What are 3D games and how do I play them? Video games in one form or another have been around for decades, if not centuries. Examples include MUDs (Multi-user text-based dungeons), in which players could view or read representations of rooms, objects, others’ characters, actions performed in the digital world; and Roguelikes, a genre of roguelike computer games focusing on character interaction and exploration, instead of inventory, leveling, or monsters. The advent of the Internet has led to a massive increase in these types of games, with websites that feature entire worlds full of these games being created every day. Some of them are free, others require a price.
A common question about these games is what sort of graphics are used, and how much detail is actually added to the scenes. There are two main styles of graphics that can be found in Roguelikes and MUDs. The first is “high poly” graphics, which essentially use more polygons than the traditional single-cornered view of most games. For the most part, these 2D graphics tend to have a cartoonish appearance, with realistic facial features and backgrounds. In terms of gameplay, the style of these games usually involves using perspective to get a bird’s eye view of the surroundings. Often, this is done by zooming in and out.
Most Roguelikes and 2d games feature a “flat” style of art. This means that all of the scenery and items are rendered in flat colors, and are not detailed at all. In contrast, most top-selling modern games, like Counter Strike or DayZ, are highly detail oriented, often using hundreds of tiny details to help bring life to the characters and environments. However, even in this genre, flat graphics are not the only options. Two other styles of game development exist: polygonal and tile based.
A variation of the flat style of game development is tile based. Like flat, polygonal graphics, tiles are rendered in full 3D with realistic shading and patterns. Polygonal games generally offer a more “traditional” type of experience, where a player can expect to see realistic terrain, buildings, trees, mountainsides, waterfalls, and other natural elements in their game play.
Since there are several different styles of game development, there are many different kinds of roguelike and 2d games to choose from as well. Two other genres that are popular among roguelike fans are minigames and puzzle games. Minigames usually involve some sort of inventory interaction. Some of the most popular examples of this would be Spelunky and Dungeon dweller. Puzzle games, on the other hand, usually require the player to solve a puzzle using logic.
The last type of game development I’d like to discuss involves platforms. Platform games, also known as platform games, are games where the player uses a platform to move around on. Usually, platform games require the player to jump, dash, or roll their character over the platform. Two other popular examples of this would be Mario and Sonic.
All of the mentioned types of game development have one thing in common. They are games that are designed for various forms of game playing across a variety of platforms. There are some exceptions, such as some forms of educational games. However, for the most part, they are games that involve games that can be played across most gaming platforms.
So, we’ve discussed a few different forms of gaming companies that create and produce great looking and enjoyable games. Hopefully you now understand a little bit more about the types of games that are available. Next time you’re out at the mall, don’t be afraid to ask people if they have any favorites in particular. Chances are they will be able to point you in the direction of something you may want to try.