Both the tags and seem to be used solely for video games right now, and neither tag has a description.

There was some previous discussion in How should fitness games be tagged?, but it didn't provide a clear answer on what the difference between the two tags is and when to use one versus the other.

I can see a few ways of handling this:

  1. Merge the tags
  2. Make them mutually exclusive - use for games that are not video games
  3. Consider a subset of

What do people think?

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I naturally consider video games a specific subset of games, but there isn't anything to really denote a hierarchy of tags in the site.

For the current questions we have under , the tag is more appropriate and accurate. I would retag those questions under and not merge them at all in case any questions come up that are games but aren't video games. Tagging a questions under "games" itself is pretty broad, and I would prefer seeing tags that were a bit more narrow that really the describe the core of the question subject.

Update: I've gone ahead and retagged the questions under "games" as "video games" but without creating any tag synonyms or merges.

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I think it would be best to retag questions tagged with for the moment (or the other way round).

As you can see all the questions tagged are newer than the questions tagged . In my opinion describes them better, but should be available for non video games. (Although I cannot immediately see questions that might fit into our scope, but whatever)

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For the questions that we have now, video-games is more accurate than just games so I'm more inclined to retag the current questions under games as video games. If there are questions that fit into games that aren't video games, then that tag would be more appropriate. –  Matt Chan Nov 4 '12 at 3:04
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As I see it, there is a very clear distinction between the two tags, though it is not immediately apparent from reading tagged questions. If you agree with this description, then we should probably write tag wikis to help explain the distinction.

Games

These are physical activities you play that are games but not sports. Examples include playing tag, capture the flag, and ultimate frisbee.

Video-games

These are any (motion-controlled) video games you play which result in you being physically active. Example games include Wii Sports, Zumba, and Dance Dance Revolution, while potential platforms include arcades, Nintendo Wii, and XBox with Kinect.

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