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Gamescodex is a Web-based free content encyclopaedia with an emphasis on gaming. Its mission is to create a comprehensive encyclopaedia geared towards sharing information about games and gaming-related topics from all around the World; which is fully online and constantly added to; and edited and moderated by YOU, the game-playing public, for the benefit of everyone who ever wanted to get closer to the world of gaming past, present and future.
Gamescodex's name joins together the word games - the subject of the site - with codex, a word that describes a book which has multiple pages bound together into a single object. While Gamescodex may not be a book in the traditional sense, as it is a completely online resource with no defined page structure, the ideology of Gamescodex is exactly the same - a collection of pages, each written by people from different walks of life, collected together into one location; which a person can easy dip into at any time and find what they want, without ever misplacing the other pages. Of course, being an online resource, Gamescodex has one major advantage over traditional printed books - the pages can constantly be changed, updated and rewritten; and those changes can be seen immediately by all future readers without the need to publish every page all over again.
Gamescodex is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. Visitors can also contribute to the project without need of special qualifications, as Gamescodex is all about covering existing knowledge from the world of gaming; this means people of all ages and cultures can write Gamescodex articles. Most of the articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet, simply by clicking the edit this page link. Anyone is welcome to add information, cross-references or citations, as long as they do so to an appropriate standard and within good reason. Substandard or disputed information is subject to removal. Users need not worry about accidentally damaging Gamescodex when adding or improving information, as other editors are always around to advise or correct obvious errors, and Gamescodex's software is carefully designed to allow easy reversal of editorial mistakes.
Because Gamescodex is an ongoing work to which, in principle, anybody can contribute, it differs from a paper-based reference source in important ways. In particular, older articles tend to be more comprehensive and balanced, while newer articles more frequently contain significant misinformation or vandalism. Users need to be aware of this to obtain valid information and avoid misinformation that has been recently added and not yet removed (Wikipedia's article on Researching can come in useful here; most of the advice listed for their own site also applies to Gamescodex and other similar projects). However, unlike a paper reference source, Gamescodex is continually updated, with the creation or updating of articles on topical events within seconds, minutes or hours, rather than months or years for printed encyclopaedias.
The Gamescodex Project owes its roots to a project ran for a few months in 2006 as part of the Hangman Gaming and Software Community, which was named WikiCheat. This was an attempt at create a cheat repository for video and arcade games, which anyone could use to look-up their favourite game and find useful cheats submitted by the public; and each list could be added to and updated by the players of those games - as well as cheats that did not work as described removed - all without any barriers between them and the content. WikiCheat is no longer around, but the basic concepts that defined it would eventually form the basis of Gamescodex; and Project Strategedia, Gamescodex's oldest individual Project, is a continuation of the original WikiCheat concept - no longer confined to simply video and arcade games (in the same way Gamescodex itself focuses on the wider spectrum of gaming); but continuing along the same idea of allowing users to write comprehensive Strategy Guides and Secrets (and of course, in the case of video games, Cheats) for any kind of game imaginable. Gamescodex itself launched to the public in early 2008 after many months of planning, and underwent a large-scale revamp on March 17, 2010 to make it faster, more user friendly and remove barriers in getting straight to the content visitors were looking for. The site was originally called Gamerpedia (or GamerPedia in early articles), combining the words "Gamer" and "encyclopaedia"; this was soon discovered to be too generic a name and had already seen strong usage on the internet. As a result, the site was re-branded to Gamescodex on October 28th, 2011 to create a fresh, unique identity that still makes clear the site's purpose - and, in Team Codex's view anyway, Gamescodex is a catchy name that's easy to remember.