Introducing: The CIPT Games Codex

Marijn / ActiveB1t5 minute read

Behind the scenes, we have been working very hard on this exciting new feature, and it’s a feature that has been in the works for a while. Today, we’re happy to announce the CIPT Games Codex.

What is this Games Codex? In simple terms, it is a database of games, developers, and publishers. We wanted to provide a way for our community to easily find important information and links for games discussed on our website. Links to such things as websites and social media, and where possible, links directly relating to matters of support and accessibility.

Aside from the games themselves, our Codex provides a way to also provide this information for platforms, developers, and publishers.

Our Grapple Dog accessibility review, showing a segment in the sidebar with the game's box art, title, and further information
The game information from the Codex, as it is shown on articles

In our articles, we can now choose games, developers, publishers, and platforms it relates to. As you can see above, the sidebar includes a segment linking to the page in the Games Codex. For games, it shows more relevant information which link directly to those entities in the Games Codex.

A navigation bar linking to games, platform, genre, developer, and publisher pages.
A title reads All games, followed by a navigation bar allowing visitors to scroll directly to games starting with a specific letter.
Below that a grid of games shows their box art and titles.
The full list of games as it is shown in the Codex

Aside from linking from our articles, the Codex can also be searched on its own. Shown above is the top of the list of all games. You’ll see filters and alphabetical ordering available, as well as the games available in the CIPT Codex displayed by their title and box art.

A navigation bar linking to games, platform, genre, developer, and publisher pages.
A title reads Find games by publisher, followed by a navigation bar allowing visitors to scroll directly to companies starting with a specific letter.
Below that a grid of publishers shows their logos and titles.
The list of publishers as it is shown in the Codex

Searching by platform, genre, developer, and publisher is also possible. Shown above is the start of the list of publishers, where available with a logo.

A navigation bar linking to games, platform, genre, developer, and publisher pages.
A title reads Find games by genre, followed by a navigation bar allowing visitors to scroll directly to genres starting with a specific letter.
Below that a list of genres is shown.
The list of genres as it is shown in the Codex

As is visible above. The list of genres and platforms is a bit more compact in design.

A navigation bar linking to games, platform, genre, developer, and publisher pages.
A large image of Forza Horizon 5 box art is shown with the game title and info to the right of it. 
Below that a list of links is displayed in these categories: General, Community, Accessibility, Support, and Service Status.
Below that a title reads Articles.
Example game profile in the Codex

When looking at a game profile, it shows some of the basic info like who the developer and/or publisher is, the genres and platforms, the age rating (often multiple, like ESRB and PEGI). If we have done a menu deep dive for the game, it will be linked among the basic info too.

Below that, all the links to socials, community links, and very important: links to support and accessibility information and points of contact. Support and accessibility links for the developer and/or publisher will also be shown on the game profile page as well.

Below the profile itself are links to articles on Can I Play That connected to the game. So this provides an ideal way to easily find out everything we have published about the game.

The above screenshot and the one below, show all possible links for demonstration purposes only, it’s unlikely one entry has every one of these links available.

A navigation bar linking to games, platform, genre, developer, and publisher pages.
A large image of Forza Horizon 5 box art is shown with the game title and info to the right of it. 
Below that a list of links is displayed in these categories: General, Community, Accessibility, Support, and Service Status.
Below that a title reads Games, followed by a navigation bar and Assassin's Creed Valhalla box art.
Example company profile in the Codex

For developers and publishers (and in a lesser sense platforms) a similar profile page is available. Below those profile pages is a list of games connected to the company or platform, and below that we display links to any article on Can I Play That connected to it, much like those on the game specific pages.

And that is the CIPT Games Codex! We’re very excited that this is now live and hope that it will help make the browsing experience more useful and informative for those who want to know more information! As always, please reach out to us should you have any issues, concerns, or corrections.

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Marijn
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CIPT's resident one-person IT crew responsible for the looks, functionality, and accessibility of the site. Inclusion and accessibility troublemaker and creator of the Alt Or Not browser plugin for Twitter. Child of the 80's without an intention of growing up.

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