PCGamingWiki:Editing guide/Availability

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The Availability section deals with all the different purchasing options available for a game. It also provides DRM details, version differences, expansion/DLC info, and links to demos (if provided).

Main table

Template documentation

Syntax (base)

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Syntax (row, normal)

This is the normal format used for the Availability row.
{{Availability/row| Name of source | product ID | required DRM | notes | keys (if any) | supported OSes }}

Syntax (row, special cases)

This format is for stores that cannot be linked normally due to special URL formatting. It should not be used in any other case.
{{Availability/row|1=Name of source |2=store URL |3=required DRM |4=notes |5=keys (if any)|6=supported OSes}}


Taken from Mass Effect
Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Requires online activation DRM: SecuROM, three machine limit.[1] A De-Authorization Tool is available.
Steam Steam gives product key which can be activated on Origin

The main part of the section. The varied nature of availability for each game means that the table cannot be static. As such, each store is sectioned off into its own row (with a base template encapsulating everything). This allows the table to save space by showing only the relevant purchasing options.

Note that for each Availability table, only one "Retail" row is allowed. As mentioned later on, the "Retail" store is just to state that the game was available as a physical item at some point.

Availability row breakdown

Section Definition Notes
Source name The name of the source/store. Only major and trustworthy stores are allowed to be used. A full list of all the options can be found in the template documentation.
Product ID The unique ID/URL given by the store to the game. What to place here varies from store to store. See The Product ID for a list of accepted values.
DRM used The Digital Rights Management (DRM) methods employed by the game. Games requiring a digital distribution service client to run (ex. Steam DRM) will have that service act as the DRM. Separate each method with a comma (,). See the DRM used legend for a list of accepted values.
Notes Extra information relating to the particular store (game version provided, unique quirks and issues, etc.)
Keys Any extra keys provided by the store that can be redeemed by another distribution service. Retail serial keys that can be redeemed on a digital distribution service also count.
OSes What systems does the store support. For games using DOSBox, do not list DOS as an OS unless the store actually offers a DOS download option. Also, for the "Retail" store, list all the OSes the physical copies of the game could run on out of the box (disregarding any constraints with OS-specific copies).
The Product ID

This is a list of the product ID formats for all the stores an availability row can accept.

Store(s) Example URL What to provide
Retail N/A Nothing. The Retail store option is just to state that a retail version was available at some point.
Developer N/A The full URL of the store.
Publisher N/A The full URL of the store.
Official N/A The full URL of the store.
Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Doom-Collectors-Edition-Pc/dp/B0002IBEJQ B0002IBEJQ
Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doom-Collectors-Edition-PC-CD/dp/B0002ESMG8 B0002ESMG8
Battle.net https://us.battle.net/shop/en/product/starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty
GamersGate http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-DOOM2/doom-ii DD-DOOM2
Gamesplanet https://gamesplanet.com/game/2671-1 2671-1
GameStop http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/doom-3-bfg-edition/103103 103103
GOG.com https://www.gog.com/game/system_shock_2 system_shock_2
GMG (Green Man Gaming) http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/ca/en/pc/games/action/quake-iv/ quake-iv
Humble (Humble Store) https://www.humblebundle.com/store/the-talos-principle the-talos-principle
itch.io http://pixeltitans.itch.io/strafe-speed-zone-v2 The full URL of the game page.
MacApp (Mac App Store) https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/rage-campaign-edition/id468808410?mt=12 id468808410
Oculus (Oculus Store) https://www2.oculus.com/experiences/rift/905830242847405/ 905830242847405
Origin https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/titanfall/titanfall/deluxe-edition titanfall/titanfall/deluxe-edition
Steam http://store.steampowered.com/app/2310/ 2310
(Uplay for North America)
http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubina/en_CA/pd/productID.277857200 277857200
(Uplay for Europe, the Middle East and Africa)
http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubiemea/en_AU/pd/ThemeID.8605700/productID.309444300 309444300
WinStore (Windows Store) https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/games/halo-spartan-assault/9wzdncrfhwfh 9wzdncrfhwfh
DRM used legend
This legend covers all of the most common values used for the field. See Template:ID for a complete list of potential values.
Keep in mind that some games might use a combination of DRM systems.

Generic DRM options

Store-specific DRM options

  1. Mass Effect Community - Mass Effect for PC System Specs, SecuROM and FAQ Part 2