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It seems that nearly every question is also tagged with , as would be expected. Few of these questions substantively address the issue of game engines specifically, and those that do are usually in the vein of "Cryengine or UDK?"

Also, while I'm at it, is it just me or is already a synonym for "Please flag me and suggest I belong on gamedev.stackexchange.com." I promise I'm not at all salty about this because a recent post of mine has been so flagged. I can see the justification. I just think it's a tough thing to say "My question should be on SO rather than Gamedev, but should be tagged ."

Additionally... I would like to add to this list. Since this is StackOverflow, one can presume that questions regarding game development would by necessity be related to game programming. There are only 25 questions tagged that haven't been closed. Regarding my earlier statement about , there are 117 open questions with that tag that do not include , versus 177 that do, versus over 5,000 questions in general.

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$10 says that the game-development tag was created on Stack Overflow before GameDev.SE existed. –  Cody Gray Mar 20 '12 at 2:24
    
@CodyGray I think you're definitely right. The oldest game-development question I see was ca. '08. Does the existence of GameDev now, however, justify a more aggressive migration of questions thataways? Should we consider now that all new posts that would be tagged game-development should be posted on GameDev instead? –  K.G. Mar 20 '12 at 2:27
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Well, no, old questions should almost never be migrated. And as far as new questions, I honestly have no idea. I don't participate on GameDev.SE, in part because I'm not a game developer, but also because I don't see the point. I do know that all game development questions involving source code are on topic on Stack Overflow. If someone wanted to post on GameDev.SE instead, they could do that, but they can certainly continue to post questions on SO that have always been on-topic for SO, so I don't think banning the tag is the right approach. –  Cody Gray Mar 20 '12 at 2:29
    
@CodyGray On topic is fairly well defined, and I agree, if a post is a good fit for SO, it doesn't strictly matter whether the code in question is part of a game engine or part of a BI engine. If I may be permitted a moment's venting, it's just a little frustrating to have to split your audience when you have a question that could achieve an OK fit on either site. That being the case, SO is the larger audience, and so makes a more appealing first try. Where does that leave GameDev? Maybe this is a question for that site's Meta. :d –  K.G. Mar 20 '12 at 2:40
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Agreed, I'm against the fracturing of communities into multiple sites. No one has yet convinced me of the benefit of Apple.SE and/or Unix.SE when we have Super User. I don't see the point of a game development site when we have an excellent site for general development questions already (and another one, for "whiteboard" problems: Programmers.SE). But yes, that's a whole other soapbox... I agree with your first proposal here, just trying to shed some light on the difficulties of the second recommendation. –  Cody Gray Mar 20 '12 at 2:42
    
@CodyGray For the sake of argument in the thin guise of discussion, has there ever been an Area 51-initiated site that was later subsumed into a parent site like SO? –  K.G. Mar 20 '12 at 3:18
    
No, not really. Lots of Area 51 proposals have been closed because they're a duplicate of an existing site, but a site has never gotten off the ground (launched as a beta) and then gotten folded into an existing site. –  Cody Gray Mar 20 '12 at 3:20
    
@CodyGray - It seems that GameDev.se has more of a focus on the non-programming components of game development. Since those topics can be rather different from a good portion of other non-game development, having it's own area for those discussions makes sense to me. That said, I agree that programming questions of all sorts belong on SO, even if they are on-topic for other "themed" exchanges, since programming is much more generic. –  cdeszaq Mar 20 '12 at 13:08

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