A Short List Of Video Game Sub-genres

A video game is a well-structured, interactive form of entertainment, often undertaken for fun or relaxation, and at times used as an educational resource. Games are very different from work, which generally are carried out only for profit, and from literature, which are primarily an expressive expression of cultural or artistic impressions. The activities and events depicted in games help to enhance human capabilities and develop social skills.


Unlike literature, film or theatre, video games require the player to interact with a character and solve problems in the same way that they would in real life. This helps to foster the development of social interaction skills and group cohesiveness. There are two major categories of video games: first-person shooters (focusing on action), and adventure/ RPG. In first-person shooters, the player takes control of a protagonist in a story line, battling other enemies and progressing through the game’s various stages. The objective is not just to survive, but to complete the mission and achieve the goal, using a variety of weapons and power-ups.

For action games, the player takes control of a character and the actions of that character are guided by game mechanics, providing challenges and rewarding players when they follow the prescribed path. The player must use skill, timing, and strategy to overcome enemies and survive situations. Adventure and RPG video games are more story-driven, having strong plotlines that keep the player engaged from start to finish.

The third major type of game is puzzle-based. These games require logic and critical thinking, with the objective of finding a solution to the puzzles or of hitting the maximum number of points in order to pass levels. Some examples of puzzle video games include Tetris, Sudoku, and Solitaire. On the other hand, action-based video game titles feature shooting, fighting, racing and puzzle elements.

The fourth major sub-genre is simulation. These categories generally combine action with adventure, racing, combat, and puzzle-solving. Examples of these games include Dear Esther, Sims Medieval City, Portal, Prince of Persia, Prince of Struthat and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The fifth sub-genre is visual and physical simulation. This includes sports, racing, and visual novels.

When it comes to strategy games, we can include war strategy, military strategy, economic strategy, environmental strategy, transportation and other types. Sports games are mostly tennis, golf, table tennis, billiards, bowling, baseball, soccer, rugby, motor-bike racing and horse racing. Some popular examples of these sports games are Beethoven on Steroids, Fall of Rome, Age of Empire, Conflict Vietnam, Counter Strike, Downhill Jam, Fable III, Half Life 2, World in Conflict, World in WarCraft, Thrill Kill, World in WarCraft, World in WarOnline. idle games, as their name suggests, are games where the player spends very little time playing. They include card games, arcade games, word games, arcade games without any sound, board games, musical games, puzzle games, time management games, shooting games and sports games.