Video Game Genres + Benefits

The same skills you are good at or bad at in games are the same skills you are good at or bad at in real life. If you’re not good at playing shooting games because you simply can’t react fast enough, then the simple fact of the matter is that you have poor reactions, not just in games but in real life. If you can’t solve puzzles in games because you find yourself unable to look creatively at a situation, then the simple fact of the matter is that your creative side is lacking, not just in games but in real life. Yes, it’s a bummer; you’re terrible at certain games because you’re terrible at certain real life skills.

But here’s a spark of an idea-turned flash of inspiration: what if we turn the situation on its head! What if, instead of playing games we’re already good at and so working on real life skills we don’t need to work on, we flip the whole situation on its head and play games that we’re bad at, knowing that they will work areas of ourselves that need to be worked on in real life?

By changing the type of games you play, you give yourself an opportunity to work on the not-so-brilliant areas of yourself that need working on in a fun and safe environment. Here’s a list of recommendations of the types of games you should play based on what you do play and are already good at. Simply find the genre you’re good at and play frequently below and play the genre it is paired with.

Video Game Genre Pairings 

FPSs    —–    RPGs

FPSs force you to live in the moment and to work off of impulse. Contrastingly, RPGs require patients and a willingness to explore. The two genres essentially work on opposite character traits.

RTSs   —–   Platform

Could any two genres be any more dissimilar? RTS games require you to take in a wide amount of information and to make informed decisions based on that information. Platform games require a playful sense of adventure and creativity.

Fighter  —-   Adventure

This is highly similar to the above pairing of RTSs and Platform games. Fighters are all about a confined environment and making informed decisions based on analysis of the situation and a great deal of knowledge. Adventure games are the complete opposite, having comparatively simple gameplay and working on a player’s sense of exploration.

Remember, variety is the spice of life and also the spice of gaming. By mixing up the types of games you play you give yourself the opportunity to develop through games areas of yourself that you may not have worked on in a long time. You might even find you’ve got skills hidden away you’ never realised you had!

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Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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