Video game genre

A video game genre is an informal classification of a video game based on how it is played rather than visual or narrative elements.[1][2] This is independent of setting, unlike works of fiction that are expressed through other media, such as films or books. For example, a shooter game is still a shooter game, regardless of where or when it takes place.[3][4] A specific game's genre is open to subjective interpretation. An individual game may belong to several genres at once.[1]

A science fiction-themed horizontally scrolling shooter, which is a specific type of shoot 'em up

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