I know this has been asked about games, but what about genres?

[rts] - 4 (one closed) - 0
[real-time-strategy] - 3 7

[tbs] - 0
[turn-based-strategy] - 8

[rpg] - 6
[mmorpg] - 6
Longer forms - 0
(leave alone as per answers)

[first-person-shooter] - 1 18
[fps] - 18 0

For SEO purposes, the full names might be preferable. But at the very least, some consensus would be nice.

  • Aren't [rpg] and [mmorpg] different things?
    – ChrisF
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:33
  • MMORPG's are a subset of RPGs.
    – Macha
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:34
  • BTW - I've renamed [first-person] to [first-person-shooter] as [shooter] was a separate tag and the OP probably just missed the "-" out.
    – ChrisF
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:35
  • kk, And I've retagged all the [rts] questions.
    – Macha
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:35
  • OK - I've retagged all but one of the [fps] questions as it seems to relate to frames per second. Not sure what to retag it to though.
    – ChrisF
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:44
  • @Grace - no, that's a new one. I meant this one - gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/1644/…
    – ChrisF
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:47
  • @ChrisF I see 4 questions still with the tag. Which is the one you're referring to?
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:47
  • @ChrisF That question is not about frames-per-second, but first-person-view (not unlike some games like Armored Core 3: Silent Line, where you could choose both third-person view and first-person view). I would suggest adding both [first-person-view] and [third-person-view], perhaps. Or viewpoint. Quite frankly, [allegience] is confusing me because it was also marked as an RTS. It seems to be one of those baffling multi-genre games.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:49
  • @Grace - I did a search for "crysis" and 2 came up. I don't know why they don't appear in the tag search. Done now. If you find any more let me know.
    – ChrisF
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:50
  • @Grace - Sounds good to me. Done.
    – ChrisF
    Jul 15, 2010 at 14:51

2 Answers 2


For one good reason that abbreviations in genres are dangerous, look at FPS. Miraculously, we have not actually run into any problem with it, but it's only a matter of time before the people asking about frames-per-second decide to lazy it up and tag it FPS. Which is sad, because both meaning of FPS are very critical in the gaming community.

Not to mention, some days I don't even know what the abbreviation stands for, even for my favorite genres like STG.

So for consistency's sake, I think we should think about moving over to expanded names. Once again, it's more clearly understood, and indeed it helps with searches. But unlike game titles, I don't think we need to clarify the acronyms as often in the post body. What a genre abbreviation stands for is understood by a much larger fraction of the gaming community, and for tagging we have auto-complete.

For MMORPG, see What tag should be used for MMO questions?

  • "Some days I don't even know what the abbreviation stands for, even for my favorite genres like STG" That's what tag wiki's should be for...
    – badp
    Jul 23, 2010 at 13:59
  • @badp I believe that tag wikis should be used because people get confused by tags, not that we should confuse people with tags because we have tag wikis.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 23, 2010 at 14:08
  • Just to revive this, we currently have trouble with inconsistency between RPG and RTS. We should either stick to one strategy or the other, right now RTS is a synonym for real-time-strategy and RPG is the other way around.
    – user56
    Aug 9, 2010 at 16:03
  • @Arda See: meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/671/….
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 9, 2010 at 16:14

don't use abbreviations, except where the abbreviation itself has become a stand-alone word (basically, AFAIK only [rpg] applies.)

shorthand trick: try adding games to it.

  • RPG games (note the RAS syndrome here)
  • Turn-based Strategy Games (and not TBS games)
  • Real-time Strategy Games (and not RTS games, to match with the previous.)

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