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Video Game Genres

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Sub-Genres
Process
Basic Genres
Action
Adventure
Role-playing
Simulation
Strategy
Hybrid Sub-Genres
Third-person shooter
Rail shooter
Tactical shooter
Shoot 'em up (SHMUP)
Light gun shooter
MMO FPS
First-person shooter
Survival horror
Western RPGs and Japanese RPGs
Use of fantasy in RPGs
Sandbox RPGs
Action RPGs
MMORPGs
Tactical RPGs
Roguelike RPGs
Ball and paddle
Beat 'em up and hack and slash
Fighting game
Maze game
Pinball game
Platform game
Shooter
Stealth game
Horror
Survival
Massively Multiplayer Online
Construction and and Management Simulation
Life Simulation
Vehicle Simulation
Casual game
Music game
Party game
Puzzle game
Board game / Card game
Sports game
Trivia game
4X game
Real-time tactics
Tower defense
Turn-based strategy
Turn-based tactics
Wargame
Programming game
RogueLike
SandBox
Action
These Games usually emphasize player hand-eye coordination. Action games almost always involve some kind of combat, even if it’s indirect.
Example: Parkan 2, Gun Metal, El Matador, A.I.M
Adventure
Role-playing
Simulation
Strategy
Can be defined as any game which does not put a strong emphasis on player skill, but rather on puzzle solving, exploring, and memorization.
Emphasis in role playing games is on increasing the abilities of the characters stats. These include strength, magical power, sword skill, and collecting items (better armor, healing potions, etc.) that allow the completion of the quest.
Also known as role playing games, role-playing games, dungeon crawler, and Rpg
Simulation games can be defined as any video game which attempts to simulate real life. These games either put players in a management position or some kind of life situation.
Strategy games can be defined as games in which players must make long deliberate decisions which greatly impact the course of the game.
Ball and paddle
Beat 'em up and hack and slash
Fighting game
Maze game
Pinball game
Platform game
Shooter
Stealth game
Horror
Survival
Massively Multiplayer Online
Construction and and Management Simulation
Life Simulation
Vehicle Simulation
Casual game
Music game
Party game
Board game / Card game
Sports game
Trivia game
4X game
Real-time tactics
Tower defense
Turn-based strategy
Wargame
Programming game
RogueLike
SandBox
Third-person shooter
Rail shooter
Turn-based tactics
Tactical shooter
Shoot 'em up (SHMUP)
Light gun shooter
MMO FPS
First-person shooter
Survival horror
Western RPGs and Japanese RPGs
Use of fantasy in RPGs
Sandbox RPGs
Action RPGs
MMORPGs
Tactical RPGs
Roguelike RPGs
A fighting game can be defined as any game in which a player controls a character in order to fight another character. This usually occurs in close combat but is not limited to it.
Shooter games are a sub-genre of video game in which players use projectile weapons in order to either harm or kill one another.
Also known as FPS games, this genre refers to any game which the player perspective is in first person, or through the characters eyes.
A beat 'em up is a video game in which a player's avatar will literally have to beat all the enemies up in order to gain levels and advance. Opponents will usually be in excessive numbers.
Hack and slash games emphasize strongly on close quarters combat, with the use of various weapons. These type of games usually have extremely fast paced action.
In a maze video game the sole purpose is for players to navigate through a maze.
A game for two to four participants played with a ball and a paddle.
A game played on a sloping, glass-topped table presenting a field of colorful, knoblike target pins and rails. The object is to shoot a ball driven by a spring up a side passage. This will cause they ball to roll back down against projections and through channels which electrically flash or ring and record the score.
A platformer is a video game where the game-play revolves heavily around players running and jumping onto platforms like floors, ledges, stairs and other objects.
The basic idea of a stealth game is based upon hiding and avoiding contact with any enemies present in the game.
A horror video game is a game that tries to create intense feelings of fear, shock, or disgust.
A survival video game is based on strategizing with the goal as survival.
A massively multiplayer online game refers to videogames that allow a large number of players to participate simultaneously over an internet connection
Construction and management games are simulation games where players build projects or manage virtual people and or goods.
Life simulation games are video games in which players control a character that simply lives a life.
In vehicle simulation games, the main objective is to let players get a realistic feel for what it would be like operating particular vehicles.
Casual games are considered to be games that can be played quickly and easily with a minimal learning curve and generally no need to save the game's progress.
Music games are games in which players interact with music and try to play along to the beat.
These games are intended to be played in group setting, usually parties, and give players fun games to play with or against each other.
Puzzle games usually focus primarily on the players’ ability to figure out or memorize patterns and solve various forms of puzzles.
Puzzle Games
These games are designed to allow players to enjoy game-play without having to buy the cumbersome game pieces.
In sports games players play simulations of real life sports.
A trivia or competition game is one where the competitors are asked questions about interesting facts in varying subjects
4x games are about exploration, expansion, exploitation, and extermination.
In turn-based strategy games players make all of their decisions and then end their turn, other players do the same until it is the first players turn again
The goal is to try to stop enemies from crossing the map by building towers which shoot at them as they pass. Enemies and towers usually have varied abilities and costs. When an enemy is defeated the player earns money or points, which are used to buy or upgrade towers.
An often physical or electronic simulation of a military operation involving two or more forces and using rules, data, and procedures designed to depict an actual or assumed situation.

A simulation of a proposed plan of action or a strategy, intended to test its validity when challenged.
A programming game is a computer game where the player has no direct influence on the course of the game. Instead, a computer program or script is written in some domain-specific programming language in order to control the actions of the characters (usually robots, tanks or bacteria, which seek to destroy each other). Most programming games can be considered environments of digital organisms, related to artificial life simulations
Roguelike video games are characterized by level randomization, permanent death, and turn-based movements.
Sandbox video games are based on changing the world at will and free roaming.
A third person shooter is a game structured around shooting. The player can see the avatar on-screen in a third-person view.
In a rail shooter video game the player does not control the movement of the character, instead the goal of the player is to be as accurate as possible when shooting at targets
A tactical shooter game is based on tactics and caution being more important than quick reflexes.
In a shoot'em up game player's play in a spacecraft or aircraft, shooting large numbers of enemies while dodging their attacks.
Light gun shooter game are based on aiming and shooting with a gun-shaped controller.
Massively multiplayer online shooter video games is defined by hundreds of thousands of player on the same shooter game at the same time.
Survival Horror based games normally take the form of a third-person shooter that seeks to provoke intense fear or reactions in the player.
Western RPGs basicly use a western style art form as an rpg.
Japanese RPGs basicly use a japanese style art form as an rpg.
The most popular setting for RPGs by far is a fantasy world but some rpgs are based on real life.
Sandbox RPGs consist of a free roaming environment where players have the maximum allowable choices. Usually the game story is not very important to the game, and allows players to roam freely without many constraints.
Action RPGs are defined by complex storytelling and an in depth character role. Action RPGs are similar to hack and slash games in that they provide intense combat situations and usually involve a lot of fighting.
MMORPG is defined as any game in which hundreds if not thousands of players exist in one video game space.
Tactical rpgs are defined by a focus on battle tactics and less on actual story plot and action elements.
They are differentiated from standard rpgs by how much more "random" they are: the hero character(s) will have random attributes and equipment at the outset, the dungeons are generated on-the-fly to be different every time, and item-containing chests change their locations.
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Now you know more video game genres so go out there and find what genre you like.
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http://www.examiner.com/article/the-definition-and-meaning-of-platform-video-games, http://www.examiner.com/article/the-definition-and-meaning-of-arcade-video-games
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http://www.examiner.com/article/the-definition-and-meaning-of-shooter-games, http://www.examiner.com/article/the-definition-and-meaning-of-a-first-person-shooter-game, http://www.examiner.com/article/the-definition-and-meaning-of-third-person-shooter-games
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Turn-based tactics (TBT), or tactical turn-based (TTB), is a computer and video game genre of strategy video games that through stop-action simulates the considerations and circumstances of operational warfare and military tactics in generally small-scale confrontations as opposed to more strategic considerations of turn-based strategy
Example: Darkstar One, Tortuga - Two Treasure, The Secrets of Da Vinci, and Runaway: Dream of the Turtle
Example: Legends Of Dawn, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, and Pirates of Black Cove
Example: Bus Driver, Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood, Star Wolves 2, and Pro Cycling Manager
Example: Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis 2, Hearts of Iron 2, and Victoria
Example: Aquanoid, Bananoid, Krypton Egg, and Pong,
Example: Star Ocean, Dynasty Warriors, Golden Axe, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Example: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, Street Fighter EX, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, and Mortal Kombat 4
Example: Pacman, Maze War, Space Maze, and 3-Demon
Example: Devil’s Crush, Genie, and The Twilight Zone
Example: Space Panic, Donkey Kong 3, and Pitfall!
Example: Call of Duty 3, Alien vs Predator, and Call of Duty Black Ops II
Example: Tenchu, Metal gear soild, and Hitman: codename 47
Example: Huntsman: The Orphanage, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, and Anna Extended Edition
Example: Alice: Madness Returns, Amazing Zombie Defense, and Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
Example: TERA, Vindictus, and RaiderZ
Example: SimCity, SimCity 3000, and Caesar
Example: Evolution: The Game Of Intelligent Life, The Sims 3, and Spore
Example: Combat flight simulators, Racing simulations, and Vehicular combat simulators
Example: The Snow, Critical Mass, and Jane Angel: Templar Mystery
Example: Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and Simon Says
Example: Mario Party, Mario Party 9, and Singstar
Example: Kirby’s Avalanche, Picross 3D, and Tetris
Example:Chinese checkers, Crazy Eights, and Poker
Example: Tiger Woods PGA Tour, NHL Pro Hockey ’94, and NBA Showdown
Example: Deal or No Deal, Wits and Wagers, and Quiz: Ah! My Goddess
Example: Master of Orion 2, Sins of a Solar Empire, and Sword of the Stars
Example: Gemcraft, Protector, and Bubble Tanks Tower Defense
Example: Total War: Shogun 2, Sid Meier’s Civilization, and Civilization II
Example: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, Transformers G1: Awakening, and TurtleStrike
Example: Age of Battles, Ancient & Medieval Wargaming, and A Fistfull of Miniature
Example: Carnage Hear, Robot Odyssey, and RoboWa
Example: Chasm, Legend of Dungeon, and death road to canada
Example: Minecraft, Crackdown 2, and The Godfather
Real-time tactics games strongly emphasize on player micromanagement as well as winning battles. There is extremely little and most often no resource management for players to deal with. Players are often given troops with greater importance. Often time players must try to complete an objective or goal without losing all their units.
Example: Cossacks 2, Battles in the “Total War” series, and Warhammer: Mark of Chaos
Example: APB Reloaded, Ghost Recon Online, and God Mode
Example: Crisis Zone, Knife Edge: Nose Gunner, and Area 51
Example: SWAT 4, ARMA 3, and Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Example: Axelay, Thunder Force IV, and Life Force
Example: Duck Hunt, Gunblade NY, and Virtua Cop 2
Example: Darkfall Online, War Rock, and Halo: Reach
Example: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, and Far Cry 3
Example: FPS-Man, Dark Sector, and Burn Zombie Burn!
Example: Fallout 3, Oblivion, Blue Dragon, and Chantelise
Example: Avencast – Rise of the Mage, Borderland 2, and Hard to be a God
Example: Morrowind, Greed Monger, and Black Desert
Example: Kingdom Hearts, Tales of Symphonia, and Dragon Slayer
Example: The Repopulation, Pathfinder online, and ArcheAge
Example: eternal poison, disgaea hour of darkness, and Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity
Example: Quadropus Rampage, WazHack, and Pixel Dungeon
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