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Video Submission Guidelines

The same video guidelines apply to BoardGameGeek, RPGGeek, and VideoGameGeek.

For starters, there are no video rules. That's right, none at all! Images, reviews, forum posts, and so on are submitted or uploaded directly to the Geek websites, which makes the Geek the "host" for this content. Therefore we can, and should, control this content. Videos are a bit different. They are "embedded" on the Geek via their video ID number, but are "hosted" on a third party website (such as YouTube or Vimeo). As stated in the terms of service, the Geek cannot censor content from third party websites. The best we can do is let our community decide through GeekMod what videos are relevant to BGG, RPGG or VGG.

What is Accepted? Microbadge: Excellent work

This is completely up to you. Ideally the video should be relevant in some way to the game entry it was submitted to. What someone thinks is or isn't "relevant" will of course vary from person to person.

Common Video Submissions Include:

  • Walkthroughs, Guides, and Let's Plays.
  • Unboxing
  • Miniature painting or map making.
  • Conventions
  • Cosplay
  • Soundtracks
  • Game controversies, news, speculation, and general discussion.
  • Trailers
  • Developer Diaries, Making ofs, and Behind-the-Scenes.
  • Interviews
  • Reviews
  • Fan material and parody

What is NOT Accepted? Microbadge: Good attempt - try harder next time

Again, this is completely up to you, but keep in mind:

    1. What is considered offensive can vary greatly from person to person and from one country or culture to another.
    2. Some games feature heavy use of violence, nudity, profanity, or other adult content that makes it impossible to discuss/display the game without mentioning or showing these aspects of it.
    3. The level of nudity, profanity, or derogatory content contained within a video is not subject to our rules or guidelines.
    4. We can not censor videos; they are subject to the rules and guidelines of their host, usually YouTube or Vimeo. Once our community has deemed a video fit for BGG, RPGG, or VGG, it is never removed except under extreme circumstances. Therefore it is VITAL that you watch the videos in GeekMod and vote to decline the ones you find distasteful.

Person: VGGeek (Promotional Images)
Video GeekMod

During GeekMod you can choose from the following decline reasons:

  • Corrupt: Sometimes videos are removed, set to private or hit with a copyright take-down notice preventing them from being played.
  • Duplicate: The same video is already on the site.
  • Irrelevant: Not related to the game in any way. Essentially video SPAM.
  • Offensive: Inappropriate content; something you personally find to be in poor taste.
  • Other: Enter a reason in the field provided.
  • Wrong Item: A video submitted to the wrong game entry.[1]

[1] Videos in the wrong place can be moved by Admins to the correct entry.

How to Submit Videos

Person: VGGeek (Promotional Images)
The Videos Module

1.) On a game page go down to where the 'Videos Module' is located.

2.) Click the "Add Video" option. On the "create video page" provide a title, where the video is located (YouTube or Vimeo), the video ID, the language, and a catagory. A description is not mandatory.

Person: VGGeek (Promotional Images)
The Add Video Page

How Do I Find The Video ID?

In the video URL you will see a bunch of upper and lower case letters and numbers. This is what you put in the Video ID field.

Person: VGGeek (Promotional Images)
Example URL

Complaints & Reporting Videos

Offensive Content

You may come across videos with content you feel is not suited for BGG, RPGG or VGG, and should be removed from the site. Before reporting the video to the admins, there are a few points you should consider:

1.) What is considered offensive or inappropriate varies widely from person to person and from one country or culture to another. We use GeekMod as a way to let our community decide what is fit for the site. If the video passed GeekMod we are not going to overrule the majority vote.

2.) The goal of the database is, in essence, to say "this exists" without judgment about whether or not it should exist. Recognizing that something exists is not the same as condoning its existence. The video section was added with the intention of being a repository for all videos related to a game - the good and the bad. Filtering by most thumbed is how the best get separated from the rest.

3.) Contrary to popular belief BGG, RPGG and VGG are NOT family friendly sites. Adult content is featured on all three domains and the game titles, images and videos are not censored. You view BGG, RPGG and VGG at your own risk; especially if you choose to do so at work or around your family. See the FAQ and Terms of Service sections.

4.) Videos are not "hosted" on the Geek website; they are "embedded" here. Because the video is "hosted" on another website, it is not subject to any of our rules. It is also not our job to police the content of other websites. If you find a video offensive you can report it to the website hosting the video - usually YouTube or Vimeo.

Videos embedded on BGG, RPGG or VGG may or may not have been submitted by the video's creator. We cannot hold the submitter responsible or punish them for content someone else produced. The community also watched the video and collectively deemed it fit for inclusion on the site via GeekMod. That doesn't mean you have to like it, but you can choose not to watch it. You always have the option to hide content you dislike by clicking the red 'X' button. This will not remove the video, but it will hide it from your view.

Generally, once a video passes GeekMod it will never be removed, unless it is clear that the only purpose of the content was to cause a disturbance on the site. If you still feel a video should be removed you may contact the community manager, Octavian. Never instigate an argument over a videos worthiness to be on the site. Geekmails and the video comments section are subject to the Geek community rules.

Video No Longer Available

Videos are occasionally removed from their hosting website (YouTube or Vimeo), become corrupted, or are set to "private". Send any admin a GeekMail with a link to the video and we will remove it from the site. No point keeping videos around that no one can watch.

Video Outdated / Incorrect

A video may become outdated as a game changes over the normal course of development, or perhaps the video mistakenly included false information. Feel free to geekmail the video submitter and politely ask them to edit or remove the video. Alternatively, you may leave a comment on the video correcting the misinformation or noting the changes made to the game since the videos creation.

Admins will not remove the video.

Someone Submitted Your Video

We ask submitters to give a creator at least two weeks to submit their own video. This is a courtesy and not a rule we can enforce. Anyone can submit any video at any time. Because videos are "embedded" here it doesn't violate any copyright. Additionally, YouTube's Terms of Service states that the contributing user (the one who created the video) automatically grants permission to others to embed their videos if embedding is enabled. There are a few actions you can take:

  • Submit your own videos to the site before someone else does.
  • If you do not want to allow others to embed your videos, there is a way to Disable Embed.

The first time it happens you may contact a BGG, RPGG or VGG Admin and we will manually transfer the video to your username. This will be a one time deal! Most of our admins are unpaid volunteers and the free time they have to dedicate to the site is very limited. If you do not submit your own videos to the site, we will not transfer them to your account every time it happens.


There is a 10+ year old bug where if a game with an identicle name or a shared link, like having the same publisher, exists on two domains, the video will appear on the front page of both regardless of where it was originally submitted. The video will only appear on the game to which it was originally submitted.

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