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Just to promote some discussion for the fun of it, I thought I'd do a series of forum posts based on the 53 genres listed in VGG.* Here's a GeekList of all 53 threads.

This thread's genre: Scrolling

Listed below are the top-ranked games in this genre. How does the list fit with your experience?


Have you played any of these games? Which ones? Do you agree or disagree with the ranking? How would you rank the games listed? Are there other games in the genre that you think should be in the top ranks?

And by the way, what do you think of this genre in general?

Super Metroid
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Castle Crashers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
Darkest Dungeon
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991 / 16-bit)
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game
Muramasa: The Demon Blade


*In case you don't know how to find the VGG genres and rankings, hover over Browse at the top of the screen, then click Genres. Click a genre, and scroll down to Linked Items. Click the Sort window, and sort by Rank.
 
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To me, "scrolling" is a weird criterion for defining a gaming genre. I'd say it's a mechanism that can work in games of various genres. Of the games listed, Darkest Dungeon is the only one I know. I love it, but I don't even notice the scrolling aspect.
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
To me, "scrolling" is a weird criterion for defining a gaming genre. I'd say it's a mechanism that can work in games of various genres.


Yeah, I thought this might've been a genre referring to auto-sidescrolling shooters like R-Type and Gradius.

There's a fun conversation to be had:
"Super Metroid? I wonder what that's like."
"Oh, it's a scroller."
"A what?"
"Scroller. The screen scrolls."
"...What, like Super Mario Bros.?"
"No, that's a platform game."
"But it scrolls!"
"But it's not a scroller."

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Is there a distinction between "scrolling" and "side-scroller?" "ing", implies automation to me.
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middletonner wrote:
Is there a distinction between "scrolling" and "side-scroller?" "ing", implies automation to me.

As I see it, "scrolling" is a superordinate term that encompasses side-, vertical-, and multi-directional- scrolling. I think the difference between the verb tenses used is incidental and not really indicative of a real distinction in meaning.
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