Say I want to know every game where the main character is a soldier, or every game with random level generation, or every game with orchestral music, etc. Is this an appropriate sort of question for arqade?


No, these types of questions are off-topic.

Questions that ask which games or other products meet specific criteria are off topic. We primarily deal with questions about playing games, not about which games to play or historical trivia. We make an exception for identifying games based on an audiovisual artifact from the game in question.


No, it is not.

Arqade is focused on QA, and what you're asking for is an open ended list. In that case, how are users to select "correct" answers? Should each game that meets the criteria be posted as its own answer? How do you know when the list is "complete" and worthy of answer accepting?

Unfortunately, our format does not suit such an open question, and were it to be asked here, would be summarily closed and deleted.


Even if the other two reasons given so far (asking for games that fit certain criteria; asking for an unbounded list) weren't enough reason to close it, those examples are also an absolutely enormous set: each of those could be answered by lists many thousands of items long, that grow every day. Such a question could be closed as "too broad", in addition to the more urgent reasons.

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    This is what @RavenDreamer meant by an "open-ended list."
    – Niro
    Oct 17 '13 at 16:59
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    @Fluttershy Sort of. The "too broad" reason is distinct in that it can still be true of a bounded, non-list question, and knowing that "too broad" makes a question off topic here is good for someone who is this unclear about allowed questions. The benefit of this answer is that "unlistifying" a question won't make it topical, if it's still very broad; e.g. "How can I research myself all games that use random level generation." Oct 17 '13 at 17:02
  • The actual question I wanted to ask would yield a list of less than a hundred, probably less than 40, games. Thanks for the feedback, I'm going to make a feature request on videogamegeek.com instead.
    – Sparr
    Oct 17 '13 at 18:57
  • @Sparr VGG is a great source for this kind of research, yeah! Oct 18 '13 at 15:18

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