Template:Infobox Website StrategyWiki is a wiki-based website that hosts computer and video game walkthroughs and strategy guides licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It has a "one game, one guide" rule under which all users contribute to one unified guide rather than each author working on a separate guide for each game as on websites such as GameFAQs. This is intended to promote traditional wiki collaboration and also reduce the maintenance limitations of individual guides.
Traditionally, video game walkthroughs are created as plain text files with no formatting or embellishments other than visual tricks such as ASCII art. In recent years, this format has been increasingly criticized for having not evolved along with advances in web design and web content accessibility. By using MediaWiki, StrategyWiki guides are able to utilize features such as rich text, tables and in-line images, things which are difficult or impossible to replicate in plain text.
In addition to providing strategy guides to natural search engine visitors, several sites use StrategyWiki for directing their traffic to supplementary information. Links for game guide information are found on articles in Wikipedia and the site is linked as a gaming resource on MAMEWorld. The site is also used to provide in-depth information for Battlestations: Midway on the Apple website.
Involvement with Wikimedia
On April 22, 2006, Wikimedia Foundation chairman Jimmy Wales stated that videogame walkthroughs should not be hosted on Wikibooks, saying that video game walkthroughs were not the subject of educational courses and so were a violation of Wikibooks' charter. As a result of this announcement StrategyWiki used the transwiki process to copy over these disallowed works.
StrategyWiki has participated in developing professional partnerships to alleviate costs and improve its ability to compete with other guide websites.
On March 18, 2008, StrategyWiki entered into a partnership with strategy guide publisher DoubleJump Books for a mutual cross-promotion. The site has been advertised in DoubleJump's print guide for the PlayStation 2 RPG Mana Khemia and has subsequently become DoubleJump's official wiki.
Since StrategyWiki's founding, IGN has started the IGN Vault Wiki, but only for computer role-playing games and MMORPGs. 1UP.com also operates a wiki called MyCheats, but neither of these wikis have their content available under a copyleft license. Wikia has a collection of game-related wikis, some of which feature walkthrough material.
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- Jimmy Wales comments on Wikibooks
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- StrategyWiki:Wikibooks Import List
- Announcing the DoubleJump Strategy Wiki!
- StrategyWiki announcement of GDNA server operation on October 12th, 2008.
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- Kotaku - A Wiki for Game Strategy, Tips
- MIT Convergence Culture Consortium - StrategyWiki: The New GameFAQs?
- Lifehacker - Game strategy with StrategyWiki