Tired of the 30 days game challenge? Enjoy my own personal revisitation of a classic challenge! Instead of 30 daily posts that fill an entire month, this challenge is more diluted in time and it will cover all the year 2018. 52 weeks, 52 questions to understand who’s the person behind this blog. Me!
Week 18 – Your favourite genre
I have a clearer idea regarding the answer to this question, even though, as always, I don’t have a unique answer.
I can say that 90% of the games I’ve played belong essentially to four genres:
- Graphic adventures
- Survival horror
These were the first kind of games I’ve played continuously. when I was a kid the video games world was sum up by the simple equation video games = platformers, even though I really didn’t know that those kind of games were known as platformers. For me the only REAL games were Super Mario Bros. (I owned the first and the third), DuckTales, Tiny Toons and a little detour on action-platform genre with Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu (even though I really didn’t care about martial arts as I don’t care about them now). Yes, I had seen pseudo-racing games and platformers more oriented on action like the Shinobi series for the Sega Mega Drive but I’ve always considered them B-grade games.
During my NES years I’ve never tried any other kind of games; to give an example I’ve never tried an RPG and I’ve never played any of the Zelda games or Castlevania or other classics.
So for me the platform was the genre of choice simply because for me the platformer WAS the only genre possible.
This has been the first genre I got in touch when I received my very first PC. My uncle gave me three games as a “starter pack”: The Day of the Tentacle, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and SimCity 2000. If you check my games ranking, you can easily understand that I really love this genre, especially when the games are developed by LucasArts. I’ve encountered other remarkable titles such as Beneath a Steel Sky, The Dig, Sam & Max Hit the Road, the King Quest series, something sligthly different like Dreamweb, Fascination, Leisure Suit Larry and so on. I loved the kind of puzzles and the way I could interact with the environment and the NPC and to my young eyes those titles looked like the highest pinnacle a game could reach.
These were games I tried a bit later on my PC, but not so much later. The first experience with an FPS was Duke Nukem 3D, followed by Doom 2 and then a myriad of shooting games such as Hexen, Rise of the Triad, the Legend of the Seven Paladins, Quake, Wolfenstein 3D and Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold, just to cite the main ones. Then a few years later I encountered the first 3D shooters like Half-Life, Deux Ex, Serious Sam, No One Lives Forever, Max Payne and Hidden & Dangerous. This just to say that I’ve been quite busy killing people througout my youth 🙂
Among these games we have two 100/100 games: Duke Nukem 3D that I’ve already reviewed and Half-Life, a game I will revisit soon.
I made a little excursus from the shooting games in the form of survival horror that I consider not a son but a brother of the shooting genre mixed with horror, puzzle and action and in this case THE game is Resident Evil, another one I’ve awarded with a 100. This has been the last genre that caught my attention and is, at the moment, the one I probably love/play the most. It all began, of course, in 1996 but during the years I tried and liked a lot of horror games, such as Dino Crisis, Silent Hill and in more recent years (although they’re old games) Project Zero and Forbidden Siren. The last entry in my collection (not considering the RE games) is The Evil Within. I tend to love horror games in general because when I play I need some thrill to keep me scared and entertained at the same time so if you give me an horror title I’ll most likely play and enjoy it.
…and so…if I have to choose just one genre it’s clear I cannot rely on how much I love it, so I have to choose the genre I’ve played the most or that has had more influence on my gaming life. Of course Resident Evil influenced me a lot and also scared the shit out of me to the point that is difficult for me now to play an horror game without proceeding very very slowly. But I’ve played and completed a more graphic adventures than survival games so I think I have to pick them as my genre of choice.
And if I have to find something in common between the two genre to give a unique answer I can say adventure games (and that’s the reason for the featured image). Besides, a survival horror is an horror adventure and a point and click is nothing but an adventure!