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The Fall of The Platformer: Understanding Video Games' Most Pivotal Genre

Aidan from Awesome Games writes: 'The platform game was the shooter of the ‘90s, the default genre by popular decree that owned a majority of the market share. Just as the virtual immersion of the FPS has somehow resonated more strongly today than in past years, the platform game defined the early years of the revitalised home console market, namely its 8-bit and 16-bit eras, until a number of factors would begin to churn a culture that would culminate in a call to warfare and a fall for the platformer.'

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from the beach1385d ago

All enthusiasm for the genre was killed stone dead following the bloated excesses of the N64 collect-a-thon era ... however, thanks to the likes of NSMB and Sonic Generations, platform games have come back in style.

ninjabake1384d ago

Not necessarily true but sorta. There was an immense amount of platformers in the 5th Gen but many could argue it was equal or maybe even less than the saturation of shooters flooding the market this Gen and that's not stopping fps from dominating the market. I think it was more of people simply losing interest and wanting something new. Maybe the same will happen with fps? Doubt it but who knows.

morkendo231384d ago

HOPE platformer games continue and sidescrolling games make a come back.