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What are Video Game Genres? [Ultimate Guide]

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Welcome, everyone! In this topic, we will discuss a huge classification in the world of games: game genres. With your -and google’s of course :)- help, we will keep this post up-to-date with the latest game genres, and we will discuss their features to understand them better. So, let’s begin!

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Types of Games – Video Game Genres

Game Genre 1. Action

Action is a wide term, isn’t it? Actually, I also don’t have a solid idea of this genre. Action, what does it actually mean? Do we constantly jump, slide or run? Do we grab a sword and attack enemy lines? Let’s look at this term with its professional definition:

An action game is a video game genre that emphasizes physical challenges, including hand–eye coordination and reaction-time. The genre includes a large variety of sub-genres, such as fighting games, beat ’em ups, shooter games and platform games. Multiplayer online battle arena and some real-time strategy games are also considered action games.

Action game
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
steam action games
Games from Steam that are listed under Action Category

Okay, let’s interpret the definition of the action genre with the example games. According to professional definition, games should have physical challenges. These challenges may be obstacles suddenly appearing in the game scene or would be armed enemies shooting at you. Because both scenarios require you to act properly in a limited time which stimulates your mind as well as muscles.

With this definition, we can consider lots of games as an action games.

Example 1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike is a game that you compete against other shooters. It tests your physical capabilities and team harmony.

Example 2. PUBG: Battlegrounds

PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battleground) is a game that you compete against other real-time players. It needs you to be quick and cautious while looting. It needs you to be last-one-standing among other players who have the same goal.

Example 3. Dota 2

Dota 2 is one of the most played games recently. It is a game combining both strategy and teamwork. It is hard to win in this kind of game without proper teamwork. Your mind works for strategy, your muscle works for poking and fighting.

Action Sub-Genre 1. Shooter

I wanted to start this topic with one of the very basic genres in the game world: the shooter genre. If you are an average gamer; then you probably have an idea about this genre. And this idea will probably be: grab a gun and shoot enemies.

I want to look at more of it. It shouldn’t be that simple.

My research companion will be Wikipedia, and I will mention it from time to time. (For the rest of this header, I will call this resource “Wiki”)

So, according to Wiki, the shooter is a sub-genre of the Action genre. This makes sense of course.

Now, please think about one of the shooter games that you played. What was the emotion that you feel? Which ability did you mostly use while playing? Let’s analyze it with the popular game of Counter-Strike Global Offensive.

Counter-Strike Global Offensive is a game of Shooter genre. Shooter genre is a sub-topic in the post of What are Game Genres? [Ultimate Guide]
Counter-Strike Global Offensive is a game of Shooter genre

This legend game series is a perfect example of the Shooter genre. You have a gun, shoot enemies. You are a shooter :). If you ever played this game, you would probably feel anxiety if you are the last-one-standing in your team that depends on you. Your reflexes would be tested by some good players. Wiki also points these features:

Shooter games test the player’s spatial awareness, reflexes, and speed…

Shooter game
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We are okay with reflex and speed, but what is spatial awareness in this manner? While playing counter-strike -or any shooter game-, have you ever predicted the enemy’s location by the voice of his/her footsteps? This is spatial awareness. You are aware of the world you are in. When one of your teammates dies, you know that there is a dropped weapon on his/her corpse. You are aware of it.

Game Genre 2. Endless Runner

Despite generally being used for mobile games, the endless runner can describe any video game that is appropriate. This name of genre describes itself very well. Endless stands for pointing infinite road (mountain, river, anything) that player goes through the whole game. Runner stands for the main mechanic of the game. Combining these two words, Endless runner is the genre that the player runs on an infinite platform. One of the most popular endless runner games is Temple Run. If you are in your 30s and played first android games; then it is probably impossible that you have never seen this game 🙂

Temple Run is a game of Endless Runner genre. Endless runner genre is a sub-topic in the post of What are Game Genres? [Ultimate Guide]