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General Updates718:46, 18 May 2017
{{DISPLAYTITLE}} function? / Standalone expansion policy317:54, 21 September 2015
Quake 4216:34, 19 May 2015
Can't log into the forums109:45, 14 April 2013
Publicly release page views each day001:04, 21 March 2013
Bot access109:28, 7 February 2013
Re-engaging with wiki219:40, 26 January 2013
Steam most popular list?111:30, 4 January 2013
Recently Edited116:12, 22 December 2012
You never talk to me any more...1223:19, 19 December 2012
IRC Page is broken122:23, 15 October 2012
Regarding standards117:30, 8 October 2012
We need more publicity415:25, 15 August 2012
Ya sorta borked the css117:31, 9 August 2012
New Site logo415:44, 6 August 2012
Server Speed415:38, 6 August 2012
New article style comments302:45, 5 August 2012
Guide Categories210:25, 2 August 2012
Did you know- submit a fact208:31, 6 July 2012
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General Updates

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Last edit: 18:46, 18 May 2017

Hey Andy, Had a fair amount to ask you about etc so thought I'd post it here before I forget.

  1. I swapped "Hackable" in the Video Settings template for a wrench icon which is now visible on all pages that use the template. Could you tell me what you think of it - I was trying to make it so what when you hover over it it says "Hackable", but that is only possible if you have it linking to the image page, which is undesirable.
  2. I have two links I tried to post on Re-Volt which I have tested as safe and pretty integral to parts of the article, but cannot post due to the Wiki's in-built spam filter (these being and Is it possible to override this?
  3. I found an issue some users are experiencing to add to the Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven page, but didn't know whether to post it or not, as it seems the only solution is to make use of a No-CD crack ( - could you clarify whether I should post it or not?

Thanks, Tom

Hungry eyes (talk)13:34, 22 April 2012

1. Love the new icon - it's a perfect fit. What I would like is to have a single column (no 'Hackable' column) and for each to have a choice of either Tick-native Hack-hackable and Cross-no. When I have time I will work on this (and also I'm sure we can work the alt hover text in) but I'm pretty busy until Wednesday/Thursday with work stuff, or if you can get your guy to tweak it, it would be amazing :).

2. I'll talk to JRWR about the spam filter, I'm also having problems. You can put the references and links in as free-text for the moment as I have done.

3. I'm interested in starting a dialogue on how to approach No-CD cracks. I am also interested in specific DRM cracks like GFWL. The biggest concern is legal threats and takedowns. I'll post up on the general Forum about this. Edit: posted here Thread:PCGamingWiki:Forum/DRM and GFWL removal information

Andytizer (talk)08:02, 23 April 2012

1. So would the single column have space for two ticks? One for whether its native and one for whether its hackable? Or are we thinking merging the two columns because if its hackable then its available for that game? 2. Ok thanks 3. Commented

Hungry eyes (talk)08:26, 23 April 2012

1. Yes just 1 column, 1 tick/cross/hackicon for each item - we only need to know if AA is possible or not. Will make it much easier to scan, and additional info can go in the notes, and the notes could link to the relevant in-page hack.

Andytizer (talk)09:01, 23 April 2012

Had a look myself, but looks like its more than the one template that needs editing. I can ask Jan to take a look.

Hungry eyes (talk)15:09, 23 April 2012

Thanks that would be amazing.

Andytizer (talk)18:03, 23 April 2012

I've figured out how to use the whitelist MediaWiki:Spam-whitelist to add more items in. Your forum links should work now, and any future whitelist stuff just ask me.

Andytizer (talk)11:56, 27 April 2012

Awesome, thanks :)

Hungry eyes (talk)18:53, 27 April 2012

{{DISPLAYTITLE}} function? / Standalone expansion policy

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Last edit: 17:54, 21 September 2015


Just a quick thought - could we add a DISPLAYTITLE function which allows for non-standard page titles? Would be useful for games such as .

EDIT: Secondly, what is our current policy on standalone expansions? Do we give them their own page or treat them like normal expansion packs? - Was thinking about Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, as well as the DoW II expansions.

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)16:07, 25 May 2012 - this is how Wikipedia handles the game title - how do you propose we can do it using a template? If you can make a mockup we can decide whether it is the right move.

Standalone expansions should only have their own page if their fixes/paths/requirements are significantly different from the base game, otherwise use the base game title.

Andytizer (talk)17:48, 27 May 2012

Hi all. {{DISPLAYTITLE:whatever}} will let you change the title of an article; it's a built in mediawiki function.

However, by default it will only let you change the capitalisation. To change the actual characters of the title, Andy needs to set $wgRestrictDisplayTitle to true in LocalSettings.php.

(I'm assuming $wgAllowDisplayTitle is already set to true)

Masked Turk 15px (Talk | Edits)18:23, 27 May 2012

Yeah Jan told me that superscript characters are currently allowed under the MediaWiki software, however, this would allow us to have underscores and pages with lowercase first letters

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)18:26, 27 May 2012

Umm why exactly did you revert it that far back? :|
Amazon and GG are defo confirmed.

Blackbird (talk)20:17, 18 May 2015

Sorry must have been a mis-click!

Andytizer - oppa14:55, 19 May 2015

No worries it just confused me what did I do wrong heh :)

Blackbird (talk)16:34, 19 May 2015

Can't log into the forums

Exactly what the title says, it says incorrect password everytime i try to log in, So far i've tried

  • Resetting my Password (Twice!)
  • Logging out of the wiki, then trying to log into the forums
  • Clearing my Cookies
  • Using a different browser (FireFox, Normally i use Google Chrome.)
  • Entering my old passwords

I was going to log into the forums to request a copy of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Krvavi Abadas (talk)08:53, 14 April 2013

Hi I'll take a look at this. In the meantime, I've honoured the request here:

Please chase me up close to the release date (1 May) if I haven't supplied it yet.

Andytizer - oppa09:45, 14 April 2013

Publicly release page views each day

A few days ago you posted this tweet. I was wondering if there was any way you could make that information publicly available on a page on this wiki so we know which articles are getting the most attention and we can be efficient in the amount of time we spend editing articles.

Thanks, nicereddy

Nicereddy (talk)01:04, 21 March 2013

Bot access

I've made a bot account, User:Garrbot, to assist in performing cleanup using AutoWikiBrowser.

To enable bot functions, please go to Special:UserRights/Garrbot and add the bot group. Thanks. :)

Garrett (talk)00:01, 7 February 2013

This looks interesting, I hadn't considered the use of bots, which is strange as Wikipedia relies on them so much.

For example, I'd like to do something to move every page from the old Template:SysReq to the new Template: System Requirements.

Andytizer - oppa09:28, 7 February 2013

Re-engaging with wiki

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Last edit: 00:30, 26 January 2013

Hey Andy,

Just wanted to let you know my Semester 1 exams are over at uni, and I'm planning to start working on the wiki over the next few days again, maybe updating some of my older articles in line with the latest sample article and continuing my GPU guide which was about 50% complete.


IronWookiee, 26 January 2013

Forgot to log in ^_^

1R0N W00K13 (talk)00:27, 26 January 2013

Look forward to seeing you around the site mate :).

Andytizer - oppa19:40, 26 January 2013

Steam most popular list?

Hey, don't know how realistic this is - just posting it here for posterity.

Basically, my idea is that at some point we introduce a box on the homepage that automatically grabs the Top 5 "Top Sellers" on Steam and links to their articles on PCGW. Obviously it would automatically update with Steam. I guess it just depends on what the Steam API is like?

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)10:47, 4 January 2013

Recently Edited

Hey Andy, on the homepage the Recently Edited box has two columns for Windows games. Was this by design? Because I could've sworn a previous version of that box had one column for windows games and one column for games in general. Just wondering.

Newmansan (talk)17:25, 21 December 2012

The first Windows box is recently edited Windows games 1-8, 2nd one is 9-16. I acknowledge it's confusing, and I'll be changing it soon.

This will most likely be when we start adding in a bunch of new features, including a big overhaul of the forum system.

Andytizer (talk)16:12, 22 December 2012

You never talk to me any more...

You never talk to me anymore, Hows it going? Hows the site? Anything going on? any requests?

JRWR - PCGamingWiki Server Admin02:59, 17 December 2012

Hey man sorry for not contacting you for ages - everything's running so smoothly server-side there isn't much to say at the moment :D. Traffic is steadily climbing, I have another Kickstarter planned soon, everything's going well.

There are a couple of things you could do which would be great:

1) Install PHPBB3 to with either single sign on, or some other simple integrated account method, such as using PCGamingWiki as an OpenID server?

2) Install Wordpress to

3) Any ideas on how to embed RSS feeds into MediaWiki? Most extensions out of date. I was thinking of using a third party RSS aggregator and then using HTMLets to embed somewhere.

Andytizer (talk)12:16, 17 December 2012

PHPBB3 -> Mediawiki sounds fun, Ill look into it

Wordpress should be easy

I would use a HTMLet, something javascripty

JRWR - PCGamingWiki Server Admin19:58, 17 December 2012

oh and can I get a PCGW T-Shirt? Size fatass please (4XL+)

JRWR - PCGamingWiki Server Admin20:13, 17 December 2012

Sure thing, I'll add in an order for you if the Kickstarter is successful.

Andytizer (talk)21:37, 18 December 2012

forums and blog are coming online at this time, please note that nginx might restart a few times :)

JRWR - PCGamingWiki Server Admin03:57, 19 December 2012

IRC Page is broken

Hey Andy. The IRC page is broken, complaining about a missing HTML file. The Fullscreen webchat works however.

Newmansan (talk)15:05, 15 October 2012

Thanks! I'll check this out..

We made some server side changes which should have made the site loads faster - but seems to have changed the htmlets extension folder. I'll try to fix this soon.

Andytizer (talk)22:23, 15 October 2012

Regarding standards

I'm just curious is it really necessary to include Windows above all the information if the game is only available on that platform (not including consoles)? It just seems like if there is a Mac version then it should be properly labelled to avoid any confusion but otherwise it should just be assumed all the information is relevant to Windows.

Another quick thing is the capitalization, this was recently changed to lowercase some of the second parts of titles so for example "Game Data" to "Game data" I've seen several pages already conform to the old standard but is it really necessary to go back and amend this capitalization to all of the pages? The issue with making minor changes like that is getting everything to conform to it, this is why it shouldn't really be added unless absolutely necessary or unless a whole site edit could be made changing it all in one edit or a huge cleanup of some kind. Both of which I'm going to assume aren't possible or likely.

Pridit (talk)15:48, 8 October 2012

Thanks Pridit for all the contributions on the site lately, it's really appreciated and it's great to see new people here.

1) Regarding Windows header level 1- it's only necessary if there is a Mac or Linux version as well. Therefore you can take it out if there are no other OSes.

2) The 'sentence case' - I have chosen to use this capitalization method because it makes the titles and links much easier to read- The Upper Case For Headers And Page Names was getting excessive, and since then I've learned much more about what makes a good, usable and readable web style. Unfortunately I only got half-way through the sample article before I ran out of time to complete this.

My actual plan is to use ReplaceText to do all the necessary changes on every single page, so you don't have to worry about doing it for individual pages. However, we have run into a small issue with using it as we have had $wgCompressRevisions turned on, and there's no way to uncompress the pages to allow ReplaceText to work. Anyway I'm working on a solution which'll fix all the capitalisations.

Andytizer (talk)17:30, 8 October 2012

We need more publicity

Andy, I really like this site. It has so much potential to be big. But when I see that from the last two days that the majority of edits come from you and a handful from others, I'm starting to get a slight bit worried. Granted it's a monday, but I think we really need to go on the offensive and work at recruiting a bunch more active editors. I wanna see us have fixes for every game. I wanna see us have and hold fixes for every game. But when we have 881 registered users and most edits come from you, I tend to think there is a slight problem.

Just my slight pessimism. I hope it's unfounded.

Newmansan (talk)21:30, 13 August 2012

Hey, thanks for the concern. We are actually doing very well in terms of traffic, with a record traffic hit of 97k unique visits in July. We have fewer edits in August, which I think is partially due to some of our main contributors taking vacations or being busy with the summer.

In terms of attracting new editors, I am interested in hearing suggestions about new marketing strategies. My last big game giveaway in July was a huge success, drawing in over 100 new editors. I'm interested in doing something like it again, but it's a lot of work. If you have any suggestions please let me know. I'm thinking of doing something with an editing competition involving Twitter, and a hashtag, maybe in the next couple of weeks.

Andytizer (talk)21:56, 13 August 2012

Ah, well that's good to hear. I guess I was just worried over the almost complete lack of editors outside of you me and a handful of others in the last few days. No doom and gloom then. Yay.

I don't have any suggestions off the top of my head, but I'll let you know if I think of any.

Newmansan (talk)17:00, 14 August 2012

I just had an idea. What if we do a editor drive such that the editor on here who brings in the largest number of new editors with 5 or more constructive edits gets some sort of prize? We can get the new editors to put a "recruited by X" badge or something on their profile. Biggest count at the end of a month wins or something. Just gotta make the prize a game off the Notable releases page or something. I'd even be willing to help chip in a bit to pay for that if need be.

What do ya think? I also like your idea of an editing competition.

Newmansan (talk)12:28, 15 August 2012

Thanks for the feedback. I'm trying to plan some promotion ideas, including something like 'best editor' award.

I've done some work yesterday doing some marketing yesterday, and our visitor count peaked quite a bit due to the new release content I was promoting, which you can see in the analytics.

Just wanted you to know we are all working hard trying to attract more people, and it's a hard task.

The next thing I am doing will be:

  1. Finish the games in the Fallout (series)
  2. Make big changes to the sample article layout to reflect the new templates
  3. Push a bit editing promotion, using the Fallout series as a 'sample'

I'm hoping this'll be done within about 2 weeks.

Andytizer (talk)15:25, 15 August 2012

Ya sorta borked the css

Not majorly, but the "From PCGaming Wiki, the wiki about fixing PC games" bar under every pages title is misaligned.

I like the lack of clip art in the Did you know box, but maybe put a space between each entry to make it less visually cluttered?

Newmansan (talk)15:17, 9 August 2012

Thank god the clip art is gone. Needs fewer entries and greater line spacing. Will definitely be implemented in our new homepage :P

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)17:31, 9 August 2012

New Site logo

Hey, I played around with a few ideas as mockups, and decided this would look the best of the various variations:

Let me know what you think

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)16:58, 2 August 2012

I think for a site logo, the text is not ideal in that shape. Could we try a more 'horizontal' type logo? Maybe take our current logo and just replace the PC image with the new one.

Andytizer (talk)12:48, 3 August 2012

I'll try a few horizontal ideas then and send you what I come up with, but I'm not a huge fan of how its done at the moment

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)12:54, 3 August 2012

Ok, I played around with the original logo, tweaked the letter spacing and changed the text colour. I think it looks a bit neater now - thoughts?

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)11:02, 5 August 2012

Cool the logo looks much better than before!

Some thought - on the front of the tower, I think the spacing on the left should be slightly less.

Also - how about using the same shade of light blue on the front as the colour on the side?

Andytizer (talk)15:44, 6 August 2012

Server Speed

I hate to say it, but we could really do with a server upgrade - Jan and I have been working on the homepage all night and pages have been loading at a snails pace - sometimes 30 seconds to load a single page. Is this affordable for us to do?

Just a thought.


hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)21:44, 5 August 2012

N.B. The server just crashed and we couldn't access it for ten minutes - idk if we crashed it by overusing the site, but we could definitely use an upgrade - kept getting redirected to the server gremlins.

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)22:12, 5 August 2012

Yeap, it's been pretty tragic these past few hours. In the last half-hour, I think we breached server-spacetime and let some warp-creatures in from the other dimension, so they'll be a danger to the 'Server Minions' for a while too.

But in all seriousness, hopefully this was a one-off caused by Vishnu or whoever, else we really would benefit off of having a more reliant and responsive server.

Cheers, Jan

Masked Turk 15px (Talk | Edits)22:14, 5 August 2012

I'd be happy to contribute a few squid towards better hosting, though I'm not suggesting we approach the NSA about renting out a wharehouse or anything :P

Masked Turk 15px (Talk | Edits)22:18, 5 August 2012

Amusing messages :D I will get this checked out. We are on a Linode 768 which should be very fast. It appears as if there was some kind of derp happening last night which caused massive CPU spike. You can see the graphs here:

I'll get JRWR to investigate.

Andytizer (talk)15:38, 6 August 2012

New article style comments

Hey, just thought I'd give my feedback on the new article style being implemented. I really like the new icons, but I'm worried we will end up with too many different ones, which will be confusing for both the editors and the readers. The way I see it, we should restrict ourselves to four icon types.

  1. Green plus - positives
  2. Red minus - negatives
  3. Blue i - information
  4. Small window - instructions

I think we should do away with the red i and any other icons as it is just confusing to look at, even if upon hovering over the icon, it gives you a description. The information presented under the red i at the moment can just as easily be presented as either a negative with the red minus, or as information with the blue i. I also don't think each issue requires a red i symbol before the header - this is unnecessary.

We need to be careful not to overdo the icons, they can be a bit distracting to look at whilst trying to read the article, and spoils the flow. In my honest opinion, it would be better to merge all the points of the same type in each section into one symbol each to keep some form of prose and structure. For example, there would only be a single red minus outlining the negatives under "Issue: 'Mic in use by game'" in the Orcs Must Die! 2 article.

Finally, I think we should retain the "Issues and Fixes" header name rather than just calling it "Issues". Shortening it to issues is confusing because we also have the "Unresolved Issues" section which is for issues with no known fix, and we want to make it clear to users which issues have fixes and which don't. If you don't like Issues and Fixes, then we could go with "Resolved Issues" or something similar?

Anyway, just some ideas. -Tom

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)14:19, 3 August 2012

Hi Tom thanks for the feedback.

Agreement about the icons - 4 types is enough. I'll make some adjustments this weekend. I'm thinking of beefing up the way we do attributions- self-note look at the Cite extension properly. Was previously using the Template:Star icon for that.

Regarding number of icons - I want to use them as bullet points. Partly because there shouldn't really be a 'flow' to the article - when it comes to fixes, there shouldn't be a point that is more than 2 sentences long. Using a bullet format forces people to be as concise as possible (people tend to waste precious space by saying 'an advantage is that.. a disadvantage however, is..' etc.) I think by forcing icon/bullet point usage it makes finding a fix a lot easier (especially as the content is nested).

Issues - I initially wanted Issues and Fixes and Unresolved Issues because I wanted to include points like 'there is no FOV slider', 'no option for mouse acceleration'. However we've put these at the top of the article with the new templates which present 'missing' essential features very quickly. With the rest of the issues, I don't think there needs to be a distinction between resolved and unresolved issues - it just creates an unnecessary 2nd level header. People tend to just want to know succinct info on an issue in my opinion. What do you think?

Andytizer (talk)15:59, 3 August 2012

I can see your point regarding using icons as bullet points and it does make sense. I still feel that we need to have distinct resolved and unresolved issues however - not only does it separate issues which have been dealt with from those outstanding, therefore offering a rough guide as to how good the PC port/version is, it also makes it easier for people to contribute - they can quickly see which issues don't have fixes and therefore if they decide they have a fix for an unresolved issue they can spot this more quickly and add their fix to the article.

Also, I think if you're searching for a fix for your problem, its nice to know quickly and definitively if there is currently no fix, and the "Unresolved Issues" header serves this purpose.

Finally, I think it just plain looks nicer xD


hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)16:12, 3 August 2012

I see a good point for adding these as two separate headers, thanks.

Andytizer (talk)02:45, 5 August 2012

Guide Categories

Had a go earlier - let me know what you think:

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)16:58, 1 August 2012

Looks like a good start. Is there a way we can collaborate on something, maybe a Google Document?

The software category definitely needs subheaders like Graphics, Improvements, etc. Should we put things into multiple categories? Not sure how this works.

I figured out how to do SMW calls for listing categories- need to investigate SMW more as it's very very powerful, and it would make it possible to lay out the pages better (I hate hate hate the default category layout):

Andytizer (talk)10:02, 2 August 2012

Added you to editors on the gdoc - feel free to mix it up a bit :)

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)10:25, 2 August 2012

Did you know- submit a fact

Just an idea Andy, perhaps we could set it up so that when somebody clicks "Submit a fact" on the front page, it sends them to the discussion page for the Did you know stuff and they post their fact there, and just have some of the mods watch that page. That way the mods get pinged automatically when someone adds a fact and then it gets added faster.

Newmansan (talk)17:24, 5 July 2012

Thanks I'll take a look at this tomorrow.

Andytizer (talk)22:29, 5 July 2012

Done now, and I've added myself to the watchlist which should be enough. I'll hold off asking people to watch the page for now-

Masked Turk and hungry eyes are working on a new Home page:

Andytizer (talk)08:31, 6 July 2012

Homepage mockup

Hey, Just finished my mockup for my ideas for the new homepage - let me know what you think:

hungry_eyes HE sig.png (contribs | sandbox | talk)11:05, 21 June 2012

Thanks for this! :) however I think I will be continuing with the basic theme that I am developing on my sandbox. My main idea is to handpick and showcase our most relevant guides, and to improve interlinking. Before, there was too much reliance on Category pages which made it hard to find stuff. I know it's not standard wiki practise, but I think it'll be an improvement.

In terms of those OS icons, can you modify them for me? What I need is to have the icon and background colours swapped, (so that the apple itself is blue), and then have the background transparent. Also the Linux penguin should be a bit smaller. If used in my sandbox, it would allow a more flexible layout instead of a fixed width one.

Rounded corners look cool, have to try to put a css class in for it.

I'm on IRC if you want to chat.

Andytizer (talk)11:40, 21 June 2012
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