Most of this answer is inline with my thoughts on the subject. Ruling something like "being related to video games" as off-topic on a large scale seems to be looking in the wrong direction. Games are basically a kind of software and much like the line between genres in games has gotten fuzzy over the years, so too has what is and is not a game. There's a lot ...
If Software Recommendations SE is able to put together a great method of entertaining certain types of quality recommendation questions, it's entirely conceivable that other sites might pick up on the success and begin relaxing rules pertaining to these types of questions. I discussed this a bit at the end of the introductory guidelines that Gilles cites.
By and large, this site is built around the concept that people are looking for software with a practical purpose in mind. Quoting the ground rules established before the site was launched:
It's important to keep your questions as narrowly-scoped and specific as possible, because this is what's going to steer the types of answers that you receive.
I think the answer is already in the linked question:
What editor for [GAME]” is a software recommendation that happens to be related to playing games — again, that's for-a-purpose software, so it's fine.
A question asking what OS is most fun to debug would not be. Conversely, a question asking about Minecraft or Kerbal Space Program mods for ...
Whether or to what extent games are on-topic are still being debated. However this case appears to be uncontroversially on-topic. From my answer, which is rather towards the anti-game side of the spectrum:
“What editor for [GAME]” is a software recommendation that happens to be related to playing games — again, that's for-a-purpose software, so it's fine.
Here is a review of what we have learn from the test questions:
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Android educational games for small kids
Dot point requirements
Two-persons keyboard-only racing game for Ubuntu
Good question score
1 high ...
These questions are specific
In fact, with the right presentation, I'd possibly suggest that if we allowed game recommendations, some of these might even be borderline acceptable.
They provide a list of requirements
They give examples of what suggestions would be acceptable
They narrow the scope down on genre, platform, etc
I'm not saying they're flawless, ...
A good question has a purpose. A purpose is “I want to accomplish this”. It's a problem to be solved. Here, there is no problem to be solved, just “I'm looking for something with the following characteristics: …”. A purpose is “I need it for …”.
Without a purpose, what we have is not asking for recommendations, but for a list.
Recommendations have two ...
I think that's fine.
I'm against having game recommendations here, but educational games are a different breed. There is a fine line between educational games and educational software that isn't really a game. The focus of educational software is a concrete, objective goal: to learn something. That's very different from the usual focus of games which is to ...
If a question has specific requirements, that will avoid too many options and provides direct answers with content and specification of "why I should follow this answer".
As the Ground rules states:
It's important to keep your questions as narrowly-scoped and specific
as possible, because this is what's going to steer the types of
answers that you ...
On-topic if the requirements are detailed enough.
The requirements should be verifiable, for instance:
Size on disk
Requirements should not cover subjective experience.
If more than 5-10 games satisfy the requirements, then the question is probably too broad.
See for instance: Two-persons keyboard-only ...