Genres are used to help to give a game form before you’ve played it. Without these to help show us what we’re in for, the game world we buy to play may be nothing what we expected it to be. Thus we go oh maybe I’m not so keen to play this. Game genre is always a tough one as the genres can be near endless.
- I personally don’t think we need a standardised genre format for video games. This is because games can be so different from each other yet have a standard genre in common. By giving game genre’s sub genres, buzz words and fluff the game will take on a form and explain to a player what they should expect. It perks their interest more. Although a games genre can be near endless, I’d always prefer knowing that it’s got a lot of personality then just being a clone of another.
- By sticking to genre when developing a game you can already create some structure. So if you know your game will be action adventure or open world you know what you’re in for. Any other genres or sub genres you add can be put in and formed around the original genre idea. For me I believe having a set genre in the beginning will help a developer create a starting point, you can always work around it.
3. The literary/film genre I’ve chosen is Fantasy. Fantasy is a favourite genre of mine because there are endless possibilities as to who, what, when, where and why. Fantasy doesn’t have too many boundaries. Some examples of fantasy genre movies are: Harry Potter, Pan’s labyrinth, Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, Avatar etc. Some of these movies come from fantasy literature. Other fantasy book examples are Game of Thrones, The Broken Well Trilogy, Percheron Trilogy and the Trinity Trilogy.
a.The usual stories/situations and themes can be an unstable utopia or dystopia. Majority of the time it’s the light verses the dark.
b.The settings for fantasy can be endless, each of the examples above have different settings and different timelines. The books however were set in times before technology.
c.Characters can range from many different types of people/species. Some involve kings, queens, elves, hobbits, wizards and many more, a creator can make up his own species or group of people.
4. There is one recurring stereotype in the fantasy genre and that’s usually someone pushing the odds to fight the dark side, they’re usually the protagonist. There are also wise old people with long beards who are a stereotype as well, they can be different types in the stories.
5.The games that fit the same genre are the final fantasy series. Each new storyline that takes place throughout the series is unique in its own way. Creating a beautiful experience every time (SPOILER ALERT. except final fantasy 13 & 13 – 2 which was rude by making you go all that way for Serah to die anyway boooo).
a. The game type does fit the fantasy filmic genre as there aren’t boundaries and it can let the imagination run wild. They also stick to the good vs evil cliché.
b. The setting does reflect the filmic genre which can be many different unique areas that can’t be found in our world.
c. There are character types that are similar to the film genre. One of these characters is Vaan, one of the party members in final fantasy 12. He is a young protagonist fighting to get out of the slums and become a sky pirate. During this time he battles the enemy’s forces and proves himself to be a hero.