Puzzle solving is a common element of video games, and the Help Center states that "Puzzle solving or obstacle clearing" is on topic. Are math problems included in the definition of puzzles? Math is sometimes an element of puzzle solving in video games, but the math is typically simple or a minor element of the puzzle unless the game is strictly about math puzzles. The Mathematics Help Center states that "Solving mathematical puzzles" is on topic, would it be better to send questions that are explicitly about math there?
A consideration is that these particular questions come from games that are explicitly about solving mathematical problems, and this may be an important distinction. Are games that are strictly about solving math problems on topic? Would a math question from a game that is normally not about math be on topic?
This post has a few questions in it, which are really meant to explore one larger question. In summary:
Are math questions on topic?
If yes, the following questions are irrelevant. Otherwise,
- Is there a way to distinguish between puzzles and math problems in games?
- Are math problems better suited for Mathematics?
- Are math questions from games strictly about solving math problems on topic?
- Would a math question from a game that is normally not about math be on topic?