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The action category refers to the broadly applied term for games with major emphasis in testing and challeging the player's abilities, such as reflexes, dexterity, timing, reaction time and eye-hand coordination. This is a major video game genre, dating as far back as 1962's Spacewar, and it has spawned several subgenres such as shooters and beat 'em up. While games from other genres can be encompassed by such definition, the action genre refers to games in which the gameplay is heavily based on the previously mentioned common factors. The prime distinction, between games that only incorporate some of the mechanics and factors from action games and actual action games, is based in the influence rather than the presence of such mechanics and factors in the general gameplay. That means that despite a game featuring and requiring real-time responses from the player, what matters and defines a game as an "action game" ultimately depends of how much and to which degree the progression of the game relies on the real-time responses, skills and abilities of the player.

Action games are commonly associated to be revolved around combat and evasion of enemy attacks, obstacles and hazards, where the player's in-game avatar (which is typically a living or thinking being or a machine of some kind) is controlled manually and in real time by the player, with the objective usually being to eliminate enemies (Dig Dug), collect items (Mappy), reach a destination (Mr. Driller) or perform specific actions (Wrecking Crew, Paperboy). However, the action definition is not limited to games featuring real-time combat and evasion. Most mini-games from WarioWare series, Breakout and Atari 2600's Kaboom! are examples of action games which do not feature combat and evasion.
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Games 7,272

Title / Release date
  • 2.00
    2
    1971 sep 1971 Space combat simulation
  • 3.03
    14
    1971 nov 1971 Space combat simulation
  • 2.08
    11
    1972 sep 1972 Table tennis Ball and paddle
  • 2.61
    398
    4
    1972 29 nov 1972 Ball and paddle Table tennis
  • 1973 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1973 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1973 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1973 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1973 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1973 apr 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 2.81
    35
    1973 jul 1973 Space Action
  • 2.98
    1
    1974 1974 Arcade Ball and paddle
  • 2.98
    1
    1974 04 mar 1974 Ball and paddle
  • 3.00
    2
    1974 04 nov 1974 War Multidirectional shooter
  • 2.50
    3
    1975 sep 1975 Western Twin-stick shooter
  • 2.74
    2
    1975 25 sep 1975 Arcade Action
  • 1976 jan 1976 Multidirectional shooter
  • 1.93
    11
    1
    1976 1976 Vehicular combat
  • 2.60
    11
    1
    1976 1976 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 2.51
    18
    1976 mar 1976 Western Shooting gallery
  • 2.70
    119
    2
    1976 13 apr 1976 Block-breaking game Arcade
  • 1.83
    3
    1976 jul 1976 Fixed shooter
  • 1.50
    1
    1976 sep 1976 War Multidirectional shooter
  • 1976 oct 1976 Boxing
  • 3.00
    1
    1976 oct 1976 War Multidirectional shooter
  • 2.52
    26
    1977 jan 1977 Block-breaking game Arcade
  • 0.50
    1
    1977 jan 1977 Science fiction Multidirectional shooter
  • 2.40
    10
    1977 mar 1977 Western Twin-stick shooter
  • 2.50
    1
    1977 apr 1977 Hunting Light gun shooter
  • 1.00
    1
    1977 jul 1977 Light gun shooter
  • 1.99
    10
    1977 jul 1977 Space combat simulation
  • 1.00
    1
    1977 sep 1977 Shooter
  • 2.28
    25
    2
    1977 11 sep 1977 Fixed shooter
  • 2.70
    42
    3
    1977 11 sep 1977 Vehicular combat Multidirectional shooter
  • 2.38
    19
    1977 11 sep 1977 Multi-sport event Ball and paddle
  • 2.00
    1
    1977 oct 1977 Multidirectional shooter
  • 2.00
    1
    1977 nov 1977 Fixed shooter
  • 2.00
    1
    1978 1978 Action
  • 1.00
    1
    1978 mar 1978 Action
  • 1.00
    1
    1978 jun 1978 Fixed shooter
  • 2.91
    358
    2
    1978 jun 1978 Fixed shooter Alien
  • 1.00
    1
    1978 sep 1978 Shooter
  • 2.56
    22
    1978 sep 1978 Block-breaking game
  • 1.00
    1
    1978 oct 1978 Shooter
  • 1.75
    2
    1978 oct 1978 Action
  • 2.28
    3
    1
    1978 oct 1978 Block-breaking game
  • 1.00
    1
    1978 nov 1978 Action
  • 2.00
    1
    1979 jan 1979 Fixed shooter
  • 2.07
    4
    1979 1979 Vehicular combat
  • 2.16
    2
    1
    1979 1979 Fixed shooter Science fiction
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