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VIDEOGAME GENRES
& Auteurs
What is Genre
Film Studies Genre. A ready-made narrative
form., characterized by certain pre-established
conventions. Com...
In Film Studies
Includes:
Action Adult Adventure Biography Children's
Comedy Crime Disaster Documentary Drama
Foreign Es...
In Videogame Studies
We will look at these and their various subgenres:
1. Action game | 2. Shooter game
3. Action-Adventu...
Action Games
Requires players to overcome obstacles by using
quick reflexes and timing.
Subgenres include
Fighting Games ...
Shooter Games
Focuses on combat involving weaponry.
Subgenres include
First Person Shooters (FPS) (eg Halo 3)
and Doom.
...
Action-Adventure
Tend to focus on exploration and involve a hero’s
journey -- puzzle solving and combat.
An example is the...
Shig Miyamoto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja5GNzmUhho
 Donkey Kong (1981)
 Mario Bros. (1983)
 Super Mario Bros. (19...
Adventure
Unlike adventure films, adventure games are not
defined by story, but rather by manner of
gameplay. Is considere...
Robyn and Rand Miller
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiOqdfCBv40
 Robyn and Rand Miller developed the games
Myst and Rive...
Construction Simulation
In these games one builds or manages communities
and projects with a set of resources:
Subgenres i...
Life Simulation
Life simulation games can be about individuals or
allow one to experiment with ecosystem sims.
Subgenres i...
Will Wright
Cofounder of Maxis, now part of Electronic Arts. In 2009 he
formed the "Stupid Fun Club", an entertainment thi...
Role-Playing Game
Players get to play characters through a story
narrative.
Subgenres include:
Original Game Dungeons and...
Strategy Game
A strategy game or strategic game is a game (video
or board game) where players' uncoerced, and
often autono...
Strategy Games
4X – Xplore, Xpand, Xploit, Xterminate.
(eg Civilization IV, Civilization V) auteur Sid Meir.
Game of Thr...
Sid Meir
Canadian Programmer/Designer of Strategy Games (Firaxis):
* Spitfire Ace (1982)
* HellCat Ace (1982)
* Floyd o...
Sid Meir, Videogame Auteur
 * Silent Service (1985)
* Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)
 * F-19 Stealth Fighter (1988)
 * F-...
Sid Meir, Videogame Auteur
 * Magic: The Gathering (1997)
* Sid Meier's Gettysburg! (1997)
* Sid Meier's Antietam! (199...
Sid Meir, Videogame Auteur
* Civilization Revolution, announced on June 28, 2007 and
released on June 13, 2008. A seventh...
Vehicle Simulation
Provide the player with realistic interpretations
of operating vehicles.
Subgenres include:
Racing Gam...
Other Notable Genres
Corporeal Games (Wii Sports)
Music Games (Guitar Hero)
Sports Games (NHL)
Casual Games (Puzzle Ga...
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Game Genres

  1. 1. VIDEOGAME GENRES & Auteurs
  2. 2. What is Genre Film Studies Genre. A ready-made narrative form., characterized by certain pre-established conventions. Common genres are Westerns, Drama, Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Comedy, etc. A video game genre is defined by a set of gameplay challenges. For example, an action game is still an action game, regardless of whether it takes place in a fantasy world or outer space.
  3. 3. In Film Studies Includes: Action Adult Adventure Biography Children's Comedy Crime Disaster Documentary Drama Foreign Espionage Family Fantasy Gay & Lesbian Horror Musical Mystery Period Piece Romance Sci-Fi Short Sport Suspense Teen Thriller War Western
  4. 4. In Videogame Studies We will look at these and their various subgenres: 1. Action game | 2. Shooter game 3. Action-Adventure game |4. Adventure 5. Construction Simulation game | 6. Life Sim 7. RPG Game | 8. Strategy game 9. Vehicle Simulation 10 Others (Fitness, Music, Sports, Casual, Social)
  5. 5. Action Games Requires players to overcome obstacles by using quick reflexes and timing. Subgenres include Fighting Games Top Fighter Characters Maze Games (eg Pac Man) thx Remi Gaillard. Pinball Games Platform Games (eg Donkey Kong)
  6. 6. Shooter Games Focuses on combat involving weaponry. Subgenres include First Person Shooters (FPS) (eg Halo 3) and Doom. MMOFPS (eg Unreal Tournament) Shmup Arcade Shooter (eg Space Invaders)
  7. 7. Action-Adventure Tend to focus on exploration and involve a hero’s journey -- puzzle solving and combat. An example is the world’s best selling videogame and that would be ….. This game? The Legend of Zelda By the great videogame auteur Shigeru Miyamoto (Game of second-person, narrative immersion.)
  8. 8. Shig Miyamoto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja5GNzmUhho  Donkey Kong (1981)  Mario Bros. (1983)  Super Mario Bros. (1985)  Super Mario Bros. 2 (1986)  The Legend of Zelda (1987)  Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)  Super Mario Kart (1992)  Super Mario 64 (1996)  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000)  Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)  Super Mario Sunshine (2002)  Metroid Prime (2002)  The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)  Super Mario Galaxy (2007)  Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)  New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)  Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) Auteur
  9. 9. Adventure Unlike adventure films, adventure games are not defined by story, but rather by manner of gameplay. Is considered a “purist” genre. An example is the world’s best selling PC game and that would be ….. MYST. A game of first-person, embodied spatial immersion. (like VR)
  10. 10. Robyn and Rand Miller http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiOqdfCBv40  Robyn and Rand Miller developed the games Myst and Riven through Cyan Worlds, a Spokane, Washington-based studio, and published and distributed by Brøderbund. The Millers began working on Myst in 1991 and released it for the Macintosh computer on September 24, 1993  Remakes and ports of the game have been released for Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Jaguar CD, AmigaOS, CD-i, 3DO, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, and the iPhone OS by publishers Midway Games, Sunsoft, and Mean Hamster Software. Auteurs
  11. 11. Construction Simulation In these games one builds or manages communities and projects with a set of resources: Subgenres include: City building games (eg Sim City Classic) God Games (Spore) Both these games were designed by Will Wright.
  12. 12. Life Simulation Life simulation games can be about individuals or allow one to experiment with ecosystem sims. Subgenres include: Biological Simulations (Jurassic Park: Op Genesis ) Pet-raising Simulations (Tamagotchi) Social Simulations (Will Wright’s The Sims)
  13. 13. Will Wright Cofounder of Maxis, now part of Electronic Arts. In 2009 he formed the "Stupid Fun Club", an entertainment think tank. SimCity brought him to prominence and he built on the theme of computer simulation with SimEarth and SimAnt. Wright's greatest success is The Sims which, as of 2009, is the best-selling PC game in history. His latest work, Spore, was released in 2008 and features gameplay based loosely upon the model of evolution and scientific advancement. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH5ALcdxNag Auteur
  14. 14. Role-Playing Game Players get to play characters through a story narrative. Subgenres include: Original Game Dungeons and Dragons. MMORGs: WOW and Second Life. A Thriller-a-thon Tactical RPGs : Final Fantasy Tactics
  15. 15. Strategy Game A strategy game or strategic game is a game (video or board game) where players' uncoerced, and often autonomous decision-making skills have a high significance in determining the outcome. Almost all strategy games require internal decision tree style thinking, and typically very high situational awareness.
  16. 16. Strategy Games 4X – Xplore, Xpand, Xploit, Xterminate. (eg Civilization IV, Civilization V) auteur Sid Meir. Game of Thrones Genesis Turn-based Strategy Games (Battle For Wesmoth) for iPhone. Board/Card Games. Contract Bridge, Chess.
  17. 17. Sid Meir Canadian Programmer/Designer of Strategy Games (Firaxis): * Spitfire Ace (1982) * HellCat Ace (1982) * Floyd of the Jungle (1982) * NATO Commander (1984) * Solo Flight (1984) * Kennedy Approach (1985) * F-15 Strike Eagle (1985) Auteur
  18. 18. Sid Meir, Videogame Auteur  * Silent Service (1985) * Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)  * F-19 Stealth Fighter (1988)  * F-15 Strike Eagle II (1989)  * Covert Action (1990)  * Railroad Tycoon (1990)  * Civilization (1991)  * Pirates! Gold (1993)  * Colonization (1994)  * Civilization II (1996) Continued
  19. 19. Sid Meir, Videogame Auteur  * Magic: The Gathering (1997) * Sid Meier's Gettysburg! (1997) * Sid Meier's Antietam! (1998) * Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (1999)  * Civilization III (2001) * Sid Meier's SimGolf (2002) * Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004) * Civilization IV, Designed by Soren Johnson 2005. * Sid Meier's Railroads!, released October 17, 200608 Continued Further!
  20. 20. Sid Meir, Videogame Auteur * Civilization Revolution, announced on June 28, 2007 and released on June 13, 2008. A seventh generation console edition of Civilization.  * Sid Meier's Civilization IV: War of Two Cities, 2008  * Sid Meier's Pirates! Mobile 2008  * Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon Mobile, 2008 mobile version  * Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization, is a 2008. ACK EVEN MORE WHOA!! What a body of work!
  21. 21. Vehicle Simulation Provide the player with realistic interpretations of operating vehicles. Subgenres include: Racing Games (eg Simpsons Hit and Run) Flight Simulators (Flight Simulator X)
  22. 22. Other Notable Genres Corporeal Games (Wii Sports) Music Games (Guitar Hero) Sports Games (NHL) Casual Games (Puzzle Games – Tetris) performance creator Guillaume Reymond Social Games (Candy Crush on Facebook) Serious Games (Booze Cruise, PPETRG)

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