Tell Us Dammit: Game Genres That You Just Don’t Click With

Tell Us Dammit: Game Genres That You Just Don’t Click With

Nobody’s suited to every single type of game — or, if they are, they’ve got a lot more time on their hands than is strictly speaking healthy. Which popular game genres just don’t light a fire under you?

MMOs Minus Me

It’s shameful confession time. Over the years I reckon I’ve had a crack at every single game genre going, including some which no longer exist.

But the MMO sits unique in my gaming collection for one very simple reason.

I’ve tried plenty of MMOs, but I’ve never really hit that “spark” point where my enthusiasm ignites and I’ve simply got to play more of it. That “I’ll come to dinner when I’ve just finished this one last quest” moment that so many games are capable of hooking you in with.

I’m not entirely sure why it is; I nearly always end up wandering around randomly slaying X of a particular beast for reasons that don’t quite gel with me, or not quite getting the social aspect of it (and I do understand that the social aspect is a huge part of the MMO experience). I suspect there’s part of my mind that rails against the monthly fee part as well, although the logical part of my brain totally gets that it’s feasible to get value out of that monthly spend far in excess of a few measly dollars.

Still, MMOs and Me. We don’t seem to get along, despite my trying.

Which game genres don’t gel with you personally, and why?

Note: My use of the word “personal” there is quite deliberate; this is one of those topics that could so very quickly become a hideous flame war. The intent isn’t for you to say “This type of game is crap, ner ner”; it’s to do with your own gaming experiences, not judging those of others. By all means engage with the non-choices that people make — but keep it civil, please? It’s much more engaging that way.


  • I just can’t get into sports or racing games. Hell even ‘mandatory racing mini-games’ can put me off. It’s half the reason I still haven’t finished any of the GTA games. I usually get stuck at the street race bits and stop caring.

    • I agree. I try to get into racing games, but they get repetative to quickly for me. I am also very bad at racing games, and I’m not a good loser.

    • I don’t like “realistic” racers. eg: Gran Turismo and Forza, or even more arcadey types like Need for Speed and and Project Gotham.

      The only realistic racers I like are Formula 1 games, due to the fact I’m a fan of Formula 1.

      “Unrealistic” racers though, like F-Zero, Mario Kart, Burnout etc? I can totally get into those.

      Also on my list are MMORPG’s. I’ve never got into one and never plan to. The whole concept just doesn’t appeal to me.

      I’m also not a huge fan of realistic shooters like WW2 games. I’d rather be shooting Aliens and Demons…but only one PC. Sorry, FPS games do NOT work with a dual analogue controller. They just don’t.

      • Thirded!
        I HATE 2D fighters and particularly the Street Fighter arcade-type games.
        The speed and lack of any sense of physical interaction with the characters just makes it a combo mashing competition as far as I’m concerned.

        I don’t mind the 3D Namco games though but the only arcade style fighting game I’ve ever really loved was Soul Calibre on the Dreamcast because it was smooth enough that you could effectively time your moves and counter-fight.

        Nutty for sports games that involve fighting though. The UFC and Fight Night games are great.

        • I agree, I tried and tried with the Street Fighter games and the closest I got to liking one of them was EX+Alpha back in the 90s, which you’ll note is as close to Tekken as anyone got.

          The Namco games, however, are perfect with one button per limb and animations that resemble actual martial arts rather than cheap projectile attacks

      • Of course button mashing would be unrewarding. That would be the same in ANY game. Seriously, do you go into a shooter and just randomly press the fire button? Or go into racing games and randomly accelerate/brake/steer? Or go into a point-and-click game and just randomly click around the screen? No, you wouldn’t. So why adopt that mentality with fighting games? I’ve never understood why players do it. Button mashers will NEVER beat an opponent who knows a game half decently, even in games with relatively simple mechanics like the original trilogy of 2D Mortal Kombat games.

        Most fighting games (the well made ones anyway) have an incredible level of depth to them if you actually bother to learn. It’s not just a simple matter of learning button combinations, because you can teach a monkey to do that. It’s also knowing strategic play…how and when to use the various moves and combos your character possesses to maximise their strength. How to bait out specific reactions from your opponent and then countering them. How to break through their defenses or capitalise on their mistakes. Quick reflexes help too, but that’s common across many genres, including shooters and RTS games.

        I’m not saying you should like fighting games; if you don’t like them then you don’t like them and we all have different tastes. But I do recommend you try learning one or two instead of just button mashing, and you might just be surprised at how rewarding it can be. Beating an opponent with a specific play you have been working on is always satisfying.

        Maybe I’m just biased as I’ve played fighting games at a competitive level in the past.

  • Hardcore racing sims and sports games
    Actually anything really that requires memorising the exact course/level and making the smallest of changes to get through it or dependent on reflexes
    Examples: Gran Turismo, Fifa, Super meat boy, bit trip games

      • Silly roundball game liked by a bunch of sad lonely mouthbreathers who want to be sports stars but are to fat and lazy so instead sit around and twiddle two little knobs.
        Is that better hating on it? I don’t hate it but it doesn’t click for me as per the note above. Also note that the above was totally in jest

        I haven’t played a lot and can appreciate the skill involved in the game, but it just isn’t for me. Same as Super meat boy, watching somebody skilled play and I can be impressed but I am not interested enough to play myself.

      • I never cared much for sports sims but I have a special hate for FIFA after Hackers broke into my XBL account last yr and used my points balance to buy DLC

  • MMO’s. Not a fan of hours of grinding for minimal outcome. Thats the main reason I didnt like Diablo 3 as well. it had MMO mechanics for a single player game (or with a few people, but certainly not MMO.)

    Racing games / Driving simulators. I like the Burnout series, because of the crashes, but other than that, they just dont appeal & I’m pretty crap at them anyway.

  • Those adventure games where you have a bird’s eye view of the character, and the console games where the screen keeps spinning around the character, like Uncharted. There’s just something about the format that rubs me the wrong way.

    • You mean a Third Person Shooter? Tell me (I don’t have a PS3 but) is the Camera in Uncharted tethered to your characte’s back (like in Gears of War) or is it free moving like GTA/Saints Row?

  • The FPS World War X game. This genre has kinda been done to death (it still keeps going because it makes money). I find the whole premise to be uninteresting, random country a is pissed at random country b because person x or event y did action z. There is no sense of personal progress for me and that is of major importance in any game I play which is why I am drawn to RPG games.
    Having said that, I don’t mind so much the FPS that does something different with its story and setting. Borderlands, Perfect Dark, Far Cry and hell, even the Halo franchise (even though I won’t play the game due to not owning an X Brick) have all given a splash of fantasy that makes a game that much more playable to me.

  • I find it very difficult to get into Diablo style rpgs. There’s been a few exceptions, but for the most part, the hack n slash just doesn’t do it for me.

      • Yeah, but “Oh look, we’re shooting enemy soldiers in bombed-out buildings. Again,” or “Oh look, we’re driving a car around a track. Again,” or “Oh look, we’re launching disgruntled avian creatures at poorly-built structures. Again”. You know?

  • Mine’s more of a game mechanic thing, I can’t stand Turn Based Combat or horrible camera in any form. So RPG mostly.

  • For me it’s racing, sports, FPS, and fighting games. Racing games are too repetitive for my liking (more so than grinding in an RPG…), while sports games are just boring. As for FPS and fighting games, besides finding them boring, I just plain suck at them.

  • RTS games. They’ve always kicked my ass, and as much as I try to get into them, I always end up getting totally reamed with no real clue of what I’m doing or what just happened. I know not being good at a game isn’t a great reason to not be into it, but I guess I just never had enough interest in the genre to really apply myself to it. WarCraf/Starcraft, C&C, Civilization, they don’t like me, and I don’t like them.

  • Genres I’m not a big fan of: Sports, Racing, ‘Realistic’ Shooters
    According to steam, my most played games are: RPG, Action, Adventure and Indie

    • What’s not to like about realistic shooters with their 12 billion shades of brown, deadpool soldiers with regenerating health that can shrug off a shotgun blast but crumple over dead from a paper cut. Not to mention the whole complete master with any weapon thing and how the story is normally just cutscenes between blowing things up … I do like that teabagging thing though

        • … maybe.

          But if you’re going to call something a realistic shooter, I saw go the full hog. bullets do proper damage, if you get shot it’s off to the infirmary or ER for you and you have to heal in real time and then go through psych/physical therapy before being able to be back out in the field or being sent home. None of this “hide behind a box for a few seconds to let the 100 bullets I just absorbed work their way out of my intestines” malarkey … also, spawn campers should automatically get a local strain of the clap.

          *end quasi rant* To be fair, I’m damned horrible at FPS games so most of my deaths are swift and moderately painless

        • Ahh CS:Source … I haven’t played that in years. I did always enjoy it because it was mostly realistic. You had a set amount of health, decent guns except that damned AWP and it was fun. I’ve been meaning to have a look at the CS:GO that came out recently because it looks like a high def version of Source. Thanks for reminding me of the fun times I had, Lillee

      • I think it’s more that if you play an RTS campaign the first 3-10 missions are going to be tutorial missions that gradually unfold the various features and teach you a little about the tech tree.

  • I find that games on consoles just don’t really click with me.

    *whispered* It’s a joke about mice v. controllers */whispered*

    And Fighting Games. I am terribad at them.

  • Sports games, Warfare games, MMOs, Fighters, Strategy, anything turn based. There’s probably more genres that I don’t like than ones I do.

      • Saints Row 3’s main problem is that it was too goofy and over the top and while that fit with the story and was what everyone was asking for, it kind of lost sight of what made SR2 great, which more and more I believe was a complete fluke.

        Sleeping Dogs was much better despite not having nearly as much variety in the gameplay. The world was more realised instead of just being a sandbox with missions vaguely stapled to it.

      • Saints Row 3 wasn’t just stupid, it was the perfect Co Op Sandbox game!

        Sleeping dogs was good as well but there aren’t nearly enough Coop games these days.

        • The secret to Saints Row is to:
          1. create a character who looks like a clean-cut celebrity (mine is Barry Gibb)
          2. obtain the big purple dildo
          3. Hijinx ensue

    • Depends what you like. One is reasonably serious, one is … Saints Row, which defies description, but could never be called serious. From what I hear, both are fun to play (have only played SR3, but enjoyed it a lot)

      • I’m with Matt K on this one. The first Saint was serious, or at least, not a spoof. It was much like GTA III was, in tone. The ending alone was abrubt and somewhat shocking for the player, especially considering the consequences. They hammed it up for 2 somewhat, more so, I think, to seperate it from the GTA series. But three just opened the throttle on the cheesiness and really turned me off of the series because it was just ridiculous to me. And I’m a big fan of Volition– the gave the world Freespace 2!! But this was too much for me, even with SR3’s great additions of modding weapons and expanded vehicle modding options. 🙁

  • I like any thing with a story, though I’m not a huge fan of multiplayer or MMOs. Looks like they’ve made a lot of effort making them stronger on the story front lately. (I’m thinking Star Wars: TOR and The Secret World.) Still, I’d take a single player, story based game any day…

    I did like Portal 2’s co-op, though. Looking forward to The Cave too.

    Also not a fan of JRPGs.

  • Simulation Racing bores the heck out of me. I cannot get into racing games that are “realistic”. I would take arcade racing any day, it’s so much more fun to me. Same can be said for sports, I’ll take Mario Smash Football over Fifa any day.

    Additionally, I kind of like RTS games but I simply can’t get my head around them. I am not a good multi-tasker and I generally just go for the “build EVERYTHING” strategy.

  • I dislike Racing and Sports game. I play games for storyline T_T no matter how bad the game is some of their storyline is good.

  • MMOs and JRPGs.

    Both suffer from serious padding issues where the amount of enjoyable content is vastly overshadowed by the amount of boring/grindy content.

    Having a game have 100 hour worth of gameplay is not a selling point when 60 of those hours are uninteresting random encounters and another 20 of those are dull, cliché story that takes far too long to actually say anything of relevance.

    I don’t need instant gratification, I just need to feel like I’m not wasting my time.

    • The only JPRGs I’ve enjoyed were FFX and Dragon Quest VIII. While I to this day regret I never finished Dragon Quest VIII and loved every minute of it, I can’t bring myself to go back to it. I think I am well past the window I could have enjoyed that kind of game in.

      I never liked the idea of MMOs, though I have dabbled. I think games like Star Wars: the Old Republic and Star Trek Online are a far cry from the MMOs that were popular when I was in high school, but they still just don’t hold my attention.

      • In high school, I would spend many an afternoon going to a friend’s place while we played through FFX. We’d pass the controller and pass a good amount of time just hanging out and having fun, while progressing along our shared save file.

        He played more than I did and was a lot more committed to grinding the game through to completion but I had fun, particularly with the mini games to get the ultimate weapons (which I had much better luck with than he did).

        One of the better gaming experiences I’ve ever had and just like Dragon Quest VIII for you, one I will never bother going back to. There was a time where that was fun for me. That time is not now.

    • This is the other half of me. Along with the daunting playtime/grinding, I also can’t deal with all the number crunching and agonising over what equipment is best to get etc. I loved the hell out of the first two Paper Mario, Mario and Luigi and Golden Sun games… but in all cases the sequel is sitting there unfinished, and the third unstarted.

    • I used to be so into JRPG’s. FF7, Suikoden.

      Now i can’t stand them. I’m beginning to think JRPG’s were great for the time, but the entire appeal of JRPG’s were the story. But game design nowadays has moved on, and are delivering the story much better. Like Uncharted.

  • There are very few FPS games I can get into. The exceptions though are if it’s multiplayer with friends (eg. Borderlands, L4D, or Unreal Tournament), or there is a compelling story or interesting game mechanic (eg. Half Life or Portal). I also tend to veer away from board game/card game simulations, real sport simulations, click-fest ARPGs (again, unless it’s with friends or a compelling story), and I just can’t seem to get into RT4X like I can RTSes.

    Other than that, it’s generally just down to the game itself rather than genre.

    • I have no time for ‘traditional MOBA’s’ that you play with a mouse – but I’m a bug fan of the original Monday Night Combat which shares a lot of their characteristics I beleive.

  • RTS, MOBA & Platform style games. They just aren’t my thing despite trying so many times to get into them. I’m fine with pretty much every other genre though. Absolutely love open world games like GTA & Fallout. Yet not much of a fan of Elder Scrolls.

  • I used to play RTS and JRPG’s predominantly in the 90’s. I haven’t touched RTS since WC3 and just find the micromanagement really boring. I stopped playing JRPG’s once I got too old to identify with the stories in Final Fantasy, which seem to be aimed at 15 year olds.

    I hate Action RPG’s (with the exception of Borderlands) with a passion – I find them insanely monotonous. In fact, I’d say that is an objective fact: ARPG’s are monotonous – if you enjoy them its despite that. For me MMO’s are basically an extension of ARPG’s, so they don’t interest me at all.

    I will play the odd round of FIFA with a mate, but don’t get the point of sports sims really – I include driving sims in that too.

    I haven’t played shooters much in the last couple of years. I got real fatigue with the genre after Crysis 2. I will probably pick up Halo 4 and Far Cry 3 at some point to see if I can be brought back to the fold.

  • Modern shooters… For me the modern shooter is just boring… Yeah the atmosphere is meant to feel real(ish), but I just much prefer a shooter with a sci-fi setting… I play games to escape reality, modern shooters don’t let me escape (typically because you can also finish them in a single day)

    • I’m like that but with a more horror fantasy setting.

      Something in the Call of Duty series will bore me pretty quickly, but give me something like The Darkness, or FEAR or more recently ZombiU and I am all over it.

  • Hack and slashers like Devil May Cry and God of War, also any sport game apart from combat ones like UFC and Fight-Night.

  • I’m going with the obvious: sports games (racing excluded).
    RTS don’t gel with me I tried really really hard to like Brutal Legend. No luck.
    Sims is a no-go area for me.
    Most touch screen games (iPhone/Android) hold no appeal to me whatsoever, with the exception of old point and click remakes.

    But I’m also not fond of anything online. I’m in for the single player campaign only and then move on.

  • Battle-arena-style RTS (as opposed to trade-oriented RTS), cos I prefer the passive-aggressive “steal all your money and watch you starve” approach to the outright-aggressive “squash you by force” approach.
    Most stealth games, because it eventually turns into trial and error for me, and I really dislike playing the same content over and over because of a stupid mistake or dickish AI. Likewise platformers, racing games and MMOs.

  • sports games like Fifa, Madden etc… never really been interested enough to bother with them. If I want to play sport I’ll just go out and do it.

    Also, while I love them to death, and buy as many as I can get my hands on, i’m just an absolutely rubbish player of strategy games, so I stick to single player for the most part (and still struggle).

    • No way, maybe music games like Guitar Hero, those are pointless, learn to play the real thing.

      Sports games though, it’s different, because if you really enjoy watching a particular sport, it’s really fun to play a game where you can dictate the play as you want to. FIFA individual pro mode is boring though, yea I’d much rather play the real thing.

  • RTS games, simulation games (like the sims) and sports games don’t click with me at all.
    I was never able to get into FPS like call of duty either. (fps like fallout or bioshock are just fine though)

  • Never really got into games like DoTA, mainly because I don’t really want to have to do background research on playstyles/tactics in order to be somewhat competent at a game. Probably why I’ve never got into online multiplayer Starcraft II, build orders…ew!

  • I cant be the only person that has enjoyed games from every genre …. Ive happily gone from sports to racing to RPG to FPS to RTS to Minecraft in the span of half a day.

    If I HAD to pick tho it might be MMO’s and t hats only because I enjoy playing them but they require at least 90% of your gaming attention (legit statistic, trust me).

  • I have only enjoyed one or two MMOs, but since 2007 have not enjoyed them since, Everquest 2 was my first, really enjoyed that one, then Age of Conan, for about 2 months. Since then Nope, can’t get me to play them.
    RTS games are a chore too, too much focus on building a base then micromanaging my units… no thanks, I will stick to Total War (just some micro but not overmuch).
    Aside from that most genres I enjoy, though I can’t for the life of me play single player FPS games.

  • The only games i have trouble connecting with are Sports games like Madden or Fifa, and 2 fighting games like Street Fighter (though they are slowly warming on me thanks to a $5 copy of street fighter IV for 3ds), oh and i suppose occasionally puzzlers and point and click games that have really obtuse answers to puzzles.

  • Strategy RPG’s, soccer games, and apocalyptic, action/rom-com, 3rd/1st person shooter, space opera, science-fiction, war exploitation, rape-revenge, political thrillers. Hate them.

  • MMOs. Admittedly I’ve only had a brief go on the free Star Trek one but it didn’t really do it for me.

    This extends into multiplayer in general, I’ll have a great time when playing something (GTA4, RDR, Team Fortress) with people on my friends list, but I won’t be staying up all night to play with randoms. I’m mostly in it for the single player, the only exception might be a racing game because online multiplayer racing is pretty much the same experience as single player against the computer.

  • Never tried an MMO before so can’t say if they gel with me or not though I’ve never really been interested in trying one either. Sports games are pointless to me personally because isn’t that what outside was invented for? Though I do love Fight Night and some of the more hardcore racing sims.

    Recently I’ve suffered from shooter fatigue as well though I did enjoy Far Cry 3 a lot more than I expected.

  • I like just about every genre of game from fps,mmo,rpg,sports,adventure,rts,platformer,etc. But one thing i will never understand or what to play is a zombie game.

    • But there’s no such genre as zombie game. Zombies can and do appear in FPS’s, RTS’s, platformers, tower defense, space sims, RPG’s. Do you just quit a game as soon as a member of the undead appears? That’s lifeist.

  • I like most games and most genres. What doesn’t go right with me are crap games period. If it’s boring, half baked, repetitive beyond the need to be, badly made, lame storyline, and the worste of them: BADLY PORTED CONSOLE GAMES (No mouse sensitivity slider in options wtf??) then it’s a loser for me.

    Other than that I can and will try any game with a highish rating/popularity at least once.

    • Oh man, 2010 – 2012 was like, the console game port revolution. Almost every game I installed had “Push enter to start”. – WHY!? That’s utterly meaningless!

      Dead Island rings as the game that could have been far better if it wasn’t a badly ported console game.

  • I don’t play 99% of:

    FPS, MMO, RPG, JRPG, RTS, Sports/Driving/Flying Simulations

    Always exceptions to the rule, but they’re few and far between.

  • RTS. I really can never get the hang of them. I enjoy watching others play, but I just can’t get the hang of them. Must be my terrible multitasking skills, or lack of familiarity with controls.

  • strategy, Eg: Age of empires, total war blah blah
    and sport, god dammit i hate them. racers are fun though.
    most online games.. excluding 1 mmo i like (gw2)

  • Star Trek Online had me for a bit. But once I’d exhausted my interest in the space combat, realised PVP was no good for my ship type and gotten completely over ground combat, I gave up.

    That’s the only MMO I’ve tried that was of any interest. The only thing coming close was Planetside 2. Which although fun, is no Tribes: Ascend. The latter still being my game of choice when possible. And if I’m with friends, Torchlight II tops it for cooperative play (prior was Diablo 3, but again, once I’d beaten inferno, I had no reason to continue and got bored).

    Personally, I don’t care or see any reason for sports games. Never have and never will.

  • FPS… Wolfenstien and Blake Stone were the last one I played and enjoyed.

    And slightly off topic… peripherals. The NES light gun is only one I’d use and again only with Duck Hunt.

  • Sports Games (except soccer)
    MMO’s (used to play a lot of WOW), mind you GW2 feels like an RPG….
    Point and Click (though Cypher looks good as hell!)
    Racing Ga….

    You know what, just anything that is not RPG, Strat or “action” gaming.

  • I’ll second MMO’s. Except Runescape. Runescape is 100x easier to get into than other MMO’s.

    Also DOTA/LoL games. I’m hopeless at them and the communities are complete cesspits so I hate them.

    Don’t forget FPS’s! Gross. I can’t get immersed in them when I die every few minutes.

  • First Person Shooters. I used love them, especially in LAN. Now, single player stories are cliched, hammy and way over the top with the splosions and multiplayer is a wasteland angry, virtiloic, foul mouthed children and/or dudebros. This is what’s killed it for me.

  • Is Pay to Win a genre? I’ll play any type of game but the thing that frustrates me now as a gamer in his 30s is these in game currencies that cost real world money. When I start to put dollar values on in game items I can’t enjoy it any more. The worst thing is this will infect all genres eventually. Nobody is safe.

  • Generally not a fan of isometric games (this coming from a guy who played a lot of Runescape as a kid). I just think it’s a terrible view, and it’s the worst view for an RPG to be in, which is why I have no interest in Obsidian’s latest game despite being an avid RPG fan. Games like LoL or Diablo 3 I could just never get into, and I blame the view more than anything. When playing them I keep thinking, this would be fun if it were behind the character or over the shoulders, this would be fun if it were an action game, but sadly they are not.

    • Bah. You’re a space marine on Mars and there’s demons. That’s all we needed in my day. Anything more than that just gets in the way of the sweet, sweet violence.

    • Right? And I never understood people who play these “realistic” shooters all the time. I mean, just join the army.

  • i just cant get into all the lo-fi indie side scrollers that are popping up everywhere nowadays. there doesn’t seem to be a lot of depth to any of them and it seems like a massive step backwards to be making the same type of games that we were getting years ago on the snes/nes/mega drive etc, but without the excuse of how primitive the hardware was back then.

  • MMOs until I played eve online, that is good stuff. Otherwise, fighting games, I hate them and don’t even know why.

  • Pure RPG, boring and repetitive. There is no meat in it, all you do is just grind to level up and collect stuff

    • You’re thinking of action RPG’s. Pure RPG’s aren’t about grinding so much as wandering around talking to bar wenches about the plight of being a night elf in a world ravaged by power-hungry humans.

  • Turn based RPG’s… friends tried to sell me on the genre with the Final Fantasy series, but I was bored out of my brain.

  • Point and click adventures never really clicked for me; I just never saw the point. Also not really a fan of platformers or puzzlers or party games or arcade-style stuff. FPS’s are too on-rails and RPG’s are too grindy. I find racing games too repetitive. RTS’s and sims are too complicated. Stealth and survival horror are too slow. Casual/phone games have no story. Fighters and third person action games get too button-mashy for my tastes. Sandbox stuff is boring, I need more direction and focus. And sports games are just the same thing over and over, same with anything turn-based.

    Apart from that, I’ll play anything.

  • Strategy games (with the exception of Sim City) don’t click with me, I’ve never played an RTS and even though I can see how people get into something like XCOM (I tried the demo) it was too slow for my tastes.

    Similarly turn based RPGs are boring to me, it took me all of 5 minutes in the 90s with a rental of the massively hyped FFVII to decide that it was the most boring thing I had put inside my playstation to that point!

    Don’t mind action RPGs so long as the grinding isn’t onerous

    Haven’t clicked with a sports game since the N64 (I really liked that Wayne Greztky Hockey and Quarterback Club 98)

    Finally point and click adventures – I tried the demo for Monkey Island on the xbox a few years back – there’s a reason that genre is no longer considered commercially viable.

  • Stealth based games give me the absolute shits. I keep thinking that I should like Metal Gear but after buying a couple I’ve sworn them off forever. The moment the klaxon sounds and I have to run back into the jungle and try it all again from the top is the moment I stop having fun. The other genre I hate is the micro genre of Rockstar produced sandbox games. Again I tell myself, after reading glowing reviews and seeing the beautiful screenshots that this one will be for me. There’s just something about the mission structure, the map and the way Rockstar do things that rubs me up the wrong way. Nup, never again.

  • Racing sims (Mario Kart is great though if you count gokarts on mushrooms as a sim), sports games (again, Mario is the only way I find them engaging at all as I find them incredibly dull IRL), FPS games set in “real” wars etc with horrid screeching online wankers, MMOs because the concept of “loot” does nothing for me at all, most fighters beyond a passing round or two (it’s no fun being either outclassed embarassingly or being owned by a masher just as you’re actually learning how to perform), games like Farmville and Tiny Tower that have no objective other than just “do stuff, but more” forever and ever while hours of your life fall away uselessly. I avoid a lot of JRPGs as well as they tend to just be time-sucks with nought but impossibly convoluted storylines to show for it – that said I love their design elements. Do Sonic games count as a genre? Because they’ve sucked for about 15 years now…

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