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VGG Guide Game vs. Release Version

This page is intended to explain in greater detail, what constitutes a game entry and a version. If you have any doubt about the process that is not covered here, please ask in the How to VGG Forum or contact a VGG admin directly.

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Game Entries

Here are few key notes on how VideoGameGeek manages its database:

  • We list games based on their content rather than by name or underlying code.
  • We include fan-made, unlicensed games in the database.
  • Updates and patches are never given a game entry or a version. These should be recorded in the "More Information" module.
The following get a Video Game Entry
Individual / Unique Game Each unique game gets it's own entry. There are a few grey areas and special cases, see below. N/A
DLC and Expansions Additional, add-on game content such as items, characters, missions, maps, story-lines, ect, that is compatible with a particular game but sold separately. N/A
Episodic Games Each episode should get it's own game entry. See "Episodic Games"
Remake A game that re-creates an older title. See "Remaster vs. Remake"
Compilation A game release that comes with multiple games, expansions ans/or DLC that was previously sold separately. See "Compilations"
The following get a Release Version
Hardware or Region The exact same game released on different hardware or within a different country. Some censorship or other minor alterations may be present. Controls may have been changed to fit a particular platform. N/A
Special / Collectors edition Any special editions of a game. N/A
Remaster A re-release of a game, but cleaned up. New technology was used to improve the old content. See "Remaster vs. Remake"

Game Versions

Most of the time it is easy to tell what constitutes a game version; typically, versions are just the same game sold on different platforms and in different regions. Any special or collectors editions also get a version. For example:

Mass Effect 2 on three different platforms...
PC Release
PS3 Release
360 Release

...and in three different regions.
UK Release
Europe Release
US Release

Splitting Releases

Occasionally, we get an unusual case where a game title is sold on multiple platforms as the same game, but is actually two different games. 99% of the time these titles are movie tie-in games that use different developers to make two separate games - one for console/PC and one for handheld devices. Two different games are made to suit the limitations and capabilities of the different hardware, but are packaged and sold as the same game. In these cases, each release should get it's own game entry since they are technically different games. For example:

Legend of the Guardians on consoles Legend of the Guardians on a handheld device

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 on consoles LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 on a handheld device

Please Note: A game should only be split when it is clearly two different games. And by this we mean that the gameplay or genre are substantially different from each other, not that the graphics have been changed slightly or that some features have been stripped out. Separating a game entry into two has always been one of the gray areas of VGG. Most of the time, it will be individual calls. Again, if you have any doubt, post on the How to VGG forum and we will check it, or contact an admin directly.

Some examples of games that should not be split:

Donkey Kong Different versions may have better or worse graphics, but they clearly share the same game. Many home versions missed out on the cement factory level.
Bubble Bobble The arcade game had many secret levels that were triggered in unusual ways. Many of the home versions do not have these, but they are still the same game.

Board Game/Video Game Hybrids

Although relatively rare, more and more games have been coming out that are played with both physical cards or media in collaboration with a video game. For these we create an entry on both BGG and VGG, then link the two using the "Adapted from boardgame/videogame" option.

Examples:
The Eye of Judgment
World of Yo-Ho
  • Boardgame Entry
  • Videogame Entry
  • Sometimes these "hybrid" games are more board game than video game and vice versa. In these instances the game will get an entry on just BGG or VGG, depending upon which domain deems it within their scope.

    Example:

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