A recent question asking for advice about what the boss in their video game should be tagged their question video-games. The tag has no summary and no wiki. The first question tagged with the tag was a submission to the Anatomically Correct Series back when we allowed video game creatures to be posted to that series.
NOTE: We no longer allow video game creatures to be submitted to the ACS.
Of the 18 questions tagged with video-games...
- 5 are ACS entries. Not surprisingly, they are the first 5 questions to be tagged with video-games and 3 of them are from the same person who was known to habitually ask the same type of question over and over and over.
- Most of the remaining 13 questions are of the form, "I'm making a video game...." In other words, the tag isn't used in a way that means anything to the worldbuilding process. It's just identifying the reason the world is being built (if there's a world at all).
- 50% of the questions tagged video-games have been closed.
The lack of a wiki for the tag is likely 90% of its problem, but the original purpose of the tag (to identify the nature of a creature submitted to the ACS) is gone.
Should we burn this tag? Or can we come up with a description that actually makes sense from a worldbuilding perspective? I do have the following feelings on the matter:
People tend to not read tag wikis, which means that the majority of people using the tag will continue to use it in the context of, "I'm writing a game...."
I honestly don't see how "I'm writing a game..." has any value to asking a question here. Would it make sense to have tags for book, movie, screenplay, poem, record (as in a music record), just-because, etc.? I don't see how the reason for building a world helps to understand how to answer any question.
Oddly, we do have a rpg tag. A consequence of this vote may be to burn that tag, too, for the same reasons. Does the fact that you're writing an RPG change the nature of the question? Do we want a lit-rpg tag? Would it lead to specific RPG tags like d-and-d and gurps?
- On the other hand... I could (maybe...) be convinced that users may want to follow questions tagged video-games. Maybe they build games themselves and they want to see what worldbuilding problems other game developers have? Assuming that game developers have intrinsically different worldbuilding problems from all other worldbuilders. Which is a strong argument against this particular feeling. (Then I look at all the alternative tags that are rationalized by keeping this one and remember why burning the tag is a good idea.)