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Video games are games played on electronic devices. Often video game is taken in a narrow sense to mean those games played on consoles for television and similar handhelds, with computer games and arcade games treated separately. This is because the early games of these three tended to be very different. However, now there is considerable similarity between them, and many games have appeared on more than one platform.

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Video games are made by developers, made up of directors, artists, programmers, musicians and other technicians. Many teams easily number into the hundreds on larger projects such as SEGA's Shenmue. But most are stll made up of no more than a dozen closely working developers. ID Software is a good example of the smaller, more tightly focused developer.

Below are some of the main genres of videogames. This list could be improved on, and the titles relisted to those of great importance. Video games can also be categorized temporally - one may be a turn-based game or a continuous game - or in terms of the sort of display they have - 2d, 3d, fixed 3d, and so forth - though these tend to be more flexible. Of course all of these categories are somewhat overlapping and incomplete.

See also:

Video game console


ADVENTURE

Day of the Tentacle
Maniac Mansion
Zork series
Sam and Max
Monkey Island series
Zelda series
Tomb Raider series
more

ROLE PLAYING (RPG)

Dungeon Master series
Hack and Nethack
Might and Magic series
Ultima series
Final Fantasy series
Pokemon series
Diablo series
Xenogears-Terms
Chrono Trigger
Chrono Cross
Radical Dreamers
more

SHOOT 'EM UPS

SCROLLING

Zaxxon
R-Type series
Gradius series
Zero Wing
Radiant Silvergun
Bangai-O
Mr Heli
more

You've got to mention MAME here (link to http://www.mame.dk).

FIRST PERSON SHOOTERS (FPS)

Game-controlled movement
Duck Hunt
Virtua Cop
Area 51
Time Crisis series
Player-controlled movement
Wolfenstein 3D series
Doom series
Duke Nukem 3D series
Quake series
Half-life
Unreal series
more

THIRD PERSON SHOOTERS (TPS)

Tomb Raider series
Heretic II
more

STRATEGY

TURN BASED

Chaos,Lords Of Chaos,Rebelstar series
Civilization series
Battle Isle series
Alpha Centauri
Worms series
WarLords series
Heroes of Might and Magic series
Sokoban should be in here somewhere!

REAL TIME (RTS)

Myth series
Dune series
Command and Conquer series
Red Alert
Dark Reign
Populous series
StarCraft
The Corporate Machine
Age of Empires
more

PLATFORM

Super Mario series
Contra series
Metroid series
Mega Man series
Sonic the Hedgehog series
Crash Bandicoot series
Wario Land series
Kirby series
Lionheart
more

PUZZLE

Tetris
Dr. Mario
ChuChu Rocket
Mr Driller
Snakes
Bust A Move
Columns
Bomberman
more

BEAT 'EM UPS

Street Fighter series
Mortal Kombat series
Virtua Fighter series
King of Fighters series
Power Stone series
Tekken
Super Smash Bros. series
more

RACING

Simulation style
Gran Turismo series
Sega Rally series
Arcade style
Pole Position series
Mario Kart series

more


SPORTS

You know, all those baseball, golf, football, whatever, simulations.
and don't forget fishing and wrestling games.

SIMULATION

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Ace Combat
The Sims
SimCity
SimAnt
Sim Park

etc


Rhythm

Dance Aerobics
PaRappa the Rapper
UmJammer Lammy
Dance Dance Revolution
Frequency video game
Space Channel 5
Samba De Amigo

TRADITIONAL

Most popular boardgames, cardgames, and the like have been computerized to some degree or another.

Chess, checkers, othello (aka reversi), and Backgammon have world class computer programs. Mah-jongg and related games are immensely popular in Japan. Computer game programs are worthy opponents and can help you improve your skill at traditional board games.


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