Wikipedia:WikiProject Video games/Templates

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
WPVG icon 2016.svg WikiProject
Video games
Main page talk
Manual of style
Article guidelines talk
Sources talk
  Search engine
Wikidata Guide
Reference library talk
  Print archive
  Web archive
Newsletter talk
  Current issue Draft
Article alerts
Deletion discussions
Essential articles
New articles
Recognized content
  Good article Good content
  Featured article Featured content
Requested articles talk


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 (Rated Project-class)
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.
 Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.

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==
WPVG icon 2016.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
{{Infobox video game}}
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.
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.
The Orange Box
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
EA UK (PlayStation 3 version)
Publisher(s) Valve Corporation
Engine Source engine
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Genre(s) First-person shooter, puzzle, compilation
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
{{Video game release}}
Used for release dates, which creates superscript abbreviations. Other country codes are listed here.
  • JP: 24 July 2017
  • NA: 24 July 2017
  • EU: 24 July 2017
  • AU: 24 July 2017
  • PAL: 24 July 2017
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
{{Video game reviews}}
Provides a table of review score(s), and award(s) received for a video game of any platform(s).
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
EGM 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
OXM (US) 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
{{Video game series reviews}}
Provides a table of aggregate scores for a video game series.
Sales and review scores
As of July 5, 2015.
Game Units sold Famitsu Metacritic
Valkyrie Profile 709,000 35/40 81/100
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth 248,000 - 80/100
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria 400,000 (JP) 34/40 84/100
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume 230,000 32/40 74/100

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")

{{Video game table}}
Title Original release date


North America

PAL region

Final Fantasy December 18, 1987 July 12, 1990

External link templates[edit]

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

Maintained templates[edit]


What to type What it produces

{{Game guide}}

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

{{Copy to gaming wiki}}

AfD templates[edit]

Use these templates in video game-related AfDs.

Find video game sources: "Gorby no Pipeline Daisakusen" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · HighBeam · JSTOR · free images · free news sources · The Wikipedia Library · NYT · WP reference · VG/RS · VG/RL · 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)

Image tags[edit]

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

{{Non-free video 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 [[]]//

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

User talk templates[edit]

{{subst:VG Barnstar}}

The Video game Barnstar

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

{{subst:The Video Game Barnstar}}

Video-Game-Controller-Icon-IDV-green-barnstar.svg The Video Game Barnstar
Put your message here. czar  01:41, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

{{subst:Vg welcome}}

Extended content
Welcome, fellow video game enthusiast!
Hello, WikiProject Video games, and Welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions to this free encyclopedia. If you decide that you need help, check out Getting Help below, ask me on my talk page, or place {{Help me}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by using four tildes (~~~~) or by clicking if shown; this will automatically produce your username and the date. Also, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field with your edits. Below are some useful links to facilitate your involvement. Happy editing! czar  01:47, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
Getting started
Getting help
Policies and guidelines

The community

Writing articles
Suggested WikiProjects
If editing articles on video games interests you, consider joining the Video games WikiProject and one our platform-specific task forces (Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo). You can also check out our list of current tasks. Let me know if I can be of assistance. Cheers, czar  01:47, 7 May 2014 (UTC)


Video games
TowerFall unlucky.gif
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)