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The reason why game identification questions are off-topic without an audiovisual artifact is that otherwise we'd have to handle questions like There was this game that had some kind of weird animal (maybe a goat) that always walked to the right. I think I might've played it on an Atari. What was it called? And people would constantly argue that ...


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In general: no, it's not a prohibited category or something, it's a question about video games, and we allow those. Furthermore, your question hasn't been closed. However: it has had a close vote cast in it's direction, because it falls along one of several fault lines in the community that makes it pretty borderline. Questions not terribly unlike yours ...


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These questions have value. They're really interesting, and can provide insight into the history of a hobby that a lot of us really love. Upon reflection, I don't think that closing all of them is really the best service to the community. But, consider the case where both questions exist: What was the first game to use WASD for movement? and What is ...


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I don't see these sorts of questions as any different from "which game did it first" - it's the same, just that the asker added one possible answer into the question. Plus, the kinds of answers we expect to these questions are precisely the same kind we expect from "which game did it first". You could argue it isn't the same because the question is asking ...


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No, this question should not have been reopened; it clearly meets the criteria for game identification. It's asking for the first game that started this, with this line: Which game starts this trend, which game solidified it? It's actually an open ended subjective identification question, as it not only wants to know which was first, but which games ...


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This question is really old, but wanted to point out that these questions are now considered off-topic on the site, and have been wrapped into the "game identification" close reason: Questions asking for help identifying a game, whether based on a description, or feature list, or any other set of criteria (i.e. "What was the first game to…") are off-topic;...


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Yes, historical trivia questions should be allowed here. Let's take one of yesterday's questions as an example, because it's perfect context to the types of questions we're talking about. What is the origin of the standard color coding scheme for item rarity? First and foremost, what does our help center say about it? Is the question on-topic according ...


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This is... thorny. While a question like this isn't explicitly 'off topic' per se, part of the problem is that the 'no' case very quickly becomes a game-rec/ITG situation, where you end up with a catalog of answers; there's a reason the old combined close reason for those two categories described them as "questions soliciting a game or list of games that ...


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apologies for making most of this an answer ebing a reply to some comments but it was far too long for a comment and i was not willing to making 5+ comments in a row given the wait time in between comments. Firstly, i do believe Historical Trivia Question are on-topic so long as it still relates to gaming, after all, anything on the nintendo-64 will become ...


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