G A M E  G E N R E S

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Genre lines in gaming are far blurrier than in books or film, and it seems that every second person has their own ideas of what constitutes each genre. Nonetheless, this quick guide gives you our interpretations of the gaming genre guidelines.

FIRST PERSON SHOOTER (FPS)

A shooting game played through the eyes of the character. The genre most synonymous with violence.

PLATFORMER

Control a character on screen. Jump, run and move around the game world. Usually of a lighter hearted subject nature and may involve puzzle elements.

REAL TIME STRATEGY (RTS)

A game with heavy strategic elements, (e.g building a city, commanding an army) that unfolds as you play. There are a number of different control styles and camera perspectives used in this genre.

THIRD PERSON ACTION

Players see the full body of the character they are controlling. Can involve running, jumping, shooting, driving, etc.

STRATEGY ACTION

A mix of specifically controlled action with elements of strategy. Think a few moves ahead but control your character at the same time.

ROLE PLAYING GAME (RPG)

Take control of a character, usually on an epic adventure. Follow the usually non-linear story, gain powers and knowledge to progress through the game.

SPORT

Control a player or team in a sport simulation.

PUZZLE

Solve puzzles to progress through the game, usually controlling an abstract character or no character at all.

PARTY

Designed for a social gathering, usually involving more than one player at a time.

RACING

Essentially a racing game- with cars or bikes, etc. Usually of realistic nature with true to life controls and graphics.

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