Encompasses a broad category of projects created with artistic intent, for a purpose other than pure entertainment or education. Synonymous terms include interactive new media, serious games, altgames.
Games which derive their theme and/or mechanics from the personal experiences of the creator.
Focuses on the relationships between one or more characters, usually in a narrative context that generates conflict or emotion on a human scale.
Period pieces and games that strive for historical accuracy or a realistic setting.
Hybrid genre that explore the intersection between journalism, documentary, and games. Includes games based on historical or current events, or fictional experiences based on real life sources. Distinct from games with an Autobigraphical theme.
Games with an overt political theme, usually with a clear analog to real people and events. Commonly overlaps with Newsgames.
A broad theme encompassing games which explore or are set within futuristic or speculative scenarios. Common tropes include space travel and colonization, advanced technology, the concept of alien species, and the impact of such things on humans.
Games which depict a naturalistic or mundane representation of real life, without stylistic embellishments.
Games that attempt to emulate or parody sports activities such as football, baseball, hockey, pole-vaulting, etc. May include team sports, track and field, extreme sports and combat sports.
Games which deliberately strive to give the player a bizarre, uncommon, possibly upsetting experience.