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PC Gamer Chat Log Episode 49: What’s in a (genre) name?

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Heya PC gamers, welcome back to the PC Gamer Chat Log podcast! Hope you’ve all had a great week so far. Please tell me I’m not the only one deep in a Balatro hole this week. That game is taking up every dang lunch break I have! Whenever I tell myself I will play something else, my mouse hovers over the play button for Balatro instead. I’m officially poker-deckbuilding-roguelike-pilled. Phew, try saying that ten times fast.

The triple-threat genre isn’t even all that out there anymore. Genres in games have become A Whole Thing. Metroidvania. Soulslike. Survivors. 4X (which I finally found out stands for explore, expand, exploit and exterminate, thanks Google). Sometimes a game can even end up being four or five different things: Roguelite FPS co-op survival crafting anyone?

Myself and Lauren will be talking all things genres this week, bringing along Harvey Randall as our sacrifice to the genre gods. “But wait,” I hear you attentive listeners/viewers ask. “Didn’t Lauren specifically promise to not fight about genres as part of her New Year’s resolution?” Yes, yes she did. Listen, when do any of us stick to those things anyway? It’s almost March, we’re long past trivial matters like a New Year’s resolution.

You can still definitely bully (affectionate) her about it on the PC Gamer forums though. We’ll have a thread going up about this week’s episode where you can pop in and share your thoughts with us. We’ll be in there too having a chat with you! Feel free to tell us what you think about genres. Do you think they’re dumb, cool? Are you a “Wish product page” kinda genre enjoyer, or do you yearn for the purity of a single-genre experience? Make sure to let us know!

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