A few years back, Arqade decided that would to refer to Simcity (1989), while would refer to Sim City (2013).

However, the tag name doesn't give the impression it would apply to a specific game in the series. I've seen a few posts mistakenly using , rather than using the correct game-specific tag like or .

I propose renaming to either or to make the distinction more clear.

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    If there are questions about the sim city series, we should just have a [simcity-series] tag. Renaming one tag in the series might prevent that one from being misused but I don't think it solves the underlying issue. Also, the accepted answer on that meta seems to indicate that the desired tag was actually [simcity-2013] while [simcity] was a synonym for it.
    – Vemonus
    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:53
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    @Vemonus whether or not that was the desired result, currently the reverse is true. [simcity-2013] is a synonym for [simcity]
    – Stevoisiak
    Apr 27, 2017 at 14:11
  • @Vemonus Also, I don't think we need a tag to refer to SimCity as a franchise. There weren't really any questions I saw that applied to the franchise as a whole
    – Stevoisiak
    Apr 27, 2017 at 14:16

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The tag should be a synonym for . That way, if they come out with a new title that they also want to call SimCity, we could just change the synonym.

and are other examples of games where the tag name differs from the official name. Not to mention , which was named SimCity when it was released.

The reason for this is that if someone enters and it turns into , then they know that they are doing the wrong thing if they meant or . And the suggestions will show the specific tags rather than the synonym. So people will have to manually type in the whole word rather than just enough to get the suggestion.

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    As the top user of the [simcity] tag, I agree.
    – Amy B
    May 2, 2017 at 11:41

The tag has been renamed to .

renaming simcity tag

Ironically, it seems that was already a synonym for . It's just never been used before.

old tag synonyms

Thanks to badp for renaming the tag.


I don't think it should be renamed. Not that I wouldn't prefer it that way, but because officially the title is SimCity, and it's even like that in the Box Art.

That comes in contrast with other SimCity games such as Sim City 2000 (1993), Sim City 3000 (1999) or my personal favourite Sim City 4 (2003). And of course the Original SimCity Classic (1989) whose original name was simply SimCity, but was renamed afterwards.

We should be striving to make tags as clear as possible, and officially SimCity refers to SimCity (2013). What we can do is create a if it's really needed to have an abragent tag.

Overall, I do believe that we should keep the same, because that's what the game is officially called.

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    In that case, we wouldn't have tags like [sonic-the-hedgehog-2006] or [tomb-raider-2013]. If anything, the original sim city would be a better fit for the [simcity] tag
    – Stevoisiak
    Apr 28, 2017 at 14:00
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    No because the original simcity game is no longer called simcity, but instead simcity classic. As per your examples, they're not the same. There are two "Sonic the Hedgehog" games (1991 & 2006), and there are three "Tomb Raider" games (1996, 2000 & 2013). But there's only one SimCity game, which is the 2013 version, because the 1989 version isn't called SimCity, it's called SimCity Classic
    – Oak
    Apr 28, 2017 at 14:06
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    Maybe somebody "officially" changed Simcity to Simcity Classic, but I'm still confused every single time I see that tag, and have to go through a couple seconds of reminding myself that they released another game with the same name as the one I played years ago.
    – DCShannon
    Apr 28, 2017 at 23:40
  • @DCShannon I feel the same way, but if it's the way EA presents the game then we should follow it. After all, arbitrarely selecting names would give the precedence that one could just call any game whatever they want.
    – Oak
    Apr 28, 2017 at 23:43
  • @Oak It's far from arbitrary, and we don't use the exact, full, official game name for all kinds of games. There would still be a synonym with the (current) official name. That suggestion of a precedence for calling any game whatever we want doesn't seem like a serious argument.
    – DCShannon
    Apr 29, 2017 at 0:06

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