identify-this-game was a Bad Tag. It was applied to Bad Questions. It is gone forever, and I could not be happier.
But it appears, that we have been throwing some babies out with our admittedly filthy bathwater.
So, before I move on, I want to talk for a second about why identify-this-game is bad. Essentially, with ITG, you're dealing with little more than a game of charades. You are at the mercy of the askers inherently incomplete or inaccurate memories of a game, as well as their own limited capacity to express the content of their memories. And that's before we even get into the issues of being able to properly identify whether an answer is even correct. Essentially, the key problem with ITG questions, is that the whole core of the question is that the asker has no clue what she's asking about.
The questions I've linked asking for identification of a font in a screenshot, or a song in a soundtrack on the other hand, suffer from none of the solvability or lack-of-information problems that ITG questions do. People asking these questions are saying "Here is a Thing. Do you see the Thing? I've posted a picture of The Thing. Do you have any idea what this thing is called?"
These questions are finite. They are answerable in a way that not just the asker, but the entire community can evaluate and vote on effectively. They present none of the fundamental issues that requests for game identification based merely on a description do.
So then, if these questions don't present any of the problems of ITG, why are we closing them?
Addendum: Mark Trapp has raised a number of seperate, and somewhat orthogonal concerns regarding the specific examples that I've cited. While that's fair, it somewhat sidesteps the real question here, which is what do we do about requests for identification of various art and design elements in games that are not strictly in-game objects, such as fonts or music.
Addendum Number 2: Okay, here's a more concrete example of a pure gaming expertise question that meets the standards I've mentioned. It's also very purely and nakedly a request for game identification, but it's one which has none of the problems associated with identify-this-game that we've encountered in the past. What game is Jesse playing in the Breaking Bad episode, "Problem Dog"?
I'm of the opinion that this is a different class of question, and one which we can handle, and would appreciate some additional thoughts/discussion on the subject.