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As is the general practice across Wikipedia, the article title for any topic related to video games should be simply the most common word or phrase used to describe that topic. In particular, if the title of a video game is sufficiently unambiguous compared to any other topics or is considered to be the primary topic, then let that also be the title of the article; for example, The Last of Us or Battlefield 1942.
If the common title of the game is ambiguous, an alternate article title will need to be used to distinguish it from other similarly named games, series, characters movies, books, terms, or other topics. Natural disambiguation may be used if the game has an alternate title that is also commonly used to refer to it, such as the full title including subtitle; for example Halo: Combat Evolved. Failing that, then parenthetical disambiguation may be needed – use the most appropriate method as described in the sections below.
- If conventions conflict, prefer the most specific convention.
- Do not capitalize second and subsequent words unless the title is a proper noun (such as a name) or is otherwise almost always capitalized (e.g., "Cloud Strife" uses a Buster sword, not a Buster Sword).
- In general, use page names with singular nouns (e.g., Key item, not Key items).
- Except for titles of works or official names, avoid the definite ("the") and indefinite ("a"/"an") articles at the beginning of a page name. This applies even if the subject of the page is usually preceded by the definite article "the" in speech or writing (e.g., City of the Ancients, not The City of the Ancients).
- In general, use standard English capitalization for titles, even if trademarks encourage otherwise (e.g., Infamous, not inFAMOUS).
- Exceptions to the above are for articles whose name is almost exclusively known by its acronym (e.g., F.E.A.R.) and in the case of video games whose first character is not representative of a letter (e.g., .hack//Infection, not .Hack//Infection).
- Consider creating redirects to the correct page from pages with names similar to the correct one and from pages with names which are discouraged per this convention (e.g., Qbert and Q-bert redirect to Q*bert). Also consider adding hatnotes linking between articles with similar names.
- Unofficial titles (e.g., Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, a name fans often use to refer to Command & Conquer) are not acceptable.
- Exception: The unofficial name better meets the policy on article titles as identified in reliable sources and disambiguation is already necessary. For example, the 1999 Nintendo 64 Superman game is located at Superman 64 rather than its official title Superman: The New Superman Adventures, to differentiate it from numerous other Superman video games.
- Usage of taglines in titles is not permitted.
- Use the most commonly accepted English name first, if one exists. This is usually the official title in the initial English release, but not always. Subtitles and pre-titles are allowed if deemed appropriate but are not necessary and pre-titles should be replaced once an official title has been announced.
- For the purpose of naming, modifications (mods) are considered stand-alone video games. e.g., Counter-Strike, not Half-Life: Counter-Strike. When disambiguating, use (video game), not (mod).
- For series that use either Arabic numerals or Roman numerals to denote the order of games in the series, use the numerals in the official titles for the games, even if their types vary from game to game (for example, Final Fantasy IV instead of Final Fantasy 4, and Quake 4 instead of Quake IV). When Roman numerals are used, consider providing a redirect that uses Arabic numerals (for example, Final Fantasy 4 should redirect to Final Fantasy IV); a similar redirect is not necessary for Roman numeral equivalents.
- When naming articles for specific games in a series it is best to be consistent throughout the entire series as much as possible. This includes the use of subtitles and numbering. Exceptions exist when two different games are released under two completely different titles (for example, EarthBound and Mother 3).
- As per a very lengthy debate, full names should be used for video game character article namespaces when they appear in-game. Otherwise the common name should be used.
- When the common name in other media is far more iconic, that name should be used (for example Ash Ketchum instead of Ash).
- A list article's title should accurately describe its content.
- Lists should be named "List of..." (e.g., "List of Final Fantasy titles").
When the content presented in a video game spans other media formats such as film, TV, radio, comics, or print, then an associated overview page (an article describing and summarizing the items of the franchise) should occupy the primary article title (eg. Star Trek), but may be disambiguated as
Series name (franchise) when required.
Do not disambiguate unless a naming conflict exists and the article in question is not the primary topic. As per the article titles criteria, make the disambiguation precise enough to identify the topic (but no more precise than necessary), and as concise as possible.
Naming conflicts often arise between a video game and a series based on it. The conflict should be settled according to the disambiguation guidelines and the specific conventions below. In many cases, the series will be the primary topic as a broad concept article covering all the related uses, including the original game. In such cases, the series should take the base name while the video game article is disambiguated, for example the case of The Legend of Zelda (the series) and The Legend of Zelda (video game) (the first game).
Use hatnotes and disambiguation pages when disambiguation in naming is used. Disambiguation pages are not required if the only disambiguation exists between similarly named articles related to the same video game series.
- Use "video game" rather than "videogame", "game", or "computer game".
- For original video games:
- If disambiguation is necessary, use the subtitles or numbers of the official title (e.g., Need for Speed: ProStreet).
- For further disambiguation, append "(video game)", which is preferable to "(computer game)" or "(arcade game)", etc.
- For further disambiguation, use "(YEAR video game)". If no year has been announced, use "(upcoming video game)". If the project is cancelled, use "(canceled video game)" or "(cancelled video game)" as appropriate for the article's variation of English.
- For platform-specific versions where using the year would remain ambiguous: disambiguate by appending "([platform] video game)" to the title (e.g., "Final Fantasy IV (Nintendo DS video game)")
- When the platform name has at least three words in length, the shortest possible acronym should be used in the disambiguator (e.g., Disney's Beauty and the Beast (SNES video game)" or Ninja Gaiden (NES video game)).
- Any other disambiguation will likely be a rarity for a video game title. Consider combining some conventions above if necessary.
- For mobile video games: Disambiguate by appending "(mobile)", or, if necessary, "(mobile video game)". The former is preferable.
- For modifications: Disambiguate by appending "(video game)", or, if necessary, "(video game mod)". The former is preferable.
- For video game series: Typically, disambiguate by appending "(series)". If this is still ambiguous – for instance with a book, film, or television series – use "(video game series)" to avoid incomplete disambiguation.
- For franchises that include other media beyond video games: Disambiguate with "(franchise)". See #Media franchise.
- For characters: Disambiguate by appending the series or individual game title in parentheses after the character's name (e.g., Lulu (Final Fantasy) and Cid (Final Fantasy X)). If the subject's name is the same as the game or game series, then use "(character)" (e.g., Rayman (character)).
- For video game specific terminology use (video gaming); for video game terminology that is also used with non-video games, use (gaming).
- For video game players, use either (gamer) or (video game player).
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style (Japan-related articles), as many video games are made in Japan
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style (titles)