I asked a question about a game with walking snowmen. It was closed but then reopened when Valorum found a video of the game that shows a “magic” meter.

Why are walking snowmen off-topic without other fantastical things? I don’t get it.


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In line with our policy regarding talking animals, the mere existence of sentient/walking/talking snowmen (or any other thing that's normally non-sentient like helicopters, trains or diggers) in a property doesn't, in and of themselves, make that film/book/TV programme/comic a 'fantasy' if the central conceit is that those "sentient whatevers" simply exist within that fictional universe without provoking explanation.

That said, we would consider "sentient whatevers" to be part of a fantasy if:

With regard to your specific question, the mere presence of animated snowmen that you can push around with your finger doesn't make it on-topic (which is why it was closed). The fact that it was subsequently shown to contain some sort of power-up that allows you to perform magic does make it on topic (which is why it was reopened).

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    But unlike animals, there’s nothing animate in the first place about snowmen. Additionaly, artificially intelligent humanoid robots are sci-fi, but will likely exist in the future; snowmen cannot move by themselves, and that’s never gonna work. I think they’re fantasy. Mar 14, 2019 at 4:02
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    @Stormblessed - There's nothing inherently animate about cutlery, but that doesn't mean that a film about them walking around is fantasy per se
    – Valorum
    Mar 14, 2019 at 7:22
  • @Stormblessed - Also, we've discussed whether futuristic (but now current) science fiction gadgets and concepts are on-topic. The general thumb is yes, if they were considered sci-fi at the time. That means that writing fic that contains a hand-held mobile phone in 1953 would be firmly on-topic, but writing fic that contains a mobile phone today would be off-topic.
    – Valorum
    Mar 14, 2019 at 13:00

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