Wikipedia:Naming conventions (video games)
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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, not The City of the Ancients).
- In general, use standard English capitalization for titles, even if trademarks encourage otherwise (e.g., Infamous, not inFAMOUS).
- Exceptions to the above are for articles whose name is almost exclusively known by its acronym (e.g., F.E.A.R.) and in the case of video games whose first character is not representative of a letter (e.g., .hack//Infection, not .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, a name fans often use to refer to Command & Conquer) 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, not 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, EarthBound and Mother 3).
- 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.
- Use "video game" rather than "videogame" or "game".
- For original video games:
- If disambiguation is necessary, use the subtitles or numbers of the official title (e.g., Need for Speed: ProStreet).
- For further disambiguation, append "(video game)", which is preferable to "(computer game)" or "(arcade game)", etc.
- For further disambiguation, use "(YEAR video game)". If no year has been announced, use "(upcoming video game)".
- For platform-specific remakes/ports: Disambiguate by appending "([platform])" to the title (e.g., "Final Fantasy IV (Nintendo DS)")
- For mobile video games: Disambiguate by appending "(mobile)", or, if necessary, "(mobile video game)". The former is preferable.
- 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 the series or individual game title in parentheses after the character's name (e.g., Lulu (Final Fantasy) and Cid (Final Fantasy X)). If the subject's name is the same as the game or game series, 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).
- In disambiguators, when a platform needs to be used that has a name at least three words in length, the shortest possible acronym should be used in the disambiguator (e.g., "Disney's Beauty and the Beast (SNES video game)" or "Ninja Gaiden (NES video game)").
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style (Japan-related articles), as many video games are originally produced in Japan
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style (titles)