Readers’ Choice Awards 2010 Log — Week 2, Day 7: The Dying Genres


1) No remakes or enhanced ports allowed (unless noted).

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3) Deadline is January 4th, 2011.

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Week 2 is coming to a close with two genres that have been biting the dust for the past few years: music games and horror/thriller ones. The former has it a lot worse though; the last straw is obviously Harmonix being sold to another developer. Nonetheless, there has been a few surprises here and there, most notably Dance Central for Kinect.

True horror games are practically non-existent nowadays as most tend to either take the drama/thriller route or being satirical in nature. Even then, these aren’t pure horror games gameplay-wise…most tend to combine other genres into the mix these days. Even the Resident Evil series moved away from what we’ve been used to, taking a more action-oriented style with less “scare factor”. I do like the direction though, especially parodies. Dead Rising 2 surprised me with its self-aware elements in its plot and gameplay, riddled with corny lines, stereotypical characters, and bizarre situations. The same goes for Deadly Premonition, a game I’ve yet to play but its budget price and big heart won over a lot fans this year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s polls. Stay tuned for next week’s platform awards!

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