Up For Debate - How Often Do You Buy A Game Outside Your Preferred Genre

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 4:00 PM

We’ve all got our favourite genres. They suit our preferences down to the ground, and even a middling game of that type is enough to keep us interested. Typically when buying games it’s all too easy to stick with what you know and love. RPG fans will always be on the lookout for the next Elder Scrolls or Final Fantasy, rather than Project CARS and Street Fighter. That said, sometimes it’s nice to head further afield, to see just how green the grass is on the other side.

Trying out entirely new experiences you aren’t familiar with is a fascinating thing, even if you don’t always end up buying a game you love. I thought I’d hate Football Manager for instance, having next to no interest in either football, or management. Merging the two it seems is a recipe for success, because I fell in love with the intoxicating feeling of winning. Now I’m obsessed with football, so I don’t know whether that was necessarily a good idea or not.

That said, there's enough games out there to satisfy even the most niche tastes, and if you want to exclusively play sci-fi themed platformers, or kart-racing games, or jokey simulators riffing on their terribleness, then there's all that for you and more. 

My point being, it can be great to get a wider insight on the gaming world and buy a game outside of your preferred genre. Do you find yourself doing this? How often? And have you recently stumbled into, and loved, a genre which you previously had no interest in? Let us know!

How often do you outside your preferred genres?

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14:33 Jan-01-2016

I've never been a big fan of RPG's (never had a lot of time to properly play through them).
And then I played The Witcher 3.
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10:35 Jan-01-2016

I play all generes games racing games, stealth, action sci fi, adventure and all the other except horror games bcoz I don't like it. And I not played low graphics games, league legends, Mind craft and etc.

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12:49 Jan-01-2016

I personally enjoy the low graphics games the most :D like terraria, minecraft and trove for example. They focus on gameplay instead of graphics which makes is great. :D

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20:11 Jan-01-2016

You are playing low graphic games on i5 and GTX 970!Give it to me hahaha xD

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15:34 Jan-02-2016

I wish I had a 970 so I could put shaders on mc

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15:34 Jan-02-2016

low graphic quality games are the way to go imo. I don't see much point in playing a game like the latest ac or cod or bf or whatever. I prefer games that focus on gameplay or story and let you delve into them for countless hours.

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16:48 Jan-02-2016

hmm.... so, you don't play old games like Price of Persia, GTA 3 etc?

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20:52 Jan-03-2016

I play almost entirely minecraft. And I would love to play the occasional fallout, mirror's edge, portal etc, if my poor laptop would be able to run these games, which unfortunately its not

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17:43 Dec-31-2015

Made a mistake, i clicked occasionally instead of Not very often.


But if i buy a game which is outside of what i really like it's because there's a huge discount on it and the game end up worthing maybe 1 dollars, so i just buy for pleasure XD

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15:36 Dec-31-2015

The only two Genres I stay away from are MOBAs and Survival Horror.


MOBAs are just terrible in general. If you say otherwise, just remember that League of Legends is legally a sport.

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15:40 Dec-31-2015

And the thought of being all alone in survival horror games just makes me depressed. The world is ending, the entire population are zombies, you and maybe one other person are immune; if that isn't depressing to you, I don't know what is.

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16:28 Dec-31-2015

starcraft 2 and counter strike global offensive are legally sports too and they're not terrible.plus ea is forming an e-sports division so e-football will be a sport too.also e-racing and e-shooting.

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20:23 Dec-31-2015

Yes, but those aren't MOBAs.

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14:41 Dec-31-2015

i get very satisfied by playing my genre kind of game and i had bad experience when i had tried game from not of my genre

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14:39 Dec-31-2015

I really hate games which you play from birds view and click a bunch of people and tell them where to go .For me gaming has evolved far from that and the cinematic and detailed worlds of Witcher , Batman or AC are leagues above that.

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11:05 Dec-31-2015

And some times: Where the sh!t happens ..

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10:42 Dec-31-2015

I don't really have a well defined comfort zone. I like a large variety of games, but personally, I can't stand MOBAs because I find them repetitive and pretty unenjoyable. This is just my opinion though. I don't have anything with the genre or it's players.

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10:06 Dec-31-2015

I don't have preferred genres, there's just some I don't like ^_^

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04:36 Jan-01-2016

Same here although i do like stealth games a lot but there arent much stealth games around so i play games of almost all genres all the time

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09:52 Dec-31-2015

All the time since my comfort zone is rts and rpgs.i often play mobas and fps games since rts games are scarce.never really got into fighting games or platformers or hack and slash.but i still enjoy the ocassional metal gear and assassin's creed.but the best will always be age of empires,company of heroes,warcraft and starcraft.and i was really into survival horror.now im not.

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07:03 Dec-31-2015

It's rare for me to step away from the genres I love most (RPG, FPS and strategy) but I tried Rogue Legacy and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it .... it was a bargain too.


Although recently my Dad got me ..."Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad" .... well out my comfort zone on many levels, not even installed it that one xD

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07:31 Dec-31-2015

LOL! WTF?

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08:06 Dec-31-2015

That's exactly what I thought when I received my "gift" haha

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09:58 Dec-31-2015

I thought you where joking at first, but that game actually exist :O

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11:32 Dec-31-2015

Me too.

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05:34 Dec-31-2015

I have tried almost all genres, beside survival horror, vehicle simulation and turn based strategy...

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04:48 Dec-31-2015

It was weird for me. It was the only game that my brother bought when i specifically asked him to buy a shooter type or fps game. I never liked these types of game so i got mad at him and went to bed early that day. Woke up midnight and sat down on the computer. And since I have finished all the game...

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04:53 Dec-31-2015

I thought let's try this game out. It was boring at first but I endured and before I realized I was so into that game. Never in my life I though i would love these types of games. This was 3 years ago and the game was DRAGON AGE ORIGINS. It was the beginning of my addiction to RPG games.

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04:56 Dec-31-2015

Then after finishing both Dragon age origins and 2 i moved onto mass effect series then to witcher series. So not very often I try games outside my genre but this one was best.

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03:59 Dec-31-2015

The Metro series is awesome and I believe the old COD games were the best games I've ever played :D

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08:38 Dec-31-2015

Oh yes, my favorite is CoD 2. Even today that game's graphics is outstanding and if you love the Metro series, then I think you should also try the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Both very great Russian games :)

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16:14 Dec-31-2015

They were actually made by Ukrainian developers. Stalker was by GSC Game World and Metro by their successor 4A games.

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16:28 Dec-31-2015

Oh yeah, sorry. I forget sometimes.

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01:57 Dec-31-2015

I been going outside my usual often been having a lot of fun with some indie titles of varying kinds instead of most of this AAA crap

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03:56 Dec-31-2015

i agree :D

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01:17 Dec-31-2015

This year I've played every chapter of Life Is Strange, and I liked it.

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00:56 Dec-31-2015

I'm into 1st and 3rd person fps's,rpg's,and 8-bit platformers.

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00:38 Dec-31-2015

Never will I play a game that isn't a part of my genre I prefer. First person. No 2D games at all.

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00:02 Dec-31-2015

i always am an open world RPG player back when i first started gaming... i played Neverwinter Nights, and occasionally those MMORPG like ragnarok online, also play non open world rpg games like persona...

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00:07 Dec-31-2015

also i play linear story rpg games like God of War and zelda... and some collect 'em all games like pokemon... well basically i'm an RPG fan... :)


also single player 1st person shooter like metro, those old COD games...

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23:24 Dec-30-2015

I tend to play FPS, Strategy, Sims, and sandbox/building games...
I really want to get into RPGs, And I have gotten into some like borderlands and assassins creed
but I own so many more and feel guilty for not playing them...Oh well

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