Computer_games Genres

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Computer games:

Computer games An history & introduction

Types of computer games:

Types of computer games Shoot- em ups First Person Shooters Platform games Strategy games Puzzle Games Adventure RPG Sports Simulation

Shoot-em-ups (max destruction):

Shoot- em -ups (max destruction) Space invaders was developed in 1978! Initially in arcades then on an atari computer (games came on tapes. Then came Asteriods , Robotron , R-Type, Ikaruga and Tumki Typical shoot- em -ups have a player controlling a spaceship with a quick firing weapon. Enemies attack the player’s ship and the objective is to destroy as many as quickly as possible. Skilled players have fast reaction times.

First person shooter (kill or be killed):

First person shooter (kill or be killed) The view you are given is as if you are in the game. Often the game will have a status bar showing the points/lives scores you have. They can be based on realistic environments (military etc ) or fantastical worlds. Doom was one of the initial games to be created. 3d technology has transformed the First person Shooter game genre. Examples being Battlefield, Call Of Duty.

Platform Games (hazardous gameworlds):

Platform Games (hazardous gameworlds ) One of the most enduring genre’s, starting with Donkey Kong consoles. Super Mario world and Sonic made Dsi’s a must have item. Platform games normally involve mascot style characters diving around worlds avoid hazards. Addictive and appealing to lots of age groups.

Strategy games (gameworld in your hands):

Strategy games ( gameworld in your hands) Strategy games place the player in command, they manage the resources (food, water, armoury) to meet an aim. You can normally customise the characters/worlds etc. Often they use a God’s eye view. The ‘thinking person’s’ gaming genre.

Puzzle games (Good for the brain):

Puzzle games (Good for the brain) Most widely played games. Can be run other many types or hardware (phones, computers, consoles etc ). Often similar to ‘non computer’ games (cards etc ) Appealling to many audiences. Crosses culture and language barriers. Mazes, cards, puzzles etc Based in Logic.

Role playing games:

Role playing games A role-playing game (RPG) is a game in which the player participant assumes the role of a character, generally in a fantasy or science fiction setting, that can interact within the game's imaginary world. Players are responsible for making choices and developing the character throughout the game.

Adventure games:

Adventure games An adventure game is a video game in which the player assumes the role of protagonist in an interactive story driven by exploration and puzzle-solving often lacking in fast pased action or combat. Adventure games (text and graphic) are often designed for a single player, since this emphasis on story and character makes multi-player design difficult.

Sports games:

Sports games Sports games emulate the playing of traditional physical sports. Some emphasize actually playing the sport, while others emphasize the management behind the sport (such as Championship Manager).

Simulation games:

Simulation games Simulations are games that attempt to copy various “real life” activities in "real life" in the form of a game for various purposes such as training or entertainment. Often there are no pre-defined goals and these can often be set by the player.


MORE GENREs Stealth Survival Horror Tower Defence Music Party Educational Trivia Etc etc

Activity: Review Games:

Activity: Review Games The worksheet holds 3 games for you to review: Open ‘GAMES REVIEW WORKSHEET’ Save it into your area. Click on game link, play ONCE! Fill out the review sheet for this game. Continue till you have reviewed each of these games. Email your worksheet to your teacher.


Plenary Which is your favourite computer game genre? Why is this your favourite genre?

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