Video games have certainly evolved to have many genres since the beginning of development. Moreover, with the emergence of various new genres, some of which are a combination of several genres. But when there is a rise to popularity such as the genre FPS, MOBA, and battle-royale. There are also genres that descend and even seem to disappear from circulation.
And here are 7 game genres that are now less in demand by many gamers to the games of this genre as if disappeared. Although this genre may transform, join, or change into another genre.
Point and Click
We are sure that some of those who read this will feel unfamiliar with this opening genre. Point and Click itself is a popular genre in the early days of video games because of the limited ability to process input so that the game mechanism itself is simplified by only executing one action point / decision.
Actually this mechanism still exists and is still widely used in modern games. However, due to increasingly advanced technology, this point and click genre merges into part of other games, namely Machinarium, Life is Strange, telltale games like The Walking Dead, and Quantic Dream games like Heavy Rain.
But to find a game that really uses this genre in full seems to be gone.
If you want to see how the shooter and FPS genres before this sophisticated, then you can look to the rail shooter genre. As the name suggests, this game has a “rail” that will direct your character from one location to another according to the script of the game. And instead you have the freedom to aim at your enemies more freely.
Just like point and click, the rail shooter genre itself is disappearing because the technological advancements and shooter genre are already far developed where now it seems that the players prefer to be able to move freely as they wish rather than follow what the game is preparing.
This game genre itself is also more suitable for arcade machines than home game machines such as PCs, consoles, or even mobile. So if you want to play it most likely you can still find it in the arcade game center.
Real Time Strategy (RTS)
In a way, this RTS genre is the embryo of the MOBA game that is still popular today. But the difference is that RTS used to be much more complex than MOBA, which is now more focused on the main hero you control. But maybe that’s what made many gamers switch to MOBA.
RTS itself can be regarded as a complex genre with many parameters and mechanisms that must be played, while MOBA is more towards action although it still has a strategic aspect. Moreover, the development costs for a complex RTS game require a very large cost, so that with the continued decline in popularity the interest of developers has also declined.
Actually, in recent years RTS games have been offered again through old titles such as Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Warcraft III: Reforged, and also Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection.
The beginning of the year 2000 was the golden period of the rise of extreme sports. The transition from a “street sport” which later became mainstream and worldwide. It also has an impact on video games where many developers and publishers try to make their own unique extreme games.
But entering 2010 and above, the popularity of this extreme sport began to decline and of course also impacted on games that also diminished considerably. Several attempts have actually been tried, such as the Tony Hawk series which presented Pro Skater HD in 2012 and Ubisoft which made Steep in 2016 but it still failed.
And this year some games have tried to revive this genre such as Tony Hawk who will release Pro Skater 1 + 2 and there is also Ubisoft’s Rolling Champion which is still not certain when it will be released.
Music and Rhythm Game
Music and video games may be an inseparable part. But it’s a little different for music genre games that seem to be sinking. How not, this genre is fairly revolutionary and popular quickly through Guitar Hero. But unfortunately this genre itself is milked all out by Activision which makes gamers themselves finally bored.
Moreover, games in this genre usually require ‘more costs’ to play because the controller is different and cannot be played with ordinary controllers. The same thing happened with the dance music genre which was very popular among girls. But these games themselves are more suitable as arcade games and are too expensive to be a home game.
Actually this type of game itself can still survive under the radar through mobile platforms such as Tap Tap and Cytus. Virtual Reality also has the potential to revive this genre through games such as Beat Saber, but again, the need for special devices seems to be an obstacle for this genre to become mainstream again.
Arcade / Combat Vehicle
The racing / vehicle genre seems to be one of the most stagnant and at the same time smaller variations for the genre. How not, the preferred racing game at this time is only divided into 2 namely racing simulation and arcade with original cars. One of the genre games outside the racing vehicle that is able to survive is Rocket League. Bonus for Mario Kart who still has fans at Nintendo.
Whereas in the past, this vehicle genre game had many variations and was also imaginative. Call it like Nascar Rumble which will give you a myriad of car choices and power ups. There is also Split Second which is even crazier because you even have the power to manipulate the existing race track to your advantage. Meanwhile, vehicular combat in the style of Twisted Metal and Vigilante doesn’t even have the chance to get its modern sequel.
But this happened because fans for this genre are really very minimal outside the simulation and arcade racing genre. Several times attempts to fill this genre failed miserably and came under the radar, say, like the Danger Zone, and also Onrush. It seems very difficult to make fans love cars except for transportation in the game.
For those of you who have played the legendary Bishi Bashi Special game, of course, understand how exciting the game is. How not, the game contains a variety of mini-games, can be played by one person or even many people, and of course can be played offline together. But that was all because the Playstation 1 era was a leap from an arcade console to a home console, and many developers at that time wanted so many people to be able to play games together.
With the shifting habits of gamers who are now more likely to play alone from their respective places, with the console or the respective devices finally make games like this are no longer relevant. The presence of a smartphone also gives a lot of influence on how gamers now play multiplayer. Finally, even though they play in one place, the interactions that occur are different.
Nintendo also actually tried to turn this genre on their Switch console via the 1-2 Switch game. But unfortunately this game is too shallow, and with the choice of games that are considered fans are not fun enough to be played together makes this game seem to be just a tech demo game.
And with all the explanations of the genre above, it can be concluded that the change in habits and interests of the players is the main reason why games with the above genre are sinking and losing badly with genres that are indeed encouraged to become mainstream.
But some of the genre itself is actually not really lost, it’s just that they melt, change, or even are down. And both publishers and developers will certainly consider re-raising old genres if they feel that existing games are stuck.