Questions tagged [game-identification]

Previously known as [identify-this-game] (ITG), if you have a question concerning the guidelines and rules of Game Identification on Arqade, or wish to discuss or suggest changes to this policy, use this tag.

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Are Steam media (avatars, profile backgrounds, banners, etc.) made in celebration of an event valid artifacts for game identification?

I've recently posted a question: Which visual novels are represented by the animated avatars in the 2023 Steam Visual Novel Fest? Timmy Jim ♦ has commented that: I don't know if these .gifs qualify ...
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Should we allow an identification question for a game CD or game bundle that lacks a media or screenshot of the game CD or game bundle itself?

A game-identification question was recently asked to identify a game bundle in a game CD but lacks a media or screenshot of the game CD or game bundle itself. I've voted to close it but it was left ...
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Is MIDI music from one game that originates from another game a valid artifact for the Game-Identification criteria?

I've been playing through a custom mission for descent-1, an old 6DoF shooter from the 90s. The mission contains custom MIDI music, with a few tracks written by members of the game's community, and ...
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Should the "Which games use a neural network to influence gameplay?" question be reopened?

Recently, the question, Which games use a neural network to influence game play? was closed as an off-topic game identification question and left closed in the Reopen review queue. Should it be ...
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Should we add a tag warning to [game-identification]?

As this post discussed, and as a Stack Exchange Community Manager suggested, this question serves to ask the community the following: Should we add a tag warning to the game-identification tag?
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Is it possible for the defunct Arqade blog link on the Game Identification Learn More page to be secured?

On our game-identification tags Learn More page, there is a link to a now defunct Arqade blog at the bottom of the page: https://blog.gaming.stackexchange.com/2012/08/identifying-games-when-you-cant-...
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Does the media included in the "Naruto fighting game with Hulk and Homer Simpson?" question comply with our game identification policy?

This is about the game-identification question: Naruto fighting game with Hulk and Homer Simpson? According to our game identification policy - What are the requirements for asking a game ...
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Asking to identify the game based on keyboard combination only

The oldest question on identify-this-game-like questions that I found here is 7 years old. So my introduction question is whether this class of questions are or are not allowed here as of today (2021)?...
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Is it time that we allow [game-identification] tagged questions without a audiovisual artifact?

Feels weird to see game-identification questions pop up on the real-time feed, not through Gaming.SE, but through SciFi.SE. Perhaps it's time we revisit the rules and guidelines established for those ...
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Another way to deal with ID questions

I have a particular unpopular opinion, when it comes to this site. I love game ID questions, and I don't think we should restrict them to requiring media artefacts. I know this has been well discussed,...
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Game identification question based on description from memory [duplicate]

I was hoping to ask a game-identification question, basing my description of the text-based RPG on memory. But the tag description states: Only ask if you have a screenshot, video, or audio clip from ...
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Is this question (identify an arkanoid-like game) appropriate?

I have a question which I'm not sure is a good fit for this site (searching around, I'm not finding a lot of similar questions here); before asking it, I wanted to run it by meta. EDIT: embarrassingly,...
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How should a Game Identification question that no longer has a valid artifact be handled?

There is a recent close-vote review for a game-identification question that had a YouTube video in the post as the artifact for the game(s) needed to be identified. However, the post is nearing 4 ...
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Game ID questions in SE [duplicate]

So as we all know, Arcade doesn't allow Game ID without some kind of resource (image, video clip, etc) to help the answerer correctly identify the game in question. However, I saw this question on SF&...
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Adjusting the Game Identification off-topic reason to call for credible references

Since this happened, and the voting for questions of that kind is erratic, can we please just adjust the description of the off-topic rule for game-identification? Currently this is Game-...
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My game identification question was closed as off-topic. Where can I ask for help instead?

I posted a game identification question which was closed as off-topic because it was lacking a screenshot or video from the game I'm trying to identify. Is there anywhere else I can ask my question if ...
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How can one find the name of an old arcade game without an image or sound bite? [duplicate]

Without an image or sound bite how would one find out the name of an old coin-op arcade game made before the early 90's? There does not seem to be a tag for coin op games and you can only use the game-...
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User asks an identification question with a game artifact, has it closed, gets answer after closing, and wants to fix the question

We're running across an increasingly common occurrence in which a user asks an identification question with an artifact that people are concerned isn't from a game, the question is closed in very ...
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May I ask game identifcation questions on meta? [duplicate]

I know that I can't ask on the main site, as per the tag definition of game-identification. If I can remember some description of a game, may I ask it here? If not, does anyone know a non S.E site ...
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This Castlevania question shouldn't have been closed as game identification

I answered a question recently: Alucard Visual Effect - Original Appearance?. It's a game ID question, so we had to go through the usual rigamarole of certain users not counting high-budget studio ...
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Where do we stand on artifacts the asker believes are from a game?

We've got a class of questions related to game identification that we seem to be rather inconsistent on. We've gotten several questions where the asker wants us to identify something, and believes ...
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Re-evaluating the text of our Game Identification close reason

Update: Thanks to all for your suggestions and feedback! We have decided to go with Dragonrage's suggestion, which addressed all the key points, and combined the best parts of the other suggestions. ...
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Can we please Be Nice when commenting on ITG questions?

I understand that it's annoying to see game-identification questions that don't have artifacts. I understand that it is annoying that the people who post those questions don't seem to have bothered to ...
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Would adding an additional prompt for 'game identification' questions encourage users to provide more information? [duplicate]

I've been on a number of SE sites for a while now but this is my first post on a Meta. If this has already been suggested before, I'm happy to recind the question. Game identification questions are ...
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Should we redirect Game Identifications to other SE (or even non-SE) sites? [duplicate]

From time to time we do get a few Game Identification questions, that are off-topic since they lack images. However, is it acceptable if we redirect users towards other domains where they can get ...
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Are we shutting down art character identification questions?

This is an inconsistency that I'm seeing pop up fairly often. We get a lot of questions dealing with "Who is this character?" with a piece of artwork supplied, with the question having a fairly ...
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Titles of game identification questions

My suggested edit to a game-identification question got rejected. The edit changed the title from What Game is shown in this newspaper snippet? to What game (isometric perspective, showing ...
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defining "concrete reference" in function of ITG questions [closed]

So we have already restricted questions tagged with identify-this-game to "only allowed with concrete reference to the game", which in the tag wiki is defined as "a screenshot, video, etc". My ...
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What comes first, rules or helpfulness?

Reading this question, 99% of the gamers probably can figure out what the game is 2 sentences in. I'm perfectly aware that we don't allow game identification because it would be too opinion based to ...
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Should we give a website recommendation for off-topic identification and recommendation questions? [duplicate]

We have some topics on Arqade that we do consider as off-topic. I will here talk about the four ones you can flag a question for: Questions about unreleased or illegal content. Questions about Game ...
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Add game tag to answered game identification question? [duplicate]

Once a game identification question is answered, and the asker acknowledges the answer, would it make sense to add the tag for the game to the question? I think this would primarily serve to alert ...
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Is suggesting games in comments for off-topic questions discouraged?

A question recently was asked, Racing Game in Arcade where you can save your game. Based on the information the asker was able to provide, this was flagged as off-topic, as there was only criteria he ...
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Why does Game Identification require pictures, audio or screenshots?

If you cannot remember what a game is called, how can you have footage or screenshots? Unless it's in a YouTube video (or any other video sharing site). A game is identifiable through a list of ...
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Why do (good) Game-Id questions get so much rep?

When I say "good" I mean the ones that follow the rules - that provide some example of the game. I often see these questions pop up, and in just the same way that users pounce on game-id questions ...
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Does the ban on game identification cover custom game levels?

I am looking for a particular level wad file from Doom II. Is this allowed, or is it banned via the "Requests for game identification based on personal recollection alone" exclusion? I read this, but ...
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Answered in the question [duplicate]

Originally, this question was closed because it didn't have the required details for a game-identification question. However, with a little perseverance, they did find the solution. Should it be re-...
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What are the requirements for asking a game identification question?

I want to ask about a game I don't know the name of. How should I do that?
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Why was the Game Identification ban decision enforced when the result was not clear-cut?

Why does the rule prohibiting Game Identification exist? I was told that the decision was taken here: What should be done with questions asking for game identification? - Is it possible to cancel or ...
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Consistency with the ID Request Ruling

I was reading here that ID Requests are Off Topic on Arqade, and in the tour it says as much, however i asked this question long after that ruling and there are still questions which are ID Requests ...
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Where to have game identified? [duplicate]

Where should I go to get a game identified if I don't have audiovisual of it? This site doesn't allow game ids without it and I don't have it.
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Is it appropriate to ask for reopen votes on correctly identified ITGs?

Context: https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/160025/cant-remember-an-old-cyberpunk-winforms-game-update-found Is it appropriate to ask for reopen votes? If it is, then please consider the ...
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Why is this question on hold?

There is this question that is currently on hold. From the comments, it seems that it is on hold as "unclear what you're asking" but it is currently on hold as off-topic for game identification. ...
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How best to ask about a game identification

I'm posting this here before writing up a question because, after reading the about page, I came across this rule: X - Requests for game identification or recommendations Now this rule lead me to ...
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What is an audiovisual artifact?

There's been a debate going on over whether or not this question should be closed: https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/123362/can-someone-identify-this-game-music-please The controversy is ...
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Revisiting the Identify-this-game ban

I think the time is ripe to revisit our identify this game rules, following this week's discussion on chat and meta. The status quo The current policy is that any question asking to identify a game ...
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What ITG posts were deleted?

I as a plebian can't search for deleted posts, but I assume someone else with superpowers can. Can I get a list of these (links) so at the very least 10k users can reflect upon that quagmire?
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"Here is a thing. Look at the thing. Do you see the thing? I would like to know what this Thing is Called." A plea for sanity

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 ...
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Identify this game - removed?

ETA: Yes, I have read the arguments. I found them lacking. While they have their merit, none of them really explain why ITG questions harm SE and why they must be removed. The only single fact that ...
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Should vague ITG questions have an edit window? [closed]

UPDATE: As of 16/3/2012, Game Identification/ITG questions based only on the asker's memory are now prohibited on the site. See the following post: What are the requirements for asking a game ...
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What should be done with questions asking for game identification? [duplicate]

UPDATE: Identify this game (ITG) questions based on the asker's memory are now off topic on the site. The community reached this decision with 34 vs 27 votes New ITG questions will be closed ...
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