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At what point does the games story become separated from the game itself. Some games are used as mediums to tell stories in the same vein as movies and books. Would questions about the plot be more fitting in Scifi.SE. What about a story that expands past the games? If a book is written about a game world, does the contents of that book fall under this site, or another?

  • Two example questions: What is the device Lightning uses to change gravity, and why doesn't she use it more often? Why was Thrall unaffected by bloodlust even though he was in active combat while he grew up? – Ashterothi Feb 29 '12 at 20:30
  • The first question stick strictly to the in game story, but seems more like the kind of question that would be fitting on scifi.SE. The section is based on the story from the books, and while it is set in the Warcraft universe, does not pertain to a in game event. – Ashterothi Feb 29 '12 at 20:31
  • However, both can have answers, that do not result in discussions – Ashterothi Feb 29 '12 at 20:31
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I think questions about plot would be more fitting elsewhere because that starts to get into the area of discussion and debate. The few questions I have seen on Gaming in this area have been in and around the area of requests for videos of the ending or some other part of the game where the person missed out on it in one way or another and the game does not provide an easy way to view it again.

As for the books, I would have to say that they are completely off topic for this site in regards to its contents. The reason being that what about books that came before a game? Take Parasite Eve for example. The game has had a noticeable following but I have also found out that quite a few people do not know it was based upon a book that came before it. I can not see any question that would come from the book in relationship to the game that would not be discussion oriented.

At the end of the day, I think both points in the question posed above would almost always resolve around discussion oriented answers as opposed to the more Q/A aspect that this version of SE tries to adhere to.

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My two cents is that as long as the video game is basis for the plot of the story (ie the game or games is directly tied to the book or comic or what have you) than I would say it is on-topic, so long as the question ties back to the game. Note, that that does not mean that I would consider all video game novels on topic. For a distinction, I'm going to turn to books I've read which relate to the halo series.

I would say that The Fall of Reach, which is a prequel to Halo, is on topic. It features the main character, is directly tied to the story in the game, and is closely related to the plot. However, I would not consider The Ghosts of Onyx on-topic. While it does take place in the Halo universe, it isn't directly tied to any (current) games in the series. There is speculation it might tie into Halo 4, but that is yet to be seen (and speculation is off-topic).

Now, if the question is strictly about the book or the contents of the book, and not how it relates to the game or plot of the series, I would say it is off-topic. But I could see questions about how the book ties into the game or visa-verse being on-topic.

  • I just ask the same thing I did in my answer... What site appropriate question could be asked between the book that is tightly related to the game? – James Feb 29 '12 at 22:20
  • @James A halo example: "Is Noble Team from Halo Reach mentioned in Halo: Fall of Reach considering that they happen at around the same time?" Or, related: "What inconsistencies are there in the plot of Halo Reach in regards to Halo: Fall of Reach?" – LoveAndCoding Feb 29 '12 at 22:22
  • But I thought were frowned on questions where the answer is "Yes" or "No".. As for the second example, that is the kind of question/answer pair that I actually do not think are part of this site, but I may be wrong. – James Feb 29 '12 at 22:41
  • @James For question one, I would probably ask for how they were referenced as well. And for question 2, it is about the plot of Halo Reach within the existing universe, so I would classify it about the game... my opinion though. – LoveAndCoding Feb 29 '12 at 22:43

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