Gamers’ tastes change. Whether it’s for personal or social reasons, our preferences for gameplay style, aesthetic, and overall experience develops as we try new things. Sometimes this leads us to explore new kinds of experiences, and sometimes we find ourselves rarely playing games from a genre we loved. This week on TSG Asks we take a look back at some of the genres that have been important to us, but that we don’t spend much time with anymore.
This one’s tough. If anything, I think I have expanded the genres of games I play in the past few years. Platformers are probably the genres I’ve fallen away from the most. Part of this is likely because platformers are less popular of a genre these days. But growing up with my Nintendo systems, those were my games of choice. These days, platformers are usually designed to be incredibly difficult (Meatboy, Cloudberry Kingdom, the insanity that Super Mario Maker became). I think that’s an interesting way of reviving and pushing forward the genre, but I usually don’t have the skills to get very far or the attention span to get better.
For a while, I was pretty competitive in the fighting game scene. I got really good at a few characters in Super Smash Bros. (inb4 SSB isn’t a fighting game) and started to work my way through Mortal Kombat and Soul Calibur. At a certain point, however, the jump in competition became too much; I wasn’t good enough to take on the pro gamers, but I was better than all of my friends. It’s because of that combination of lack of challenge and too much challenge that I haven’t gotten into any fighting games recently. But man, am I always itching to play one.
Back in middle school and high school first person shooters were the games I played the most. My friends and I lived in the competitive online arenas after school, perfecting our aim and strategy in order to dominate opposing teams. Halo and Call of Duty were particular favorites of ours. Once people started moving to PC or having less free time, however, the sense of community that drew me in dissipated from the genre. I’ve tried to get into FPS games since then, but they’re just never able to hold my attention for very long (Titanfall got me the most, pulling me in deep for around a month). Like Lee with fighting games, I’m always on the lookout for a new shooter to try, and with the release of Splatoon 2 and the approaching launch of Destiny 2, I’m hopeful that I’ll be drawn back to the competitive battlefield.
As I reflect on how much enjoyment I’ve derived from my Switch after 5 months, I realized that the only games I play on it are the first party titles. I’ve sunk almost 200 hours into Zelda, and about a hundred hours into Splatoon 2, ARMS, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe combined. Yet there are so many great indie games on the Switch that I haven’t spent more than a few minutes on. While “indie games” aren’t really a genre, this is a subset of gaming that I love, but have neglected recently. Little Nightmares, Snake Pass, and several others have my attention but have failed to pull me away from Nintendo’s core offerings.
Is there a video game genre you used to play but don’t anymore? Let us know in the comments!