What is your favorite genre of videogame?

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I voted for shoot-em-up; but

I voted for shoot-em-up; but really its specifically 2D shooters and they tie with puzzle games for me.

Stories, shmories. If I want that I'll read a book. A story in a game is nice (e.g. God of War) as long as it doesn't get in the way. Any cut-scene longer than 30secs irritates me. I can buy a DVD if I want to watch a film.

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I can't say that I have much

I can't say that I have much preference about whether has me playing as a male or female, provided that it's an interesting character with personality. I enjoy playing the Nancy Drew games, for instance, and most of those have you playing as the titular female detective (hm, maybe not the best way of putting that...)

I appreciate the way the Broken Sword and Gabriel Knight games let you play roles of both genders. The last Nancy Drew implemented this as well (Nancy/Hardy Boys), so maybe they'll continue it.

In any case, I think the stereotypes to be avoided are the bubble-headed "bimbo" type or the oiled up "toyboy." I don't want to play either of those types of characters.

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Ok...after I posted my

Ok...after I posted my comment the voting box went up, so I guess I fall under the narrative fiction category. Great story is important, but obviously great gameplay needs to be there for the replay value, or at least the desire to complete a game.

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I guess currently

I guess currently action-adventure would be my choice. Not sure where to cast the vote, so I'm putting it here. There's a comment in here about choice of gender when selecting your character. It reminded me a former co-worker that had this thing about playing games where he had to play as a female character. He didn't like that at all. It was as if it was some commentary on his masculinity. Perhaps he had some gender issues to sort out. Personally I don't really care what I play as. If I have a choice in a game, I may select dependent on their attributes (Ummm...maybe attributes is not the best choice of words.) How 'bout abilities?

In the original Mortal Kombat, I played as Sonya Blade frequently, because of her devastating Leg Grab ability, and not just her, well "attributes".

Michael McCourt
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Right! If I have to stare at

Right! If I have to stare at a character portrait more than once I want it to be easy on my eyes. Though that doesn't explain to me why I've been doing it since Ultima IV. (??) I guess I was playing a character easy on my mind's eye. The only time this process started causing me problems was in MMORPG's when I would either be showered with gifts because people assumed my wood elf was being controlled by a girl or, later in the game, when people accused me of playing a girl wood elf so that I could trick people into showering me with gifts.

Genre's are hard categories to pin down and there are cultural biases, too. For instance, quirky games from Japan could be its own genre, but then in Japan each quirky game probably fits into a different culturally defined genre.

Bill Loguidice
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Hmm, good point "mezrabad",

Hmm, good point "mezrabad", I want to change my vote. Just kidding! To touch on your point for a moment though and something we have discussed in the past here on AA, is that I almost always favor playing "hot chicks" in my games than dudes. Some guys though like playing manly men, but not me. I simply prefer female characters for the eye candy. It's not a sexist thing though, it's a visual thing!

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Michael McCourt
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Role playing. Mostly for the

Role playing. Mostly for the hot elven supermodels.

Matt Barton
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Yes, I knew this poll would

Yes, I knew this poll would help foster even more discussion about genres! ;-) I figured that several of us wouldn't be happy with any of the categories, and want to see an addition. Indeed, I though the "other" might be a good way to learn about some new genres I hadn't heard of, yet. Still, my guess is that most people will consider one of those genres their favorites (esp. now that I've added in sports/racing.) :-)

BTW, here's a link to Bill's article about game genres. It's much more nuanced than this poll!

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Bill Loguidice
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I don't think the list is

I don't think the list is extensive enough. While I'm not saying that you need to go into the genre detail from my recent article, I think you either have to have a very specific list, meaning removing "Other!" and just have a comparison among a small pool of genres, or go all the way and list them all (a la that article). For instance, I chose "Other!" because my favorite genre is probably sports games, which for many often includes racing games. If "sports" does indeed encompass racing games, then for me, it pretty much seals the deal. While my fondest memories are mostly from classic computer RPG's and arcade style games, I'd have to say I've most consistently had the most fun with sports games, particularly baseball games, be they statistical or action-based (though I've put a lot of time in with golf and hockey games too, but I've played most sports a LOT). If you throw racing games in there, be they "Mario Kart" or "Burnout" or anything of the same ilk, then it's no contest.

While I also am a great admirer of the text adventure art form and enjoy such games, I can't list them as my favorite as the player is at the whim of the game author in regards to parser interaction, often leading to frustration. Finally, if RPG's had maintained the same momentum they had from the peak of SSI's pre-Gold Box and Gold Box era, that genre would have certainly finished closer to the top for me, if not to the top. RPG's are just too "different" these days from what I originally fell in love with. Same thing with shoot'em up's in my case, actually. I prefer the "simpler" early arcade style shooters rather than the over-the-top million bullets and explosion games with flashy displays of today. Again, the case of a genre evolving into something very different that I just don't enjoy as much. Finally, I would NEVER consider "FPS" a genre, even though the "S" implies "shooter" specifically. It's just a perspective. That perspective is often used in a shooter, but today it's just as likely to be an RPG or any other genre. Heck, even sports games have first person modes. In any case, there really aren't straight "shooters" anymore anyway, as most games too have well evolved beyond the "Doom" archetype into something with rather more depth.

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