The computer games industry are used to group games based on their style of game play or game interactions. Genres in the gaming market are setting independent, meaning that a title can be classified as an action title whether it set in a fantasy setting of goblins and warlocks or a futuristic city setting with aliens and hover cars.
The following is a list of some popular computer title genres and a description for each. Each one of these categories could be divided up into a several sub-categories but I haven’t covered any of these in this list.
Playing action games requires quick reflexes, and the skills to overcome obstacles very fast and sometimes under pressure from enemy characters. The action game category is very open and covers lots of types of games from modern first person shooter games mainly focused on combat-like or fighting right the way back to some of the first video games like pong or PAC-man.
Everyone loves playing adventure games, being taken to some far off land, of goblins, monsters and spell casting. Adventure titles were many of the first games created. Starting with text based adventure games and evolving into the massive adventure, role play and puzzle solving games of today.
Adventure games often require the gamer to directly interact with his or her game environment either by conducting conversations with other characters or by quickly solving problems to proceed to new zones.
Action-adventure titles contain all the greatest parts of the genres action and adventure. The games often need the player to quickly solve simple puzzles while also being directly involved in fighting situations. These titles often have open ended stories where one action at the beginning of the story can indirectly affect the outcome not only of the current scenario, but also of the story ending itself.
Role play games (RPG’s) have come a huge distance in the last 10 years, from being influenced by original tabletop pen and paper games. Role play games are commonly set in ancient or medieval times where gamers take on roles of travelling adventures or mercenaries and take on quests in order to gain experience and progress through the game.
Fighting, puzzle solving and conversational persuasion of in game characters is very common. RPG’s (role-play games) can either be fairly open where the player has huge amounts of available options and can wander off exploring on his own (i.e. Baldur’s Gate) or follow a quite strict and linear storyline (i.e. Final Fantasy Series).
Role-play titles are very often played online with hundreds of other human played characters. These MMO (Massive Multi-player Online) titles are hugely popular with games like World of Warcraft having thousands of online players at any one time.