Are you a developer (or a speaker) looking to create an article for your game on the IndieCade Wiki? Check out this guide for Quick and Easy Article Creation.

Help:Game Page

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This page explains how developers and fans can use Template:Game Page to create a wiki article for a game that has, or will, appear at IndieCade.

Creating an article on the IndieCade Wiki[edit source]

There are several ways to start a new page. If you are already familiar with article creation, please read ahead. If not, click below to expand information about article creation.

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From the search box[edit source]

If you search for a page that doesn't exist (using the search box and “🔍” button at the upper right of the page), then the following line will appear:

Create the page "[Proposed Title]" on this wiki!

It will be above any search results should any appear. Simply click on the link to open the new page for editing.

From a link[edit source]

Following a link to a page that doesn't exist will open it for editing. On some wikis, you might not be able to create a new page unless you are logged in.

New page links typically look different from links to existing pages. Depending on settings, a different color or a question mark is used. (Sometimes links to new pages are called "red links", the display option of one of the settings). Links to non-existent pages are created with [[New page name]] from the wiki editor. (In this case, the empty page "New page name" would be created).

Links to non-existing pages are common. They are typically created in preparation for creating the page and/or to encourage other people to do so. Links are not only convenient for navigation, but also make people aware of the new page (those who read a related page and also those who watch the related page). New page links are not truly broken as long as the name correctly identifies the intended content. (A new page link with a "wrong" or misspelled name, or that duplicates content found under another name is "broken", but in a different sense.)

Of course, you can also create the link yourself, in a related page, index page or your user page. However, it may be better to wait to create links until after creating the new page, especially if the new link replaces one to an existing page. In this case, create the link but press Preview, instead of Save. From preview area, clicking the new link will create the new page (without updating the referring page).

Using the URL bar[edit source]

Using the browser address bar to enter a URL to a new page is another way to start the new page process. Easier still is editing the pagename part of a URL for an existing page. Using the URL for the new page displays the default 'no article' message. The default page has the usual Edit this page link, which can be used to begin adding content.

From the Community portal[edit source]

The Community portal on all wikis has a "Start a new article" bullet point by default. Typing in the name of the page and clicking the now blue 'Create page' button will redirect to the default page with the usual Edit this page link, which can be used to begin adding content.

Special notes[edit source]

New pages and blank pages[edit source]

A new page is distinguishable from a blank page: the latter has a page history. Creating a new page is just like editing a blank page, but links to blank pages will not be red.

Category pages[edit source]

Categories and category pages are technically separate, and a category can exist without a page. When you open a category page that doesn't exist, you may see that that pages are already in the associated category. The main use of category pages is to put categories within more general categories, as categorizing the category page will categorize the category too. This allows a wiki community to create a hierarchy of categories. Category pages can also be utilized to provide further information on the type of articles contained in the category.

File pages[edit source]

Image files and file pages are also technically separate, but typically a link to a file page will not be red unless the image is missing. File pages are useful for categorizing images, showing license information, and providing a description of the image. }}

Editing an article on the IndieCade Wiki[edit source]

There are two methods of editing articles: the visual editor, and the source editor.

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Using the Visual Editor[edit source]

For a comprehensive guide to using the Visual Editor, see the Help article on Mediawiki.org.

Using the Source Editor[edit source]

Using Template:Game Page[edit source]

Template:Game Page is a template that can be used on an IndieCade Wiki article to more easily create a comprehensive game page. Once the article is created, simply copy and paste the following code into the source editor:

Wikitext[edit source]

{{Game Page
| name            = 
| image           = 
| eventname       = 
| yearshown       = 
| description     = 
| releasedate     = 
| genre           = 
| storepage       = 
| trailerlink     = 
| developer       = 
| countryoforigin = 
| devbio          = 
| team1           = 
| team1type       = 
| team2           = 
| team2type       = 
| team3           = 
| team3type       = 
| website         = 
| twitter         = 
| facebook        = 
| youtube         = 
| instagram       = 
| screenshots = 
}}

Explanation of wikitext fields[edit source]

Note: Fields that have been left blank will not display on the game page (that is, the template ignores empty fields).

  • name: This field populates the header text of the game page
  • image: This field places an image in the top right section of the page. The image used is normally a title screen or logo. The text entered in this field should be the file name of the image that has been uploaded to the wiki, such as ''Battle toads title.png''. Images can be uploaded to the wiki via the Special:Upload page.
  • eventname: Name of the event, e.g IndieCade Festival, IndieCade Europe, E3 Showcase, GDC Showcase
  • yearshown: Year shown, e.g. 2017
  • description: This field is displayed under the heading, "About Game Name" and can contain multiple paragraphs of text.
  • releasedate: The date of the game's release, or another significant date. It can hold wikitext as well, so something like '''Early Access''': Q4 2020; '''Release''': Q1 2021 works as well.
  • genre: The game's genre, e.g. Rogue-lite dating simulator.
  • storepage: A link to where the game may be purchased, such as Steam.
  • trailerlink: This is a link to the game's trailer on Youtube.
  • developer: The name of the developer. This field will generate a link to a page of the same name, allowing the developer to create a more robust page about themselves.
  • countryoforigin: Where the game was developed, or the country of origin of the developer.
  • devbio: Usually a short paragraph or two about the developer. The focus of the article is the game, so anything more than a brief introduction can be placed on a wiki article dedicated to the developer (such as the one generated by the developer field).
  • team1:
  • team1type:
  • website: The website of the game or the developer. Use the full url.
  • twitter: Twitter account associated with the game or the developer. Use the full url.
  • facebook: Facebook account associated with the game or the developer. Use the full url.
  • youtube: Youtube account associated with the game or the developer. Use the full url.
  • instagram: Instagram account associated with the game or the developer. Use the full url.
  • screenshots: Screenshots can be uploaded to the wiki using Special:Upload. A gallery can be made in this field using the following wikitext:
<gallery>
File: Battle toads lava surfing.png
File: All your base.jpeg
</gallery>


Expanding beyond the template[edit source]

The template serves to keep things tidy and simple, but expansion and customization is certainly possible. If there is a desire to add more sections underneath that which is generated by the template, such as a references section, or interesting bits of lore, simply add those elements following the template's closing double curly braces. For example, to add a references section, the wikicode might look like this:

{{Game Page
[[...]]
}}
===References===
* [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368226/ The Room] - This game is based on the genre-defining 2003 film "The Room"