I've recently posted a question: Which visual novels are represented by the animated avatars in the 2023 Steam Visual Novel Fest?

Timmy Jim ♦ has commented that:

I don't know if these .gifs qualify as a valid artifact. Tag guidance: Only ask if you have a screenshot, video, or audio clip from the game you want to identify (thus "from the game" isn't satisfied I feel here).

I admit that I'm not 100% sure if those Steam avatars are from video games. However, I have many reasons to believe that they are:

According to the top-voted answer at the related meta post "Where do we stand on artifacts the asker believes are from a game?":

We should trust the question asker's belief that the artifact is from a game until proven otherwise.

I think the reasons I provided above are strong enough to support my belief that the artifacts are from video game(s). (If they aren’t, I have no problem being proved wrong in an answer.)

Are Steam media (avatars, profile backgrounds, banners, etc.) made in celebration of an event valid artifacts for game identification?
  • In my opinion the question is on-topic, but the avatars are not from a game (as far as I can tell)
    – pinckerman
    Commented Aug 11, 2023 at 14:44
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    I recall in the past a former mod commenting on similar game ID posts something to the tone of "how do you know these [gifs] are from a game?" which is why I commented in the first place. This referenced comment I believe is basically what the tag criteria is about.
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Commented Aug 11, 2023 at 14:59
  • I'd generally classify such things as "advertising" in a loose sense, given that they're promotional items, which is something we allow (i.e. we've had questions in the past like "which game is this character from in this Alienware commercial?")
    – Robotnik Mod
    Commented Aug 13, 2023 at 2:20

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I propose that such question should be on-topic

Steam is a gaming distribution service, so it should fall in with topics like Xbox or PlayStation. It is also an accepted tag on the site, so questions about Steam are already considered on-topic.

Given what Steam is, and years of experience using Steam, the majority of artwork is related to various games. So, a user asking about an image from Steam would reasonably expect it to be related to some specific game or series.

While it's true that a small subset of Steam images are not related to a game, a question should not be judged by it's answer. If a user knows the image(s) asked about are not related to a game, they already know the answer to their question.

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