Gaming has become such a diverse platform in the last twenty years that it can be difficult to keep up with where it’s headed. More and more we’re seeing previous genres splintering off to create more category specific genres. We don’t just have simulation games anymore, we have racing simulation games and farming simulation games and roleplaying games can be massively multiplayer or Japanese in origin. It can be hard to figure out where your focus should be in order to keep your blog relevant. Here you’ll find descriptions of some of the most popular genres out there so you know what to pay attention to.
First Person Shooters
Easily the most popular genre on the market, the first person shooter platform has generated many incredibly successful game series throughout the years. These tend to be the most well-known games as well, including titles like Call of Duty, Team Fortress and Half-Life. What defines the genre is your perspective as you play through the game. You move around the game as if viewing it yourself, rarely if ever seeing the character whose story you’re exploring save for perhaps their hands and the weapon they’re carrying. While you may switch characters throughout the game, your perspective remains the same as you continue through the gameplay.
Massively multiplayer online role playing games, or MMORPGs as they’re often referred to online, are one of the newer genres to branch off of the role playing game genre. In MMORPGs you sign on to a remote server and create a character. You can develop this character in a variety of ways within the game as well as explore the world and complete quests. But what really defines this genre is your ability to interact with other players. Everyone logged onto your server is visible to you, and you’re able to interact with them in a variety of ways. They can join you on quests or you can battle them in a versus mode to increase your stats. Often times these games require a monthly fee in addition to what you paid for the game originally, though there is also a growing number of free-to-play games in this genre.
A big part of the increased popularity of this genre is directly connected to the larger number of people now playing games on mobile devices. Simulation games are quite popular in Apple and Android markets, as well as in places like Facebook. These can range from casino games to farming games and pseudo roleplaying games where you pretend to be a vampire or a member of the mafia. The key feature in simulation games is that you’re pretending to have an experience rather than pretending to be a specific person. Often in these games the character you’re viewing the game from is completely irrelevant to the game itself, which sets it apart from the role playing genre. You’re not a specific member of the mafia. You’re just experiencing what it would be like to be a part of the mafia in a particular game on Facebook.