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This Girl's Guide to Computer Games

Computers aren't just for work. In fact, there's an entire world of video games just for your computer. Don't know where to start? Let me show you some popular genres!

I tried to keep these descriptions as broad as possible. Of course there's many variations and sub-genres of these genres. I just want to give you a taste of each, as well as examples.

Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG): You create a character, pick a class then try to outfit them with the best gear you can find while playing with your friends or other people from around the world.
Examples: World of Warcraft, Neverwinter

What I might say while playing: "I run around on my polar bear, with my phoenix, shooting lighting!"

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA): Generally a team of 5 players vs another team of 5 players that try to control combat lanes by destroying turrets or other sorts of fortifications.
Examples: DOTA, League of Legends, Smite

"I have more assists than their team has kills!"

First Person Shooter (FPS): You and your team of guys has guns/weapons/explosions and there's another team of dudes with their own arsenal. Go kill the enemies! Complete objectives and capture strategic points!
Examples: Battlefield, Team Fortress 2


Real Time Strategy (RTS): Ever wanted to control your own army? What about utilize every resource you have to it's fullest potential? RTS's are all about managing people, land and resources.
Examples: Starcraft, Civilization, Endless Legend


Leave your favorite video game genre in the comments below!

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lionpaw wrote on January 22, 2015, 11:13 AM

I really liked Boulders Gate (?) for the tv and then World of Warcraft. I never really played any other video games. I did try Rifts briefly since one of my sisters loved it. But it seemed all silly and the same like wow. Why start over? haha I don't like walking in game, I love my mounts!

DDS1 wrote on January 22, 2015, 12:11 PM

"Get in position and wait on my go!!" emoticon :smile:

Kasman wrote on January 22, 2015, 2:04 PM

Actually once I outgrew Pacman that was pretty much it for gaming for me!

GayleStorm wrote on January 22, 2015, 5:53 PM

I really like fantasy games myself so I'm pretty familiar with both of those games. I play an MMO similar to WoW but it's free and I totally take my mounts for advantage. Just started a brand new character and had to walk everywhere - bleh!

GayleStorm wrote on January 22, 2015, 5:57 PM

I'm -really- bad at first person shooters so I generally die right away and don't have time to strategize.

GayleStorm wrote on January 22, 2015, 6:00 PM

That's understandable. It's a hobby, just like anything else.

Vivenda wrote on January 24, 2015, 5:50 AM

Well, I have to admit it: My name is Vivenda, and I'm a Sims 3 addict! Trouble is, my husband is distinctly unSimpathetic at times!

GayleStorm wrote on January 24, 2015, 1:30 PM

LOL! I'm also a Sims 3 addict. I played the first one when it came out years and years ago but my fiance was kind enough and bought me Sims 3 right before Sims 4 came out. It was a great time to get some deals on the expansions.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 24, 2015, 6:03 PM

I don't play many video games these days, but my family play them all. The genre I used to play would be the last one; Real Time Strategy.

Vivenda wrote on January 25, 2015, 10:43 AM

I played Sims 1 with all the EPs, Sims 2 with all the EPs and SPs and am now enjoying Sims 3 with all the EPs and most of the SPs. So far I've resisted Sims 4 - but, who knows, when the price finally comes down...

thing2 wrote on February 8, 2015, 6:28 PM

I would recommend downloading the computer gaming platform Steam to your PC or Mac if you want to play computer games. They often have sales that leave the games very cheap and they also have social aspects built into it. It is made by the same company that developed Portal 1 and 2 as well as Half Life.

Coffee wrote on February 25, 2015, 6:26 AM

I'm afraid I only really play puzzle games - does that still count?!

LadyLeaf wrote on March 19, 2015, 8:56 AM

I like MMOs, RTSes, Sandbox, and some Simulation games (Harvest Moon anyone?). Currently on a Minecraft kick (building stuff is fun!) but I can feel the urge to play Guild Wars 2 creeping up on me again, and my hubby and I have been playing Age of Empires 3 again lately. I also love the occasional Tower Defense game.