https://rpg.stackexchange.com/q/94646/1204 has come with the creation of the tag videogame-role-playing. Based on Are questions about roleplaying within a video game context on topic? roleplaying situations that occur in video games are not inherently off topic.
I don't think we need a tag for this. We have play-by-chat, online-roleplaying, and indeed roleplaying itself. (I've suggested an alternative name for if we do keep the tag, but this post should be considered support for removing it altogether.)
If video game roleplaying is on topic because it's not distinguishable from play-by-chat, then distinguishing it via tag is a bit of a contradiction. We don't make such a distinction for other platforms for playing by chatting.*
Putting it another way: are we expecting to have video-game-roleplaying experts now? No, we aren't! And a singular tag for them to be experts in would be absurd anyway: no-one can be expert in that tag because the scope of video games is ridiculously large. Expertise in roleplaying within one video game can't translate to expertise in roleplaying within a different video game… unless the video game itself is irrelevant, in which case so is the tag. For the same reason that we have system tags, we would need specific-video-game tags, which development would make it obvious how off topic the whole thing is.
As a secondary problem, it will likely encourage people to misinterpret the tag and submit questions about CRPGs.
If we must have a tag with “video game” in the name, it should have the hyphen between the two words.
And roleplay-in-video-games* would be better and clearer, seeming less like a tag about CRPGs and more obviously about using them as a platform.
* We appear to have standardised our tags on
roleplaying rather than hyphenating it, despite our title.
Tag gone. Boom! The can has been kicked down the road for us to tackle this some future day.
It's been a couple of weeks, and the votes have settled down to be pretty close. I think what they mean is that the community hive-mind generally thinks we can do much better than [video-game-role-playing] as a tag but also we feel that we don't really need the tag at all. (Not right now at least, if ever.)
I suggest we go for a kick-the-can-down-the-road approach: remove the tag entirely, and if/when it seems like we should have it because we've gathered at least a couple of solid on-topic questions for which it seems totally appropriate, we can figure out what it should be called — probably [roleplay-in-video-games]. (This might never happen.)
Unless there's some strong objections I'll accordingly remove the tag from the only question it's on a week from now.