I know there is no way to realistically and objectively call any genre the worst, of course. But I guess every gamer has this one genre that they cannot stand at all. Judging from some reviews I’ve seen, I would say this is the visual novel game in a lot of cases.
So obviously, this question can only be answered in a very subjective way. I know my favourite genres, but I never really thought about the one(s) I disliked the most – until now. My first thought would have been first person shooters. But that’s only partly true. I have really bad simulation/motion sickness and can’t deal with first person view. So in a way it is the worst game genre for me because it literally makes me sick. But if I could play, then I am certain that I would actually enjoy some of them. At least the single player or PvE versions. I am not such a fan of the more popular PvP shooters.
I started to muse about this when looking at a game bundle… , I looked up each game that I didn’t know and realized that as soon as I read the tag “platformer“, I skipped everything else about the game and went on to the next in the list.
Here is a fun fact: My parents own the Game & Watch Donkey Kong game. I used to love playing that over and over again! My dad still does. And back when the Gameboy was the thing everybody just had to have, I also played a lot of Super Mario Land and a Ninja Turtles game (forgot the name). I’ve never had much patience for things like these games, so I mainly liked playing them because I had some unofficial versions that gave you 99 lives. I enjoyed both games and because of the extra lives, I actually managed to finish Super Mario Land. For me, the appeal of the game was having a character and experiencing the story while adventuring through the world – yeah, roleplaying games if you will.
There is the odd platformer game that I will buy regardless because it sounds or looks good. Take Hob, for example. Such a pretty game and a neat idea! Or the Trine series. I do own Trine to Trine 3, but I never even started 1 and 3. I played Trine 2 for a whole 7 hours before giving up. I actually enjoyed the game, but I just don’t have the patience it needs to succeed. Also, I bought Hob because I’d really wanted it and the first obstacle I found, I gave up on the game!
So, at the end of this blog post, I guess it’s not the whole genre I dislike. There are a few games that I find fascinating, but my lack of patience and willingness to play through parts again and again until I succeed make me stay away from this genre.
I regularly have rants and ramblings in my mind, but never really know if I should post them, so “Paeroka’s Ponderings” is where I will try to give these rants a place. Sometimes they will make sense, sometimes they won’t.