PCGamingWiki:Editing guide/The infobox

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An infobox is the first element of an article. It provides basic information on a game (ex. release dates, developers, publishers, etc.), along with the box art/logo and links to major databases with relevant information.

There are two main types of infoboxes (and two niche types) available.

Game infobox

Example of a game infobox
Example of a game infobox cover
Developers
Developer
Windows Developer 2
macOS (OS X) Developer 3
Linux Developer 4
Publishers
Publisher
Europe Publisher 2
Engines
Engine
Release dates
DOS June 12, 1996
Mac OS (Classic) July 4, 1998
Windows January 3, 2012
macOS (OS X) March 21, 2013
Linux Early access
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
Editing guide/The infobox on IGDB
Editing guide/The infobox 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

This template needs to be present on every game page on the wiki. It contains the basic information on who developed, ported and published the game, as well as what engine was used and when was it released on different operating systems. In addition, it can hold a cover or box image for the game, as well as information on the location of the game's page on several other websites.

Syntax
{{Infobox game
|cover        = 
|developers   = 
{{Infobox game/row/developer|}}
{{Infobox game/row/porter|}}
|publishers   = 
{{Infobox game/row/publisher|}}
|engines      = 
{{Infobox game/row/engine|}}
|release dates= 
{{Infobox game/row/date|Windows|}}
{{Infobox game/row/date|OS X|}}
{{Infobox game/row/date|Linux|}}
|reception    = 
{{Infobox game/row/reception|Metacritic| | }}
{{Infobox game/row/reception|OpenCritic| | }}
{{Infobox game/row/reception|IGDB| | }}
|taxonomy     = 
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/monetization      | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/microtransactions | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/modes             | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/pacing            | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/perspectives      | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/controls          | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/genres            | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/sports            | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/vehicles          | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/art styles        | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/themes            | }}
{{Infobox game/row/taxonomy/series            | }}
|steam appid  = 
|steam appid side = 
|gogcom id    = 
|gogcom id side = 
|official site= 
|hltb         =
|igdb         = 
|mobygames    = 
|strategywiki = 
|wikipedia    = 
|winehq       = 
|license      = 
}}
Arguments
Parameter Description
title Optional. Add if game title is stylized in some way and therefore varies from page name.
cover Only include this if a cover for this game is present on the wiki or on Wikimedia Commons. The contents of this line should be just the filename, excluding the namespace.

Defines Property:Cover.

developers All information included under this argument must be related to developers and porters of the particular game.

Possible rows include:

{{Infobox game/row/developer|1|2}} - This row defines Property:Developed by.
  1. The first argument should contain the name of the developer.
  2. The second, if necessary, a subtitle as to what the developer was responsible for.
{{Infobox game/row/porter|1}} - This row defines a matching "Ported to (OS) by" property.
  1. The first argument is the name of the porter.
  2. The second argument is the operating system.
publishers All information included under this argument must be related to publishers of the game.

Possible rows include:

{{Infobox game/row/publisher|1|2}} - This row defines Property:Published by.
  1. The first argument should contain the name of the publisher.
  2. The second, if necessary, a subtitle specifying the region or the OS the publisher was responsible for.
engines All information included under this argument must be related to engines used in the game.

Possible rows include:

{{Infobox game/row/engine|1|2}} - This row defines Property:Uses engine.
  1. The first argument should contain the name of the engine used.
  2. The second, if necessary, what component it was responsible for.
  • Never list the engine as Custom, Inhouse or similar. This provides no additional information to the user.
release dates All information included under this argument must be related to release dates of the game.

Possible rows include: (click on the row for more information)

{{Infobox game/row/date| <OS NAME> | <DATE> }}
reception Average critical reception of the game, from a supported aggregator.

Possible rows include:

{{Infobox game/row/reception|1|2|3}}
  1. The first argument should contain the reviews aggregator service the row is for:
    • Metacritic
    • OpenCritic
    • IGDB
  2. The second row should contain the unique identifier from the URL for the review aggregator page for the game:
  3. The third argument should contain the averaged critical reception score from the aggregator:
    • For Metacritic, use the Metascore.
    • For OpenCritic, use the Top Critic Average score.
    • For IDGB, use the critic ratings score. This is the smaller (in size of the element, not in units) score to the right. The larger score to the left is the average IGDB user rating and should not be used.
taxonomy The appropriate taxonomy tags for the game, see Taxonomy for further information.
steam appid The App ID of the game on Steam. The SteamDB favicon will appear when it is defined.

Defines Property:Steam AppID.

steam appid side Additional App IDs the game or its DLCs are available under on Steam. This takes a comma separated list for input.

Defines Property:Steam AppID.

gogcom id The ID of the game on GOG.com. The GOG Database favicon will appear when it is defined.

Defines Property:GOGcom page.

gogcom id side Additional IDs the game or its DLCs/packages are available under on GOG.com. This takes a comma separated list for input.

Defines Property:GOGcom page.

official site Add the full URL of the official site from either the original developer or the current rights holder. Do not use store pages.
winehq The unique link identifier for the game on WineHQ.
hltb The unique link identifier for the game on HowLongToBeat.
igdb The unique link identifier for the game on IGDB.

This only needs to be filled out if a reception row for IGDB is not present already.

strategywiki The unique link identifier for the game on StrategyWiki.
mobygames The unique link identifier for the game on MobyGames.
wikipedia The unique link identifier for the game on the English Wikipedia. The Wikipedia favicon will appear when it is defined.

Defines Property:Wikipedia.

license License of the game from one of the following values. This information is not shown on the game page but is used to populate other pages such as the List of Freeware Games.
  • commercial
  • former commercial (paid games that have been re-released for free)
  • freeware
  • free-to-play
  • shareware

Defines Property:License.

Release date rows

{{Infobox game/row/date}} is used to list the release dates of different operating systems that the game was released for on PCs. Correctly using the property (that is, with the appropriate OS name) will result in the appropriate categories and rows being automatically placed on the page.

Arguments
  1. <OS NAME> - The first argument defines the OS the date is related to. Possible options include:
  2. <DATE> - The second argument should specify the date the game was released on the system in question.
    • The date must be in a valid format to be recognized ("21 February 2001", "February 21, 2001", "2001", "February 2001"), or a recognized special state such as "TBA", "EA", "Unknown", "Likely cancelled", or "Cancelled". See the notes further down for more information.
Syntax
{{Infobox game/row/date| <OS NAME> | <DATE> }}
Notes
  • Regional release dates should never be listed. Only ever list the relevant OS release date, always choosing the earliest it was made available in any region on that specific platform. Similarly, release dates for digital distribution services should also be ignored.
  • For release dates, list the earliest official platform release first (ex. if the game was released on OS X first, list the OS X release date at the top)
  • In the case that multiple releases share the same date, organize the dates in the following order (for all the platforms that apply):
    • PC booter
    • DOS
    • Windows 3.x
    • Windows
    • Mac OS
    • macOS/OS X
    • Linux
  • For games with unannounced release date, use TBA as the date. Only replace the date when the game has official release date.
  • For games in Early Access, use EA as the date. Only replace the date when the game has officially left Early Access.
  • For games that are still available to public via Early Access or public beta test, but remain incomplete and it is not known whether the game will ever be finished, use Unknown as the date.
  • For games that used to be available to public via Early Access or public beta test and are no longer available with no official announcement of their cancellation, use LC (Likely cancelled) as the date.
  • For games that used to be available in some form and were officially cancelled, use Cancelled as the date.

Non-game infobox

Example of a non-game infobox
Example of a non-game infobox cover
Developers
Valve Corporation
Release dates
Windows September 12, 2003
macOS (OS X) May 12, 2010
Linux February 14, 2013
Editing guide/The infobox at Wikipedia

A less commonly used infobox, it is meant for general software that is related to games in some manner (ex. DOSBox).

Note that it is far more sparse then the game infobox in terms of information provided to the reader. No specialized row templates are used for this infobox, instead it borrows a few templates from the game infobox.

Related
  • {{Infobox game}} - the main template this is based on.
  • {{Infobox software}} - related template that supports more parameters from the original infobox game template.
Syntax
{{Infobox non-game
|title        = 
|cover        = 
|website      = 
|developers   = 
{{Infobox game/row/developer|}}
|release dates= 
{{Infobox game/row/date|Windows|}}
{{Infobox game/row/date|OS X|}}
{{Infobox game/row/date|Linux|}}
|wikipedia    = 
|winehq       = 
}}
Arguments
Parameter Description
title Optional. Add if game title is stylized in some way and therefore varies from page name.
cover Only include this if a cover for this game is present on the wiki or on Wikimedia Commons. The contents of this line should be just the filename, excluding the namespace.
website Add the full URL of the official site from either the original developer or the current rights holder. Do not include store pages.
developers All information included under this argument must be related to developers and porters of the particular game.

Possible rows include:

{{Infobox game/row/developer|1|2}} - This row defines Property:Developed by.
  1. The first argument should contain the name of the developer.
  2. The second, if necessary, a subtitle as to what the developer was responsible for.
release dates All information included under this argument must be related to release dates of the game.

Possible rows include: (click on the row for more information)

{{Infobox game/row/date| <OS NAME> | <DATE> }}
wikipedia The unique link identifier for the game on the English Wikipedia. The Wikipedia favicon will appear when it is defined.

Defines Property:Wikipedia.

winehq The unique link identifier for the application on WineHQ.

Company infobox

{{Infobox company}}

Syntax

{{Infobox company
|title        = 
|cover        = 
|website      = 
|parent       = 
|formernames  = 
|founded      = 
|defunct      = 
|wikipedia    = 
}}
Example of a company infobox
EA Black Box - logo.png
Parent company
Previous names
Founded
Defunct

The infobox used on the Company: namespace.

Field breakdown

Section Definition Notes
title The name of the comapny. An optional field, it is automatically set to the page name if left blank. It should be left alone in most cases.
cover The logo of the company. The full name of the image file (including extensions) must be provided. See The Cover subsection for details.
website The official website of the company. The full link to the website should be used.
parent The name of the parent company.
formernames Previous names the company have gone by. Use a comma delimited list, e.g. Epic MegaGames, Potomac Computer Systems
founded A valid date of when the company was founded. If a specific day is not known, use either the known month, or possibly year, of when the company was founded.
defunct A valid date of when the company was made defunct. If a specific day is not known, use either the known month, or possibly year, of when the company was made defunct.
wikipedia A link to the Wikipedia page (if one exists) of the company. See Database IDs for details.

Controller infobox

{{Infobox controller}}

Syntax

{{Infobox controller
|title        = 
|cover        = 
|xinput       = 
|predecessor  = 
|successor    = 
|wikipedia    = 
}}
Example of a controller infobox
Example of a controller infobox cover
XInput support
Predecessor
Xbox Controller
Successor
Xbox One Controller
Editing guide/The infobox on Wikipedia

A niche infobox, it is meant for game controllers. A game controller can be:

  • Gamepads
  • Joysticks
  • Steering wheels/racing controllers
  • Flight controllers
  • Haptic-centric controllers
  • Motion-based controllers
  • "Exotic" controllers (gaming keypads, dance pads, anything that does not fit in the above categories)

Note that it is far more sparse then the game infobox in terms of information provided to the reader.

Field breakdown

Section Definition Notes
Title The name of the controller. An optional field, it is automatically set to the page name if left blank. It should be left alone in most cases.
Cover A picture of the controller. The full name of the image file (including extensions) must be provided. See The Cover subsection for details.
XInput Support for the XInput controller API. Use true, false, or hackable to denote support level (see Section Table legend for details). A majority of the controllers released past December 2005 (particularly ones that are Xbox 360 and/or Xbox One-focused) have native support. Earlier than that, it should be assumed that the controller is using DirectInput.
Predecessor The controller that was released prior to the current one (if the controllers are part of a series). Linking needs to be done in the following fashion:
[[Controller:<CONTROLLER NAME>|<CONTROLLER NAME>]]

Leave blank if there is no prior release.

Successor The controller that was released after to the current one (if the controllers are part of a series). Linking needs to be done in the following fashion:

[[Controller:<CONTROLLER NAME>|<CONTROLLER NAME>]]
Leave blank if there is no succeeding release.

Wikipedia A link to the controller's Wikipedia page (if one exists). See Database IDs for details.

Console infobox

{{Infobox console}}

Syntax (main)

{{Infobox console
|title        = 
|cover        = 
|related      = 
<Related field rows go here>
|predecessor  = 
|successor    = 
|wikipedia    = 
}}

Syntax (Related field row)

{{Infobox console/row/controller|cont=[[Controller:<CONTROLLER NAME>|<CONTROLLER NAME>]]}}
Example of a console infobox
Example of a console infobox cover
Related controllers
Xbox 360 Controller
Kinect
Predecessor
Xbox
Successor
Xbox One
Editing guide/The infobox on Wikipedia

A niche infobox, it is meant for game consoles.

Note that it is far more sparse then the game infobox in terms of information provided to the reader.

Field breakdown

Section Definition Notes
Title The name of the console. An optional field, it is automatically set to the page name if left blank. It should be left alone in most cases.
Cover The logo of the console. The full name of the image file (including extensions) must be provided. See The Cover subsection for details.
Related A list of controllers that are related directly towards the console. A specialized row template is used to add entries (see the "Related field row" syntax). All entries are to be placed directly below the related field.
Predecessor The console that was released prior to the current one (if the controllers are part of a series). Linking needs to be done in the following fashion:
[[Emulation:<CONSOLE NAME>|<CONSOLE NAME>]]

Leave blank if there is no prior release.

Successor The console that was released after to the current one (if the consoles are part of a series). Linking needs to be done in the following fashion:
[[Emulation:<CONSOLE NAME>|<CONSOLE NAME>]]

Leave blank if there is no succeeding release.

Wikipedia A link to the console's Wikipedia page (if one exists). See Database IDs for details.

The Cover

Used in all four types of infoboxes, the cover (or box art) is the focal point of the template.

Valid covers

These are considered acceptable to use
  • Retail box art (scanned)
  • Logos
  • Steam banners
  • In-game title screens (if the game has none of the above)

In the case of the Controller infobox, a picture of the hardware will suffice.

Invalid covers

These sources should be avoided if possible
  • Retail box art (photo)
  • In-game title screens (if the game has an official box/logo/etc.)
  • Fan-made box art/logos

Where to find them

There are multiple sources to find a good cover (listed in order of preference):

  • High quality personal/3rd party box art scans (best case)
  • MobyGames (scan quality may vary)
  • Other wikis (could possibly have high quality scans, but unreliable)
  • Official/developer website (most likely logos and banners only)
  • Steam game pages (every game on Steam comes with a banner/logo to use. Low quality, but very reliable)
  • Wikipedia (low quality, but reliable)