• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 8. Gaming > Computer Game Genres

Computer Game Genres

There are a variety of computer games that you can purchase in stores to play alone on your computer. Many of the game styles have been adapted for Web games (which we will try to note, when relevant). The basic flavors of games include RPG; adventure games; combat simulations; driving simulations; sports simulators; arcade/action games; board, solitaire, and parlor games; life simulations (God games); money-making games; war and strategy simulations; children's games (often described as educational). Because we are trying to focus on Internet-related games, the categories aren't as distinct as they are in traditional commercial games. There is overlap, and many are not clear-cut definitions.

Role Playing

These once meant only Dungeons & Dragons-style games. They have evolved, and not all of them are set in barbarian-infested medieval worlds any more. A consistent element of these games is that you are your character. You create a character, name it, manipulate it, and interact with various entities, such as other people and bots (short for robots, which are generated characters that are part of the games program, so they react in predicable patterns, unlike the other human players). These are also sometimes called NPCs (Not Player Character).


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint