@marino: Just to clarify, in respect of compilations, is this definition applicable not only to the Platform field in 'Game details', but also to adding new game releases? I ask because the definition of a release under its own section (rather than the 'Game details' box) seems to be treated a little freer, even regularly including rather loose remakes/adaptations as releases as though they were ports (e.g. 2D Gameboy versions of 3D home console games)...
@bobafettjm: Ah, I see. Thanks for the advice! If there's no official rule, I guess I'll go with what seems appropriate in each case... For example, in the case ofShenmue and Shenmue II, I previously added PC as a platform for both of them: the ports released on Steam are technically part of a compilation (you can only buy Shenmue I & II as a single package) but the presentation is more of a glorified bundle, as the 'compilation' is really just a launcher with a link to either of the separate executables. Comparing Final Fantasy X, my attempt to add PS4 as a platform was denied, which probably made sense because the release on PS4 was both part of a compilationand a remastered version, going far from being a direct release of the game itself... (And the main article for FFX does already mention the PS4 release, as you recommended.)
Does that sort of distinction make sense? I guess it's a lot of hair-splitting, but it makes sense to me...
What is the best practice for completing the 'Platform' field in the 'Game details' box in the case of games (directly) ported to additional platforms as a part of a compilation?
Take Sonic R as an example. It currently has Saturn and PC listed in the 'Platform' field. It was ported to Gamecube and PS2 as a part of the Sonic Gems Collection, but was not released for either platform as a standalone game. There was no remastering—it was a direct port. In this instance, can we add Gamecube and PS2 in the 'Platform' field for Sonic R?
The Wiki Rules do not mention this matter directly—the closest thing is the case of what counts as a game in itself (rather than a release) in the case of compilations:
This [i.e. an edition being a release rather than a separate game] includes compilations of games which may feature several other games long with the title in question. There are specific exceptions to the rule with games that come bundled as one package and appear on a certain platform by only that means (such as The Orange Box), but generally these are all releases.
This does not address my query, unless it implies (or assumes an understanding) that anything that is considered a game in itself (e.g. Sonic Gems Collection) cannot be considered a release of another game (e.g. of Sonic R). That would seem unnecessarily restrictive to me, but I'd like to check before I make erroneous edits.
I was wondering how to add releases for interactive DVDs – editions of games that were playable through an ordinary DVD player. By this, I don't mean adding interactive films as games (such as the interactive DVD release of Final Destination 3), but versions of games already on Giantbomb that were released in this format (e.g. Tender Loving Care, Hourglass of Summer).
Is it possible to add this as a new Platform, or would it be better to add these releases with the Platform field left blank and add something like (DVD) or (interactive DVD) at the end in the Title field?
(Sorry if this has already been asked or is covered in a style guide – I did try to search!)
The image I added for this game doesn't seem to display properly (or at all) on the Wiki page. Same goes for this release, for which I uploaded this image. These are both re-uploads of the respective images that I tried to re-add to the respective Wikis.
Haven't had this problem with previous games/releases I've added, so it's weird that it's happened twice recently...