Is it valid to ask for identification of a game just from a piece of music?

A certain level of detailed information is clearly required for a good Game identification question. However, virtually all of us at some point have heard a piece of video-game music out of context somewhere like a YouTube video that we've recognised, but couldn't remember the game source. This would make a great place to ask for music IDs, but if we can't provide any info other than the track it technically might not meet criteria for a question.

Personally I don't see a problem if the excerpt is long enough for a good ID, but I've never seen an identify-this-music question and wondered what other viewpoints might be on this..

  • I'd just like to note that this question shouldn't be marked as a duplicate of the question in the close reason, as this question was asked 3 years prior. I'd vote to reopen, but I can't.
    – Daemons
    Commented Jun 15 at 19:46

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Speaking as someone who has had an interest in game music for over a decade, I could see where this could come in handy.

Heck, maybe we could even pull in new users for this kind of question. I could even use my own pulpit to advertise/suggest this.


I see absolutely no problem with this, and indeed I've asked a couple of these myself. 1, 2.

Such an ITG would actually be above average in terms of quality, as it would not be based on possibly-erroneous data based on somebody's nebulous recalling (such as this), but on actual and honest-to-goodness facts. We had no problem with accepting an ITG question based on a screenshot, after all.


We are not Shazam. Please do not try to use us as Shazam.

It is demeaning. :(

  • Shazam doesn't have game music.
    – badp
    Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 18:29
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    1. Shazam requires you to have a specific kind of device to use it (because there is no PC version). 2. Does Shazam even have game music in it?
    – user2974
    Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 18:29
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    I just used Shazam to ID the Mario Bros theme, but perhaps that is too easy an example. Anyway, my point is that I find ITG on the whole distasteful, and I don't think that this is any less distasteful. Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 18:31
  • Given that ITGs are allowed, the question is whether this subset of them should be allowed as well. General distastefulness and wanted-offtopicness of ITGs can be discussed elsewhere :P Commented Nov 20, 2011 at 19:25