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VIDEO GAMES are one of the most rewarding and fascinating forms of [entertainment] yet devised. Today, they attract players of all ages and backgrounds (although they remain more popular among younger people who grew up exposed to their influence), and exist in many forms to suit different tastes.

We use the term '[video games]' to refer to [electronic] games played on [computer|computers], [games console|consoles], [handheld|handheld devices] and [arcade|amusement machines], as well as any [video games platforms|other devices] that emerge as viable platforms, such as mobile phones.

[Technology] and [creativity] continue to drive gaming ever onward, while presenting developers with new challenges. Players can be given more [freedom], and more ways to [compete] or [cooperate]. [Graphics] and [animation] become more [expressive] (not necessarily meaning more [photorealistic]). [Simulation] becomes more refined. Games can more effectively tell a [story], or allow players to create their own.

Whether you are an avid [gamer] or simply would like to learn more about this (sometimes [confusing]) subject, you've come to the right place.

This node is the top level of the [videogames] user group's ever-expanding index of game-related writeups on Everything2. You can use the links below to browse for game titles, as well as information in several other categories relating to different aspects of video games: their [prominent figures in the video games industry|creators], key concepts and historical notes.

Of course, there are still many games and topics that have yet to be noded. You can assist the [videogames] group in their mission by informing us of new writeups that we should include, or ones you'd like to see, by sending a /msg to the group's shared account, [Insert Coin]. Please check first that the writeup in question isn't already listed in the appropriate index. And don't forget to mention whether you're talking about a game, character, platform, magazine, or whatever. For example:

/msg insert_coin Please file my writeup about the game [Grand Theft Auto III|Pogo The Monkey]

If you want to write a node about a game, please take a moment to read [E2 FAQ: video games]. This handy document will help you to avoid common [pitfall]s and help to maximise the usefulness of your writeup.

Index of Games

[Video Games (#)|#] [Video Games (A)|A] [Video Games (B)|B] [Video Games (C)|C] [Video Games (D)|D] [Video Games (E)|E] [Video Games (F)|F] [Video Games (G)|G] [Video Games (H)|H] [Video Games (I)|I] [Video Games (J)|J] [Video Games (K)|K] [Video Games (L)|L] [Video Games (M)|M] [Video Games (N)|N] [Video Games (O)|O] [Video Games (P)|P] [Video Games (Q)|Q] [Video Games (R)|R] [Video Games (S)|S] [Video Games (T)|T] [Video Games (U)|U] [Video Games (V)|V] [Video Games (W)|W] [Video Games (X)|X] [Video Games (Y)|Y] [Video Games (Z)|Z]
[video games characters|characters] - [video game genres|genres] - [video games magazines|magazines] - [video games platforms|platforms] - [Prominent figures in the video games industry|people] - [video game emulators|emulators]

Below are some hints on titling your node and what to include. Most of this is covered in the [FAQ], but there may be some new issues covered below that aren't 'official' policy yet.

Game Titles

Again, please consult [E2 FAQ: Video Games] first.

When creating a [node] for a [video game] not yet covered by E2, try to make sure that you are using the [official] title. You should check the following:

Spelling: refer to the [packaging], [title screen] and/or official [website] if available.

Number format: If the creators use [roman numerals], so should you. In some cases the name is written with a different number format by [convention] (e.g. [Street Fighter 2]). But rarely.

The word 'The': If a title begins with '[The]', it should be noded as such (e.g. [The Chaos Engine]). However, 'The' is ignored for [alphabetization].

Subtitles: In 99% of cases the [subtitle] can be omitted from the node title. Only when the subtitle is [integral] to the title (for example, in cases where the main title is the name of a franchise, such as [Spider-Man], or where the subtitle differentiates between installments in a [series]) should it be included. If in doubt, omit.

[Star Wars]™: The Star Wars games represent a potential [minefield] for naming convention pedants. Many of the older games, such as [X-Wing], [Rogue Squadron] and [Rebel Assault] are 'officially' prefixed 'Star Wars:' but no one ever uses this prefix. Some of the later games do include the prefix however (such as [Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds]).,

Multiple Titles

There are several cases where the same game may be known by more than one name.

Nicknames: You should not node a game under its [nickname]. However, very pervasive nicknames and abbreviations can be included in the index and cross-referenced to the official title on request. (e.g. [Sensible Soccer|Sensi], [The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Zelda 64], [Quake III Arena|Q3A].)

International variations: For [copyright] and/or [marketing] reasons, games are occasionally retitled for sale in different markets (e.g. [Biohazard] / [Resident Evil]). Both (or all) names should be included in the index. Any official title is equally [valid] for noding a game under. Alternative titles (if known) can be included in the game's writeup if you wish.

Translations/romanisations: Some games do not have an official '[Western]' name. In these cases, try to follow the creator's [nomenclature] as closely as you can. Sometimes a bit of judgement is required.

And, please, for the love of God, be wary of [duplication].


The following are currently not covered by any of Insert Coin's indices:

  • Any non-game [software] product or program
  • Non-gaming electronic [coin-ops] ([photo-me], [web terminals], [ringtone vending machines])
  • Mechanical [amusement machines] (e.g. [fruit machines], [roulette wheels], [pinball tables])
  • [Graphic demos]/intros (not game demos)
  • [Screen savers]
  • [Cheat] cartridges/discs (e.g. [Game Genie])
  • [Utility] devices (e.g. [region adapters], [backup devices])
  • [Multimedia] (reference) titles
  • Non-game '[Edutainment]' titles (e.g. [typing tutors])
  • [Toys] (EXCEPT dedicated video games toys, e.g. [Nintendo Game & Watch])
  • Pirate '[16-in-1]' type releases, unless playable original material is included.
  • Prototypes of unreleased games, like [Resident Evil 1.5]

The following may be covered by the index, in some cases:

  • [Promotional web games]
  • [Mod|Modifications for existing games] (e.g. [Counter-Strike])
  • The most notable [freeware] and [shareware] games
  • Game demos that aren't a "crippled" version of a retail product. Demos like this, such as the [Half-Life: Uplink|Half-Life] and Starcraft demos, will have original scenarios, rather than just the first few levels, as with [Doom], [Jazz Jackrabbit], or the demo discs packed with magazines.
  • "[Hong Kong] original" games, that is, games that have original programs but use trademarks or copyrighted characters without permission. Examples include [Somari], or "[Street Fighter 50 Peoples]", or [Tetris] by [Tengen].

If you are affiliated with a game's publisher or developer, you are free to write about their games. We appreciate inside perspectives, but we do not encourage you to break applicable non-disclosure agreements. If you wish to editorialize, please note your biases, and give your view and not the company marketing line.

You can find more information on [Insert Coin]'s homenode.
The [videogames] usergroup page shows recent notable games writeups and lists the members of the group, who are open to feedback, questions and suggestions.