The Perfect Match: A guide to finding the right games for you

Hello gamers, today WrmH0l3 is going to play Match Maker! This is going to be a look into what types of games exist and what ones are a fit for you.

Video Games have evolved drastically over the years. Looking at aspects such as visual design and game-play, the graphics we see in Super Mario Bros. on the original Nintendo as an 8-bit character running across a 2-D platform has grown to a crisp 3-D model of a whole world in the Mushroom Kingdom as Mario races to save Princess Peach from the evil Bowser in Super Mario 64 DS. This is only some of what Nintendo has done over the years, they have advanced even further than just this.

Mario has fleshed out over the years, being one of many idols of the Nintendo World. (Image provided by: http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/955311/evolution/)

Mario has fleshed out over the years, being one of many idols of the Nintendo World. (Image provided by: http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/955311/evolution/)

Games themselves aren’t the only thing that are changing, how we interact and experience games has greatly changed. No longer are we limited to a stationary position on our couches in front of a bright T.V. screen in the dark on a Saturday night. Mobile devices, tablets, motion controlled, 3-D and voice activated games and gaming experiences are just the beginning of what games are capable of.

Now, newer gamers are probably sitting around thinking “Well where do I begin? There is so much out there!” This is true, there is a large abundance of games and ways to experience them and it can get overwhelming (myself suffering from this very affliction.) This doesn’t mean it isn’t impossible to find what fits for you, and that is what WrmH0l3 intends to do.

Lets take a look at what genres of gaming there are for players:

Action Games: These games test a players precision, reflexes and quick thinking to overcome obstacles. They usually entail of intense combat, feats of honed skill and high thrills. They can be broken down even further into the sub-genres: Beat ’em Up and Hack and Slash, Fighting, Maze and Platform.

Liu Kang defeating an opponent in the ring after a long and intense fight. (image provided by: http://mortal-kombat-themes.en.softonic.com/)

Liu Kang defeating an opponent in the ring after a long and intense fight. (image provided by: http://mortal-kombat-themes.en.softonic.com/)

Sonic traverses his environment on the hunt for Dr. Robotnic and Dr. Eggman! (image provided by: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platform_game)

Sonic traverses his environment on the hunt for Dr. Robotnic and Dr. Eggman! (image provided by: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platform_game)

Shooter: Shooter games are a division of action games that involve a lot of combat that uses projectile weapons such as guns. A pretty straight forward genre, however has some deeper layers: FPS, MMOFPS, Shoot ’em Up, Tactical and Third-Person.

Being thrown into the intense blight of war. Call of Duty is a very popular FPS (image provided by: http://thekoalition.com/2013/05/what-we-want-from-call-of-duty-ghosts/)

Being thrown into the intense blight of war. Call of Duty is a very popular FPS (image provided by: http://thekoalition.com/2013/05/what-we-want-from-call-of-duty-ghosts/)

Action Adventure: Relating closely to action games, action adventure is given a much larger array of things to do, such as exploring, survival and sneaking. They have a few labeled sub-genres: Stealth and Survival Horror.

Dead Space is a survival horror game set on the remains of what appears to be an abandoned space ship... or is it? (Image provided by: http://www.followingyourfears.com/2013/05/09/is-john-carpenter-looking-to-direct-a-dead-space-film-news)

Dead Space is a survival horror game set on the remains of what appears to be an abandoned space ship… or is it? (Image provided by: http://www.followingyourfears.com/2013/05/09/is-john-carpenter-looking-to-direct-a-dead-space-film-news)

– Adventure: More puzzle-solving and interacting oriented games, adventure games test the players problem solving skills and ability to adapt. Questing is a typical action in adventure games where the player is sent to find an object or interact with someone to have something completed. This genre can be broken down further into these categories: Real Time 3-D, Text Adventures and Visual Novel.

Role-Playing: RPG’s are a genre of game that allow the player to dive into a specific role or specialty (such as being a melee intensive character or one that is good with ranged or magic abilities) that follows a predetermined storyline. This genre boils down into these sub-genres: Western/ Japanese RPG, Sandbox, Action and MMORPG.

The mighty warrior sets out into the wilderness seeking adventure in the Elder Scrolls Series (image provided by:http://www.airbornegamer.com/2011/10/the-elder-scrolls-skyrim-pc-system-requirements-and-recommendations/)

The mighty warrior sets out into the wilderness seeking adventure in the Elder Scrolls Series (image provided by:http://www.airbornegamer.com/2011/10/the-elder-scrolls-skyrim-pc-system-requirements-and-recommendations/)

Simulation: Sim games are a reflection of reality that you can craft in your own image. Taking hold of the reigns of creating, building or even living a new life. Some sub-genres of Sim games are: Creation & Management; Life and Vehicle

Mojang's hit building sim game Mincraft is tons of fun. Take the reigns as Steve as he explores the vast, almost endless world of Minecraft. Building and destroying as he tries to survive in the wilderness. (Image provided by:http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/minecraft-block-by-block-gaming)

Mojang’s hit building sim game Mincraft is tons of fun. Take the reigns as Steve as he explores the vast, almost endless world of Minecraft. Building and destroying as he tries to survive in the wilderness. (Image provided by:http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/minecraft-block-by-block-gaming)

– Strategy: Taking the time to plot out your moves and reading inot your opponent so you can find the upper-hand and win the match, that is what strategy games are all about. There are several types of strategy games: 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate), Real-Time Strategy, Real-Time Tactics, Tower Defense, Turn-Based Strategy, Turn-Based Tactics and Wartime

– Family: This is more of a Genre header that I made to sum up the dancing, trivia and other group fun games that you typically wouldn’t play without a group of people. These include: Casual, Music, Programming, Puzzle, Sports, Trivia, Board Game and Card Games.

I know what your thinking, yes this is a lot to take in. However, the next step is looking at you as an individual. What things interest you outside of games? Are you adventurous? Inquisitive? Do you plan your events to the tee, or just see what happens and take it as it comes? These finer details about yourself can reveal a lot about what games you would enjoy playing.

Here is a list of some basic questions to ask yourself, depending on the answers you have you will be able to find what types of games suit you best:

1) Do you enjoy competition?

2) Do you enjoy gory or violent films?

3) Do you work better alone or in a group?

4) Are you the person that thinks “beat them now and ask questions later” or the one that thinks “strategy and timing are key to success”?

5) Do you enjoy thrill rides?

6) Would you rather go hiking, rock climbing and hunting or sit at home and enjoy a movie with friends?

7) Are you quick to react to a situation or do you need to evaluate a situation and consider your possibilities?

8) Do  you enjoy activities with others? If so just for fun or for competitive purposes?

9) Do you like to build things?

10) If you were put into a violent situation, would you prefer to take the opponent head on or from a distance?

11) Do you enjoy traveling?

12) Do you prefer to roam around free to do your own thing or follow a path with an intended purpose?

13) Do you enjoy interaction with others or like to stay to yourself?

14) Do you enjoy operating vehicles?

15) If you are a strategic person, would you rather wait for your opponent to make a move and then strike? Or Act first and respond as you go along?

16) Do you prefer fantasy or reality?

17) Do you find war and weaponry interesting?

18) Do music and dancing interest you?

19) Are sports something that interests you?

20) Do you think you could survive a zombie apocalypse?

I want to make it clear that very few games are created to fit in one genre, almost all of them can fit into at least two if not more. So enjoy readers! Find those games suit you and play on!

Always remember… Stay Calm and Just Play a Game

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