The WTF World of Wikipedia

"Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone." 
- Wikipedia's entry on Wikipedia 

You. Your friends and family. Your classmates and coworkers. In the brave new world of the internet, everybody has power. Information is interactive, knowledge is collaborative and history is open source. The nerdy kid next door has just as much influence as a high school teacher; the dorky dude at the comic book shop has just as much voice as a college professor.

Problem is, the nerds and dorks tend to have a lot more free time - and passion - than the teachers and professors. The end result? A hilariously skewed, terrifyingly twisted view of the world in which all the wrong things are deemed "important" and worthy of serious academic discussion.

Here are 15 mind-boggling examples. 

See what we mean? When the deadliest, costliest war in the history of mankind has been trumped by a videogame franchise about that war, you know something's off. One involved over 50 countries and took over 70 million lives; the other involves button mashing and tea bagging.

On an encouraging note, we did have to add all the Call of Duty games' individual pages together to reach the crazy number above. On a discouraging note, we didn't have to add Call of Duty 4 and its non-WWII setting, which would have brought the total word count to an even crazier 18,927.

Oh, and on a simply ridiculous note? Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare beats "modern warfare"... 5,858 to 2,873.

Also less important than Call of Duty! 

• American Revolutionary War = 8,078
• American Civil War = 11,729
• English Civil War = 8,030
• Napoleonic Wars = 7,951
• Hundred Years' War = 7,992
• War on Terrorism = 10,674
• War on Drugs = 7,628
• Cold War = 10,117
• "War" = 9,233

While the magic menagerie of super-powered, frilly-maned, sparkly-eyed, rosy-cheeked wonder beasts might make for slightly more exciting cards than a Three of Spades, the emphasis here is still extremely wonky.

Poker has been around for longer than anyone can remember... the Pokemon Trading Card Game was invented in 1996. Poker has created millionaires and forced bankruptcy... the Pokemon Trading Card Game might have resulted in some lost lunch money and a temper tantrum or two.

Also less important than Pokemon Trading Cards!

• Baseball cards = 4,686
• Blackjack = 5,228
• Roulette = 5,492
• Checkers = 2,326
• Pool (Billiards) = 621
• Bowling = 407
• Wheel of Fortune = 4,521
• "Trade" = 3,038
• "Games" = 2,830

Before you get the wrong impression, no, the Master Chief does not win in a Wikipedia matchup against George W. Bush... though his approval ratings are undoubtedly higher.

The truly astounding thing, however, is that he does emerge victorious against not one, not two, but TEN of this country's past commanders in chief. Yes, 23% of the men who helped make the United States the strongest nation on Earth are easily defeated by a fictional and faceless videogame character who barely knows how to speak and takes orders from a naked hologram. Go America!

The orange word count above is an average taken from the US Presidents beaten by the Master Chief. Here's the full, pathetic breakdown:

Leaders of the Free World less important than Master Chief!

• James Monroe = 2,820
(5th President)
• John Quincy Adams = 3,457
(6th President)
• John Tyler = 3,431
(10th President)
• Zachary Taylor = 2,235
(12th President)
• Millard Fillmore = 3,631
(13th President)
• Franklin Pierce = 4,203
(14th President)
• James Buchanan = 3,888
(15th President)
• Rutherford B. Hayes = 2,686
(19th President)
• James A. Garfield = 3,915
(20th President)
• Chester A. Arthur = 3,078
(21st President)


  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Metal Gear is obviously more integral to the universe than War & Peace. Also, Jesus has a mean corner kick.
  • Plaim - July 26, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    Oh god, not Trask Ulgo. WHY COULDN'T I SAVE HIM?!
  • dbleja - July 23, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    Hilarious article - I laughed a lot while reading it. But I wonder if one of the reasons these nerdy/obscure topics have higher word counts is because there are fewer people actively cleaning up and 'policing' the page. I imagine that on a page like "God", there are many theologians, historians and professors who regularly summarise, reorganise and consolidate the content that people have written, as well as delete blocks of text they deem biased or otherwise unprofessional. This probably happens less on the "Knuckles" page, so gushing fans have more freedom to go overboard.
  • VaneTrago - July 22, 2010 7:05 a.m.

    Amy Winehouse coming in second on that list of rock artists should in and of itself show the sad state of affairs that is Wikipedia.
  • waffledragon33 - July 21, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    go knuckles
  • EPICish8 - July 21, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    Anyone notest that they said EGM had more words then them by alot
  • Kefsquall - September 11, 2008 2:46 a.m.

    Great feature GamesRadar, thumbs up. Nobuo Uematsu beating all of those rock legends is a such a cool thing...
  • Da-Ku - September 1, 2008 8:32 a.m.

    Go Final Fantasy Music!
  • Mattgue - May 29, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    This is the best article ever but really how did Kirby beat hte dog and how in this world did final fantasy albums beat ROCK AND ROLL
  • killemall - February 19, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    I think that was the best article i've read to date... But its true, scholars and experts don't have the time to go through wikipedia and edit articles that should be taught in school anyway, and find a list of sources that some geek isn't going to just contest anyway. It's mostly good information but sometimes their mods are dickholes even to the experts... i want wikipedia to work as a concept... but its waaay too much work even for me(i'm an admin asst. and therefore have more free time at work) so hey, why not? i've been looking at knuckles page all day i haven't even thought about the god page...
  • Marasmusine1 - January 8, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    You combined the word count of all the CoD articles, and compared them with the single, introductory article on WWII? Didn't you look at the articles, or just hit "word count"? The WWII topic is covered by hundreds and hundreds of Wikipedia articles... The WWII word count must dwarf that of CoD. D- must try harder.

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