My column this week is about how the genre label of Survival Horror is completely meaningless and nobody agrees what these games should be.
Although, this isn’t the only dysfunctional genre in the industry. In fact, I’d say every time we see someone call a game an “X clone”, we’re seeing an example of a genre without a proper name. People still sometimes call Torchlight a “Diablo Clone”, despite the fact that this genre is old enough to vote and features many disparate titles.
An example of a good genre label is shmup. It’s easy to rememberIt’s short for “shoot ’em up”., it’s a unique word, and there isn’t a lot of “is this game a shmup or not?” confusion along the margins.
I’m not sure why some genres got useful names and some didn’t. Perhaps it’s that the medium is just growing too dang fast. It took movies over half a century to go from technological novelty to cultural ubiquity, and games covered the same distance in about 20 years. Maybe we’ll have more useful genre names once the medium settles down a bit.
 It’s short for “shoot ’em up”.
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This is why shopping for graphics cards is so stupid and miserable.
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There's a new graphics API in town. What does that mean, and why do we need it?
PC Gaming Golden Age
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The Best of 2015
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2015.