Why do video game genres go out of style?

#1VideogamegalaxyPosted 10/28/2013 4:25:29 PM
You hardly see flying games like Contra or R-Type anymore like in the 1990's, and platformers are not as mainstream these days as back than. So why do certain game genres die out over time?
#2blinkfreakPosted 10/28/2013 4:31:49 PM
People get tired of them.

But I think it is mostly because people are too concerned about what other people think.
#3userfrigginamePosted 10/28/2013 4:35:00 PM(edited)
Not sure. Kinda sucks tho. I guess it's partially what casuals are most interested in, on top of publishers just following the trend of other successful games. I really wanna see another rogue squadron/naboo starfighter.
#4Stink_ApePosted 10/28/2013 4:34:48 PM
From: Videogamegalaxy | Posted: 10/28/2013 7:25:29 PM | #001
flying games

like Contra

What???
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#5originalhipsterPosted 10/28/2013 4:37:12 PM(edited)
blinkfreak posted...


But I think it is mostly because people are too concerned about what other people think.


This. Hyper "realistic" (despite not being realistic in any way) shooters are one of the only socially acceptable gaming forms.

I partially blame it on kids who grew up during the post 9/11 society where war is glorified and everyone is perceived as a threat.

Nintendo games are perceived as kiddy by all non-gamers and many casual gamers.
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#6zado19Posted 10/28/2013 4:41:49 PM
bc makers of games in said genres start to think they can get away with releasing any old bull**** and people stop buying them
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#7DBeanPosted 10/28/2013 4:46:00 PM
Oversaturation in some cases. You already see people starting to roll their eyes at shooters at this point to some degree when it just used to be WWII shooters back at the start of the century. I really expect that genre to start losing some popularity as we move on as it was already starting to taper off outside of the very top sellers. Of course, there was also a high degree of 2D/3D platformers with Mario leading the way as well as kart racers.

Too many "me, too!" games are a huge reason genres go out of style for awhile.
#8Videogamegalaxy(Topic Creator)Posted 10/28/2013 6:10:08 PM
Stink_Ape posted...
From: Videogamegalaxy | Posted: 10/28/2013 7:25:29 PM | #001
flying games

like Contra

What???


Sorry, I meant Gradius
#9TheGreatUnownPosted 10/28/2013 6:21:12 PM
DBean posted...
Oversaturation in some cases. You already see people starting to roll their eyes at shooters at this point to some degree when it just used to be WWII shooters back at the start of the century. I really expect that genre to start losing some popularity as we move on as it was already starting to taper off outside of the very top sellers. Of course, there was also a high degree of 2D/3D platformers with Mario leading the way as well as kart racers.

Too many "me, too!" games are a huge reason genres go out of style for awhile.


Yeah, look what happened with Guitar/DJ/Band Hero and the Rock Band games.
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#10LvthnPosted 10/28/2013 6:23:36 PM
Technology marches on. Developers want their games to show off what the hardware can do and 2D games stopped doing that some time ago. Only recently with the popularity of the "retro" market and proliferation of smaller studios have any of these previously dead genres really been revived.

Also because consumers would feel like they got ripped off if they paid full price for a game that clearly took less to make.