As discussed in the previous meta posts, “How to handle multiple games with the same exact name?” (2012) and “Are we making new tags for duplicate game names hard(er) to use?” (2016), the community consensus is that the tag for a newer game that shares its name with an older game should have the year of release appended.
The top-voted answers on these posts differ on whether the older game’s tag should also have a year appended. I prefer the tagging policy suggested by the older meta post, which is to append the year to both games’ tags.
This way, there is no confusion about which tag should be used for which game, even without looking at the tag wikis. Also, we wouldn’t need to retag if the game gets remade again in the future.
For example, resident-evil-1996 (original) and resident-evil-2002 (remake). And if it gets remade again in 2024 and is still named Resident Evil, the tag for that game would be resident-evil-2024.
Note that the 2002 remake was remastered in 2015 — Resident Evil HD Remaster. On some services, such as Steam, this version of the game is listed as "Resident Evil", with no "HD Remaster". To avoid further confusion about this, we should add tag synonyms pointing the 2015 remaster to the 2002 remake.
We should use the official spelling of the game name in the tags whenever possible, so the tag for the 1999 game should be resident-evil-3-nemesis to reflect the game's official name, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. I feel that the "1999" year suffix is not necessary here since the 2020 remake is named "Resident Evil 3", with no "Nemesis".
As per the above, here are my suggestions:
* As arghtype suggested in the comments, we could make resident-evil a synonym for resident-evil-1996. I think blacklisting it (and showing appropriate tag usage guidance) would be better so that the user will be required to specify which game they're referring to, as is the case for minecraft: "Should we add [minecraft] to the tag blacklist?".
The community managers will have to implement this change, which might take some time. Until then, we should follow arghtype’s advice and make resident-evil a synonym of resident-evil-1996; the same thing with the sequels.