Side-Quest 87. The Mad Funny Genre

Hello and welcome to another Side-Quest episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone! This time, we talk about video game genres- what they mean, how we use them, and how useful they are. What genre is this podcast? Don’t answer that, I’m afraid of what you’ll say.

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The Topic

What are common video game genres? How do the genres of games compare to genres of music, movies, TV shows, or books? Are the current genre identifiers useful, or do they leave something to be desired? Are genre terms like Metroidvania or Soulslike too gatekeeper-y? What even is an action adventure game?

The Actual Discussion

What games fall under the official “mad funny” genre? We talk about why we don’t tend to describe games as “comedies” or “dramas.” We extol the virtues of 30 minute TV dramas. We are briefly confused by the sub-genres of metal music. Madelyn claims that no games are scary, having never played a horror game in her entire life. All this and more; it’s a real variety show.

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