A question came up in the review queue, where the user had used the engine tag. My immediate thoughts were to ask why they were using the engine tag, as they had not mentioned anything pertaining to an available or custom made engine. I suspect the tag might be being used improperly; but I digress.
What is the actual intended use for the engine tag?
I can see two common ways this tag might be used:
- The asker is using a specific game engine.
- The asker is creating a game engine.
If they are using a specific game engine, I see engine as a meta tag. It describes that they are using an engine, but the specific engine tag should be used, instead; unity or xna, for example.
If they are creating their own engine, I can see how engine might be appropriate. Game engines differ greatly, but there are a lot of core similarities; I can easily see how somebody would be an "expert" in "engines", in this context.
It appears others disagree; perhaps I am wrong. The current usage guideline tells me what a game engine is, but not how to use the engine tag:
Game engines are a collection of libraries and tools that provide a framework to create games.