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Video Game Guide to Data Entry: Series and Franchises

This is the Data Entry Guide for Series and Franchises, the main guide with all the general info and some other things can be found at Video Game Guide to Data Entry

Series or Franchise - What is the Difference?

The differences between a series and a franchise are muddy at best, and present a sort of grey area when it comes to grouping video game intellectual properties (IP). Official technical and legal definitions exist for both, but for the purposes of VGG we have attempted to create our own clear guidelines for what qualifies as a "series and a "franchise" on this site.


Description
Requirements
Examples
Series
A series is used to "group" closely related games together.

  • Sequential games; sequels and/or prequels.
  • Episodic games; a story that continues from one game into another.

Franchise
A franchise is used to "group" similar, but more distantly related games together.

  • Share a universe; closely tied by IP (intellectual property) or similar mechanics, gameplay, and themes.
  • Two parallel series exist or a spin-off game.

Create Series

To create a series select "Series" from the "Misc" tab of the NavBar.

The Create Series window

Primary Name

The name the series is best known by. For foreign games, if there is a widely known English name, that name is preferred, otherwise use the native language name. After the series has been submitted and approved you can add alternative names underneath the primary one.

Description

The description should give a good, overall idea as to what the series is all about. It's setting, plot or common gameplay mechanics. Descriptions must also have an attribution source listed. Preferably, these sources should be used:

Sources we allow:

  • User Summary - A summary written by yourself. We prefers these descriptions above all others.
  • Publisher / Developer Website - The official website of the game creators.
  • Game Manual / Game Box - Straight off the product.
  • Wikipedia or StrategyWiki - These and any other website using the CC-BY-SA license.
  • Twitter/Facebook - Try to avoid this one if possible. A last resort.

Add Video Game Franchise

If this series is part of a Franchise (see below), you can link to it here, even if that franchise is Pending approval.

Add Video Game

Add every game that is part of this series. Remember that there must be at least two games linked to a series.

Create Franchise

To create a series select "Franchise" from the "Misc" tab of the NavBar.

The Create Franchise Page

The franchise window has similar fields to the series one.

Primary Name

The name the franchise is best known by. For foreign games, if there is a widely known English name, that name is preferred, otherwise use the native language name. After the series has been submitted and approved you can add alternative names underneath the primary one.

Description

The description should give a good, overall idea as to what the franchise is all about. It's setting, plot or common gameplay mechanics. Descriptions must also have an attribution source listed. Preferably, these sources should be used:

Sources we allow:

  • User Summary - A summary written by yourself. We prefers these descriptions above all others.
  • Publisher / Developer Website - The official website of the game creators.
  • Game Manual / Game Box - Straight off the product.
  • Wikipedia or StrategyWiki - These and any other website using the CC-BY-SA license.
  • Twitter/Facebook - Try to avoid this one if possible. A last resort.

Add Video Game Series

If this franchise contains a series, you can link to it here, even if that series is Pending approval.

Add Video Game

Add every game that is part of this franchise.

Noteworthy Franchises

We also use franchises on VGG as a "site management" and "grouping tool" - a way to sort unrelated games that all share a certain quality or branding. These types of "special" franchises are typically decided upon and created by the admins. You should be aware of them nonetheless.

Game Development Stage

Game Content

Game Packaging

North America:

Europe:

Japan:

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