Character Page Layout
VideoGameGeek is the only one out of the three Geekdō domains to allow the entry of characters. This is because unlike with board games or even role-playing games, video games allow you to interact with characters in a much more intimate way. Video games can also last on average anywhere from twenty to hundreds of hours and take weeks to months or longer to finish. This leads to a stronger understanding of and attachment to the characters than what even films provide. VGG even held a "Tournament of Heroes ()" back in 2012 where two popular video game characters were pitted against one another and users voted for their favorite. A "Tournament of Villains" was planned, but never materialized.
Many users who are completely new or just unfamiliar with VGG tend to have trouble understanding this area of VGG. Character entries are actually not all that different from video-game entries and are very similar in setup. Here we will break it down and look at them piece-by-piece. Characters can be browsed by selecting the "Characters" option under the Browse menu, using a search, or on a game pages Character Module.
A Character Module On A Game Page
Character Page Layout
Most items in the database use the same layout as game pages and this includes characters. Let's break the modules that make up a character page apart and examine it piece-by-piece.
The Information Module will contain some of the most basic and vital information on a character. There are also several options for editing or reproducing the item, subscribing to it, and integrating it with various social networking features.
A Character's Information Module
- Representative Image: This is an image, selected from the character gallery, to serve as the picture users will see when viewing the item.
- Primary Name: This is the name that the character is best known by.
- Alternate Name: These are other names that the character is known by. These can include nicknames and name changes caused by country specific releases.
- Category: This defines the characters role or purpose within the game.
- Video Games: This will list the games that the character appears in. NOTE: Games listed here will add that game to the "Linked Items" module on the character page, but it will NOT add that character to a game page. A release version will need to be created for that.
There is a box to the far right that contains options for the user:
- Fans: Clicking the number will take you to a page containing a list of people who are 'fans' of the character.
- Become a Fan: Click the heart icon to be added to the game's list of fans.
- Corrections: See an error in the Information Module? Click here and fix it.
- Clone: This allows you to duplicate the item as a starting point for creating a new item in the database.
- Customize View: You can change which modules you see and the order they appear, similar to the VGG front page.
- Subscribe: This will allow you to be notified of new forum posts and other material related to the entry.
- RSS Feed: Follow forum posts related to the entry using your RSS reader.
- Like: Adds the item to your Facebook like list.
- Share: Share the item over Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, and Google Bookmarks and Buzz.
- Object ID: A unique numerical identifier belonging to the item for that item type.
A Brief Summary of Who The Character Is
The description module is used to provide a brief summary of who the character is. A one or two paragraph user-created description is preferred, but where not available, a Wikipedia summary is acceptable, provided it is properly attributed and includes a link back to the Wikipedia source page. Use the 'Edit' link to modify the current description or the 'History' link to view previous edits.
Release Version Module
Character Versions Listed on a Character Page
Characters, along with video game and hardware entries are the only database items to have release versions. A version is given to each game the character appears in. Each version has a name, category, and video game attached to it. You can click 'View' to be taken to that release version's page where it has it's own image gallery, representative image, and description. Selecting the 'Corrections' link will allow you to fix any errors you see. The 'Link Image' link will allow you to copy an image from the main character's gallery to the release version's. For information on how to add new releases, see the Character Entry Guide.
More Information Module
A space to Add Extra Bits of Information
The more information module is used to provide additional information about a character, beyond the basic summary in the description module. This could include interesting facts about the character, quotes, or microbadges related to the character. Use the 'Edit' link to modify the current description or the 'History' link to view previous edits.
Linked Items Module
Any game links that appear in the character's information module will appear here. The linked items module and information module on a character's page DO NOT affect game pages. Only release versions can do that.
A Character's Image Gallery
Most items in the database include an Images module. This allows you to view and upload images to the item. For items with many images, navigation arrows may be displayed on the right side of the header. Images displayed can be filtered by gallery: All, Game, People or Creative. They can also be sorted by most popular (hot) or most recent. The 'Browse' link allows you to browse the entire image gallery. The 'Upload' link allows you to upload your own images to the game gallery.
Due to the ease with which users can take screenshots, VGG receives far more images than BGG or RPGG. Therefore VGG has adapted a strict image policy for uploading images. For information on how to upload new images, see the Contribution Guide.
Forums & Linked Forums Module
A characters's forums are separate from the main forums. All the threads on a character's page should relate to that particular character or related game. The displayed forum threads can be sorted by most recent, most active, or most popular (hot), and additional threads can be displayed using the navigation arrows on the right side of the header when present. The 'Browse' link will show you all of the threads and the subforums available. A new thread can be posted using the 'Post' link. The forums can be searched using the 'Search' link.
A Characters's Linked Forums
Forum posts from linked items may display in the linked forums module. This functions similarly to the forums module, but shows forum content from other items. The 'Relationship' drop-down menu allows you to choose which type of linked items you wish to view forum content for.
A Characters's Linked Blog Entries
Any blog posts that contain a link to the character will appear in the blogs module.
GeekLists On A Character Page
GeekLists are a major part of VGG, even more so than the forums. When a specific item is included in a GeekList, that GeekList will show up in the GeekList module for that item. Displayed GeekLists can be sorted by title, most recent, or most popular. The Summary link will show each instance where the item appears in all GeekLists.
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