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Category Definition Notes Examples
Adult Adult games feature explicit sexual situations. MobyGames
Africa Setting is in the African continent, excepting Egypt but including the island of Madagascar and various archipelagos such as the Seychelles, or in an African-inspired setting. MobyGames
Amusement park Games that primarily take place at an amusement park (including theme parks and water parks) or involve the construction and/or management of one. May or may not involve the ability to ride the attractions themselves. MobyGames
Antarctica Setting is on Antarctica, Earth's southernmost and coldest continent and the only one without permanent inhabitants.
  • May also incorporate the surrounding Southern Ocean and various uninhabited islands within the Antarctic Circle.
Arctic Setting is within the cold northern tundra of the Arctic Circle, including the Arctic Ocean.
Asia Takes place anywhere in the continent of Asia, except Japan, China, or the Middle East.
China Includes the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Manchuria, and any pre-1949 empires that were considered part of the wider Chinese culture. MobyGames
Classical Ancient Greek and Roman, or use significant visual styles or themes from this period. MobyGames
Cold War Setting focuses on the geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and the United States and their respective allies, the Eastern Bloc and the Western Bloc, after World War II.
  • The period is generally considered to be from the beginning of the Truman Doctrine in 1947 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. If the game is only set during the period of the Cold War but not primarily focused or themed on the Cold War itself, it gets the Contemporary theme instead.
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Comedy Comedy games present events in the game in comedic fashion. They feature jokes in conversations or one-liners, or rely on satire or absurdity.
Contemporary Taking place in a modern day setting, primarily any time period after World War II up to the present day. However, this does not include games that are focused on or themed after the Cold War from 1947 to 1991. MobyGames
Cyberpunk Features the extensive use of technology beyond and/or more advanced than what is used by the general public today in a futuristic or retro-futuristic dystopia. Cybernetics are frequently shown in such settings. MobyGames
Dark Games with a dark theme usually contain disturbing elements that aim to make the player feel a sense of uneasiness.
Detective/mystery Detective/mystery games feature a traditional detective story or mystery that needs to be solved.
Eastern Europe Setting is on the eastern part of the European continent. Wikipedia
Egypt Setting is in the transcontinetal Middle Eastern (more specifically, northern African and southwest Asian) country of Egypt, whether it be in Ancient Egypt or Modern Egypt (including the present-day Arab Republic of Egypt). MobyGames
Europe Setting is on the European continent or the British Isles.
Fantasy Settings that are inspired by fairytales, revolve strongly around magic, include fantastic creatures, or make use of old myths. MobyGames
Healthcare Games that have as a theme the maintenance or improvement of health via the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings. MobyGames
Historical Setting takes place in and/or focuses on a historical time period. MobyGames
Horror Featuring elements that attempt to frighten, shock or instill dread in substantial parts of the game.
Industrial Age Takes place in the 1800's West, or equivalent settings with steam machines, street lamps, trains or fountains.
Interwar Setting in the periods between 1918-1939, excluding games mainly set in World War I or World War II. MobyGames
Japan Setting is on the island country of Japan in East Asia, whether it's set in one of Japan's historical periods (such as the Edo period) or in Modern Japan (Meiji era onward). MobyGames
LGBTQ Games that prominently feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer characters, or plots with these themes.
  • A character or a theme revealed to be LGBTQ-related outside the game is not sufficient, as it has no bearing on the game content.
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Lovecraftian Based on the works of writer H. P. Lovecraft. Wikipedia
Medieval Takes place in Europe or the Middle East between roughly the years 900 and 1550, or equivalent settings. MobyGames
Middle East Games taking place on the Arabian peninsula or the easternmost Mediterranean coast.
North America Setting is on the North American continent. This includes the United States (except Hawaii, which is in Oceania), Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Does not include games set in the Pre-Columbian Americas. MobyGames
Oceania Setting is in the geographical region of Oceania.
  • This includes the subregions of Australasia (including the Australian continent), Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia (including the U.S. state of Hawaii).
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Piracy Sea pirates or air pirates. MobyGames
Post-apocalyptic Taking place in a world set after the fall of modern human civilization or generally after a major world-destroying disaster. MobyGames
Pre-Columbian Americas Taking place on either of the Americas during historical and prehistorical times before the influence of European colonization. Aztec, Incan, and Mayan cultures are common themes. MobyGames
Prehistoric Setting predates the beginning of human written history, and usually take place prior to year 5000 BCE. Also includes settings revolving around dinosaurs or cavemen. MobyGames
Renaissance Setting focuses on the European Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries. Wikipedia
Romance Games that are about (not just feature) romance. MobyGames
Sci-fi Typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology. MobyGames
South America Setting is in the South American continent and certain archipelagos including the Galápagos Islands and the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). Does not include games set in the Pre-Columbian Americas. MobyGames
Space Setting is in outer space, either within our universe outside of Earth or in a constructed universe.
Steampunk Features steam machines being used for more advanced purposes than they ever were in real life, whereas electricity is uncommon. MobyGames
Supernatural Supernatural games have elements that are based on the real-world but violate natural laws, e.g. superheroes, vampires, werewolves.
  • Note that the elements are not so far away from our natural world that they constitute fantasy or sci-fi.
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Victorian Setting focuses on the Victorian England, years 1837-1901. Wikipedia
Western Focus on the 1800s USA west of the Mississippi River, including cowboys, duels, saloons, and pre-citizenship Native American tribes. MobyGames
World War I Setting is during the First World War (July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918) or a fictional post-1918 continuation of said war. MobyGames
World War II Setting is during the Second World War (September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945) or a fictional post-1945 continuation of said war. MobyGames
Zombies Features zombies in the game.
  • Although arguably similar one way or the other, mummies, vampires, etc. should be excluded, as these belong in the supernatural category.
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