I've debated posting this for a couple hours for various reasons. First because this here forum dont take kindly to shameless plugs, which this post could be categorized under if not written properly. Secondly because I'm not 100% positive where to post it. The studio doesn't seem quite right, or the workshop since its not my own site, and its equally relevant to the DOW, HW, IC and eventually CoH and The Outfit forums too. Thirdly, finally and more humorously is because of the second to last news post on penny arcade.
That said, a couple days ago a topic on SA came up about things that annoyed you in game walkthroughs and a lot of different people ended up voicing the same handful of complaints. Some of the common ones were:
Too many FAQs to choose from. For a popular game there's often well over a dozen different FAQs and Walkthroughs and picking which one is best is mostly trial and error. For example on gamefaqs there are 90 different Final Fantasy VII and 98 Ocarina of Time guides. While these are split up into a couple of different categories, its not uncommon to find half a dozen or so with the exact same name.
Long Legal Disclaimers: Its not uncommon to have to wade through several lengthy paragraphs about how the guide cannot be reproduced for profit and blah blah blah blah.
Spoilers in the wrong places:
Chapter YOUR BEST FRIEND IS THE FINAL BOSS
ASCII Titles: Its become pretty popular to create elaborate and needless ASCII drawings for the title. I don't really care my self but this seemed to be a pet peeve for a lot of people.
Bad Instructions: "Ok now turn and shoot the guy ok now shoot the guy behind him but WATCH OUT THERES ANOTHER GUY TO THE SIDE WITH A ROCKET ok now youve shot that dude so once youve shot the other 3 dudes continue on into the secret room once your in the secret room..."
Skipping Parts: "The next boss battle (which you're stuck on) is really easy once you're done with it then..."
No pictures: While .txt's are pretty dang cool it would be nice to use some of these newfangled .jpgs and .pngs and .gifs every so often.
Long Credits: I'd like to thank my cat muffins because without her moral support there's no way I'd have ever done this thank you! also a shout out to firstname.lastname@example.org for emailing me about using the wrong "you're" on paragraph 153 sentence 5!
Using Japanese names: You should use the translated names, pure and simple. If you want to call the characters by their Japanese names then go write the FAQ in Japanese. I don't know, or need to know, the romanized version of their Japanese name, I know them by the name the game I'm playing gives me.
Long needless version histories: version 8.43 - I forgot to thank my other cat waffles! Credits updated!
Emoticons: the next boss is really hard so make sure you're level 40 before you fight him xD i dont know why they made the boss so hard but they did o.O but as long as youre level 40 youll be fine ^_^
I think you get the idea.
Well instead of complaining some one decided to register VGGuides.com and set up a MediaWiki. The goal of the site is to provide a source for a single, well written, factually accurate, easy to use guide for a game. Which it can't do without content, hence this post. If you're not familiar with the MediaWiki system, it allows anyone to create and edit the articles on the site. So far its worked great for Wikipedia, and hopefully it can work for video game guides.
The site was created only a day or two ago and as such has nearly no content, that's where the Relicnews community comes in. At worst, it would be nice if we could get some game descriptions up for Relic games. At best it would be awesome if we could get completed (as complete as they ever get on a wiki anyway), quality walkthroughs for relic's games. This is also a large community and our interests arent limited to just relic, getting good info up for other games is greatly appreciated. If you want to contribute, please please READ THE RULES and help. Remember this is a community project, one person doesn't (and wont) do it all alone. If you can add even part of a section to a walkthough, its a huge help. Try to respect established formatting systems set up by previous contributors, if you think it can be severely improved then go for it, but insure that the entire thing is consistent and professional. Please run everything through a spellchecker first, and if possible get it checked by other real people as spellcheckers are a poor substitute.
Given our numbers I'm sure at least several people here have already written FAQ's for a game, if you could contribute it that would be great. HOWEVER, please don't just copy and paste it as is. Reread it, insure it complies with all the rules, edit it to make it even better then before, and take advantage of the more powerful formatting tools available.
Spreading the word about this site does help, however PLEASE DO NOT GO SPAMING IT AROUND. Mentioning it to a friend = ok. Registering an account on a forum and posting a topic with just a link or a single paragraph = not ok. Such things just hurt the site.
Finally try to keep this on topic, I have a feeling I'm going to regret posting that PA link.
Personally I've started up, and hope to significantly contribute to, a Freespace 2 Section and Walkthrough. Additonally I started up a Skies of Arcadia section though I have no illusions about having the time and effort to write a guide about that. I also contributed the site logo.