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(Prompted by this question.)

Games are big on Android. They're a huge category on the Play Store, and the Play Store app shows Games at the same level as Apps (as well as Movies & TV, Music, Books, and Magazines).

There have been very few questions asked here, and the vast majority of those have been about trying to get a game to run on a particular device or to save/export the save-game data to reload after a factory reset or onto another device. (And, frankly, a good bunch of mis-tagged questions that are only about "games" insofar as the app the person is trying to work with happens to be a game, but I digress.)

However, our help center makes no mention of games and questions about gameplay, either that they are or are not on-topic. I think we should rectify that.

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My opinion is that questions which are purely about gameplay ("How do I beat level 5 in Inexplicably Popular Social Game-of-the-Month?") should go to Arqade. They simply aren't about Android the OS, even if the title is platform exclusive.

Configuring hardware or something to work with a game could be OS dependent - something like "How can I set up a Bluetooth controller for my Android device?" as an example - and those seem okay, but gameplay questions should be directed to...well, gamers. We may have gamers here, but it's just not our purpose.

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    I agree with this. – Bryan Denny Sep 30 '13 at 14:12
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    Should we add Arqade to the default migration paths? We have the room for a new entry, but probably not the volume to justify it. – ale Sep 30 '13 at 14:13
  • And, shouldn't we explicitly add this to our list of off-topic topics? – ale Sep 30 '13 at 14:13
  • We can't add it ourselves, and definitely don't have the volume. I'm not sure we need to make explicit mention of it either, unless it's going to be an issue. – Matthew Read Sep 30 '13 at 18:10
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    Unless we get a lot more such questions in future, I'd say just shut the questions as off-topic and direct people to go ask a Arqade. – Compro01 Oct 1 '13 at 23:24
  • Well, Moderators can migrate a question anywhere. If we happen to get an excellent question in the wrong place, we should ask for it to be migrated. – ale Oct 4 '13 at 12:40

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