Video game genres, types or
categories are described here along with videogame reviews for 10
genres at gamerisms.
This section is dedicated to passionate gamerz everywhere.
Video games are one of the most popular forms of entertainment. There
is something about a good story that infiltrates the mind and makes us
think. Video games offer the type of experiences we don't get in the
At gamerisms, we highlight Shooting or first person shooter=FPS,
Fighting games, War games, Action-Adventure, Sport and Racing games
genre, Puzzle/Board games, Educational games, Simulation=SIM and
Links are provided below for each of the above genres.
Before that, we begin this introduction with a description of two terms
that are familiar to gamers. Role-playing games=RPG and
Action-Adventure games are terms that can describe the majority of
video game titles.
Additionally, a video game genres glossary lists the various terms that
you will encounter while browsing this section at gamerisms.
Let's begin your video game adventure.
Video Game Genres
Role-playing games are often a basis for some players to focus their
entire lives around.
If a normal video gamer finds it enjoyable to become immersed in a
story, the avid role-playing gamer will have a nerdgasm at the
mere mention of their preferred series.
Role-playing games position the player in the story as a character that
directly interacts with their environment in a dynamic story-driven
The concept behind these games is that a character starts out with
limited skills and abilities. Over time they grow stronger, more
skilled and more capable overall.
There are generally two styles of role-playing video game genres that
are considered pure RPG's,
There is the JRPG that is a game based in the Japanese style of linear
game play with a story and plot involved. These may rely heavily on
Japanese references in their story.
The Final Fantasy series has generally been this model of game play in
its older iterations.
There are also free-form RPG's that are non-linear which are more often
seen as the design concept of western developers. These games have an
overarching story to them but the character gets to it as they progress
and have lots of room to explore.
RPG's of the latter type are found in the world's most popular video
games, the MMORPGs. Games of this type are massively multiplayer online
games that have many players from around the world. The most popular
RPG of this type is World of Warcraft that boasts a roster of several
The gamerz that play this particular RPG have been known to spend a
great deal of their free time devoted to building their characters.
There are also hybrid video game genres that combine simulation games
with role-playing to create historically based role-playing games or
tactical strategy role-playing games. When these were introduced into
the role-playing environment a few decades ago, they produced a
shockwave throughout the videogame development world that is still
being felt today.
Action Adventure Games:
Video Game Genres
Video games are the latest toys that all enthusiastic gamerz enjoy and
want to have. Several different genres and titles are classified as
Role-playing or multiplayer games certainly qualify, as do first person
shooters, fighting and war games.
Into this genre mix, you can add sport videogames like Ultimate
Championship 2009 Undisputed and racing titles like Need for Speed.
Suffice to say, there is a plethora of gamer title selections and that
is always a good thing.
At gamerisms, we attempt to classify video game genres/hybrids and
In the end, we focused on the game title and plot as with fighting or
war games that may qualify for two genres. Therefore, you will find
Call of Duty in the War games review and Super Street Fighter review in
There is a separate genre article for Action-Adventure videogames that
non-combatant title reviews.
There are 5-7 title reviews and descriptions for each of the 10 video
game genres: action-adventure, shooting, fighting, war games, sport
games, racing, puzzle/board games, simulation=SIM and
Additionally, there are 12 Poker Game Software Reviews.
Adventure Game: generally played by one player or a
few players, against the intelligence=AI to complete quests or beat the
a branch of computer science related to teaching
computers to think and act like humans=artificial
intelligence. In computer games, AI techniques are used to find
shortest paths through complex situations, anticipate a gamerz moves
and fight like a human opponent, adapting quickly for each move.
the major antagonist relating to the game title.
His/her death is generally the goal of the game.
hardware device used to play video games. Consoles
perform as a camera when connected to a TV via the Vectrex.
device used to play video games to include a
D-Pad=direction pad along with start and select buttons. Wii remote is
another example with alternative features.
jargon for unique game action when the gamer
performs a quick movement utilizing several controller buttons. Also
referred to as a combo move.
the end of a game character and possibly the game.
Final Boss: a
gamer’s mortal enemy who likely must be
destroyed to win the game.
Person Shooter: a game in which the player sees
what his character sees. These games are typically war games
with many upgrades and are played as an individual gamer or as a team.
Gamers or Gamerz: terms
used at gamerisms referring to video game players.
Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game: a
role-playing=RPG game played online where sometimes millions of gamers
are interacting at the same time. Examples are World
of Warcraft and the Diablo series.
group video game play.
The system on which a game is played. Example,
Atari, Nintendo, Xbox.
PlayStation Portable is a handheld gaming console made
Playing Game: game in which gamers build
statistics, collect items and use strategy to complete quests or defeat
Game: a game where gamerz build in a virtual
world. Video gamers can build, play and complete quests with
everything from building their own amusement park to building an army
to attack another gamer in the simulation.
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