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Lore questions, in general, are on-topic. They've been, for years, unchallenged as a class of questions that belongs on the site, and generally they've been well received (here's a selection). They're even been at the top of the FAQ. I hardly call that sneaky. They pertain to videogames as much as questions about their mechanics do. Games essentially are a ...


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tl;dr: A bit of both. Stack Overflow (and later, the entire SE Network including Arqade) was built primarily to solve three problems with 'advice'-style communities on the net: Well-Hidden Knowledge The answer you're looking for is on page 47 of 84 of this obscure forum thread from 2003, and the thread has long-since been locked and forgotten. ...


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Absolutely not. Arqade is nowhere near the size of SO, which is the largest site in the network. If there are too many games, as you state, you can always ignore the tags of those games you don't want to see. Beside, even if we did this, it would cause more headaches than it would solve, by far. What would we do with games that cross the boundries? ...


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I do not think we should ban lore questions as a whole. Let's first look at what we currently prohibit. We've basically got two kinds of major reasons to marking subject matters as off-topic to us. Either they're mechanically incompatible with our Q&A system (ID, gamerec, shopping), or they sit outside the scope of our expertise (design, news). There's ...


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No they shouldn't be banned The problem with some lore questions is that they're asking about information that simply does not exist - they're speculative questions that can only be answered by the development team for the game in question, if at all. We already know these questions are bad and they're already not welcome here. These questions should be ...


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I think that questions of this nature that ask about how to use the glitch from a gameplay perspective should be decidedly on topic. Wrong warping does necessarily require some understanding of the underlying code, unfortunately, to completely implement into gameplay and speed run routing. The gameplay and the code, in this case, are tightly coupled for this ...


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How about something like this: This question has been placed on hold as Off-topic by <Users>: Questions that request technical support for modded Minecraft are off-topic. This includes crashes, errors, and issues arising when using mods and modpacks as well as Forge and other mod loader issues. We allow an exception for unmodded or 'Vanilla' Minecraft,...


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Gamedev.stackexchange is the correct choice for map-making questions. As per their meta, it's within scope.


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I was going to write up a long answer, but Matthew Reads excellent answer mostly sums up my thoughts on and issues with the tag. So instead, I'll simply throw out a proposal on what our litmus test for tech support questions should be: Is the issue reproducible, either under clearly defined circumstances, or on a variety of hardware, (the latter can be ...


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The thing about your question is that there isn't a question there anymore. It was originally downvoted, but left open, due to the question being trivially easy to answer. That's to be expected for simple questions. Once you attempted to provide some research to counteract the downvotes, you answered your own question. A Google search (which seems to ...


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Based on something we just proposed Questions regarding game crashes should be sent to the makers of the game. If your game is modified, you should contact the author of the mod or maintainers of the mod pack directly. We have a list of general things you can try and tips on reporting bugs; please return with any gameplay questions you have once your game ...


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The linked question is not just asking "how do I recover a file from a computer that has been infected by a virus?" In fact, since they describe the procedure for doing that in the question (" copy the saved games file, put it on a pendrive"), they don't seem to be asking that at all. Rather, what they seem to be asking is "If I copy the saved game file, ...


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Your question is covered under 'game mechanics and terminology', so it is on-topic here.


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I think you have two options you can do here: Change the question you've already asked as you mentioned Make a new question that focuses entirely on Steam and cite CS:GO or other games as an example I would be fine with either one of these options you select. I noticed that you posted your own answer to your post in question. If you edit the post, make ...


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If your question is specifically about books and/or cartoons of a game you shouldn't ask here. We are primarily focused on playing games and while there are certainly some people on the site who are familiar with the "extended universe" of the games they're playing it's not really our expertise. We can help with lore related questions if the information ...


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I don't think these questions are off-topic, generally speaking. Questions like this usually don't have much to do with the gameplay itself, but they are often interesting trivia about how the game works behind-the-scenes - plus that info can sometimes be used to our advantage (in speedruns for example). Most of the answers are also fairly objective in that ...


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Questions asking about Minecraft are off topic. You can find answers on the Minecraft Forums. No? I agree. Game specific language does not belong in an off topic reason. Even if the language isn't quite that broadly sweeping, we need to look at the bigger picture and identify what our problem with these sorts of questions is. I'll give you a hint: the root ...


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Expanding my comments into an answer for posterity: Personally, I see no issues with asking questions about Bandersnatch here. Bandersnatch is an interactive story-driven adventure in a similar vein to a "Choose your own adventure" story. It shares elements with those "interactive CD" full-motion-video games of the mid-90s, or as a more modern equivalent, ...


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Trying to find a middle ground between these answers, I came up with this: Questions seeking Technical Support requiring In-Depth Troubleshooting are off topic. This includes questions involving technical support for highly modded games. The Q&A format is not an appropriate format for these questions. Your best option is probably to contact the the ...


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