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Game Genre Wiki

This wiki serves as a group project for FMMC 0282 in Spring 2014. Each student should select one of the game genres from the list below and create a detailed analytical page. On each page, students should create an analysis of the genre that effectively defines the genre, provides its history, discusses at least three important examples of games within the genre, and analyzes its significance within the scope of videogame studies as explore within the course. Each page should be a coherently written mini-essay, not a series of bullet points. All sources should be cited, and the page should include links both within the wiki and to external sources. All writing should be in the students' own words, or clearly marked as cited quotations.

Each student has ownership of one specific page. They are responsible for creating a first draft for that page, and managing subsequent edits. Students are expected to contribute to at least three other pages as well as maintaining their own primary page. Students are encouraged to use the Talk pages to discuss and plan edits.

The project will be assessed twice throughout the semester. On April 7th, Prof. Mittell will assess progress and leave comments on pages. It will be due and assessed on May 17th at 5pm.

Students will be graded on three components: the overall quality of the entire wiki (a shared class grade), the quality of each student's owned page, and the level of participation from each student. These grades will be shared at each assessment point and averaged together for the final grade.

List of Genres

AAA Games
Action RPG
Adventure Games
Alternate Reality Games
Arcade Game
Arcade Shooter
Arena Shooter
Art Games
Board Games
Card Games
Casual Games
Construction and Management Sim
Cooking Games
Dance Games
Dating Sim
Dress-up Games
Driving Game
Dungeon Crawler
Educational Games
Fantasy Games
Fighting Games
First-Person Shooter
Flight Simulator
Indie Games
Infinite Runners
Interactive Fiction
Isometric RPG
Life Simulator
Military Shooter
Music Game
Mystery Games
Open World Games
Outer Space Games
Party games
Physics Puzzler
Political Games
Puzzle Games
Rail shooters
Real-Time Strategy
Rhythm Game
Sandbox Game
Shooting Gallery
Singing Games
Social Games
Sports Games
Stealth Games
Tactical RPG
Third-person Shooter
Tie-in Games
Tower Defense Games
Turn-Based RPG
Turn-Based Strategy
Virtual Reality
Visual Novel
Zombie Games

If students want to propose a genre not listed here or change the name of one of these, please ask Prof. Mittell.