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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 shooter 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), reach a destination (Mr. Driller [ミスタードリラー]) or perform specific actions (Wrecking Crew [レッキングクルー], Paperboy). However, the action definition is not limited to games featuring real-time combat and evasion, and some games don't follow this pattern, such as Breakout, Atari 2600/VCS's Kaboom! and most mini-games from the WarioWare [メイド イン ワリオ] series.
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Games 11,868

Title / Release date
  • 1.91
    9
    1971 sep 1971 Multidirectional shooter Space
  • 2.62
    26
    1971 nov 1971 Multidirectional shooter Space
  • 1.00
    1
    1972 1972 Ball and paddle
  • 1.00
    1
    1972 1972 Action
  • 1.00
    1
    1972 1972 Light gun shooter
  • 1.00
    1
    1972 sep 1972 Action Maze
  • 0.50
    1
    1972 sep 1972 Science fiction Multidirectional shooter
  • 1.00
    1
    1972 sep 1972 Fixed shooter
  • 2.04
    15
    1
    1972 sep 1972 Ball and paddle Table tennis
  • 2.62
    551
    5
    1972 29 nov 1972 Ball and paddle Table tennis
  • 1.00
    1
    1973 1973 Ball and paddle Association football
  • 1.00
    1
    1973 1973 Ball and paddle Hockey
  • 1.00
    1
    1973 1973 Action
  • 1.50
    1
    1973 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1973 1973 Shoot 'em up
  • 2.00
    1
    1973 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1973 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1973 1973 Ball and paddle Table tennis
  • 1973 1973 Ball and paddle Tennis
  • 2.00
    1
    1973 mar 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1973 mar 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 1.00
    1
    1973 apr 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 2.00
    1
    1973 jul 1973 Ball and paddle Table tennis
  • 2.00
    1
    1973 jul 1973 Ball and paddle Table tennis
  • 2.62
    43
    1
    1973 jul 1973 Space Obstacle course
  • 1973 jul 1973 Ball and paddle Tennis
  • 1973 oct 1973 Ball and paddle
  • 2.00
    1
    1973 nov 1973 Space Obstacle course
  • 2.00
    1
    1973 nov 1973 Ball and paddle Association football
  • 1.00
    1
    1973 nov 1973 Ball and paddle Hockey
  • 1.00
    1
    1973 nov 1973 Association football Ball and paddle
  • 1973 nov 1973 Sports Ball and paddle
  • 1973 nov 1973 Ball and paddle Association football
  • 1973 nov 1973 Ball and paddle Tennis
  • 1.50
    1
    1973 dec 1973 Ball and paddle Tennis
  • 1974 jan 1974 Ball and paddle Volleyball
  • 2.95
    9
    1
    1974 1974 Ball and paddle Arcade
  • 1.50
    1
    1974 1974 Ball and paddle
  • 2.63
    5
    1974 04 mar 1974 Ball and paddle
  • 2.00
    1
    1974 aug 1974 Fixed shooter Alien
  • 1974 oct 1974 Ball and paddle Baseball
  • 2.00
    1
    1974 nov 1974 Light gun shooter Hunting
  • 1.50
    1
    1974 nov 1974 Ball and paddle
  • 2.61
    5
    1974 04 nov 1974 Multidirectional shooter War
  • 1975 1975 Ball and paddle Table tennis
  • 2.26
    6
    1975 06 jun 1975 Fixed shooter
  • 2.78
    8
    1
    1975 sep 1975 Western Twin-stick shooter
  • 1.96
    8
    1
    1975 25 sep 1975 Action Arcade
  • 1975 oct 1975 Light gun shooter
  • 1975 nov 1975 Scrolling shooter
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