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Learn about the different types of video games available on the market. With technology evolving quickly, new and improved games are introduced regularly.

Types of video games

As the video game industry has expanded and advanced through time with the help of technology and popularity, what has become evident is the appearing of different video game types or genres at a very rapid pace. Video games get into this genre mainly based on their gameplay, interaction and category. Therefore, you may see huge similarities between two video games, but what makes it different is simply the way it's played and how the gamer interacts with the game to play it.

Based on these categories and criteria the video games have identified and established numerous genres. Of them, the most dealt with and common ones are described in detail below.


Identified as both the most basic form of video gaming and also the most popular form, action gaming genre requires players utilize their reflexes capabilities and timing to engage in play. One of the more popular sub genres of this genre includes the First Person Shooters (FPS).

First Person Shooters

Many of the world's most successful and renowned video games have been introduced to the market under this genre. In this type of game, players are engaged in a rapid paced and quick thinking gaming experience which also gives a close feeling of actually being in that situation. Great success stories of this genre include, "Half-Life", "Half-Life 2", "Crysis", "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" and so on and so forth.

Action Adventure

Just like the term implies, Action Adventure games includes gameplay which make use of characteristics that are commonplace with both the action genre and the adventure genre. Famous examples of this genre include, "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" and "Hitman" series.

Construction and Management Simulation

As the heading suggests, games belonging to this genre is all about giving the player the ability to build, expand and manage fictional communities or projects with scarce resources. Examples of this genre include, "SimCity" and "Spore".

Role Playing Games (RPGs)

With origins tracing back to the pioneer video games like, Dungeons and Dragons, RPGs have made quite mileage in the video gaming industry with explosively successful titles like "Grand Theft Auto" series and "World of Warcraft".


Aimed at bringing out a player's thinking and planning skills, strategy games traces its origins to the original board games. In the strategy genre, there are two types. Namely, turn based strategy games and real-time strategy games.

Real-Time Strategy (RTS)

The more famous and popular sub genre of the two, RTS games deals with games where, the action is in a continuous mode and the decision and actions that the player makes has an impact then and there. Major examples of this genre include, "Age of Empires", "Rise of Nations", and "Cossacks".

Vehicle Simulation Games As the term suggests, vehicle simulation games allows the player to engage in play which provides the use of and control of a vehicle. The more popular sub genre of Vehicle Simulation Games includes Racing.


Quite simply, the player is put to the driving seat of a supercar in this type of game and winning the race is the only way to be successful. This genre is identified as an important pioneering factor of the video gaming industry since many early games were part of this. Popular examples of this genre include, "Need for Speed" series.

Summary: This article describes the various types of video games, highlighting their main features and explaining their categorization according to the gameplay involved.
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