Day 20: Favorite Video Game Genre

Okay, so we’re two-thirds of the way through the 30 days’ worth of video game posts.  And I still haven’t found a more eloquent way of describing that.  Anyway, we’ve got another “what’s your favorite something-or-other” topic to discuss, my favorite game genre.  As usual, I find this to be a pretty difficult question indeed because I have a wide variety of favorite games spanning several different genres.

But…if I have to stick with just one genre, which of these would I pick?  I do absolutely adore platformers like Donkey Kong Country or Banjo-Kazooie or Rayman.  Platformers have a very special place in my heart thanks to the great joy they gave me during their glory days in the 90’s and early 2000’s.  But, as a general category, I sometimes find them to be quite infuriating.  Landing on itty bitty platforms and avoiding bottomless pits certainly takes its toll after a while.

I also love RPGs like Undertale or EarthBound or various Final Fantasy titles, with their interesting stories and great cast of characters.  At the same time, a lot of RPGs can be so long and tedious, and turn-based battles are definitely not the most exciting way to spend my time.

I think when it comes down to it, there is one type of game that excites me the most, though it’s not an official genre.  I prefer to call this category…the “dungeon genre”.  These are games during which you often get to embark on a grand adventure, traveling about a large world, collecting items to improve one’s abilities, and solving challenging puzzles in dastardly dungeons.  This particular grouping of games includes such personal favorites as Okami and The Legend of Zelda series.

I don’t know what it is…maybe it’s because some of my earliest experiences with games was with The Legend of Zelda, both A Link to the Past on the SNES and Majora’s Mask on the N64, but dungeons in video games have always been a big deal to me.  Getting to go on an adventure and fight baddies is all well and good, but when a puzzle-solving element is thrown in, such games have a habit of becoming instant favorites.

It’s the reason I liked Star Fox Adventures so much, even though I don’t think that game was too well-received by the rest of the gaming community.  But darn it, it was basically a Zelda game that starred a fox, and boy, did I have a great time with it.  Another favorite game that I could include would be Paper Mario.  I really need to get that on the Virtual Console….

Well, I think I answered that question thoroughly.  What about you, dear readers?  What is your favorite gaming genre?  The comments section is awaiting your input!

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