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Recently (and in the past), there have been questions about gaming related puzzles. Things such as the following (I don't think this is an exhaustive list):

In these cases, a puzzle has been created by an unknown entity outside of any game, but the solution to the puzzle would be obtained via experience (or sometimes critical thinking) that revolves around video games.

Are these questions off-topic, if so how?

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    I think the chief difference between most of these and the "Cheating/Nintendo Puzzle" is that the rest seem to involve game-id based on images, which technically allows them then to fall into our game-id allowed questions. – Ash Nov 9 '17 at 17:54
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    @Ash Yes, the "Gears of War" and "Cheating/Nintendo Puzzle" are definitely different from the others. But both of these (seem) to have some reference to 'Game mechanics and terminology' (on topic per gaming.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic). It is definitely a gray area and I don't pretend to know either way; but I am trying to separate that from the game-id criteria. – Bob2Chiv Nov 9 '17 at 18:01
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    The more I think about this issue, the more I think that the game-id questions (with multiple pictures from multiple games) are actually not puzzles. They are 5 or 8 or whatever game ID questions combined into 1. This actually makes them fall into the 'too broad' category, not (as much) the 'off-topic' category – Bob2Chiv Nov 14 '17 at 17:00
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The way I see it, these questions are arbitrary, they're not useful, they're born from a third party, and most importantly they're not issues or questions encountered while playing a game or trying to get a game to run.

While the ones with many small images are similar to game identification questions, they're still asking to solve a puzzle about gaming, rather than helping a user with finding a game they might be interested in.

I'd be happy to see them made off-topic.

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    Based on the votes and lack of a dissenting opinion, I'll be adding my votes to close these. – Frank Nov 13 '17 at 12:47
  • I'm thinking this question falls into the same territory. But has a very highly upvoted meta post about it's inclusion. Personally, I think the question is absolutely terrible and has nothing at all to do with gaming. – Frank Nov 14 '17 at 13:12
  • @Frank Yeah it's the same but in some ways even worse because it doesn't have a correct answer known ahead of time, unlike a proper puzzle. It still has all of the issues that the other puzzle questions have. – Wrigglenite Nov 14 '17 at 13:20
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    "they're not issues or questions encountered while playing a game or trying to get a game to run" Why should we limit ourselves to these kinds of questions only? – DJ Pirtu Nov 15 '17 at 18:51

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