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Chapter 1: First Steps > Game Genres

Game Genres

Games are categorized by conventions that describe a central component of gameplay. Games can fit into several categories, or define their own. Although not an exhaustive list, here is a list of many of the more popular gamegenres. For Facebook gaming, games that you can play for short durations and still make progress (and keep the attention span of the player) do best. Simulation games are quite popular (Farmville), as well as puzzle games (e.g., Bejeweled) and casino games (e.g., Texas HoldEm) hold quite a bit of the gaming market share. Games that require a lot of time investment tend not to be very popular as most people play these games in very small time increments.

  • Action: Action games focus on timing, reflexes, hand–eye coordination, and quick thinking to maximize player scores. This genre typically showcases a series of levels with different themes, with a level boss to defeat before moving on to the next level. Games in this genre include classics such as Super Mario Brothers, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong.

  

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