The game DevMaster Wiki seems
inadequate compared to Wikipedia, which has
far more contributing users to it than DevMaster’s wiki does. However,
more specific things that aren’t covered on Wikipedia (perhaps for being
too technical, guides, how-tos, etc) could be on DevMaster’s wiki–and
deleted gaming-related articles (like my recent Action
which I’ve added to the wiki (as just
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Yeah, the wiki has regrettably fallen into disuse. However, there’s also
the Game Programming Wiki, though it seems to be
more about engines and tools than about actual programming techniques.
<sigh>…I hate when multiple wikis exist that cover the same topics.
I’d rather have a single wiki that covered everything, like Wikipedia,
but even that is too anal and limited (can’t have dictionary entries,
everything has to be referenced up the ass, contradicting/conflicting
policies/guidelines, etc). It’s a pain in the ass doing interwiki links
(as can be seen on
Plus, even with the WikiMedia network of wikis (Wikipedia, Wiktionary,
etc), there isn’t even a unified logon, making it even more annoying
trying to edit them all.
At any rate, I think the Game Programming Wiki and the DevMaster Wiki
There’s one point in having multiple Wiki’s though, if you’re unsure if
a particular piece of information in one of them is absolutely correct,
you can quickly check the other one just to see if that particular
information is supported there as well. That’s just my opinion though.
Generally, sometimes slightly skewed information does sneak into those
editable Wiki’s even if a lot of effort is put into keeping them
Well, that’s what the article history is for. Besides, how many people
are going to be monitoring multiple wikis to ensure accuracy vs.
monitoring a single wiki? (Answer: not many.)
Wikipedia is encyclopedia and doesn’t allow any original research,
comments or guides or anything like that. You can’t just compare these
two, although I agree that some parts which are adequately documented in
wikipedia could be left out from the devmaster wiki.
Actually, anything can be compared (for “compare” means similarity
and difference). Wikipedia is full of original research, despite its
conflicting/contradicting policies about it (and many other things).
The Dev Master, Game Programming, and other game development wikis don’t
need to waste articles explaining concepts when Wikipedia does a far
better job. Instead, such topic-specific wikis can focus on “how-to”
tutorials/guides, unreferenced original research, and deleted content
from Wikipedia that is still relevant (like my “action (gaming)”
article, despite having sources).
I’m experimenting with a wiki for my 3D Game
Comparison and it will link extensively to
Wikipedia for general info about games, companies, game features, etc
(as the non-wiki site currently does). However, site-specific “articles”
(more like categories and the comparison table) can stay on my separate
wiki (for now; I’d rather have a single wiki for everything–including
dictionary entries–but WikiMedia doesn’t agree, unfortunately). I’m
going to try using the Semantic
(which isn’t installed on Wikipedia, as far as I can tell) to get a more
database-like system that auto-generates tables without actually having
to deal with database design (at least as far as I understand what a
semantic wiki is thus far–having only been exposed to it for a few