Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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    Action Game

    Action games main mechanics revolve around one or more of the following:

    • Accuracy
    • Movement
    • Quick Decisions
    • Reflexes
    • Timing

    This genre is only to be used for games that don't fit in the other action-based basic genres such as Racing/Driving, Role-Playing (RPG) and Sports.

    Adventure Game

    Adventure games emphasize experiencing a story through dialogue and puzzle solving. Gameplay mechanics emphasize decision over action. Puzzle solving usually revolves around combining or manipulating items to advance the story. Some sub-genres like visual novels often skip on the puzzle solving and focus fully on interactive narrative. The name Adventure stems from the game Adventure (a.k.a. Colossal Cave), and not to the unrelated film/book genre Adventure.

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    C

      Compilation

      Denotes any package that contains a combination of game titles. "Compilations" are two or more games in a series (prequels/sequels) or a similar genre. "Shovelware" is the term given to dissimilar games packaged together, usually at a low price, to try to make up for lost or sagging profits.

    D

      DLC / Addon

      Downloadable content (DLC), expansions or add-ons are additional content created for a released video game. They are applied to the main game and require it to run, as the content cannot be played separately. The content can be a full expansion of the existing game, but also small additions such as currencies, enemies, extras (non-game elements such as soundtracks, wallpapers, beta access etc.), game modes, items, maps, outfits/skins, player units and so on.

      Game entries using the genre DLC / Add-ons do not receive any other genres inherited from the main game, except when it introduces a new genre to the game, such as a new perspective, an editor or a new theme. This also needs to be mentioned in the game's description.

      Driving Game

      Racing/Driving games allow the player to race, or drive vehicles in a leisurely manner. Racing can be done in vehicles, on mounts, on foot or in completely abstract graphics. Games with this genre needs to have racing/driving for the majority of the game, not just as a short sequence.

    E

      Educational Game

      Educational games try to teach the player through playing. Usually intended for younger children, educational games offer a fun, indirect way to practice "non-fun" subjects like spelling, math, history, etc. Educational games are often called “Edutainment”.

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                          Puzzle Game

                          Puzzle games focus purely on solving puzzles usually without much narrative. Puzzles exist in many varieties: strategic, tactical, logical, trivia, word puzzles etc.

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                            Racing Game

                            Racing/Driving games allow the player to race, or drive vehicles in a leisurely manner. Racing can be done in vehicles, on mounts, on foot or in completely abstract graphics. Games with this genre needs to have racing/driving for the majority of the game, not just as a short sequence.

                            Role-Playing Game

                            Role-Playing games (RPGs) belong to a wide a varied game genre that focuses on character development. Additional aspects that are often found in RPGs are:

                            • Amassing wealth
                            • Narrative
                            • Tactical combat

                            Character development in RPGs does not necessarily happen as in traditional stories, but means the main character(s) in the game learns new abilities or improves the capabilities of old ones. Character development also includes collecting armament and/or utilities of gradually increasing power.

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                            Simulation Game

                            Simulation games can be one of many different types of simulations. What all simulations have in common is that they are more realistically modeled to real life situations and/or variables than most games. Simulation games can model a wide variety of different situations and variables, most common are:

                            • Business/Trade Simulations
                            • Construction Simulations
                            • Life Simulations
                            • Management Simulations
                            • Sports Simulations
                            • Vehicle Simulators and Vehicular Combat Simulators
                            • War Simulations (Wargames)
                            Special Edition Game

                            Special Editions that contain a base game with additional content, usually released simultaneously along a standard edition of a game.

                            Sports Game

                            Sports games are games in which players control either players or managers of a real or fictional sports.

                            Strategy Games

                            Strategy/Tactics games revolve around strategic and/or tactical usage of resources often in combat or managerial scenarios.

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                            Tactical Game

                            Strategy/Tactics games revolve around strategic and/or tactical usage of resources often in combat or managerial scenarios.

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