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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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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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"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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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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Let's Talk About UFO's, and I don't mean the Ask Question Mothership: [closed]

175 Reasons LessPop_MoreFizz Doesn't Like identify-this-game This is a list of every currently open unanswered ITG Question that has not seen activity in more than a week. All but the first 25 or so ...
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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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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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Call for concepts: Determining new "Identify This Game" criteria [closed]

This phase ended with one suggestion (+22/-4) submitted. The next step is/was a poll here that ran from 3/9 to 3/16. The purpose of this question is to determine what requirements would need to be ...
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Do we still like 'Identify This Game' questions? [closed]

As time has worn on since last-year-ish, and various identify-this-game (ITG) questions worn on GSE denizens, has the community position on them changed? Half the time they seem ridiculously vague, ...
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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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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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"Looking-for-game" [duplicate]

I've played a lot of games in the past, and sometimes I forget their name but am curious of finding it again. Here's an example of such a question I have asked Now, I consider these sort of ...
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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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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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What is the point of "help me remember this game" questions? [closed]

UPDATE: As of 16/3/2012, Questions asking for help identifying a game are now prohibited on the site, unless you have an actual artifact from the game such as screenshots or audio clips. For ...
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What issues must be resolved before we vote on keeping "Identify This Game" questions? [closed]

Update: On Monday, the moderator team will post a question calling for concepts around the topic of better ITG criteria. Further details on how we will evaluate these criteria will be part of the ...
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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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Why was my "identify this game" question removed? [closed]

UPDATE: As of 16/3/2012, Identify this game questions are now prohibited on the site. I had forgotten the name of the game, again, and decided to look at my old question about it. To my surprise, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to interpret voting on identify-this-game questions? [closed]

Voting is meant to separate good from bad answers. However, identify-this-game questions can only have one correct answer or none. There is no (potential) continuous answer quality level. So, should ...
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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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When can we declare an identify-this-question game abandoned, and what should be done about it? [closed]

UPDATE: As of 16/3/2012, Identify this game questions are now prohibited on the site. Take Mike. Mike joined as an unregistered user February 22nd at 19:25:24 Zulu as he posted this question tagged ...
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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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Identify this game: duplicates [closed]

What to do with identify-this-game duplicates? The answer to this question is the same as this one, but the descriptions that users gave were a bit different. Do we have to close it as duplicate or ...
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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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Standardized guidelines for improving identify-this-game questions? [closed]

I don't want to rehash old arguments about the validity of these types of questions, since they're generally accepted as being on-topic for the site. However, it seems like a good percentage of ...
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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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If I got a correct answer for an identify-this-game question, should I fix the question? [closed]

Maybe this had already been asked, but I did look first so hopefully not. Due to the nature of game identifying questions, it is not uncommon for the person who asked the question to get some of 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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Should Game Identification questions be tagged with the game name when an answer is found?

Someone else knowing this game could use the other ("wrong") answers as recommendations to similar games.
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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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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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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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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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Identify this game questions based solely on music [closed]

Is it valid to ask for identification of a game just from a piece of music? A certain level of detailed information is clearly required for a good identify question. However, virtually all of us at ...
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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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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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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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