Author Topic: Style Guide: Steam Category  (Read 1600 times)

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Style Guide: Steam Category
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:46:47 pm »
Note: This is an addendum to our standard Style Guide. This details the specifics on how to handle Steam entries.

Game Titles:
Titles should be listed in the same manner as the style guide.

Games that begin with "A", "An" or "The" should be written like this:
  • Bird Story, A
  • Secret of Monkey Island, The
Games that begin with "The" and have another "The" afterwards should be written like so:
  • Lord of the Rings, The: The Return of the King
  • Legend of Zelda, The: The Wind Waker
Games with subtitles: Subtitle should follow the main title after a colon.
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  • Bionic Commando: ReArmed
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Cover Art:
Go to the item's Steam store page. There's a rectangular image on the upper right - that is the image we use as cover art. Right click and save it to your computer. We do not use any back or cart / disc images for Steam listings. Note that sometimes the store page will have a "themed" cover image, for example, during holidays. You may use those images for your submission, but it may be replaced by a proper image later on. There are exceptions to the rule which will be explained below.

Release date:
The release date on most Steam store pages is wrong. Many publishers love to use the item's original release date for some reason, which leads to lots of games having a release date set way before Steam even existed. So you can do two things to get the game's release date:
  • Type the game's name in the store's search box and hit Enter - the results will show a list of games, and they normally show the actual Steam release date. Sometimes this is wrong, though, so you can instead...
  • Click on "Read Related News" or "View Update History" on the right side of the page. These will load the history for the item and you can usually find the release date by reading the archives. Note that a couple of years are missing from Steam's news archives.
If you aren't sure of the item's release date, feel free to leave it blank.

Barcode:
Leave this blank.

Item Number
Item Number can be found in the URL for the item's store page. Example: Rocket League's URL is store.steampowered.com/app/252950/Rocket_League/. Steam ID number would be 252950.

Rating:
Standard rules apply - if there's a rating, enter it. If there's no rating, select "None." The only two rating systems available on Steam are ESRB and PEGI.

Description:
This box is used to describe specific things about the game - if it's been removed from the store, locked to a specific region, only available in a certain language, and so on. If you're adding a Collector's Edition of a game, and it includes specific bonuses, you enter the list of bonuses there. If the game you're adding is only available in a specific set or as a free game when buying something else, you may mention it here.

Box Text:
Enter the text displayed in the store page under "About This Game." You do not have to copy everything, since some descriptions are pretty huge - just a paragraph or two is enough.

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What Steam items can be added to the site?
Games, expansion packs, and other DLC that adds characters or maps are allowed. Soundtrack DLCs are also allowed.

Cosmetic-only player skins (like the 1564894661 Borderlands 2 skins), weapon packs, Steam Workshop mods and content (free or paid) or in-game purchase items / promo items like TF2 hats, Spiral Knights accessories or CS:GO knives are not allowed. Season Passes are also not allowed, since they're just store purchases that add multiple DLCs to your account - add the individual items instead.

Game packs / sets:
You can purchase single games or packs with games and DLC on Steam. Some users have added these packs to the site. Well, some should and some should not be added.
What about Steam games sold in retail boxes?
If you buy a physical game, but it requires Steam to activate and play, you can either add the Steam version of the game to your collection, or add the physical version. It's your call! There's nothing wrong with having both items in your collection - many collectors here do this already. If the package contains multiple games (like The Orange Box) then please add a single entry for the physical item. Single games may be added to your account as above.


If you still have questions, feel free to contact an admin.

Changelog:
4/23/15 - Added Steam Workshop content to the list of items that are not allowed.
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