Extinct game genres
The gaming industry does not stand still.
New games are released all the time - literally every day. Genres also do not stand still and tend to evolve, change and sometimes disappear forever.
Today we are going to talk about such genres.
Shooters with light weapons
The technology of light weapons appeared in the 40s of the last century. It all worked so that light sensors allowed players to shoot at moving targets on the screen.
Such light gun games became widely known in the mid-80s thanks to Duck Hunt. In the next decade the popularity of this game increased and it was impossible to think that the genre would die out, because soon there were ideological followers like Virtua Cop and Time Crisis.
But unfortunately the genre was not destined to live and develop. Now the only thing we can remember of such games is a few House of the Dead games that can be played on slot machines.
Car combat games
The two most famous names of this genre are Carmageddon and Twisted Metal. They were once very popular! Why was that? Because they allowed the players to release their accumulated negative emotions in real life, raising the level of violence in the game to absurd heights.
By and large, the 80's and 90's were the golden era of the car combat genre. It was during this decade that the most successful games were released: Vigilante 8, Twisted Metal, Destruction Derby. But as far as Carmageddon was concerned, it was still quite different from them in terms of gameplay. The game awarded points for killing pedestrians on the streets - and because of this unprincipled approach, the game was even banned in many countries.
But this was only temporary. Then, like a phoenix, the game would rise from the ashes.
But even a phoenix could not live forever and be reborn endlessly.
So who killed the genre?
The answer is: GTA 3.
It may seem absurd and ridiculous, but GTA 3 raised the bar not only for action-adventure games, but for the entire gaming industry. And those studios, developers, or publishers who couldn't keep up were left behind.
Carmageddon became one of those casualties, leading to the decline of the entire car combat genre. In GTA, it was just more fun to run over pedestrians, you know!
Games of this genre were an interesting idea. Well, originally.
What was the point? And the point was to collect figures with special chips that connected to a peripheral portal.
The first such game was U.B. Funkeys. This game had all the elements that would come to define the genre. For example, players would buy a starter kit that included a USB hub and a few figures that could then be used in the game itself.
This simple but potentially lucrative concept was used to create one of the most infamous franchises, Skylanders.
Well, because it suddenly became the most popular game in the world: sales of the launch pack were three times higher than expected by Activision (yes, yes, they were the ones who made it). So Skylanders: Giants, the sequel to the game, earned the developers more than $195 million in the United States alone.
It was clear that this relatively new genre could make a lot of money, and other companies picked up on the idea. The competition grew by leaps and bounds.
But the trouble came as expected - the market quickly became saturated with games of this genre. The quality of these titles also left a lot to be desired. As a result, many people became disillusioned with the genre as a whole, thinking that such games were made not for the player, but to sell toys and speculate on the love of heroes.
Well, today the genre is almost dead, with only a few attempts to revive it in recent years. None of them were successful.
That's a shame.
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