I'm a game designer and my main area of expertise is that, game design. While i find the technical aspects of a game program interesting, I expected finding game design related questions when selecting the "design" tag.

Shouldn't the technical and "end user" aspects of designing a game be under their own separate tags?


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design as a tag isn't descriptive enough. Just look at the questions with that tag: http://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/design

I propose we break it up into 2 (or maybe 3) tags.

  • game-design Yes I know it violates the "games in tags is redundant" rule, but I think in this case it's worth adding for clarity since it obviously isn't unambiguous enough.
  • level-design
  • engine-design (maybe as a synonym of architecture)
I'd agree that design is used inappropriately in most of those questions, but I don't think that's an argument for new tags, I think it's an argument for the descriptions of the tags to be clearer, and for the mods to guide the re-tagging. Design, covering both game-design and level-design, and Architecture, covering software-design. – MrCranky Aug 6 '10 at 10:03
Well what I would like to do is simply rename design to game-design, and start retagging "engine design" questions as architecture. level-design as a tag was just an afterthought. Other than that tag I'm not suggesting any new tags. – Tetrad Aug 6 '10 at 17:01
I like the specificity created by having game-design and level-design as separate tags. People are always going to be tempted to just use the Design tag, so like @MrCranky said I think it's really going to be up to people capable of retagging to go through those questions and tag appropriately (if not done by then, I'll do it when I get home). As far as synonyms/merges for architecture/engine-design and what else I am not that deeply involved on that side to make any real judgement about it. – Noctrine Aug 6 '10 at 17:06

I notice that there already is an Architecture tag, so I would say yes, design is different from architecture. :)

In that case should all non-game design posts under "design" be moved to architecture? Or should a more specific tag be added? I'm noticing that the word "design" can also interpreted sometimes as graphical design. A more specific tag might be welcome. – Balthazar Auger Jul 22 '10 at 22:09

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