article shouldn't go into details about Automata; partly not to spoil a game that the article isn't about but also to avoid going into a lot of detail about a game that the article isn't about. --PresN 17:21, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

List of songs recorded by Led Zeppelin[edit]

Hi PresN, would you mind doing a source review for my FLC please? It's all that's needed for it to become featured. Thanks very much. BeatlesLedTV (talk) 20:39, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

Four Award[edit]

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-(I loved this game - I thought you'd have done this (taking an article from scratch to FA) before this...)-Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:49, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

@Casliber: Thanks! And no, this is my only FA that I actually created the page- most of my FAs were starts/Cs that I completely rewrote, but that doesn't count, and the rest of my GAs that I started from scratch I haven't taken through FAC. Nice to finally have one! --PresN 02:55, 20 October 2017 (UTC)
Ah well, I do like the idea of any award that promotes people improving any stub article they create.....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 03:42, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Rebound (video game)[edit]

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List of video game magazines[edit]

Hi there,

So you have a bit of a reputation as the list guy in the video game wikiproject, so I figured I would come to you first. The List of video game magazines is in bad shape. The overview sections is surprisingly well sourced, but the list itself needs some revamping. I'm going through right now and trying to find good sources for the magazines, but I'm not quite sure how to tackle the actual list format. Any suggestions? Famous Hobo (talk) 02:42, 24 October 2017 (UTC)

@Famous Hobo: Hmm, so I tried looking through Category:Lists of magazines for inspiration, but didn't see anything too great. There's about 100 entries- do you think it's about complete, or missing a lot? Regardless, that's around the point where anything more complicated than a wikitable becomes too long to support. In terms of just cleaning up the table itself, though, maybe something like this? --PresN 18:13, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
Title Published Country Publisher Focus Ref(s).
Ação Games 1991–2002 Brazil Editora Abril / Editora Azul General
ACE 1987–92 United Kingdom Future Publishing (1987-89)
EMAP (1989-92)
Home computers

I like that format. As for the number of magazines, I'm not sure how many there are. The problem is how do we define video game magazines? Magazines that only focus on gaming? What about old 80s magazines that focused on gaming and general computing like ACE, or Japanese magazines like focus on gaming and manga like Dengeki Maoh. If we allow these magazines, what's the cut off, as this opens the floodgates for magazines that feature one or two game reviews but primarily focuses on something else. For now, I'll just try to clean up the list. Famous Hobo (talk) 02:31, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Early game source[edit]

Hey PresN! I know you're interested in improving WPVG's early game coverage, so I thought I'd share a resource I just stumbled across. It's an in-depth history of Maze War called "The First First-Person Shooter", which ran in Computer Games Magazine #176 (July 2005). If that sounds useful, I can upload some images of the article. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 04:37, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

@JimmyBlackwing: Yes, definately! I haven't touched that article yet, but I did work some on the "other" possible first first-person 3D game Spasim, so I'm sure I'll get to it as well. Thanks for thinking of me! --PresN 04:51, 26 October 2017 (UTC)
Perfect! I'll get you the images ASAP. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 05:07, 26 October 2017 (UTC)
Hey! Here you go: [3], [4], [5]. The citation is: Handy, Alex (July 2005). "The First First-Person Shooter". Computer Games Magazine (176): 45–47.  Hope it's helpful. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 19:55, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2017 November newsletter: Final results[edit]

The final round of the 2017 WikiCup is over. Congratulations to the 2017 WikiCup top three finalists:

In addition to recognizing the achievements of the top finishers and everyone who worked hard to make it to the final round, we also want to recognize those participants who were most productive in each of the WikiCup scoring categories:

  • Featured Article – Cas Liber (actually a two-way tie with themselves for an astonishing five FAs in R2 and R4).
  • Good Article – Adityavagarwal had 14 GAs promoted in R5.
  • Featured List – Canada Bloom6132 (submissions) and Japan 1989 (submissions) both produced 2 FLs in R2
  • Featured Pictures – Cascadia (independence movement) SounderBruce (submissions) improved an image to FP status in R5, the only FP this year.
  • Featured Topic – Denmark MPJ-DK (submissions) has the only FT of the Cup in R3.
  • Good Topic – Four different editors created a GT in R2, R3 and R4.
  • Did You Know – Adityavagarwal had 22 DYKs on the main page in R5.
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Housekeeping...[edit]

Hey PresN, am trying to look at User:Dweller/Featured Articles that haven't been on Main Page as well as WP:FAR as I am an FAR coordinator. I figured you being familiar with video games could scroll down User:Dweller/Featured Articles that haven't been on Main Page and check some of the video game articles, with a view to ticking them (or nominating them) at TFA if in really good nick, noting problems..and if really substantial problems then nominating at WP:FAR, cheers....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 23:14, 9 November 2017 (UTC)

Rerelease[edit]

Today, I tried doing a major expansion in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. However, the game has some kind of re-release and I don't know where exactly should I put it. Should it be a subsection of development? Cheers.Tintor2 (talk) 22:04, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

@Tintor2: Different articles do it differently, but personally I like making Re-release or Remaster or whatever a seperate section after Reception (see: Homeworld), as it kind of fits in a "Legacy" sense, which if present usually goes after Reception. --PresN 13:10, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

WikiCup 2018[edit]

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Keen Dreams Revision[edit]

Hello. I have revised Commander Keen in Keen Dreams in my sandbox. Having gone through the article and its predecessor, I can say it is safe to remove (or at least shorten) repeating information that already exists in Commander Keen in Invasion of the Vorticons, since the main focus is on the this standalone game and not the trilogy. I have also removed the repeating information from the top summary and moved information such as declaration of "Lost Episode" at the top. In addition, I have placed subsections, named and placed appropriately.

If you think I'm on the right track, feel free to make some edits to my revision and if it works well, the changes can made to the article. I'm glad to be of help. Deltasim (talk) 14:40, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

@Deltasim: Hmmm. I think there's a few ideas there that could be useful, but there are several others that I really don't like. Taking it from the top:
  • I don't like what you did to the lead; you cut out all summary of the gameplay and development sections for no particular purpose- the lead wasn't exactly very long to begin with, and its purpose is to summarize the entire article, not just sections 2 and 4.
  • I don't understand how making the 2-paragraph Gameplay section into 2 1-paragraph sub-sections is useful to the reader? Like, of course you could subdivide any gameplay section on Wikipedia into as many or as few subsections as you want, but there's no organizational need driving it here- it's really very small already.
  • Same with Development- while I don't use subsections as much as I should, I just don't see the point of chopping off one paragraph and giving it a header. It's just awkward. If we were talking splitting up a 6-8 paragraph section then sure, but we're not.
  • On the flip side here, though, while I think the development section should give more context than your version about why and how this game was developed (I don't much care if it repeats a bit of Vorticons, those are two different articles and each article needs to stand on its own), perhaps the existing version talks too much about the "pre-development" information and it should be cut down to somewhere in the middle.
  • I'm not strongly attached to calling the release and post-release section "legacy" instead of "release", but I don't much understand why you cut the first two sentences, only to leave them in the lead? The lead is supposed to summarize the article, for one thing, not hold unique information, and also the points about how the game is called the "lost episode" of the series and got no reviews in the mainstream press are pretty important details when talking about the real-world impact of the game, so I don't understand why you would cut it.

I guess, writing this out, overall I'm just not feeling this change to be an improvement. It chops out a bunch of information from a fairly short article, and adds subsections to sections that were only 2 or 4 paragraphs to begin with. I don't want to be rude, because I honestly really respect a lot of the work you do in the articles you work on, I just... don't see the benefit to most of this revision, or even really the point. --PresN 04:50, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

It's good to summarise an article, though the repetition of things like the Steam release first in the top summary then the Legacy section is quite redundant. When you want to summarise an article, you actually want to describe it in a nutshell. The summary is about 333 words long. I don't think there is a strict word count guideline on wikipedia, but I would recommend the summary be shortened to 200 words at least (give or take 10). As for splitting the sections into subsections, the purpose would be to allow readers to find the exact information they are looking for such as what lead to the game's development or the modifications from the original engine (in the development section). Perhaps additional information about the game covering the Commercial Performance (such as copies sold or methods of which they were sold) should come before revisions to the article. Try to look through Softdisk catalogs to dig up more information. I can safely say that my work on attempting to revise the article is done. I hope it's inspired you on what improvements and that my 3rd opinion has been helpful. Deltasim (talk) 06:29, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Lunar Lander (1979 video game)[edit]

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Women in Red World Contest[edit]

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Galaxy Game[edit]

Hi -- Some context to my edit from earlier today: it was a revert of a change made over a year ago by an IP, changing "one of the first" to "one of the last".

My first reaction to reading the lead sentence was that it was odd in tone. Saying "one of the last of the first" is peculiar, and the fact that the anon editor made a one word change came off, at least to me, as snarky.

Thinking about it a little more, though, I saw that there was a point to the anon edit, which was that the game could not be legitimately characterized as one of the first ever video games.

However, GG's significance (which is what a lead sentence is intended to establish) is that it is an example of an early video game (albeit not the "first of the first"). So rather than just doing a straight up revert, changing "last" back to "first", I recast the sentence to make the more general point that it is among the first video games (just not one of the first early video games).

(Maybe) more briefly: Among the three descriptions

  • one of the first games created in the early history of video games
  • one of the last games created in the early history of video games
  • one of the first video games

...the last establishes the most significant point, and is the least odd sounding. What do you think? Regards, --NapoliRoma (talk) 06:41, 30 November 2017 (UTC)

@NapoliRoma: Hmm, part of the problem with the last one is that the next sentence says "it was one of the first coin-operated video games", so you get some awkward repetition. Maybe just "...developed in 1971 during the early history of video games"? --PresN 02:19, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
Yes, that's better than what I had. I made the revision with one slight tweak ("era" instead of "history"). Thanks! --NapoliRoma (talk) 21:09, 1 December 2017 (UTC)

Keen series - What to look for[edit]

Hello. I'm glad you're impressed with my edits on the Commander Keen series. If there's anything particular you'd like me to look for let me know. Here's a small list of things I think would go well with the articles if they can be well referenced:

  • Number of copies sold.
  • Gravis PC GamePad in which copies of keen 1 and 4 came with.
  • Bobby Prince's using Voyetra Sequencer Plus Gold for the music.
  • Using Deluxe Paint for the artwork.
  • Official pieces of merchandise such a Keen Wristwatch that came with some box copies of Keen 6.
  • Special related events such as expos.

There is also an interesting article on rare vintage copies at https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2017/06/30/original-doom-ii-discs-sell-for-us3150/ . It's great that I can help out. Deltasim (talk) 17:36, 30 November 2017 (UTC)

@Deltasim: I think in terms of priorities, sales numbers are always great, and the Gravis PC GamePad tie-in is a good addition. The specific tools used for the music/art aren't really as useful- in general that info is too technical/detailed. Merchandise or expos are good, though. Thanks so much for all the great sources you've been adding! --PresN 02:16, 1 December 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – December 2017[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Lunar Lander (1979 video game)[edit]

The article Lunar Lander (1979 video game) you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold Symbol wait.svg. The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:Lunar Lander (1979 video game) for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Indrian -- Indrian (talk) 18:41, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Lunar Lander (1979 video game)[edit]

The article Lunar Lander (1979 video game) you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Lunar Lander (1979 video game) for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Indrian -- Indrian (talk) 18:41, 6 December 2017 (UTC)

FLC housekeeping needed[edit]

Hi, Pres. There are a couple of FLC matters that need to be sorted out. First, the nominator at Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of New England Patriots starting quarterbacks/archive1 has requested closure because they are busy off-Wiki, but I supported early in the FLC. Since I declared support, you or TRM should probably handle this one. Second, Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches/archive1 is awaiting a source review you promised. Come to think of it, quite a few FLCs need source checks at the moment. However, this one in particular is an old FLC and it would be great if we could come to a decision on it soon. Cheers. Giants2008 (Talk) 02:20, 7 December 2017 (UTC)

Hi PresN, you closed many FLCs yesterday, thanks, but you didn't add the {{FLCClosed}} template to several, will the bot still archive these? The Rambling Man (talk) 08:05, 12 December 2017 (UTC)