Publish at November 23 2021 Updated November 26 2021

Coming in last in the video game

Practical update


All gamers

We have a firm fun playing on our mobile phones but the experience is not comparable to playing on a console. Quality of graphics, responsiveness, depth, complexity and richness of scenarios, the world of video games offers much more but not all of us put the controller in. Joystick ? Console ? FRAAG ? Twicth ?  A little update is in order.

Let's start with the easy one, consoles. The history of video game consoles shows that the market is never shared between more than four players simultaneously.  With the demise of Sega in 2001, there are only three left: Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. The entry threshold for any new console is probably in the region of €300 million to invest.

Soon we'll enter immersive worlds and expect to see Zuckerberg's Meta take over. Who will disappear? Nothing is a foregone conclusion for any company, especially as other giant companies are sharpening their weapons - Google, Apple, Amazon are betting on cloud-based services, from their own servers and without consoles. Even Netflix and Disney are getting in on the act.

Lots of gamers

With nearly 3 billion gamers on the planet - virtually all of them smartphone owners - and revenues of more than $300 billion, the video-game bonanza has many investors salivating, and the supply is growing without having yet hit a saturation point.

Producers are already offering game lounges akin to movie theaters where anyone can immerse themselves in worlds that approach interactive cinema without having to equip themselves with the latest technology.

Waiting to experience it, here's a basic glossary and a few examples to help you find your way around the types of video games, just so you don't get totally left behind.

Popular Expressions and Abbreviations

  • Battle Royale - A battle where only the last entity survives.
    Examples: Fortnite, PUBG, Call of Duty; in the horror version: Resident Evil

  • Beat Them All - Eliminate them all, in the style of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust".
    Examples: Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, God of War, Yakuza

  • FPS (First Person Shooter) -  First person shooting.
    Examples:   Bioshock, Counter Strike,  Overwatch

  • FRAAG (Free Roaming Action Adventure Game) or GTA-like (Grand Theft Auto) - Action in an open-world mode, with no set sequences.
    Examples: Grand Theft Auto, Terminator, Assassin's Creed, Just Cause, Watch Dogs...

  • MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game) - Massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Universes usually fantastic.
    Examples: World of Warcraft (WoW), EverQuest, RuneScape, Albion, Guild Wars...

  • MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) - Multiplayer online arena battles.
    Examples: League of Legends, DOTA 2, Heroes of the Storm

  • RPG (Role Playing Game) - Role-playing game, the offerings are almost endless.
    Examples:Pokemon, Final Fantasy, The Witcher, Dragon Quest, Baldur's Gate, Skyrim, Fallout, Fire Emblem, Persona...

  • RTS (Real Time Strategy)  - Real time strategy game.
    Examples:  Age of Empires, Warcraft, Starcraft, Dune II, Anno, Europa Universalis...


  • Action games
        Beat them all, Combat, Shoot them up, Objective shooting, Subjective shooting, Tactical shooting.
  • Adventure games
        Graphic adventure, Interactive fiction, Dredge simulation, Visual novel.
  • Action-adventure games
        GTA-like, Infiltration, Survival horror.
  • Role-playing games
        Action-RPG, MMORPG, Multi-user Dungeon, Rogue-like, Tactical RPG. Inspired by Dungeons and Dragons tabletop games
  • Puzzle games
        Maze games, Puzzles, Hidden object games, Brainteasers, Puzzle games.
  • Simulation games
        Virtual pet, Management games, Stock market games, God game, Breeding games, Vehicle simulation, Air traffic controller, ...
  • Strategy games
        War game, Conquest game, Artillery game, Real time strategy, Turn based strategy, Chess,Traditional strategy games...
  • Sports games
        Soccer, Hockey, Ski, Golf...
  • Skill games
        Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Heroe, Breakout, Racing, Music, Party game
  • Games of luck
        Casino, Bingo, Card games, Dice games...
  • Serious game
       See our directory of serious games


  • Speedrun  -  A community of enthusiasts in the art of completing a game as quickly as possible, in one go or not, collecting all the points or not. All moves are allowed. Any video game can be the subject of a "speedrun"

  • Twitch - A platform that allows you to watch other players play their games, similar to chess, but more animated.  Although other live video services exist, Twitch remains the most popular and dedicated, almost a monopoly. Bought by Amazon in 2014, player data is surely being mined with advantage.



Video Game Typology - Cairn Info -

The global video game market

Best-selling consoles - Wikipedia

History of consoles

Coleco Telstar
Atari 2600   Nintendo Color TV game
Philips Videopac   
Magnavox Odyssey

Mattel Intellivision
Coleco Vision

Nintendo Entertainment System
1986   Atari 7800   
Sega Master System        
NEC Turbo Grafx 16
Sega Mega Drive
Nintendo Game Boy
1990NEC Turbo ExpressNintendo Super NintendoSega  Game Gear
Sega Mega CD
1993Panasonic 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
1994Sony Play Station
Sega Saturn

Sega Nomad
Nintendo 64 (bits)
1998Sony Pocket Station
Bandai Wonder Swan
2000Sony Play Station 2
Nintendo Game Boy AdvanceMicrosoft Xbox
2003Nokia N-Gage
2004Sony Play Station PortableNintendo DS
Microsoft Xbox 360
2006Sony Play Station 3Nintendo Wii

2011Sony Play Station VitaNintendo 3DS

Nintendo Wii U
2013Sony Play Station 4
Microsoft Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Sony Play Station 5
Microsoft Xbox Series

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