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Sheora from Florida
Oct 23rd 2012 at 8:36:42 PM

I've been going through the Pages Needing Example Sorting list. I'm making good progress, but most of the problems seem to be in video game specific tropes that need to be sorted by game genre. I'm just not knowledgeable enough to take that one on. Can I get a volunteer who is to help me with it? Most of those titles have been sitting on the list for at least a year.

lu127 Paper Master from 異界 Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
Oct 30th 2012 at 11:45:26 AM

Unfortunately, sorting Video Games by genre can be very tedious, so these entries tend to lag behind. I've done my share of sorting, like Sequential Boss, Schrödinger's Question and Magikarp Power (though that's not finished), but it's tiring.

Sheora from Florida
Oct 30th 2012 at 11:19:49 PM

I might be able to do partial sorts on them, but I hate leaving a job half finished. But then someone could always come and finish up what I start since it won't be such a huge task anymore.

lu127 Paper Master from 異界 Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
Feb 1st 2013 at 12:34:59 AM

Are there any video game enthusiasts to help with Magikarp Power?

Feb 2nd 2013 at 8:00:35 AM

Many moons ago, when example sorting was my pet project, I had The Other Wiki pulled up when I was working on a page, and anything that I wasn't sure about, I checked its page there to find the right genre.

Feb 3rd 2013 at 6:35:41 AM

It's a good idea to go to the Video Game Genres page. Even then, I think that page could use some improvement.

  1. I had to add in entries for Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction. Coming up with pages for Cyberpunk and Mystery for Video Games is not a bad idea.
  2. Adding in short explanations for each entry on the page could be very helpful in figuring out which genres to pick.

edited 3rd Feb '13 6:36:01 AM by TiggersAreGreat

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Feb 3rd 2013 at 7:18:51 AM

[up] The latter point's an excellent idea.

Feb 12th 2013 at 11:28:11 AM

Well, I did it. I got explanations for each entry in Video Game Genres added in! grin

But...there is room for improvement. For instance, I took a number of the explanations from Wikipedia, which means that there will have to be changes, to avoid accusations of plagiarism. I did my best to explain what a term means, but I get a feeling that I might have missed some.

Is there someone here who can help in checking out VGG page?

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Feb 13th 2013 at 4:34:06 PM

I think arcade games are more of a medium than a genre. I've seen video game examples being sorted with an "Arcade Game" category, but as a genre it's never been that well defined, encompassing everything from Shoot 'em Up to Beat 'em Up to Platform Game, often including computer games that never took coins to play.

troacctid "µ." from California
Feb 13th 2013 at 7:06:29 PM

I think there's a general family resemblance among "Arcade-style" games, but I too am hesitant to call it a genre—or at least, it's probably not a category that's useful for sorting purposes.

Rhymes with "Protracted."
AnotherDuck No, the other one. from Stockholm Relationship Status: In season
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Feb 14th 2013 at 12:43:15 AM

I think arcade games are more of a genre than settings, like fantasy or sci-fi. In literature, settings decide how the world works, more or less, but in games, the mechanics do. I mean, I don't see a meaningful genre difference between Ikaruga (sci-fi) and Touhou (fantasy). They're both Bullet Hell games, and as far as being games go, that's what matters.

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Feb 14th 2013 at 6:30:45 AM

Oh, this is going to be an interesting debate! evil grin

Here's some Wiktionary definitions of a number of the words going around here:

  • Genre: A kind; a stylistic category or sort, especially of literature or other artworks.
  • Medium: A format for communicating or presenting information.
  • Setting: The time, place and circumstance in which something (such as a story or picture) is set; context; scenario.

I'm just listing these so we can all be clear on what the differences are between these words. Right now, the page Video Game Genres lists off the genres, genre modifiers, and ways of marketing a game.

For instance, Interactive Movie apparently qualifies for a genre modifier. But shouldn't it qualify as a genre on its own? I mean, I've some games that were so strongly IM that gameplay essentially consisted of clicking on options!

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troacctid "µ." from California
Feb 14th 2013 at 7:53:40 PM

[up] "Arcade" is all three of those, if you think about it.

Rhymes with "Protracted."
Feb 16th 2013 at 5:17:31 AM

[up] Well, yes, that is true. But I guess the big question is...what should be done as a result of that? <Raises eyebrow>

I've gotten started on cleaning out the Miscellaneous Games page. It is tricky, but not impossible. Funny enough, I looked up Yume Nikki on Wikipedia and discovered that it can be classified as an Art Game. That page did not exist, so I created it. If you want to know more about this genre, check this out.

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AnotherDuck No, the other one. from Stockholm Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
Feb 16th 2013 at 8:52:31 AM

Do we have one for Launch Game? Games like NANACA†CRASH!!, Katawa Crash, Hedgehog Launch, Toss The Turtle, Learn To Fly, and many other flash games.

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Feb 16th 2013 at 6:11:56 PM

[up] Could you provide a definition, please? Wikipedia has this page for Launch Games, but I'm pretty sure that's not what you're getting at! smile

I also added Pinball to the list in Video Game Genres. That page doesn't seem to be as thorough as I thought! sad

edited 17th Feb '13 5:03:40 AM by TiggersAreGreat

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m8e from Sweden Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody
Feb 17th 2013 at 12:08:19 AM

There is currently a YKTTW for Rocketry game. We might want to add that genre too.

troacctid "µ." from California
Feb 17th 2013 at 1:21:15 AM

[up][up][up] Try Lost and Found and/or take it to YKTTW?

Rhymes with "Protracted."
May 3rd 2014 at 1:39:03 AM

I sat down yesterday and sorted the examples in Golden Ending. The only thing left to do is make 100% sure that the genres are correct, and it can be removed from the list of things that need sorting.

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