We have a terminology tag, which makes sense. Sometimes, you run into a term in a game (or game related meta - I'm thinking of you, MOBAs, where I feel like I have to learn a whole new language...) that you don't know, and sometimes, all the Googling in the world doesn't help (because you can run into a situation where you keep running into words you don't know trying to learn about that one word you started with, and then you end up at Philosophy and you don't know why).
That's great. We have lots of people here who can help with those.
But we are running into a new problem, where we are getting questions along the lines of "does this thing have a name?". These are a lot harder to answer. Sometimes, the answer is no. And we end up with a situation where a whole bunch of people take stabs at trying to interpret the thing you are describing, and we end up with comment chains where people argue semantics and such with each other.
On top of that, we run into issues where if it isn't a open and shut general reference thing with a very specific already established sign/signifier relation, it's going to get messy. You get a lot of bikeshedding responses and attempts by people to coin new and fantastic phrases for things, instead of people all agreeing on one term. They tend to attract awful unsupported "I made up this thing" or "I think it should be this" sort of answers.
I'm personally not a fan of this - while I get most of these are kinda sorta about gaming, I'm not sure they're really within our wheelhouse as a community.
What say you, Arqade? Should we keep these questions?
Some examples of questions in the form of "Is there a term for x":
- Is there a term for games with overly precise controls?
- Is there a term for "sending an ability to cooldown?"
- Is there a term for "leaderboard" or "scorebased" competitive multiplayer?
- Is there a term for using cover to artificially block AI attacks?
- Is there a term for the "no base building" levels in real-time strategy games?
- Is there a term for maps you have to explore to reveal?
- Is there a term for speedruns which don't use glitches or sequence breaks?
- What term is used for same-screen multiplayer?
- What is the correct terminology for games like Final Fantasy (the early ones)