Which Video Game Genre Is Your City?

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From the survival horror streets of Chicago to massively multiplayer Los Angeles, Dorkly has taken a handful of U.S. cities and described them — with uncanny accuracy — in terms of video game genres.

They describe the dangers of Chicago thusly:

Intermittent pockets of extreme danger and safe zones. Filled with stories of an awful past, and the quiet fear that the bad times may be coming again. At times the environment can be hostile, and you must be equipped with the proper items and bravery to survive.


Having only been in Chicago twice in my life (once for a Transformers convention), I can confirm with all false authority that this description rings true. In the same vein, having a co-worker who lives in Portland, Oregon uniquely qualifies me to validate its description as a Nintendo game.

Your city is bright, colorful, and fun! Safe, unchallenging fun. For children. And much like Nintendo characters, no one actually seems to have a job. Year after year, nothing really changes. It becomes exhaustingly bland. At least it's super easy to get mushrooms.

Of course I can't speak with any authority about cities I've barely been to, and since Dorkly didn't see fit to include Atlanta, there is no description of it as an overambitious PC game that overheats your system just as it's getting good for me to riff off of. So I'll just have to make up my own. I guess I just did.

Check out Dorkly's cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Detroit, and then tell us which game genre fits your town the best.


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Matt Watland

Columbus Ohio is a Dance game.