Episode 46 - Does a Story Dictate a Game’s Genre?

We’ve all grown to know our favorite franchises as representative samples of their respective genres. In fact, after a bit of time with these games, it becomes challenging to separate the genre from the game itself. This brings us to an interesting question: are game developers pigeonholed into a specific genre depending on the story they want to tell? Can a thriller only exist as 1st person? What about adventure stories: can they be puzzle games? It’s an interesting thought experiment that may challenge our working assumptions of the games we play and their developers’ flexibility. In this episode, Chris and Aaron explore the nuances of this complex question. In the assignments segment, Chris delivers his review of Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS.