I think the looking-for-game tag is excellent, but it's being used for two purposes right now. Some people are using it when they are looking for a game they remember details of but not the name of. It is also being used by people looking for games of a specific genre or setting, like "PS3 Games for Kids". I've seen the identify-this-game tag and I think something like that should be used for the former purpose, and the looking-for-game tag should be used for the latter option.

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[identify-this-game] very clearly establishes the purpose of the question is to identify a certain game. So I think it is much better suited towards questions that are identifying a game of unknown detail.

[looking-for-game] I'm a bit hesitant, if only because it really can be different between "I'm looking for that game where you..." versus "I'm looking for a game where you...". One word difference for two separate meanings. The former is game identification (clearly covered by [identify-this-game]), while the latter is game recommendation. So since the focus is on recommendations, I would personally recommend [game-recommendations]. It's a bit stuffier than [looking-for-game], but it's very explicit in what it means and unambiguous. Possibly, actually, just shorten it to [recommendations], since it being about games can probably be implicit by this being a Gaming site.

On investigating for a retag, I noticed a [games-rec] tag is on a number of these. I think it would be wise to move these into a more concrete tag like [recommendations] or [game-recommendations], because [games-rec] is really not very intuitive. I think it's possible to confuse this for, say, "recording", which also uses "rec" as a shorthand. So I think it would be wise to move those over as well. The presence of that tag is making me lean towards the longer tag [game-recommendation], because the redundancy isn't all that bad.

  • Sounds like great suggestion. Should I retag [looking-for-game] as [identify-this-game] and [recommendations]?
    – Kevin Yap
    Jul 8, 2010 at 18:38
  • @Mew2468: I think I'm the one who started the [looking-for-game] tag, and I also fully support this. Please retag :)
    – Oak
    Jul 8, 2010 at 19:11
  • Alright, I'm going to go with [game-recommendations]. It's not too bulky if you consider auto-complete, and I think the redundancy helps more than hurts (besides, we have [identify-this-game], anyway). And to me, the plural seems better.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 8, 2010 at 19:14
  • I would say recommendations over game-recommendations, I don't see the point in the redundancy. Jul 8, 2010 at 19:36
  • @Noctrine I really wanted to go with [recommendations]. But then I thought about recommendations for items that aren't games, like peripherals. As those are quite valid questions on the site, we can't really make some arbitrary ruling that a generic [recommendations] tag can only be applied to game recommendations.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 8, 2010 at 19:43
  • How much more helpful would it be for there to be a recommendations tag for any possible occurrence over one generic one? It just seems like it would snowball into: RPG-recommendations racing-recommendations nintendo-recommendations sony-recommendations and whatever else. Jul 8, 2010 at 19:52
  • @Noctrine I'm not suggesting we hit every possible occurrence, because all of those classify under [game-recommendations]. Comparatively, peripherals don't. We don't need a separate [rpg-recommendations] or [ps2-recommendations] from [game-recommendations], you can easily accomplish that with [rpg] [game-recommendations] or [ps2] [game-recommendations].
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 8, 2010 at 20:00
  • So why not, [peripheral] [recommendations]? Jul 8, 2010 at 20:09
  • @Noctrine Because then we can't assume [recommendations] to be exclusive to gaming recommendations, which means that to allow people to filter all [recommendations] questions so that it's only about game recommendations, we need to use a [games] tag. Which I really don't think is useful to have on a website where the majority of content is going to be about games. It also brings another advantage, that [game-recommendations] only consumes one tag on the question.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 8, 2010 at 20:16
  • Welp, then I agree. Jul 8, 2010 at 20:29

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