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Quick links to the base templates of PCGamingWiki

Instructions

  • Code sections can be copied either from the sample articles above, the relevant section of the editing guide, or from the source of this page.
  • The Fallout series of articles is an excellent reference point for example of good articles.

Bullet point icons

  • The purpose of the bullet point graphics is to provide more brevity and clarity to article content.
  • All icons automatically indent onto a new line.
  • Virtually all sentences in all game fix pages should use these codes:
- {{ii}} - information.
- {{++}} - positive / advantage / recommend.
- {{--}} - negative / disadvantage / dissuade.

Style crib sheet

Reference where the fixes come from using <ref> tags and templates {{refurl}}, {{refcheck}}, {{refsnip}}.[1]
All headers and page names to use sentence case. This means capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, with no other capitals unless it is a proper noun or acryonym.
Use the fixbox template to boxout fixes and instructions.


Sample article


Sample article
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Developers
Developer
Publishers
Publisher
Engines
Engine
Release dates
Windows Month dd, yyyy
macOS (OS X) Month dd, yyyy
Linux Month dd, yyyy
Reception
Metacritic 83
OpenCritic 81
IGDB 83
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Art styles Stylized
Themes Sci-fi
Series Doom
Sample article on IGDB
Sample article on Wikipedia

Doom
Doom (1993) 1993
Doom II: Hell on Earth 1994
Final Doom 1996
Doom 3 2004
Doom 64 EX (unofficial port) 2008
Doom 3: BFG Edition 2012
Doom (2016) 2016
Doom VFR 2017
Doom Classic 2020
Doom II Classic 2020
Doom Eternal 2020
Doom 64 2020

Introduction paragraph - see Introduction guidelines. Gamename is a taxonony/perspective/mode/genre etc. featuring key/unique gameplay features made by company published by company. Game is a sequel/prequel in the series or related series or is a spiritual successor. Game uses engine plus any noteworthy engine information compared to other entries in the series. Game is important/noteworthy for any other reason.

Game was first released on platform on date. Pre-release information including early access, crowdfunding, closed beta, etc. Platform changes with platform (Steam, EGS, GOG etc.) including delays, technical issues. Launch was successful/had issues with player number milestones if noteworthy. History with a focus on technical issues: e.g. major bugs, inability to access the game, DRM, missing advertised features, features missing from console counterpart, missing endings, etc. and whether any of these problems were fixed.

Current major issues that have not been resolved yet. Updates/support is the game regularly updated technically (patches etc.) or content (DLC, expansions, microtransactions or free content updates). Roadmap of future content or features. Multiplayer describe the scene, give an update on number of current players, is it possible for players find games? Modding are there official tools, how are mods distributed. Improvements mentions of essential mods or quality of life improvements, link to anchors further below. Major community additions ONLY INCLUDE if there are major communities outside of 'General information' links such as already linked Steam, GOG, fan forums, e.g. substantial modding communities, Discord communities, alternative servers, hacked multiplayer etc.

General information

Official Forum - this is a very active official forum
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
If still relevant, state where bugs can be reported.

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Requires online activation
Example notes: SecuROM ∞ activations.
DOS
Mac OS
Amazon.com
Icon overlay.png
Example: Amazon.
Windows
Developer website
DRM-free
Example: game released directly from website.
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Example: GOG.com.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Origin
Icon overlay.png
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Example: Steam.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Which is the 'best' version of the game to get?

Version differences

What are the differences between each edition of the game.

Demo/free trial

Name the header either Demo, Free trial, or name of the edition, e.g. ===Starter Edition===
If a demo exists, break down the limitations.
Do progress/achievements carry over to the main game?

Monetization

Type Notes
Ad-supported Ad-supported
DLC DLC
Expansion pack Expansion pack
Freeware Freeware
Free-to-play Free-to-play
Sponsored Sponsored
Subscription Subscription

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Some DLC name Example: Only available in Japan
Windows
Some other DLC
Windows
Linux

Microtransactions

Type Notes
Boost Boost
Cosmetic Cosmetic
Currency Currency
Finite spend Finite spend
Free-to-grind Free-to-grind
Infinite spend Infinite spend
Loot box Loot box
No microtransactions None
Player trading Player trading
Time-limited Time-limited
Unlock Unlock

Essential improvements

One can use subheaders as below, or simply list individual improvements as 3rd level headers.

Patches

Include If

There is a benefit in using an older patch. For example, Diablo II's latest patch is 1.13, but the high-res mod only supports 1.12.
There is a community or fan patch which is superior to the latest developer patch.
Patch install instructions

How to apply this complex patch installation.

Utilities

Very important launchers, reputable save game editors, etc.

Modifications

List mods that are very important and would be detrimental if played without the mod, e.g. DSFix, TSLRCM. Balance mods and aesthetic mods can also be included if they are stable, mature and popular.

Game data

(Linux only) State whether XDG is being followed (partially, completely, not at all)

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Vessel\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Vessel/
Linux ~/.config/Vessel/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\.minecraft\saves
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/saves
Linux ~/.minecraft/saves

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games and settings.

Video

This game requires a virtual reality headset (see VR support for details).

Widescreen resolution

Multi-monitor

Ultra-widescreen

4K Ultra HD

Field of view (FOV)

Windowed

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Vertical sync (Vsync)

Color blind mode

Delete unnecessary headers and links.

Input

Remapping

Mouse acceleration

Controller support

Controller remapping

Touchscreen

Delete unnecessary headers and links.

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Download from here.

Network

Do not include this section in games without Multiplayer modes.

Multiplayer types

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 1, 2, 30
UDP 500-600, 3500
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

This game requires a virtual reality headset.
3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer (compatibility list).
Oculus Rift
OSVR
Windows Mixed Reality
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer (compatibility list).
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
See Input settings for details.
Traditional controller
See Input settings for details.
Keyboard/Mouse
3RD Space Gaming Vest
TrackIR
Tobii Eye Tracking
Play area Native Notes
Seated
Standing
Use the Head Height mod.
Room-scale

Issues unresolved

Issue

Issue

Issues fixed

Issue

Fixbox header here

How to apply this fix.

Issue

Other information

Miscellaneous information, e.g.:

  • Visual enhancements.
  • Enabling minor performance increases.
  • Useful, but not essential utilities.

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Windows only.
OpenGL 3.3, 4 OS X and Linux only.
Mantle support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.
Linux

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX Lacks GPU acceleration on Linux.
Audio FMOD
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink
Multiplayer Steamworks

Console commands

System requirements

Avoid adding any prefixes and suffixes* to the OS parameter such as "Windows 7", "OS X Lion 10.7" and "7 64-bit". These do not apply to Linux as many distros are available. *For windows, service packs are the only suffix permitted.
64/32-bit only/recommended mention is noted in the notes parameter as a point.
The separator for more than one operating system is a comma (,) - nothing else.
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0 GHz or Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5400+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
512 MB of VRAM
OS X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.2
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0 GHz or Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5400+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
512 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Kernel 3.0
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0 GHz or Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5400+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
512 MB of VRAM

References

  1. PCGamingWiki - last accessed on 2012-12-21