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Is There A Genre You Just Don't "Get?"

Yesterday, we asked what game JRPG lovers would recommend to those who have never tried a game from that very niche sub-genre.

Now the question is- What genre just continually fails to arouse your interest? Is there one particular category of interactive entertainment that you just find completely dull? A genre that you stare at in perplexity, confused as to why anyone enjoys such games? Do you just not "get" it?

These days, there's quite a wide variety of available games, despite the fact that blockbuster mainstream productions are often action-based or shooters. There are many gamers, for instance, who have never understood people's love of puzzlers. They don't get why anyone would want to have a chore when playing, while of course, those who love puzzle titles say that "chore" is actually incredibly rewarding. Then there are those who don't get flight sims (or any simulator, for that matter), or those who just have zero interest in sports games. Everyone has personal preferences, after all.

Me, I've never understood the allure of real-time strategy. I get turn-based strategy because I can take all the time I want to plan my next move(s). But being rushed and constantly having to think quickly for fear of being overrun isn't fun for me. That and flight sims...no interest in learning how to fly a plane. None whatsoever. Fighting games aren't my favorite thing in the world, either, but at least I can easily comprehend their far-reaching appeal. Besides, I've been able to get into a few in my time.

How about you?

Tags: video games, gamers, game genres, game types

8/26/2013 9:54:11 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (99 posts)

Johnnyu12
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:23:13 PM
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MOBA's like dota 2. And I'm not a big fan of most RTS games, but if you count xcom enemy unknown as one then they're alright

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Pyramid
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:32:07 PM
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Well...RTS,and under sport Mixed Martial Arts(MMA)and once in a while the Point and Clicks.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:33:06 PM
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Even the stuff I can't stand I usually "get". Though it's hard to understand a human being that would put themself through a Demon's/Dark Souls game I figure they must need a huge sense of accomplishment.

What I don't really understand is the intense and continued interest in online gaming. I can see how it might be a fun novelty now and then but I never get a sense of progression during play.

It's hyper stressful, I have to depend on people not to be stupid, I gotta worry about not being stupid myself, I am always at a disadvantage compared to those who know how to cheat, and when the whole thing is done with I don't feel like I've advanced toward any sort of goal. Feels like an incredible waste of time that I could have spent experiencing someones creative vision and thereby fed my soul.

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cLoudou
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:06:09 PM

Demons and Dark Souls is not that hard, I think it's difficulty is a bit blown out of proportion.

Anyways I agree with you're online gaming take. I don't understand the investment a person gives to multiplayer, when you can be playing a new story and adventure instead. To each his own though.

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Knightzane
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:13:47 PM

Its not the sense of acomplishment its more along the lines of something not being a straight line of easiness that every game is nowadays. Seriously, most games hold your hand from point A to B and make sure you win. Demons and Dark souls don't give you hand holding and its my personal reason for liking them. Just in case you wondered lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:43:38 PM

It goes far beyond not having a hand hold, no hand holding is like no minimap or mission markers. Those games are like hey if you hit the block a half second too early you die and lose all your souls and gotta start from the worst possible spot even though your weapons are useless and there isn't any way of getting what you need to keep question.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:09:42 AM

@World, I'm not saying you do or don't, and I'm not insulting your skills (deep down I am), but what I got from your first post is that... you suck online?

Hey, I'm not the best gamer out there, all it takes is a little concentration from your part to do moderately. It takes a lot of your time to be a beast.

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xenris
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:21:50 AM

I get what world is saying about Dark Souls, but I would like to point out that the game can and is beaten by level 1 characters. The game is 100% skill based and while some fights will be a grind at level 1 it is doable.

I also think World doesn't understand the stamina system very well because blocking is a very easy mechanic to get used to, and blocking early and blocking frequently would remedy the problem he is having. It very rarely asks you to have twitch blocking skills.

The souls games boil down to a test of patience and awareness. If you move slowly with your shield always up you will do well, if you attack once, then back off to regain your stamina you will do better, if you die and step back and say okay how did I die and how can I not die in the future you will beat the game.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:27:49 AM

In terms of online gaming it just depends on if you're able to find that game you're good enough at to keep playing. I'm that way with CSS and it keeps me coming back year after year. I look to SP for the story and MP for the gameplay.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:51:12 AM

"Even the stuff I can't stand I usually "get"." - yeah me too. I can understand why/how some can find them entertaining, it's just not for me.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 8:58:30 AM

I always get a sense of progression in multiplayer, with every match. Because there's always someone out there better than you (not that I'll ever admit that :P), so you've always got room to improve. Without the multiplayer component of some games (UC2/3, MGS4, KZ2, TLOU, hell even LBP), I wouldn't be as good as I am now. I don't even pay attention to the 'progression systems' in place; if that's what you're talking about.

They really can get stressful, especially when you have particularly stupid people, or people with not-so-great connections (LAGGERS! lol, my favourite word). But it's such a great pay off when you beat someone fair and square.

Some of my most fun moments come in multiplayer also. Like just last night, I was playing with a friend in 2v2v2 in UC3. In UC3 you have kickbacks, and one of them is to 'smokebomb' - instantly transporting you to a random place on the map. Well my friend had a granade launcher, and starting shooting someone, when he got hit by sniper fire. So he uses his smokebomb, and spawns RIGHT into the path of his granade launcher shot, flying away from the explosion. lol! This is like one in a million.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:28:31 AM

I'm actually not that bad online if I focus, though I can't match up to people who spend their whole life online and still proliferate the beginner matches, but I don't play games to be all focused and controlled, that's what work is for.

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Masszt3r
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:49:44 PM

I don't really understand the obsession with online-gaming either. It's fun, and I like it once in a while, but I much prefer to play a good campaign or story. What bothers me is not that there are lot of online games, but that (it seems like) almost every developer out there is focusing on it more and more. I understand the rise of the online and mobile gaming industries, but there are people who simply have no interest in it. But I guess I shouldn't mind if it is there as long as it doesn't mess with the game or require you to play it.

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Jawknee
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:50:16 PM
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I don't get the mobile crowd. The games offered on iOS are worthless time wasters.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:55:10 PM

Exactly, exactly. They waste worthless time on the metro or the bus, to and from work, or anywhere in between.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:05:05 AM

Jawk you're spot on with just about everything that comes to your mind.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:35:33 AM

Agreed. I've tried a few of the popular titles. They're so simple that they aren't fun.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:44:58 AM

I think you just need to find the right games, imo.
I play quite a bit on my mobile and there are quite some games on mobile that are really good for their purpose.

Especially turn-based strategy is a genre on mobile that has really come with age. The game Great Big War Game is an excellent example. That game looks and plays like something that could have been sold as a fully fledged game for PC and consoles not that many years ago.
Another example, one that is my personal favourite, UniWar, has a really simple interface but is very solid and balanced, and with a very good community who are making new maps constantly (the game comes with a map editor).

So to say that those games are "worthless time wasters" is really equal to saying that *all* games are so. And by all means, many do, but I don't agree with that.


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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 8:09:18 AM

Touch screen games are even worse.

But when I talk about the popular ones, I mean farmville, angry birds, fruit ninja.... they are all so damn lame.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 8:49:25 AM

@Underdog: "even worse" - worse than what? All mobile games are using the touch screen?


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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:29:55 AM

Jawknee you've picked up a hater crowd :)

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Jawknee
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 11:54:34 AM

:)

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Masszt3r
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:53:04 PM

I don't get these either. There really isn't any depth to them. I'd much prefer to read a book or listen to music. I do however understand why people buy/download them since not everyone is a hard-core gamer. To me, they simply don't bring any kind of satisfaction. Now, 3DS and PSP/Vita games are a different story.

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dlte
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 6:36:38 PM

a gameboy with tetris is all i need.

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Harerazer
Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 10:15:13 AM

"They waste worthless time on the metro or the bus, to and from work, or anywhere in between."
But that's exactly their purpose. I don't know too many mobile games that require a lengthy time investment, most are simple ten minute time wasters (that you could also get hooked on). But that's what they are supposed to be. 99% of them are simple tech/physics demos that have characters laid on top. They don't have stories or acting or anything to support a true connection. I mean, who would want to play Lunar for ten minutes on a bus?

I personally eschew RTS and military shooters. I'm fine with twich shooters like Quake and unreal but the WWII era is simply so uninteresting to me as is military in general in any genre unless it's a herzog Zwei (if you want to call that military).

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Akuma07
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:51:37 PM
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Sports games. ESPECIALLY Golf.

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Limbo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 8:03:49 AM

Ditto, for some reason I have never felt tempted to play a sports game, just don't see the appeal of it. Though I can understand why some people play it, especially sports fans.

Also not a fan of RTS, and I'll be the first one to admit it's mainly because I suck at them. I don't like being rushed and when I have to react to something fast, chaos will most definitely ensue.

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Temjin001
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:53:15 PM
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I can pretty much view real-time strategy in the same light as the fighter category. It's just fighters happen at a faster clip. They could both be considered "real time strategy" I suppose, even if fighters don't fit the conventional interface mold.
There's a very "human" quality added to these types of strategy, where fighting against AI just doesn't do a dang thing. Whereas in turn-based strategy a computer could provide something a little more authentic to most, other than the very best.
classic turn based strategy, depending on the rules, gives you all the time in the world to mechanically, usually mathematically, plan you're next move, bypassing a degree of emotion in the process. I like turn-based. I like Chess. But I like the mixture of human behavior and emotion mixed with the strategy with something fitting into a more reasonable time schedule.



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cLoudou
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:10:04 PM
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I guess it'd be RTS and MOBAs but I really haven't tried to play games of those genres to not "get".

I pretty much can enjoy myself in any genre as long as the game itself doesn't bore me.

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chabala
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:16:08 PM
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Fighting games and sports games, easily. It's just mashing buttons.

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Jawknee
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:16:55 PM

Nope.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:05:37 AM

Yes and no.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:18:16 AM

I'm with you on fighting games but mainly because I prefer an arcade machine and people standing around. I just can't get into them on a tv with a controller.

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kraygen
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:26:49 AM

technically don't all video games require you to mash buttons?

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Knightzane
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:17:22 PM
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Sports games, like football and all that. If its so fun why not go play it yourself. But i guess for the people who aren't physically capable its a nice way of doing so... Or if its off season or something. That and any type of simulator. Everything else i could play. Well, FPS is really wearing thin at this point.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:15:51 AM

Well I too don't care for sports games UNLESS it's with others.

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Dancemachine55
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:29:01 PM
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Halo. I have no idea why it's so damn popular. I guess the fanboys are stuck in 2004 playing Halo 2, not realising there's better games out there now.

Granted, while I hated Halo 3, Halo Reach was a BIG step up, and was a far more enjoyable game for me. But it's no Uncharted, or God of War, or Grand Theft Auto.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:15:11 AM

I hate it even more when people say that Halo revolutionised gaming.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:17:31 AM

I've only played the original Halo so I can't speak for the entire series but I think it has offered a unique world and interesting storyline. I enjoyed the original though I still felt Half Life a better overall game. I've yet to find a FPS that compares to HL2.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:25:42 AM

There's no other FPS like Half-Life. It'd be great if we could say that about most titles in the genre.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:33:17 AM

There needs to be an article about the best most unique single player FPS titles.

I'd have something like this...
Half-Life
Halo
Bioshock
Metroid Prime
Far Cry
Golden Eye (it was hot stuff back then)
Crysis

... there's probably more but those come to mind first
They're all great but none feel like the others in a significant way.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:36:13 AM

Rage. I forgot Rage. It's on there too.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:03:52 AM

Good list Tem. I'd add Rainbow Six and Timesplitters 2 to the list.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:48:21 AM

Yeah very good list Temjin. You got all my favourite FPS in there.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:32:26 AM

Metro needs to be on there too.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 10:27:46 AM

so is Metro Last Light really good? Becasue while the first was one was pretty good it was sort of obvious it was foreign and lacking in the quality of play department, even if it had very strong atmosphere with unique creepiness.

Anyway, for my version of this list in order to keep it from seeming like every FPS but a CoD'ish style one, I'm thinking it'd need to have been or is a 9+ caliber offering.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 7:00:52 PM

Last Light is amazing, so atmospheric and open to intelligent play. It has some drawbacks like the AI but it's made up for by the overall experience which is unique. Whether it's pumping your generator after your light went out in the dark, wiping the blood off your gas mask manually to see straight, or scrounging the surface while your air runs out things are always awesome.

It might not be a 9 but it's so different thoughtfully different from everything else I'd put it in the list right between Bioshock and Singularity.

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Crabba
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:33:09 PM
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Online FPS shooters, I don't get what's supposed to be fun about continuously running around shooting people, with no point or plot whatsoever, replaying basically the same thing over, and over, and over again, and doing it for hundreds of hours??

I know it's obviously something A LOT of people enjoy, I just don't get why. I've played through and enjoyed some of those campaigns, like the Call of Duty modern warfare & Killzone 2 for example, but I see nothing fun in the multiplayer portions of those games, absolutely NONE.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:44:11 PM

This ^

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:59:06 PM

It lets me play in ways that I can't in real life. I'm not trying to join the army just so I can fire a rifle.

I don't see what's not to get? What's the point of playing a videogame at all? You like playing your favorite genre because of "this". I like playing FPS because of "this".

The question Ben is asking is nothing but subjective.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:09:33 AM

Evidently you've never played the Battlefield series. I'll never forget flying a helicopter with 4 of my buddies in it making our way over enemy lines taking out dozens of enemies only to be shot down near the center of the map. The hilarious screaming and banter from them as I jumped out and left them to die had me literally falling out of my chair from laughter.

There are so many things to do in Battlefield, the fact that it has a 1st person view rather than 3rd person doesn't make it any less complex or satisfying than all the other MP games out there.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:12:23 AM

@Limited, I like to kamikaze down on tanks when I'm flying a helicopter... with a full set of seats in my chopper! Little do they know it's coming... I think I'm doing it wrong?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:14:41 AM

HAHA, no, you're doing it just right Killa.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:47:14 AM

Great! My mind is at peace.

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wiley_kyotee
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 3:33:51 PM

Exactly! Online TPS's too. To me it is just constant repetition. For what? Just to increase your stats, weapons, and powers. To me it is just boring.

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Crabba
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:48:24 PM

Yeah like wiley_kyotee said, it's not the first person part, it's the online shooter part I don't get. Constant repetitive shooting for no reason is just boring to me. That includes one of my favorite games of all time, Uncharted 2. I've played the single player several times, but I see nothing fun in playing it in multiplayer, whatsoever.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:13:16 AM
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I've never been a fan of the card battle games. I can honestly say that I hate them.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:33:12 AM

Me too, I even skipped them inside the Final Fantasy games.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 10:07:55 AM

Yes, but the card game in FFVIII was the BOMB.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 10:28:47 AM

I can't believe I actually spent A LOT of time on that FFVIII card game.

I will say my bro and I spent a few years playing Magic TG haha

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xenris
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:51:45 PM

I would play FF8s card game in real life...it was so good.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:10:01 AM
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for me sports games never got really got my attention beside Wii sports.then there's mobile games but in saying that there are a few gud ones but for the most part not so much.

happy gaming =)

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kraygen
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:31:30 AM
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I understand why certain groups of people like most types of games, I don't personally like several types of games, but we're all different so that's cool.

However I'm never going to understand the love for these new arena style online games that basically have you choosing one of a handful of characters and doing mmo style battle in the same arena over and over. You don't level up a character, you don't gain anything, you simply fight in the arena over and over.

At least with fps online you gain new gear and abilities. Those arena games are like banging your head against a concrete wall endlessly and being happy about it.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:08:20 AM
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RTS

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Kratoskillall09
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:28:44 AM
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Sports games for the most part. I used to play them a lot as kid, but eventually got bored of them. All you ever had to do was find 1 little thing to exploit and then the game was all too easy. I still don't get the obsession with Call of Duty games. They offer no innovation and at least in my circle of friends they only buy it so they can play online with each other. They really don't like it. The last and in my honest opinion the only good Call of Duty to come out this gen was the first Modern Warfare. The only reason I decided to get Black ops 2 was cause I moved and it was the only way I could talk with my best friend. Since the original its the only one I've bought. Don't even get me started on the never ending quest games(as I like to call them)like World of Warcraft.

Give me a good action/adventure,unique FPS(Bioshock,Resistance 3) or RPG any day over that drivel. I prefer games where I know the devs put their heart and soul into it, not complete rehashes.

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Cideus
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 5:37:50 AM
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Katamari. WTF!?

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 7:00:31 AM

Noooooo - those games are *wonderful*! The world need another Katamari!

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___________
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 5:54:26 AM
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turn based games and RTS, for the same reasons.
your telling the game what to do than it does it, your not playing the game, you have no control over your characters or their actions its not a game its a chess match!
probably pokemon which always bugged me the most, its nothing but a game of maths.
in what world is maths considered fun!?
brutal legend a perfect example of such a brilliant game, destroyed because of stupid RTS mechanics!

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TheRaPtuRe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 6:03:27 AM
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Turn based RPG's, WTF?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:43:08 AM

If you have a turn in a battle then it isn't a wild hacking and wacking affair. You have time to learn, adapt, overcome, and formulate grand battle designs. It's like every fight is a war and you are the strategist deploying assets the most effective way possible.

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infamousgodV2_0
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 6:49:33 AM
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JRPGs No offence to the fan here but i never understood them. To me the all look like kid games.

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 7:10:42 AM
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I guess any mobile cell phone game. The ones with no button options. But then again are those really games at all? Also Rock Band was a real turnoff and a half.

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bldudas1
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 7:20:25 AM
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Stealth, I just don't get the appeal of stealth games. Sorry, but I did not like Dishonored. I just don't get it. I don't get what's so fun about them.

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:31:45 AM

Metal Gear Solid is possibly the best franchise ever created lol.

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bldudas1
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:32:52 AM

I've never played a Metal Gear Solid game.

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:38:58 AM

I would highly recommend that you do so. Start from MGS1 -- MGS 2- MGS 3 and finally MGS4. There are going to be plenty of moments that will remain in your gaming memory forever.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:40:37 AM

I love stealth but it depends a lot on other things, I dug Dishonored but can't play MGSIV.

Stealth appeal is about tension, the thrill of staying unseen via your honed skills.

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:58:22 AM

To me there's nothing memorable about Dishonored -- it was just meh. There's so much more to love about MGS. The story, the characters, the twists, the enviroment, man even the enemies/bosses have interesting personalities. Psycho Mantis or even Ocelot has more personality than most main characters >_>

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bldudas1
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 10:38:38 AM

Would that Legacy collection be good to get?

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:05:46 PM

Most definitely sir. I am getting it too just for collection purposes.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 7:27:38 AM
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I seem to have issues with Blizzard's games. Diablo, Starcraft. They just didn't click. Also, RTS in general. I wasn't that fussed about online gameplay back when I could play it. Sports simulators don't really tickle my fancy. Party games in general.

I'm willing to try anything once, and I find myself more opposed to individual games than a genre as a whole. Like, I wasn't in love with Half-Life 2 or F.E.A.R. or CoD or Battlefield or even Killzone, but Resistance and Bioshock clicked. I'm not a Mario fan, but I really enjoy LBP. I don't much like NfS, but give me Midnight Club, Burnout or GT and I'll play for days. A little odd.

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 8:57:00 AM
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I get the sports genre but what I don't get it's why they cannot just patch it/update it instead of releasing one game every damn year. I don't like watching sports or playing them as video games either.

As humans we have so much imagination and there's so much fictional stuff out there to play sports games lol... that's just my opinion and yes... when Sunday Night Football or the Superbowl/NBA Finals/World series is on I'm most likely playing video games n_n

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bldudas1
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:35:40 AM

I don't get the appeal of sports games either. That's all my brother plays, and he makes fun of me for playing RPGs and other types of games! :o

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:38:47 AM

As is seen with Call of Duty it makes more money to force people to buy it every year.

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xenris
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:04:32 AM
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Ive played games from every genre that I have liked. From sports games, to RTS, to strategy RPGs there has been at least one that was not only good for the genre but a game that I thought was excellent despite me not playing that genre often.

For example, the fight night boxing games were excellenet and I consider them sports/fighting games, and I enjoyed a Fifa game I played too. RTS I loved the Dawn of War series for its less resource focused gameplay. For strat RPGs there is Valkyria Chronicles which is one of my favourite games this generation. And I have really enjoyed some point and click adventure games.

However I think those are the genres I just don't tend to play a lot not so much don't "get".

I will say there are some games I don't get, like I don't get the witch craft they use to get people to buy Call of Duty each year. I don't get how people are still interested in pokemon except for that game I can at least see that it is probably something to do with the collecting aspect and monster raising. I don't get card battle games because I would say why not buy actual cards and own the real things :
The SIMS. Only game I really don't get, dont get why people play, and have no idea why people play it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:38:09 AM

That witchcraft is a mystery to me too, the only thing that makes sense is that it is the most accessible game in history, has the widest mainstream appeal and self perpetuates by preying on the public's need to have the newest online thing that all their friends have.

It's like a new iphone, nobody needs one every year, the improvements are minor, but everyone else has it so you gotta get it.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 10:02:46 AM

I must say I kinda understand it. It's not like they are carbon copies of each other. New weapons/mods, new skills, tweaked mechanics, new maps... For someone who will play the game many hundred hours this easily warrants the price of the game.

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xenris
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:57:26 PM

I agree with your points world. It seems like a thing where you gotta get it because your friends are all playing it. Turns out it only takes one person buying it and then 10 or more people buy it from only one person being interested in it.

@Beam, I agree that on the surface it looks like upgrades, but honest to goodness when you get down to it, they don't rework most of the guns, the physics stay the same, the perks are usually just renamed, the sound effects are all reused, most of the guns are reused, the attachments are reused, and WORST of all the multiplayer is not given dedicated servers to fix all the problems with come with CoDs multiplayer, like the terrible hit detection, hit boxes, lag compensation, etc.

However I think that most of the people playing CoD aren't even aware that these are issues. Where as I do because I understand a bit about coding, and have played MUCH better online games with better hit detection etc.

If its still fun to people hey keep playing it. But I just don't know why people aren't just playing MW1 still and ignoring the sequels that are doing barely anything new. On top of that MW1 is the most balanced from a competitive standpoint so... I dunno. I lost my point, oh yeah I don't get why people still play CoD XD

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Palmetto
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:53:31 AM
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Not a fan of the Fighting game, I just don't enjoy them.

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Teddie9
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:50:23 PM
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Sports games - If you physically can no longer participate in such things I get it, otherwise there's so many other FANTASTIC things to do in games.

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MrAnonymity
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 3:19:41 PM
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MOBAs, tower defense, scrolling shooters (like R-Type), and simulation racing. I understand their appeal to some people, but I just couldn't care less for them.

MMOs are still a wavering fixture for me as well. I want to like them and to get in on them for the thrill of being involved with such a massive gaming community... but then I see the overwhelming ignorance and immaturity that is ever present and it turns me off. Playing alone I am subject to my own rage quits or yelling at the game, which is typically brief, but I have no one screaming "noob" or "f*g" in my ears every .01 seconds.

On a side note... for mobile games, social games are pretty much worthless. However, there are some gems - and most are coming from S-E. Final Fantasy Dimensions is incredible and I hear Chaos Rings isn't terrible. Not to mention versions of FF I through IV are all now available. About the only suggestion I could make to truly enjoy their mobile adaptations would be to either buy an android/iOS-compatible controller or set up your PS3 controller to pair up with your phone/tablet.

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Masszt3r
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:57:04 PM
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Fighting and music simulator games. I love Super smash bros., but every other fighting game I have come across has never really satisfied me. Games such as Guitar hero or Rock band may be fun with other people, but I'm actually a musician and prefer to play the real thing. I like RTS; they really make you think and organize.

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Lunar_Miyuki
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:57:37 PM
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i personally don't find shooters or sports enjoyable
@World see when it comes to online RPGS its not a matter of whether you feel like your progressing its a matter of whether the game feels fun and can keep you playing for over 1000 hours total

lets look at in a different perspective
typical RPG 20 to 65 hours of gameplay
typical action game 10 to 20 hours of gameplay
shooter story mode 10 to 20 hours of gameplay
horror game 10 to 30 hours of gameplay
MMORPG 800 hours to 7k hours of gameplay over years that is

while most people beat a game in 30 hours then never go back to it a MMORPG offers a minium of 35 times Longer its the fact that you get your $$ worth

progressing in a MMORPG isn't the point the point is to be able to keep you busy til the Next game comes out

yes we MMORPG players actually do take Days off MMORPGS or even weeks because we do get burned out and we use that time to play something else so when we go back it feels fresh again and depending on the time we take off is whether theirs new content released

oh speaking of which that DLC new content we don't have 2 pay for unlike PS3/360 games the devs/publishers usually just make u DL it and bam you have access to it wether it be new areas new characters new quests new Bosses new dungeons or new armor of course you still have to farm the armor

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Lunar_Miyuki
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 5:11:41 PM
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@Infamous God its the story and gameplay if you really want to see a JRPG that doesn't look like a kid game then i recommend a game like Nier theirs nothing Kiddy about a sequel to drakengard

lets just say the story is messed up
lets just say your main character in drakengard 1 enjoys slaughtering people and hes probably the most sane character

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TGSA
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 7:44:08 PM
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As a fan of RTS and turn based strategy, I feel I need to come to the defense of the genres. For me, it's all about putting a plan into action and watching it come to fruition. Ben, I'd compare the two genres by using chess as an analogy. Think of turn-based as a game of chess with no clock and RTS as being a game with a time limit. It's all about coming up with the most successful manner to victory faster than your opponent.

With RTS games, having to manage an economy and army at the same time and jumping around adds to the challenge. As for RTS games without having to deal with resources and the like, they don't interest me as ones that do, but to me it's the enjoyment of having to focus on so many pieces and then watching them all come together in the end successfully (hopefully!).

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SuMtOnE
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:58:01 PM
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games like FPS

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Shepherd Book
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 10:51:02 PM
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For me it's First Person Shooters. I don't get them and I can't stand the view.

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trumpetmon65
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 2:36:20 PM
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Realistic train simulators. Nuff said.

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Hannah CVH
Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 9:44:08 PM
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Fighting games with some exceptions
Hack and slash games. They are enjoyable for a while but get dry quickly.
Unfortunately, realistic racing games. I like tinkering in GT5 but the driving is boring.
Annual sports games
Most online gaming except RPGs, social simulators, etc.

As a little kid, I've always loved Command & Conquer so I can't say I don't like RTS games. I haven't really tried the more medieval ones like Age of X and Age of Y.

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