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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 8:17AM spandexninja said

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Definitely. It really adds a sense of organization and professionalism to a game. Guild Wars Wiki was probably one of the most useful websites I've used for a game.

Evelopedia not so much... needs more contributors.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 8:23AM dudemanjac said

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I don't know if it's official but I used the STO one regularly.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 8:23AM Tanek said

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The wiki for Guild Wars is great. Especially for new players who are looking to catch up on gameplay and lore.

There is a key element, though, that GW (and maybe EVE) has to make it work. The support of an active wiki community. Some games were able to build that while others have stumbled. (I was not there at the start of GW...was the wiki created at the beginning, or did it come about later?)

For example, LOTRO's Lorebook could have been just as good as the GW wiki. It has some great player-created guides, but overall it is lacking and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it is the poor performance of the site itself. Maybe it just didn't pick up enough momentum and the non-official community sites like CSTM stepped into the gap.

So yes, I would like to see an official wiki done for other games, I just don't know if there is a secret formula that would make it work.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 12:40PM Fuzzz said

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@Tanek it wasn't there from the beginning, and the first wiki for gw was the playerbased one "wikia" which came out shortly after the game was launched, then around nf release or something the official wiki launched, the two still coexist, although info is practically identical
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 8:27AM GenericPerson said

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I use wikis all the time, they are generally better organized and provide better information than the official website. The issue I have currently (SWTOR) is that there are multiple wikis, scattering the data everywhere. One "Unofficial" wiki would suffice and in time there will only be the one everyone goes to for their information (See WoWWiki.com)

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 8:28AM (Unverified) said

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Most MMO's that I'm aware of have Wiki's all verious bits of information. With all the information in a MMO the publishers would need to hire more people to keep up with the stream of information. Which I don't think is going to happen. If anything the MMO's need an API that would allow developers to read data from the game.

Personally I've been using EQ2wiki for years and 98% of the time it works and works very well.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 9:30PM ed511df3 said

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@(Unverified) The problem with EQ2's wiki is that it's on Wikia, which is very vulnerable to having ads served with malicious scripts, or the scripts themselves inserted to the pages. Most of the information is mirrored on Zam, thankfully, and Zam is almost religious in how it keeps their network trojan free.

As for an API that lets sites fetch data directly from in-game, WoW has actually taken that step. It's a nice feature that I hope will be copied in the future to other games.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 8:33AM DarkWalker said

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Use, yes.
Use it exclusively, no.
An official Wiki that receives some extra data the devs want the power players to have (things like loot tables, drop rates, vendor inventory, item descriptions, etc), has a fairly good performance, and doesn't hinder player collaboration has a very good potential, but just being the "official" wiki is not a guarantee of quality.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 8:43AM (Unverified) said

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I might use an "official" wiki. I used Allakazan, and EQTraders extensively when they first appeared, so I don't have any issues with database sites, but "official" sites are often lacking in content.

What I'd like in an Official site is something like the EQ/EQ2 players sites, but with more complete reference info, so I could see all my character info, all quest lists, Item list, ect. in one place, and one nice format.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 8:50AM (Unverified) said

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Absolutely. Paragon Wiki made City of Heroes so much easier to use, and I'm talking about from the standpoint of a 6 year subscriber. There's just so much to forget, and having an easily navigable reference is key.

The lack of a single decent, comprehensive resource for Age of Conan sucked. Apparently as waves of users left, their half-finished wikis died and you can find the remains of a half dozen rotting corpses left stinking up the internets. Fortunately, between google, the U.S forums and the Euro forums a little work will get you an answer for most issues.

I think a good reference probably clears up a lot of chaff off the forums, too.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 9:01AM Sorithal said

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Definitely. For example, the RIFT wiki (telarapedia) seems pretty good, but its front page looks like it hasn't been updated a whole lot, and there are a good chunk of things from a cursory glance that haven't been added to it yet. Namely things like information on the Fae Yule event (and it was really a pain finding a site that had good information about rewards and such from it).

And rift.zam.com, which is basically the RIFT version of wowhead, is kind of a mess when trying to search for specific locations of stuff.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 9:13AM smartstep said

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Not a feature that is really important to me to be honest.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 9:18AM (Unverified) said

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I think an official wiki is very important. Guild Wars wiki has been a very good resource in everything from lore to in game information.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 9:25AM Makovorn said

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This is a feature that has *so* much potential, but yet seems so incredibly under-utilized in games. I loved the fact that Guild Wars gave you hot-links to the wiki out of the help menu, but what would be even better, is if they have a built-in browser to do this.

ALT-TAB'ing in and out of a game is a pain sometimes. If games have a built in browser app, coupled with a WIKI design that followes the same kind of overall design of the game's UI (or something close to that), it would be great.

I love using official (and unofficial) WIKI's. When I played WoW, I would often ALT-TAB out of the game during extended crafting sessions and read the lore articles on the WIKI's while have some coffee or a snack. It just makes the game so much deeper for me, providing the developers produce good lore and good lore writing, which Blizzard does and so does ArenaNet.

I don't like using WIKI's for spoilers - and that's where another beauty of WIKI's comes into play - spoiler alerts. There's just so much potential to make WIKI's truely *part* of the game. I wish developers would do that more.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 9:29AM jeremys said

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Don't forget, Alganon started with an official "library" that is still integrated into the MMO.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 9:40AM (Unverified) said

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Guild wars has the best wiki among all the official wiki I've seen..

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 10:18AM moakh said

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Depends. If it's a competitive game, I usually read up as much as I can about mechanics, statistics, numbers, etc.
If it's a story driven game, I try to figure stuff out by myself, like finding quest objectives by actually searching for them, or experimenting with character talents on my own to get a deeper understanding about my character. When it finally comes to endgame content in MMOs, wikis get more important again, because I always like to be well prepared for PvE and PvP encounters.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 10:52AM Naihonn said

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Unofficial wiki is usually better and frequently the only choice. :0)

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 11:52AM Celtar said

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I wish more of them would put more effort into such info sites. :)

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 12:05PM Vandal said

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I do use the official GW1 wiki but I would prefer the devs providing the documentation themselves rather than relying on the community to do their jobs for them.

If devs want to make game systems so complicated that the community needs a wiki to use them then the devs should take the responsibility of providing that critical information IN THE GAME.

The Guild Wars 1 Wiki is very good but it has to be to play the game. If you don't do research for GW1 you end up with horrible, unplayable builds. This is a flaw Arenanet is fixing in GW2. A wiki should be an alternative NOT a requirement for playing as it is with GW1. I will be very disappointed if I am forced to use the wiki in GW2 as much as I need it in GW1.

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