I just started playing Black Mesa, and just recently got Half-Life 2 in Steam (I know I'm very late to the party).

I would like to ask a question regarding stealth elements about those two games. (I am thinking the answer will be pretty much the same for both. If not, I guess the difference can be stated.)

My question has been posted here (initially tagged with only): What stealth elements are in Black Mesa and how does the enemy AI detect the player?

Since both are related (Black Mesa is a modification of the Source game engine, a game engine introduced by Half-Life 2, so therefore, they could have similar gameplay features and quirks) and have similar gameplay elements (both are in the same vein as the original Half-Life), is it acceptable to ask this in one question and just tag it with both and ? Or should I ask the same question for each game, with one game tag per question?

Edit: I eventually just posted another question with the tag here: What stealth elements are in Half-Life 2 and how does the enemy AI detect the player?

  • What, specifically, about the stealth elements are you planning on asking? Why do you think they are similar enough that one question and answer pair will cover both games?
    – user3389
    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:56
  • @MarkTrapp I edited my possible question into my post. About your second question, see my edit in the last paragraph of my question. Sep 22, 2012 at 11:23
  • Thanks for expanding: based on your sample questions, definitely what badp said.
    – user3389
    Sep 22, 2012 at 11:34
  • The only way I can imagine this being acceptable is if they work identically, and if you're asking the question you obviously do not know that or you wouldn't be asking, so ask them separately.
    – Shinrai
    Sep 24, 2012 at 2:40
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    I see a trend here, games like borderlands 1 and 2 or diablo 2 and 3 are practically the same game in some ways. Many questions about mechanics in one game would generate answers that would work for both games.
    – Ender
    Sep 24, 2012 at 10:00

2 Answers 2


The problem about asking a question relevant to two games is that most people will probably only be able to answer that question for one of those two games. Although like you say the answer is likely to be the same for both, unless someone has knowledge of both games they aren't going to be able to completely answer your question(s).

If you ask about each game independently then it means that people who have played one game but not the other are more likely to answer your question(s).


Definitely do ask about different games in different questions. Game engines can be tweaked: HL2, L4D and TF2 bots behave differently, but are on the same engine!

  • Now to separate 30+ [dota-2][dota] questions...
    – kotekzot
    Dec 15, 2012 at 21:22

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