Help:Adding a format

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This page isn't complete and could definitely be improved. Make changes yourself, or suggest them on the talk page. The GRAFTemplate1 Help page could also use a lot of work, feel free to make changes or add information.

Introduction

FAQ

What about multiple versions of the same game?
If a format you are adding is used by multiple versions of the same game (for instance, the PC version and the XBox version, or the demo and the full version), list each version as its own entry in the list of GRAFS and link them all to the same format page. You must also list them seperately in the 'Games' section of that format page.

Adding a format to the Xentax WIKI is a very easy process. The aim of this tutorial is to walk you through it, step-by-step. You may use the Table of Contents (above) to skip directly to a section, or just read the whole thing through.

First and foremost, make sure the format you want to add isn't already on the WIKI. You can do this by searching for the game's title or any strings in the format (for instance, header strings) and examining any results that come up. If your format is already on the WIKI, add your game's name to the list at the bottom of the format page, keeping alphabetical order, and then add your game to the list of GRAFs.

If you pass the search test (i.e. the game isn't on the WIKI), you will next need to edit the correct list on the GRAFs page and add the title of the game to the list. The current list is sorted alphabetically, so please follow that convention!

If your format is for a game demo, as opposed to the full version, please place the following label immediately after the name:

{{DemoTag}}

This will result in: Template:DemoTag
If you pay attention, you'll note that some names have a colored game platform name/abbreviation following them, and before the format link(s). If your format is for a console game (not for the PC), please use the correct tag after the name, as follows:

3DO:       {{3DOTag}}
Dreamcast: {{DreamcastTag}}
Gamecube:  {{GamecubeTag}}
PS1:       {{PS1Tag}}
PS2:       {{PS2Tag}}
PSP:       {{PSPTag}}
X-Box:     {{XBoxTag}}

To request tags for additional platforms, please leave a comment on the Talk:Adding a Format page.
This will result in one of the following labels: Template:3DOTag Template:DreamcastTag Template:GamecubeTag Template:PS1Tag Template:PS2Tag Template:PSPTag Template:XBoxTag

NOTE: There is a difference between the PS1 and the PSX!!! The PS1 was the original Playstation system released by Sony, and the PSX was a souped-up version of the PS1 released shortly thereafter, with the intention of being an all-in-one media center. The PSX failed miserably, the PS1 did not. I'm not sure if there are any differences between games on the PS1 and those on the PSX (if they are even seperate), but still, watch when you post a format for the PS1 or the PSX!!!

Samples:

Naming Conventions

After adding the name of the game, you'll have to create a link. When choosing the name of the new page, you should use the game's name, with the same capitalization used on the game's box or case.

  • If the game is a demo, you will also want to include the text (Demo) immediately after the game's name.
  • If the game is not for the PC, you will next want to include what system it's for.
  • Lastly, include (in all caps) the extension for the format.

In the label for the link, include each extension that uses that format in lower-case letters. Examples:

  • [[Sample Game ARCHIVE001|*.archive001]]
  • [[Sample Game PS2 ARCHIVE001|*.archive001]]
  • [[Sample Game XBOX ARCHIVE001|*.archive001 *.xyz *.zzz]]
  • [[Sample Game (Demo) GAMECUBE ARCHIVE001|*.archive001 *.xyz *.zzz]]

Should you be adding multiple formats for the same game on the same system, please start a seperate page for each format. Each seperate link should be included in its own set of parenthesis after the game title/platform tag, as follows:

Editing the page

When you've submitted the edited page, it will create a red link that you can click on to edit the new page. Click on it, and copy the following text onto it (NOTE: this may not be the most current template to use. Make sure to check the page Sample Game 1 PAK for the most current template, as that is where changes are first done):

{{GRAFPageHeader}}

== FILE EXTENSION ==
{{GRAFPageMisc|
date_posted=~~~~~}}

=== Format Specifications ===
{{GRAFPageFormat|1=None written yet.}}

=== Notes and Comments ===
None

=== MultiEx BMS Script ===
{{NoBMSScript}}

=== Supported by Programs ===
{{NoProgramSupport}}

=== Links ===
None

=== Games ===
None

{{GRAFPageFooter}}

For now, instructions on how to fill out this template may be found here.

The Last Step

Once you've finished your new page, edit the Latest Grafs section on the front page. When doing so, add the link to your new page(s) to the top of the list, and remove an entry or entries from the bottom of the list until it has exactly ten entries again.