30-day VGC: My favorite genre

I’ve been gaming for a number of years now, and over the course of time my tastes have changed. Ever since I first experienced Final Fantasy on the NES, my favorite genre was RPGs. I loved the 8- and 16-bit JRPGs, and when I started gaming more on PCs I found a long list of great RPGs, especially from EA/BioWare. Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect are all full of great gaming memories for me.

Dragon Warrior, one of the earlier JRPGs I played. ©1986 Enix.

Interestingly, as I’ve gotten older I’ve actually started to appreciate more action-oriented titles. I’m not as into the slow-paced, turn-based mechanics of earlier RPGs and would rather play a good action-RPG. I think games like Borderlands and Destiny really turned me on to the idea of pasting RPG-like mechanics on to other genres, and I really enjoy the hybrid approaches now.

Gaige is my favorite Borderlands character. ©2012 Gearbox Software/2K Games.