See here the main game genres and their concepts!

You, even being a gamer, are still lost with the huge amount of genres and acronyms within the universe of video games. Yes, being a gamer can be hard at times, but luckily, in this matter, you will know the main genres and also almost all the game genres that we have available to date. It is worth remembering that this is just a portion of the huge variety, but they are considered the most important ones you should know about. Soon we intend to add more genres to this list, making it even more complete.

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Action

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Action games require quick reflexes, challenge, coordination and reaction, it is subdivided into several categories.

  • ball and paddle – In Portuguese “ball and paddle” are games that marked the beginning of electronic games where an object was used to collide with another, examples include Arkanoid, Breakout and Pong.
  • Maze – Game style where you must control an entity inside a maze, examples Pac-Man, Rally-X and Bomberman.
    • top-down – Maze games usually one player versus another style, eg: Head On, Rally-X, Bomberman.
    • First person -Games that use a first-person view (even if simulated) of a maze, example: Maze War
    • Pursuit – Mazes with enemies, example Pac-Man.
  • beat 'em up – Action game style with a character moving in a scenario with combats focused on melee combat, examples: Double Dragon, Streets of Rage and Fighting Force.
  • shoot 'em up – Also called Shmups, are games where the player controls a ship attacking by shooting at various enemies and dodging them, examples: Space Invaders and Gradius.
  • Platform – It can be 2D or 3D characteristic, a character moving horizontally through a scenario being able to jump on platforms through the scenario, examples: Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros. and Megaman.
    • Puzzle – Platforms whose challenge is in puzzle solving, example: Swapper.
    • Run and gun – Platforms whose emphasis is on multidimensional shots, influenced by shoot 'em ups, examples: Contra, Metal Slug, Megaman.
    • cinematics – Platforms that simulate real jumping situations, this type of game usually uses many elevators, example: Prince of Persia.
    • comic action - Also known as GACs, are platform games without scrolling, example: Nightmare in the Dark
    • Isometric – Platform games with isometric view, example: Ant Attack.
    • Metroidvania – Also known as action-adventures, they are platform games with elements of scenario exploration, the name of the genre derives from the two main games of the genre: Metroid and Castlevania.
  • endless run – Games that feature an entity that runs infinitely in a scenario dodging obstacles, example: Temple Run and Subway Surfers.
  • Horror – Horror-themed games, often featuring zombies or paranormal events, examples: Resident Evil and Silent Hill
  • Sneaky – Games themed more focused on running away from enemies than direct combat with them, examples: Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell
  • Open world – Games whose scenario is unique and gives the player a lot of freedom to go to any point in the scenario, for example: Grand Theft Auto.
  • Shooting Gallery – Games where the objective is to hit targets in the background of a static scenario, example: Shootout
    • light gun shooter – Hit enemies games in which the player uses some kind of weapon to hit enemies, examples: Time Crisis and The house of the Dead.
  • First-person shooter – also known as FPS (first person shooter) game where the camera is positioned in the eyes of the game character, example: Doom, Quake, Call of Duty.
    • hero shooter – FPS variation where teams duel each other and players choose heroes with unique skills and weapons, they are usually also inspired by MOBAs, examples: Team Fortress 2, Battleborn, Overwatch, Quake Champions, Paladins.
  • third person shooting – also known as TPS (third person shooter) game in which the camera is positioned a little behind the character, but following his vision, examples: SOCOM US Navy Seals, Gears of War.

Adventure

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These are games in which the player takes on the role of a protagonist in an interactive story with exploration and puzzle solving.

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  • Interactive fiction – These are text-based adventure games where the player interacts by answering questions in a story told, for example: Life is strange and Life is strange before The storm
  • Adventure game – These are games that, instead of texts, use images for player interaction.
    • point and click – Genre that emphasizes story, usually in third person where the player usually uses the mouse to move and interact with objects and characters, example: Monkey Island, Grim Fandango
    • Escape the room – Adventures in which the player has to solve problems to escape from some kind of closed space, example: MOTAS
    • puzzle adventure – Games that emphasize solving puzzles, examples: Myst, Atlantis: The Lost Tales
    • visual novels – Adventure games with static images that simulate manga are popular especially in Japan, eg School Days, Doki Doki Literature Club!

Strategy

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These are games that emphasize thinking and planning skills to achieve victory;

  • by shifts – Games in which one player plays at a time taking turns, for example: The Battle for Wesnoth, Hearthstone;
    • Artillery – Games that involve direct combat between enemy units, in electronic versions inspired by the Naval Battle game, example: Scorched 3D;
  • In real time – Game where players play and make decisions at the same time, example: Warcraft, Starcraft and Clash Royale;
    • tower defense – Game in which the objective is to prevent computer-controlled units from reaching an objective, the player does this by installing traps against the units, usually in the form of towers, example: Defenders of Ardania;
  • 4X – Acronym for eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate, are games with an emphasis on development, and can be in real time or in turns, example: Civilization.

RPG

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These are games that are similar to tabletop RPGs, their main feature is the control of a character that develops throughout the game.

  • MUD – Acronym for multi-user dungeon are RPGs in text format, example:
  • action RPG – Sub-genre that involves real-time combat with direct control of the character, example: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    • Hack and slash – These are RPGs with a strong focus on combat, almost always with little or no associated story, example: God of War
  • tactical RPG – Subgenre involving turn-based combat.
    • strictly tactical – RPGs without movement through the scenario, but only with turn-based combat.
    • dungeon crawl – These are electronic RPGs with movement and turn-based combat, which can be in first or third person, for example: Doom RPG
    • turn-based RPG – RPGs with free movement, but turn-based combat, example: Final Fantasy.
  • roguelike – RPG with scenarios generated randomly by the software making each time the player plays, he enters a different scenario, they can be action or tactical, example: Diablo.
  • JRPG – They emerged and became popular in Japan, they are RPGs with a focus on history and characters with an anime/manga look, which can be action or tactical, for example: Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest.

Sport

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These are games that simulate the practice of individual or team sports.

  • Arcade – They are sports games with little realistic concern, example: Mario Tennis, NBA Jam
  • Simulation – Realism-themed games usually include licenses with real names of teams and players, examples: FIFA, Pro Evolution Soccer, Madden NFL.
  • Managers – Games where the player assumes the role of the manager, example: Football Manager, Elifoot.
  • multi-sport – Games that combine several games into one, example: Wii Sports, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.
  • Fight – Games that are based on sports matches, example: WWE 2K.

Race

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Racing games are those where the player enters a racing competition using land, water or air vehicles.

  • Simulators – Games that try to simulate the real behavior of a vehicle with component adjustments, being able to use real or fantasy tracks, are games that require training to improve the player's skill, examples: Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport
  • Arcades – These are games with little focus on realism, with more liberal physics, example: Need For Speed
  • karting games – These are generally cartoonish racing games with frequent use of power-ups on the track and weapons that can be used to hit opponents, example: Mario Kart.
  • vehicle combat – Games played in a vehicle demolition arena against others, example: Vigilante 8: Second Offense

Online game

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These are games that, in order to be played, need to be connected to a network, local or internet.

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  • browser game – These are games that can be played directly from the internet browser, without the need to download them.
  • fantasy game – Also known as fantasy games, games in which players simulate thematic leagues, usually of some sport, example: Cartola FC.
  • MMO – Acronym for Massively multiplayer online, are games that use a persistent world generated by a server where thousands of players meet.
    • MMORPG – Massive RPG themed games with thousands of players, example: Lineage, Ragnarok Online, World of Warcraft.
    • MMORTS – Massive real-time strategy-themed games, example: Imperia Online
    • MMOTBS – Massive turn-based strategy-themed games, example: UltraCorps
    • MMO FPS – Massive first-person shooter-themed games, example: PlanetSide
    • MMOSG – Massive games with a social theme, usually without a specific objective, e.g. Second Life, Habbo
  • MOBA – Acronym for multiplayer online battle arena, games derived from RTS with online battles between teams whose objective is to destroy the enemy base, example: DotA, League of Legends, Smite, Heroes of the Storm.

Simulation

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They are games with the objective of simulating a real or fictional world.

  • city ​​building – These are games where the player takes on the role of planning and managing a city, for example: SimCity, Cities XL.
  • government simulation – Where the player takes on the role of a leader of a nation, example: Tropico.
  • Flight simulator – Games in which the player takes on the role of an aircraft pilot, example: Microsoft Flight Simulator, FlightGear.
    • combat flight simulator – where the player takes on the role of an aircraft pilot in combat missions, example: Combat Flight Simulator, HAWX.
    • space flight simulator – where the player takes on the role of commanding a spacecraft, example: Orbiter Space Flight Simulator

When we talk about production...

  • Independent electronic game – Independent games (or indie from independent English) are games made by a small group or by just one person, and can be financed by the producers themselves, or a small amount paid by larger producers or by donations.
  • Arcade – These are games made for arcade machines, characterized by being produced in a complete set (game, monitor and cabinet)
  • advergames – Games made to advertise a product or company.
  • Educational – Games used for educational activities, generally used in schools and universities.
  • social games – Games whose objective is the interaction of people through a network of devices.
  • Commercial Production Game – Games made by large production companies that have a large associated logistics, AAA games can be considered the great productions.

When we talk about graphics…

  • Text – Most primitive form of games, based on interactions via text.
  • vectors – Games that use geometric primitives such as points, lines and curves can be used to create 2D and 3D perspective, example: Starglider.
  • 2D – Games that use two-dimensional images.
    • top-down perspective – Overhead view of the character, where the character can move at any angle
    • side scrolling – Side view of the character, very common in platform games, the character usually moves left and right, being able to jump, Parallax scrolling are applied to simulate depth.
    • 2.5D – 2D view that simulates a 3D view seen from a certain angle, also called pseudo-3D, is divided into a few categories:
      • isometric – example: Diablo
      • oblique projection – example: Paperboy and International Superstar Soccer
      • Billboarding – example: Mario Kart
      • Z axis scaling – example: OutRun
  • 3D – Games that use three-dimensional graphics
    • 3D Fixed – Game whose camera is fixed at a point, and usually uses a pre-rendered image as a background, examples: Alone in the Dark and Resident Evil.
    • First person – Game whose camera is fixed on the position of the character's eyes.
    • Third person – Game in which the camera is positioned close to the character, following his movement through the scenario.
      • fixed camera – The camera simply follows the movement of the character, but not its rotation, example: God of War.
      • tracking camera – The camera follows the movement and rotation of the character, example: MDK.
      • interactive camera – The camera follows the movement, but who makes the rotation is the player, example: Splinter Cell.

what genre of games is most played?

Based on the number of players, the most popular game genres currently are Battle Royale, MOBA and RPG. Games of these genres have billions of players worldwide.

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