Video Game Genres

Why Do We Need Video Game Genres?

With thousands of video games coming out each year, a robust game taxonomy is necessary for consumers to identify what they would potentially buy and for sellers to recommend the most suitable games to their customers. Parents who are buying games for their younger children may like to avoid certain genres like “shooter” or “fighting”, wherein some games might even have gory and realistic violence . However, adult gamers might want to explore the same games for exactly the same reason.  On the other side of the equation, online game stores and game streaming platforms can leverage classifications to improve game recommendations and create more personalized experiences for their customers.

On a broader scale, the popularity of certain genres helps developers/publishers identify the direction for their next projects. Making video games is an unforgiving business and therefore being able to gauge the performance of various genres in a particular market is a powerful tool to minimize financial risk.