This section of the guide is for the wiki's site policies and guidelines specific to article content.
For general wiki code of conduct, see Code of conduct. For details on bannable offenses and standard moderation protocol, see Moderation guidelines.
Although the wiki's main goal is to be the go-to source for all PC games, there are some types of games and game-related information it refuses to carry:
Due to the rather subjective nature of the definitions, it is up to the editor to use common sense to determine if a game falls under any of the above categories.
If there is confusion in determining the validity of a new article, contact a mod or admin (either through PM, the wiki's IRC channel, or the wiki's Discord server).
While PC games are our specialty, pirated versions of them are not. Please do not add in links or information specific to pirated or cracked copies of games, as they will be removed. Note that this applies to illegitimate copies of abandonware title as well, as such copies are also considered pirated content and are thus subject to all restrictions stated above.
If a pirated game is experiencing a problem, in most cases the best fix available is buying the game through a legitimate channel.
Applications and files made to bypass a game's copyright protection (ex. No-CD patches/cracks, keygen programs) and/or access normally-locked content, such as DLC, are generally-considered as related to pirated content and subject to all its restrictions as stated above. Note that officially developed or supported patches/applications by the developer/publisher which remove copyright protection do not fall under this definition.
There are a few cases in which unofficial patches/workarounds are fine for fixes and mods; however, some restrictions apply:
In the case of DRM removal, due to it being able to be used on illegitimate copies as well, PCGamingWiki requires certain steps be taken when describing it:
If there is confusion in the validity of a fix that requires bypassing copy protection, contact us via #support on our Discord.
Furthermore, PCGamingWiki staff may, on rare occasions, make an additional exception for older DRM solutions where a bypass can result in an easier user experience to get the game functional on modern systems, although possibly with a loss of functionality. In these cases the tool as well as instructions might be provided, and the exception officially stated on this page. Currently the exception only applies for:
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