A game is typically a structured form of playing, usually undertaken for fun or entertainment, and at times used as an educational instrument. Games are distinctly different from work, which typically is performed for remuneration, in addition to being an expression of philosophical or aesthetic elements. The work is normally carried out with the view of attaining a practical end, whereas games are typically undertaken for the purpose of entertainment. Games also differ from the other arts in the fact that they are almost always played without any real intent to gain profit. This difference from the other arts enables games to stand uniquely as a distinct genre of their own.
There are different types of games, differing according to the type of medium on which they are played, but all share certain common features. These include the structure of the game, its objective, the player’s interaction with the environment, video game mechanics and the level of complexity of the game. Different genres of video games include sports, action, racing, role-playing and adventure. All share the following general characteristics:
Adventure games are typically fantasy role-playing games in which the player assumes the role of a protagonist in a story about an ongoing adventure. The storyline of these games is self-contained and is generally set within a specific time and space, with many optional elements for the player to explore. For example, in an adventure game the player may choose to travel to different planets to find a missing relative or to seek out a legendary object. Many adventure games are set in settings very similar to those of conventional stories, with the exception of the character’s home base, in which they tend to stay behind and only interact with other characters if they are inside that world. Typically, in an adventure game there are some tools available for the player to use to advance the plot, such as weapons, vehicles, magical or non-magical powers and skill increasing abilities.