Community talk:Discussions/Eras and Universes
I'll start this discussion off by saying I do not believe that we should get rid of Eras and group everything as Universes instead. This is because Universes are very large, broad groups, and whilst some things will overlap, most things will not. Eras are much more accurate, and games within an Era have much more in common.
For example, Wanted Level in GTA IV Era. That explains how the wanted system all works in the GTA IV, TLAD, TBOGT and CW. Those four games share pretty much the same system, so this grouping is perfect. But now, GTA V is likely to have a different system altogether.
If we got rid of Eras and had a "Wanted Level in HD Universe" page, that would have to be split to explain the two different systems. We'd end up with a mess where we have page titles like "Wanted Level in the HD universe except GTA V" or "Wanted Level in GTA IV, The Lost and Damned, The Ballad of Gay Tony and GTA Chinatown Wars". Pages would have to be renamed every time a new expansion pack or game came out.
Universes may be the official internal grouping for storylines and characters, but they are not the best way to list games or group things within them. I believe Eras are a much simpler, easier and more logical way to group everything. gboyers talk 16:22, 9 November 2012 (UTC)