On a post I recently put a bounty on, a user said:

This might be a better question on the Arqade Stack Exchange -- they do video game identifications.

I said:

They don’t accept them

Then, the user (while still being wrong that it'd be on-topic there1) brought up an interesting question (emphasis mine):

@Stormblessed It's not so much that Arqade "doesn't accept" game ID questions, and more a matter of SFF accepting story ID questions which are part of a game. But what's being asked about here is all game -- there's no story elements in the question.

This question is, really, all game. Is it still on-topic even though it's looking for the work based on details about the mechanics and art of a game apparently without any sort of plot whatsoever?

1No offense to the user, sorry if I sound annoying.

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    Possible duplicate of Can I ask about identifying a sci-fi puzzle book? - there's mention of works without actual stories in that; for instance, an artbook that only depicted spaceships. Copied: " As long as there was a consistent science fiction theme throughout, these books would be perfectly well on topic."
    – Jenayah
    Commented Apr 6, 2019 at 23:22
  • The short answer is that the work here was on-topic, but the question wasn't.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 16:57


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