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Encharted: the history of game genres and platforms

From a database of 24,000 games, Reddit user NcikVGG has charted the volume of releases by genre and platform.

From a database of 24,000 games, Reddit user NcikVGG has charted the volume of releases by genre and platform.

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While it doesn't break things down by sales, you can see quite clearly how the popularity of genres and systems wax and wane over time, including the protracted death of the arcade industry. We are curious about the near non-representation of the first-person shooter, though...