How to cite a video game in Chicago

Chicago style video game citation

To cite a video game in a reference entry in Chicago style 17th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the video game: Give the author or the company that created it.
  2. Title of the video game: Give the title as presented in the source.
  3. Version number: Start with 'V.' followed by the version number.
  4. Publisher: Give the publisher name in full.
  5. Platform: Describe where the video game can be played.
  6. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a video game in Chicago style 17th edition:

Author(s) of the video game. Title of the video game. V. Version number. Publisher. Platform. Year of publication.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Chicago style guidelines in action:


A video game with one individual author

Amaya, Daisuke. Cave Story+. Nicalis. Switch. 2017.

A video game developed by a company

Epic Games. Fortnite: Battle Royale. Epic Games. PC/Mac. 2018.

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This citation style guide is based on the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition).

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