- Project At a Glance
As of December 2008, the project has:
- Changes to Featured and Good content
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, List of Kirby media, Marble Madness, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Half-Life 2 titles
Guitar Hero World Tour, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros., Sam & Max: Freelance Police, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
Final Fantasy II, Resident Evil, Super Mario Land
- There were 182 new articles in December 2008
- Inactive project cleanup: Proposal to consolidate inactive projects and taskforces. Project page can be found here.
- WikiProject Sports video games has been deleted.
- WikiProject The Legend of Zelda series has been merged into the VG project's Nintendo task force.
- Importance scale has been added to Assessment page.
- A search bar has been added to the archive box on the VG project talk page. Searching the discussion archives is now much easier.
- Feature: Video game notability
Video game related articles fall under niche categories on Wikipedia: "Culture and the arts" and "Everyday life". Because of this, they are often required to demonstrate notability more than other topics. Wikipedia defines notability as "worthy of notice", and considers it distinct from fame, importance, and popularity. Though it is acknowledge to be related to fame and the like, it is important understand that being famous, important, or popular does not mean a video game article should be on Wikipedia.
Being notable means that a topic has "received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject." Wikipedia's policy also stipulates that this only presumes to "satisfy the inclusion criteria for a stand-alone article." This means that though an article may meet the criteria on paper, it is up to the community to decide if a topic truly is notable and/or violates other policies such as WP:NOT. In short, just because a video game, character, or related topic exists, does not mean it should also exist as a Wikipedia article.
- Dealing with non-notable topics
Articles that do not meet the criteria are either deleted or merged into a relevant topic.
- WP:Articles for deletion (AfD) handles the deletion of non-notable articles, among other types, and has an established process to begin discussions about reasons for deletion.
- If an article is a subarticle of a larger topic, merging it into the larger topic article is a more desirable action. For example, the main character of a video may not be notable, but has received some mentions in reviews. It would benefit both topics, the character and its video game, to include the content into the article of the video game; essentially using a small, weaker article to strengthen a larger more notable article.
- Things to remember
- The best way to show notability is to provide reliable sources about the topic.
- Notability is less about keeping articles out of Wikipedia and more about making sure readers are provided articles about significant, quality topics.
- While you may think a topic is notable, others may disagree. Try to keep a clear perspective when assessing notability so discussions can reach a consensus.
- AfD is more of a last resort and is not always the best course of action to take.
- Consider starting a merger discussion first, as some editors may not fully understand why an article they started is not suitable for Wikipedia.