What are the different computer game genres?

12 Computer Game Genres Every Nongamer Should Know (First of 2 parts)

Written by Leandro Reyes on .

Find out more about the different kinds of computer games to give you a better understanding as well as to help you find out which kinds you like playing. Here are the first 6 of 12 computer game genres.

6 popular computer game genres

Computer games can be found everywhere. We may have started out playing them in our personal computers but now they are in other digital platforms. Gaming devices such as the Xbox and Play Station, smartphones, the internet, and even old school arcade games are definitely all over.
Chances are you are someone who has played a computer game at least a few times in your life. Candy Crush, League of Legends, Super Mario, even Solitaire, these are all part of the huge world of computer gaming.

To give you a better understanding of the different categories of computer games, here are the 6 kinds of computer games by gaming genre:

1. Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) Games
These are games that are played over a network such as a Local Area Network (LAN) or on the internet so that several players can play simultaneously with or against each other. Examples: OverWatch and League of Legends.

2. Simulation Games
These are games that make participants take control of “vehicles” such as airplanes, ships or tanks or “environments” such as cities, buildings or houses, to accomplish a set of goals or “missions.” Examples are Flight Simulator, World of Tanks, and Sims.

3. Adventure Games
These are games where the player sets off in a fantasy or adventure world to complete several “missions.” Players usually take on characters with skills, powers, and even backstories. Examples are Assassin’s Creed, The Myst, and Maniac Mansion.

4. Real-Time Strategy (RTS) Games
These are usually multiplayer games where building and maintaining resources play a main part in winning. Gameplay also occurs in real time for all participants. Examples are StarCraft and Warhammer.

5. Puzzle Games
As the name implies, these are games that solve puzzles. Most have multiple levels from easy to super hard. Examples are Tetris and Candy Crush.

6. Action Games
These are fast-paced fighting games. Fighting can be hand to hand, or with “weapons” such as swords, spears, and firearms. Examples are Rainbow 6, Walking Dead, and Hitman.

Notice that most games are actually part of several gaming genres. For example, League of Legends is an MMO plus an RTS in one. Most are free to play but they will offer add-ons (skins, skills, powers, etc.) that you have to pay for. You can use an online account if you wish to avail yourself of these add-ons.

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