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What genre do you absolutely hate?

Every game is not for you. There's always that genre that you shy away from, because the gameplay just rubs you the wrong way, or the community bugs you, or because you just don't like any of the franchises. That's not to say they're a bad games, but sometimes the genre just isn't your bag, man.

What do you think; what's a genre that you absolutely, positively hate?

We've heard people hating on all sorts of genres, from first-person shooters to MMOs to stealth games. Like, seriously, what's the appeal of slowly crawling around in the dark for fear of getting seen only to start ALL OVER AGAIN if one person sees you. But for reals, let us know down below.

What's your pick? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to tell us why you absolutely hate a specific genre of game.

102 comments

  • DbaiG - December 3, 2013 4:28 a.m.

    Hate is a very strong word. I don’t hate any genre but there are some genres in which I have no interest like sports games or fight games. The only one from sports games that I play is Speedball that is one of the distinct games but still it can’t be included in the column of favorite games. DbaiG Bolee.com
  • alllifeinfate - September 20, 2013 2:19 a.m.

    I don't have any really...I could play most of them and at least endure any genre that's the least to my liking.
  • Craza - September 18, 2013 1:05 a.m.

    I don't like the sports genre at all, mostly because I hate watching sports. I don't mind playing sports with a few friends, but any competitive stuff isn't my thing. The only sporty-ish game I like is SSX, but it's hardly realistic. I also can't stand MOBAs, not because of the community, but because I hate squad-based, top-down action games in general with a passion. Like, when Dawn of War went squad-based in DoW2, I was so utterly disappointed. It was boring, tedious, and I just got no enjoyment out of it. DOTA2, LoL, or any game that is a MOBA, I just completely lose interest when even mentioned. I think with those games, it's more that there are hundreds upon hundreds of heroes and characters, and they all seem like games you have to have an encyclopedia with you to even remotely have a chance of understanding and playing the game. Games that seem like you have to have an in-depth knowledge of before even playing are not games I want to get into, because those are generally the ones full of elitist assholes.
  • Vaerkone - September 17, 2013 12:21 a.m.

    I really hate JRPG, I haven't played all of them but I hate them all nevertheless, and I'll use two of the later Final Fantasy games as examples: It's very sexist, the excessive porno moaning the characters do all the time is embarrassing and the battle system is boring. The music in most of them (FFXIII, FFXIII-2) feels cheezy and tacky, the story doesn't feel compelling and good lord that random encounter system is annoying as hell. Not to mention that a lot of the enemy designs (and their animations) are stupidly boring (I'm looking at you Haguma, Flanborg, Flanitor, Flanbit, Flan-the-fuck-your-name-ends-with). The cinematics are good though. And the worst part? I have to play these two games because I never came around to finish them, and that annoys me.
  • ombranox - September 16, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    MOBAs. Mostly because the playerbase is univversally awwful. Wwith the exception of Monday Night Combat... That game wwas pretty fun.
  • poothurdur32 - September 15, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    "Stealth" or "Stealth-ish" games bug me. I'm not talking about games like Thief and the old Hitman games, the classics. In those games, you can either take a difficult, Puzzle game approach and exploit the idiotic AI in a multitude of awesome ways (Drugging up the guys in the Doughnut van in Hitman: Blood Money is priceless), but I'm also not talking about them because, with Hitman at least, you can opt in for a more explosive, Michael Bay-ish approach. No, I'm talking about games where they fool you into thinking you're actually being sneaky when really they ONLY offer you the Michael Bay-ish approach. That always irked me about the Arkham games: half the game was a very fun and large beat 'em up with some admittedly bland puzzles, but the other half was divekicking guys and grapple-hooking away. Hitman: Absolution could just get boiled down into a somewhat fun Gears of War clone, and the 2 new Splinter Cells ARE just somewhat fun Gears of War clones. Now, I'm not saying they're bad games: I'm just saying they're dirty, stinkin' liars when it comes to "Stealth" aspects. Also, I'm not ratting on TF2 or Hotline Miami, because whoever says those 2 games are "Stealth" games are idiots, and I know a few people who do, in fact, call them stealth games.
  • zymn - September 15, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    I dislike RTS games because I suck at chess.
  • Doctalen - September 14, 2013 8:37 p.m.

    I dislike sports games and racing games because they don't appeal to me. For sports I don't see the joy factor in that's so dull (purely opinion based off of personal experiences). For racing games I can see the appeal but I would rather play something else. Even though I don't dislike or hate RTS, I have a love hate relationship. I love the depth they offer but love/hate the build up and definitely hate losing. Yet I love them :p
  • Danomeon - September 14, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    I don't play sports games or racing games that take place in a realistic setting, and I'm not a big fan of simulation games. I feel as if the limitations of reality and the rules of sports mean that these games always feel very similar, and I find that there are never any surprises within them. I much prefer stuff like Mario kart that bends the rules of reality to provide a consistently surprising and unexpected twist on racing. I'm also not a huge fan of competitive games that require lengthy investment with learning curves. Learning the moves and mechanics of a fighting game character seems like too much of an investment when I'm only going to play so many online matches before I move on to a different game, and the same can be said about memorizing build orders in RTS games, or learning a character in a MOBA. I'll play these genres, but I don't like them competitive.
  • Ritcheyz - September 14, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    I hate pretentious indie "art" games like Limbo and Gone Home. What makes it worse is they usually cost 15-20 dollars and you only get about 2-3 hours of gameplay (if it can even be called that) out of it. "Oh, it's about the experience, not the playtime!" That's ridiculous and doesn't hold up. Imagine the world's funnest game. The funnest game you've EVER played! Take the funnest five seconds and make that into its own game. Then charge 20 dollars or more for it. Would you feel ripped off? Absolutely.
  • Danomeon - September 14, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    I don't know if you can compare 15-20 dollars for several hours vs. 20 dollars for 5 seconds. That's a pretty extreme exaggeration, I don't know if the logic of your argument really holds up too well. Ton use a bit more of a logical argument FOR the 15-20 dollar short games: many people feel very content to spend this amount of money on movies, which are often shorter than the games you're referencing. It took me MUCH longer to beat Braid, Fez, and Antichamber than it did to watch a movie.
  • Ritcheyz - September 14, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    What I'm saying is that if my point is valid in an extreme case, then it is valid in non-extreme cases as well. Personally, I spend very little money on movies and games, so that may be why I'm so adamant about cost/value, but when games put on the illusion of being something more than they are, it bothers me. To be honest, I feel that the closest that games have come to being art is Red Dead Redemption, which I know some people will disagree with. However, games like Journey, Gone Home, Flower, Limbo, and such bother me because they're all built on a single theme or grounding, but masquerade as being more than they are.
  • PatHan-bHai - September 14, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    Anything Bioshock and AssCreeds.
  • artcellrox - September 14, 2013 3:59 a.m.

    MMOs. For the life of me, I just CANNOT get into them! I have tried so many: SMT Imagine, RO2, Warframe, WoW, TERA, and I just can't get into them like I can with JRPGs. Something about them just pisses me off. I also don't enjoy too many "typical" sports games. Extreme sports, like street racing, X-Games, and such are fair game.
  • marc-thomas - September 13, 2013 11:53 p.m.

    First person anything. I like seeing my guy/gal when I am playing.
  • AshLynx - September 13, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    First (or even third) person shooters. It's not rocket science in this case: They make me motion sick as all hell. It's the first person view (so Mirror's Edge counts too). I still managed to stomach my way through Portal for being awesome (and it's short) and in short bursts, I was able to do Portal 2 co-op with a friend. But Portal is one of the few exceptions (Metroid Prime was low on motion sickness too, for whatever reason). For some reason, Metroid Prime Hunters on the DS didn't do that, probably because I felt at one with the control for the camera. I will need to play Portal 2 anyway (watching a video doesn't help, it makes me motion sick too), as that's the only game I'm willing to deal with the motion sickness due to awesome. But most FPS plots don't look very interesting to me anyway. Obviously, this last console generation's big budget AAA games didn't do much for me, most of the time.
  • SDHoneymonster - September 13, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    JRPGs, or at least those that display all the stereotypical tropes eg Lost Odyssey. All cliches and dull turn-based combat. Just something about most turn-based combat in general really that I can rarely get into; it feels stale and rigid to me, that there's a 'set' way to do things that if you diverge from you'll be punished for.
  • Zeedar - September 13, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    I loathe grand strategy games. Total War, King Arthur and the rest. They are big, slow, boring, terribly complicated and frustrating. I think I'm just too impatient for them. Then of course there are the aformentioned simulators and sports games, that i just don't see the appeal in. I don't really hate those though.
  • mbavalo - September 13, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    I don''t like field sports games. Some things should stay in the real world and not invade the video gaming universe. I mean, what's the appeal of sitting down and playing a game whose change over the decades is just the texture, for instance, FIFA games (and PES although I don't see any difference between them) and is virtually identical in gameplay terms with it's version from 10 years ago? The worst part is that they are made into yearly franchises, and people keep on buying them!
  • Oujisama - September 13, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    First person shooters, AKA the only genre that exists for western developers. Whether its a war shooter, platformer, or RPG with deep plot and action elements, its ALWAYS in first person view for whatever reason. I really don't like the FP view; I like looking at the characters and connecting to specific characters and plot, I don't want to be "immersed" as the main character. It's just...I hate it.

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