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Pre-load buttons[edit]

The pre-load buttons.

In order to keep pages on the wiki neat and uniform, we employ certain formatting and templates to help us accomplish this. When creating a new page, please use one of the pre-load buttons located above the edit text box (e.g. click on "Guide page" to add {{Header Nav}} to the top and {{Footer Nav}} to the bottom), which will insert the needed templates and formatting for you. These templates are very handy because they include the templates that are required for each page type. If you are unsure about how to use them, or what pages to use them on, please let me know. Thanks for keeping the wiki organized! — Procyon 12:35, 27 February 2016 (UTC)

Image categorisation[edit]

When uploading images, please make sure to categorise them using the correct image categories and the guide-specific category, i.e. [[Category:Game Name images]]. Please see our image policy for more details. Thanks for helping to keep our images neat! — Procyon 12:35, 27 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi, the addition of [[Category:Box artwork]] is a good start, but to be complete, those images also need [[Category:True Lies images]]. Don't worry if the category doesn't exist yet, we can populate it if we see the red link. Thanks again. Procyon 20:13, 27 February 2016 (UTC)

True Lies[edit]

For the Walkthrough page, I'd suggest using something like this. There's already a table of contents for people to find the specific page they need. -- Prod (talk) 18:49, 28 February 2016 (UTC)

Good call, I'll have to fix that next time. Feedback is appreciated. MatthewLM90 (talk) 18:54, 28 February 2016 (UTC)
Hey, this is just another suggestion, it's not a rule. But screenshots of cutscenes are usually not that helpful. Most players see cutscenes without any help. Screenshots from the game help best when they illustrate something difficult to explain, or some secret that may not be obvious to the player at first. Screenshots of cutscenes can be useful sometimes, if perhaps someone makes a point that's easy to miss, or has some relevance later in the game. Like I said, this is just a suggestion. Procyon 01:58, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

Guide talk pages[edit]

Hi Matthew. Guide talk pages are really for discussing guide formatting and questions about content organization. If you know details about things such as defeat conditions, it is best to put those details directly into the guide itself, as no casual reader will check the Talk page to find more information. Thanks. Procyon 15:13, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

Image naming[edit]

Please see our policy on image naming. For consistency and ease of use throughout the wiki, image names should contain the name of the game or its abbreviation and a one or two word description. Thanks for helping to keep our images neat! — Procyon 01:56, 11 September 2016 (UTC)

Also, since these are SNES screenshots, they really should be taken at native resolution, so 256x224 image sizes would be preferable. Procyon 01:56, 11 September 2016 (UTC)

I saw that and I've been naming them right, but that one I had a slip-up on, sorry about that. And as for the resolution, I'll see what I can do --MatthewLM90 (talk) 02:17, 11 September 2016 (UTC)

Whether it's the SNES or the PS1, native image sizes are always preferred. It's better to upload a small image and make it larger in the guide (if necessary, usually it isn't) than to upload a large image (which takes up more space in our image database) and shrink it to a small size in the guide. I'm not sure how you're doing screen captures. If you're using an emulator, most of them output screen captures at the native resolution. How are you obtaining your screenshots? Procyon 00:30, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

I made the video files before hand, and use the Print Screen button on my keyboard and I paste them on Paint. MatthewLM90 (talk) 02:04, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

I don't understand. Are you using an emulator? Or are you capturing the actual output directly from a real console? Procyon 02:10, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

I'm capturing it from a real console MatthewLM90 (talk) 02:13, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

Ah, now I see the problem. Are you capturing digitally, or through an analog signal (RCA cable, coax, S-Video)? Procyon 14:08, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

What I used to capture is through the Dazzle capture device which has A/V inputs, then I use the Pinnacle Studio software, which isn't exactly up-to-date, had it since 2012 or so, and it's Studio 15. BTW for the pictures of the Park in its walkthrough, I took some captures and I went to a site that re-sized them to the site preferences. Check them out MatthewLM90 (talk) 14:58, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

OK. So I hadn't anticipated that you were doing that. In this case, native resolution doesn't make sense, you actually have to go with something close to the NTSC standard, which would be more like 320x240. You're free to continue producing screenshots in this manner if this is what you're used to. The preferred method is using emulation, since analog video capturing will add a ton of noise to the image. Compare your images to one taken by a SNES emulator, such as File:Mega Man X Spark Mandrill Sub Boss.png. Ultimately, it's not a big deal, any picture is better than no pictures. So continue working the way you're used to. Just consider using an emulator in the future if you want to improve the quality of your screenshots. Thanks. Procyon 15:50, 12 September 2016 (UTC)