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It is encouraged that users should source articles with relevant links as appropriate references. Strongly encouraged are primary sources; these are links from websites where content originates from (for example, a video game developer's website). To be avoided where possible are secondary sources; these are links from websites that aggregate news from elsewhere, and may introduce bias and/or inaccuracies.

Archive links

For links that involve highlighting information that may later be removed (such as Reddit posts, Twitter tweets, etc), an archive link is advised. An archive link preserves the page layout for the time it was taken, like a "snapshot" of how the site looked. This is extremely useful to hold both developers, publishers, and journalists to account; if one can easily delete information, it is easy to publish falsehoods and untruths. The most common archival site that is used is, as the site does not de-list archived pages on request.

Site networks

"Notability" was a once-laudable goal for articles on Wikipedia. However, recent years have seen this system abused, as websites have become ever-bolder in publishing untruths and, plainly, lies; just because a website publishes a story does not mean that it is accurate. It has become clear that there are certain websites and networks of websites where journalistic accuracy and integrity is either poor, or non-existent. It also does not help that editors and SysOps on Wikipedia cherry-pick what articles can use such questionable websites as citation sources.

Editors are strongly discouraged to use the following websites as article sources on Encyclopedia Gamia, and where possible, review scores from these websites are to be listed separately from other reviews. This list includes news, gaming journalism, and steam curator websites that have demonstrated a lack of journalistic integrity, displayed clearly biased reporting or have been proved to have demonstrated corruption, collusion with corrupt people or organisations, or participated in censorship. This blacklist is based on this list.

  • ABC
  • Al Jazeera
  • Ars Technica
  • AusGamers
  • Badass Digest
  • BBC
  • BoingBoing
  • Businessweek
  • BuzzFeed
  • CBC
  • Chez Apocalypse
  • ComicsAlliance
  • Cracked
  • Critical Proximity
  • Cuties Curating Games
  • The Daily Beast
  • The Daily Dot
  • Deadspin
  • Destructoid
  • Double Fine Productions
  • Eurogamer
  • Extra Credits
  • Feminist Frequency
  • The Financial Post
  • Gameasutra
  • GameFocus
  • GameInformer
  • Gameplanet
  • GameSpot
  • Gamranx
  • Gawker
  • Geek Party
  • Giant Bomb Staff
  • Gizmodo
  • The Guardian
  • io9
  • Independent Games Festival
  • Jezebel
  • Joystiq
  • Kotaku
  • The Mary Sue
  • Metro
  • Mic
  • Motherboard, on Vice Networks
  • NeoGAF
  • New Media Rockstars
  • The New Yorker
  • Newsweek
  • NPR
  • OSNews
  • Paste Magazine
  • PBS
  • PC & Tech Authority
  • PCGamesN
  • Polygon
  • Rami Ismail
  • Raw Story
  • Rock, Paper, Shotgun
  • Salon
  • SlashDot
  • Steve's Essentials
  • Svergies Radio (SR)
  • Sveriges Television (SVT)
  • Time
  • The United Federation of Charles
  • Uproxx
  • ValleyWag
  • The Verge
  • VICE
  • Vox
  • The Washington Post
  • Wired
  • xoJane
  • Xbox 360: The Official Magazine

As a general rule, sites that are part of the Gawker Media, Vox Media, and Silverstring Media networks are automatically part of this list, and strongly discouraged from use.


While it is an accepted fact that Wikipedia is a good resource for MediaWiki-related templates and code, the content on the site is becoming highly questionable, especially given the collusion between high-ranking members on certain topics. If it can be avoided, Wikipedia should not be used as a source if there is an acceptable alternative. Previous articles imported from Wikipedia are still permitted to link back to the parent article.