Learning About Popular Video Game Genres
A video game is an organized form of interactive play, normally undertaken for fun or entertainment, sometimes also used as an educational instrument. Games are quite different from work, which is often carried out primarily for remuneration, and unlike literature, which has multiple purposes, games are generally a product of a single creative mind. Games can be played individually, as a series of images or sounds, or in a group, such as with a computer game. Most people take part in gaming activities alone, while others regularly play games with friends or family members, or as a part of group community.
Another interesting fact about video games, well noted by those who make and develop them, is the wide variety of genres. The most popular of these are first-person shooter (FPS), action, role-playing, racing, strategy, horror, and adventure. Of these, the most well-known genres are first-person shooters, action, adventure, and role-playing. We will now discuss briefly each of these.
FPS, or first-person shooter games, are multiplayer games in which the player assumes the role of a character and fires a weapon, typically an automatic weapon, at enemies, both human-like and artificial, for game mechanics to be defined. For example, in Counter-Strike, players are to assume the role of a sniper aiming at enemy targets. They have various aiming modes: behind the target, stationary, moving around the screen, spotting, etc. Each shooting mode has different types of weapon used for execution, ranges of shots, and time allowed to perform the shot. The objective of the game is to eliminate targets without being killed yourself.
Adventure games are the opposite of FPS games in terms of gameplay. In adventure games, players assume the role of a protagonist, or adventurer, who sets out on quests to find and complete objectives. Unlike in other video game genres, the primary objective is not to kill enemies but to achieve a goal, such as finding the secret location of a mission, or finding the legendary object. To accomplish a goal, the player must solve puzzles, avoid enemies, search environments for items and props, etc.
The last two video game genres, action-adventure and role-playing, differ in the ways they manage gameplay but share many of the same features. The difference lies in the type of narrative approach taken by the game. In action-adventures, the storyline is more linear, while in role-playing the narrative is more open. Both action-adventures and role-playing, however, require players to make choices concerning their characters, which can result in different outcomes (for example, killing one character and saving another).
Finally, we will discuss a fun fact about all three genres: all of them have their share of Easter Eggs hidden within the mechanics of the game. Hidden Easter eggs are scattered throughout most of the main genres, including adventure, action, role-playing, racing, puzzle and much more. A tip for locating these Easter eggs is to search for a game that utilizes a popular concept, such as “manual” combat, or “turn based” puzzles – chances are, you will likely find an Easter egg somewhere!