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    Your Loved and Hated Game Genres

    I figured this could make a decent thread where replies needn't go completely in-depth. You can talk about one genre you like or dislike and another in a different reply. Doesn't matter really. I'll start us off...

    Hate: Roguelike

    God damn it, I just can't make myself enjoy procedurally generated games, and worst of all roguelikes. It's not like I've just written the genre off as crap without trying. I've played a few of them but they're not my kind of thing at all. I like structure. Be that a linear single player game with a story or an arcade game that allows you to memorise the steps needed to beat the game. To me, roguelikes only have you memorise one thing, which is how to control your character best (and stuff like monster types) but everything else is completely random.

    It gives a false sense of longevity. Playing what is essentially the same game again and again and again is lunacy, particularly with the permadeaths. I don't dislike punishing games in general. I haven't got through Dark Souls but I could see myself enjoying it because—while being a very punishing game—there is some skill and strategy involved in learning the levels and progression. Most importantly, in a linear single-player game there is attention to detail. Roguelikes always came across to me as a fad that encourages laziness in indie game development.

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    I find myself in a bit of an odd spot with this question. I can't think of almost any genre I outright hate, as I think there are probably at least a handful of good games in any genre. With that said, the bulk majority of games in every genre are crap, and I don't have one definitive type that I play more than any other... so I'm having trouble thinking of one that really speaks to me.

    I suppose if I had to pick anything, I'd say I love arcade-style games. This is a pretty broad definition I suppose, but I'd sum it up as relating to games which are action-oriented, extremely light on story, equally incorporate use of both reflexes and problem-solving abilities, and are typically played in short bursts with the purpose of attaining progressively higher scores or faster times. Galaga, Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, even games like Star Fox 64 or DOOM fall roughly within these confines, and while it is definitely a broad category, there's a certain "arcadeyness" that these games have which I think most people would recognize.

    As I've gotten older, I've found that sinking dozens of hours into some MMORPG or long-drawn cinematic game just doesn't make sense anymore; I find it increasingly difficult to validate that use of my time, and frankly I don't even know if I enjoy it like I used to. Yet, I feel like cracking a beer and playing something like Galaga for 15 minutes is a nice leisure activity which doesn't consume your life yet still provides you with a feeling of progression and reward -- and helps keep your mind active, too.

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    I'm in the same boat as Stardood in that there's not really a genre that I outright hate. I always felt that every genre has it's place and what might I dislike is something someone else loves and vice versa. I can tell you that I love first-person shooters (Shocker I know), specifically classical style first-person shooters. I love the rush of running around, switching weapons and fighting off hordes of enemies. It kind of plays into the action hero side of me. When you get a shooter that gets the feel of the guns just right, solid map design, and cool enemies, than there's nothing that can compare to an experience like that.

    It's the same reason why I also love action games may it be old-school beat-em ups, character action games, or hack and slash, any game that gets my adrenaline going and allows me to kick loads of ass is something can get behind any day of the weak.

    As for genres that, I suppose a better word that I have is indifferent towards...JRPGS are one of them

    *Dodges projectiles thrown at him by Zemekis*

    I don't hate the genre but I never could get into them since most of them don't really scratch that RPG itch for me. I have a older brother who grew up with the Dungeons and Dragons back in the 80s (Back when the satanic panic was a thing. He actually had the balls to tell a pastor at a church my parents used to take us to that the most important thing to him was Dungeons and Dragons) and I play pen and paper RPGS on and off so the appeal to me was you sit down, create your character, and then you go on adventures with your decisions shaping what happens. Western RPGS, at least the good ones, nail this. Stuff like Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic, Vampire: The Masquerade-Bloodlines, Fallout (Well, the earlier ones anyway, not so much 4) all capture the feeling of classic pen and paper RPGS where you can create your character, choose your playstyle and have the outcome of the story differ based on your decisions. Hell, even something like Oblivion, while it's steers more closer to action than the other games I mentioned, at least allows you to create a character and playstyle and just lets you loose in the world and allows you to use your imagination to create a story of your own. JRPGS, at least for the most part, forces you to stick to a character and a pre-determined story. You don't get a say in the story or how your character acts so it's not like in,say, Final Fantasy 7 you can play Cloud as a snarky smart-ass. Now, I know that there are JRPGS out there that do let you effect the story but with most JRPGS I've seen, it just seems to stick to the formula laid down by the likes of Final Fantasy. Does that make it bad? No. In fact, there are a few JRPGS that I'd like to try but when I want a classical RPG experience, most of them don't really offer that.

    I guess the only game genre that comes the closest to actually hating is the overtly cinematic games. Games that focus on story to the point where the gameplay feels like a second thought. It's a genre that's for people who typically don't like video games, usually made by pretentious dickheads and they offer nothing interesting from a gameplay perspective. Look, if you want a more thoughtful, mature story, that's fine but that doesn't mean that you have to give solid gameplay the shaft over it. Hell, gameplay mechanics can help you get immerse in that world more than a cut-scene could (Just take a look at Dark Souls as a wonderful example of this). I'm baffled as to why people give these games high praise especially since once they beat it, they never touch it again.

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    I can't think of the technical term for this type of game but the ones I hate are those simulated farming style ones.

    You farm for supplies, set up new things, and then defend them. Like Halo Wars. That is the only game I can think of off the top of my head right now. Games like that have always been so boring to me. I do enjoy simulator games but nothing like that.

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    OOH a thread I can really sink my teeth into. My #1 most beloved genre is J-

    Quote Originally Posted by Starwind55 View Post
    JRPGS
    O-oh-okay....Well can we at least still talk about Harvest M-

    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    hate are those simulated farming style ones.
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    No joke, I was writing a response to Starwind's post and I was about to mention how well-known I am around here for being a JRPG addict, and then I was mentioned in the damn post itself. If it isn't clear yet, my favorite genre by far is the JRPG. In fact, it's practically all I play. They tend to be so long that if JRPGs are your favorite then they are all that fit into your backlog. I used to play Dungeons & Dragons, and I even enjoyed Western RPG games until a few years ago when Fallout fell off the wagon and Elder Scrolls games....haven't been released. I can respect a good WRPG, but to put it bluntly I'm not a creative person whatsoever. I work (referring to my office job) a lot, commute a lot, and keep a busy schedule on top of that. I like a tailored story and gameplay experience because I'm mentally exhausted. If I had more time or if I wasn't recently married with a wife waiting and yearning for me at home, I'd be at my best buddy's weekly D&D group in an instant.

    I like the idea that the cast & story in a JRPG are laid out for me and I can work my way through at my pace & let them try to impress me with excellent world-building or story surprises. I kind of like the similar gameplay and story formula because I can easily see how well each developer manages an attempt with the same tools. That's not to say I don't play a few other things, but even those other things need to have characters with numbers I can increase like Nier: Automata or something similar. I could go on all day about this, but JRPGs of almost any quality level are my life.

    The genre or rather....gameplay mode? I hate (these days) is multiplayer. The last thing I want after dealing with people all day is for other people to be involved in my relaxation time. I don't want other dumbasses rushing me, shooting at me, competing with me, or talking to me in general while I play a game. Once in a while I will join some friends online for something like when we played 100% orange juice, but that's strictly because they are my friends and they asked me to. That game was uninstalled before I even said goodbye/goodnight to you guys in the Steam chat. When I was a teen I was all about Call of duty and stuff, if I were 10 years younger I'd probably be all into Fortnite or something but as an adult I just don't want anybody involved when I get my precious game time. I don't mind chatting with people when I play a game and the friends that I hang out with irl just chill while I play a JRPG or I pass the controller off. I don't like fighting games, party games, anything online, etc. anymore. I will make an exception for the Kirby64 minigames, Pokemon Stadium minigames, and Mario Kart on the Wii because I am an absolute biofreak at those and it is fun to win.
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    I can understand why people like them but I just get bored. I can't invest time in them. No hate on the genre, just for me personally... I can't. I just can't.

    Now I sound like a 14-year-old girl. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    I can understand why people like them but I just get bored. I can't invest time in them. No hate on the genre, just for me personally... I can't. I just can't.
    I like Harvest Moon a lot, but nothing beyond that. I couldn't get into Stardew Valley, Rune Factory, etc.
    Truth be told, they have too many features. I liked the simple business simulation aspect of the earlier games in the genre, scrounging for supplies and money...do I buy the extra seeds to plant some more crops? Is there enough time each game-day to water them all? Will I make more selling the veggies than the seeds cost by the end of the season?

    I wound up being a Business Management major and these days I'm a Business Consultant with an MBA, so perhaps I don't have the right to defend the farming sim genre, as it's very much a personal interest thing. Unless....were you talking more about the literal Farming Simulator games? The kind where you drive the farm vehicles and such? I'm not into any realistic sim games except for ones where I can drive a train.

    I'm just rambling now, but I thought I should at least point out what is (or was) appealing to me about farm sims like Harvest Moon. I don't give a shit about the dating sim aspect of those games or trophies/collecting everything. Looking back on it, my character was a kleptomaniac incel who ran his farm like a North Korean gulag. That dude ate 1 rice ball at 6am, then worked for 14 hours straight.
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