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Every video game listed in the VideoGameGeek database has it's own page. A wealth of information and user opinions are available on every game page, but it may all feel a bit daunting at first. Don't worry, we will guide you through it and hopefully set you on the path to becoming a lasting member of the VGG community. If you have any unanswered questions feel free to ask an Admin or post in the How To Forums. If you are looking for guides on how to submit content, see Data Entry Guide.
Table of Contents
Game Page Layout
Most items in the database use the same layout as game pages. Let's break down the modules that comprise a game page and examine them piece-by-piece.
The Banner That Appears on Top of Game Pages
Every page will have a light blue module that runs along the top. This is the banner module and it provides navigation links to all the other modules on the page. The unique bit of information it contains is chiefly user submitted ratings.
The Information Module will contain some of the most basic and vital information on a game. There are also several options for editing or reproducing the item, subscribing to it, and integrating it with various social networking features.
A Game's Information Module
There is a box to the far right that contains options for the user:
The release module lists each version the game has. A version is a release the game received in a particular country or region and platform. Each version has the name, release date, developer and publisher, as well as the rating and supported languages for that release visible. 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 game's gallery to the release version's. For information on how to add new releases, see the Contribution Guide.
The Release Module Lists Each Version The Game Has
A Brief Summary of What The Game is About
The description module is used to provide a brief summary of what the game is about. 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.
VGG is The Only Geekdō Domain to Allow Characters
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 movies provide.
These will be listed in the characters module. Clicking the characters name will take you to that characters own database entry. It will also have it's own galley, description, and release versions. More in the Character Guide.
More Information Module
A space to Add Extra Bits of Information
The more information module is used to provide additional information about a game, beyond the basic summary in the description module. This can include interesting facts about the game, list credits, or microbadges related to the game. Use the 'Edit' link to modify the current description or the 'History' link to view previous edits.
Marketplace and eBay Listings
Items that are listed for sale or trade in the Bazaar may have Marketplace, Amazon, or eBay modules listed on the game page. The Amazon module provides a link to the amazon.com website if the item is available for purchase through that site. The Marketplace module lists copies of the item available in the VGG Geek Market. These can be navigated using the "<<" and ">>" navigation buttons, or the full listing can be reached via the "Browse" link.
The eBay Module lists eBay auctions related to the game that have been added to the VGG GeekBay. These may be sorted by most recent or ending soonest, filtered by only items with a fixed price, or selected to show completed listings. The "Browse" link will take you to the GeekBay page for the item. The "Add" link will allow you to add other eBay auctions to GeekBay.
A Game'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.
A Game's Embedded Videos
VideoGameGeek naturally contains FAR more videos than either BGG or RPGG and videos relating to Video Games are among the top most liked and viewed on YouTube. Clicking 'Browse' will allow you to look through those listed on a game entry. The 'Add Video' link will let you embed a video link. The drop-down menu for 'Category' will let you filter for a particular type of video and the 'Language' will allow you to choose to see only those in the selected language. For information on how to add new videos, see the Contribution Guide.
Forums & Linked Forums Module
A Game's Forums
A game's forums are separate from the main forums. All the threads on a game's page should relate to that particular 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 Game'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. If the games is a compilation, expansion, or has been adapted from a boardgame, then threads posted elsewhere but relating to the game may appear here. The exact forums which are displayed varies by item type. The 'Relationship' drop-down menu allows you to choose which type of linked items you wish to view forum content for.
A Game's Linked Blog Entries
Any blog posts that contain a link to the game will appear in the blogs module.
A Game's Files
The files module contains files that users have created and submitted for the game. These may be maps, faqs, mods, and other content that can be used with the game. This module allows you to browse all uploaded files and to upload new files. Displayed files can be sorted alphabetically by most recent or by most popular. This has become one of the least used features on VGG and may eventually be removed. For information on how to upload new files, see the Contribution Guide.
The download link to the file is provided below the file information. This lists the date the file was uploaded, the name and size of the file, a description, and the number of times the file has been downloaded. For files that may have been updated over time, older files may also be listed, though uploaders are asked to delete unnecessary files when replacing them. Comments on the file can be posted using the Post Comment link, and will appear in the Comments section.
Geeklists On A Game 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.
Statistics For A Game
The Statistics section crunches the numbers of all the users who have created game records for it. This includes the average rating, number of users owning/wanting/trading, provides a link to any public comments users have made, and provides a way to view just your GeekBuddies ratings of the game.
Web Links Module
The Web Links module lists external websites related to a game. These can be official company pages, fan-sites, or other sites that would be of interest to someone viewing that item. The 'Propose Default' link allows you to nominate an existing URL to be the main link. For information on how to add new weblinks, see the Contribution Guide.
The User Information section allows you to create your own records for the game as discussed in the Profile and Account Guide.
A walkthrough Module
Walkthroughs are wikis created by other users to provide guides for individual games. Any walkthroughs that have been published for a game will not show up on the game page. Currently there is no place listed on a game page for them. A new walkthrough can be added using the 'Add Walkthrough' link. Walkthroughs must be the original work of the submitter, and those posted on other sites are not allowed unless their creator is the one submitting them.
2011 - VGG no longer has a dedicated walkthrough section.
The below sections are explanations of unique areas and features of VGG.
Geek and Game Ranking
When a user rates a game in their collection it is called a "Geek Rating". The ratings entered by users on a item will then be averaged out and display in stars on a games Header Module. A "Game Ranking" is only applied to items when they have received a least a set minimum number of ratings by users (Geek Ratings). Ranked games are then sorted according to their Geek Rating. When browsing games, they will by default be listed according to the game ranking, though you may choose to sort them by any of the displayed fields.
Advanced Database Features
Every item in the database has it's own ID number. This ID number is usually displayed on the item's page, or can be found in the URL for that item. Item ID's can be used to include the item in forum posts and wikis, and when linking one item to another.
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