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. Beat Them All - Eliminate them all, in the style of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust".
Examples: Fortnite, PUBG, Call of Duty; in the horror version: Resident Evil
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 - https://www.cairn.info/revue-hermes-la-revue-2012-1-page-15.htm
The global video game market
Best-selling consoles - Wikipedia
History of consoles
|1976 ||Coleco Telstar|
|1977 || Atari 2600 ||Nintendo Color TV game|
|1978||Philips Videopac ||Magnavox Odyssey|
|1983||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|1986 ||Atari 7800 ||Sega Master System |
|1987 ||NEC Turbo Grafx 16|
|1988|| Sega Mega Drive|
|1989||Nintendo Game Boy|
|1990||NEC Turbo Express||Nintendo Super Nintendo||Sega Game Gear|
|1991||Sega Mega CD|
|1993||Panasonic 3DO Interactive Multiplayer|
|1994||Sony Play Station||Sega Saturn|
|1996 ||Nintendo 64 (bits)|
|1998||Sony Pocket Station|
|1999||Bandai Wonder Swan|
|2000||Sony Play Station 2|
|2001||Nintendo Game Boy Advance||Microsoft Xbox|
|2004||Sony Play Station Portable||Nintendo DS|
|2005||Microsoft Xbox 360|
|2006||Sony Play Station 3||Nintendo Wii |
|2011||Sony Play Station Vita||Nintendo 3DS |
|2012||Nintendo Wii U|
|2013||Sony Play Station 4||Microsoft Xbox One|
|2020||Sony Play Station 5||Microsoft Xbox Series|
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