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« on: June 03, 2018, 02:19:13 PM »

“That’s not a roguelike! That’s a [roguelite|roguelike-like|procedural death labyrinth|]!”

The reason I describe The Enchanted Cave 2 with the term “roguelike” is for two reasons that work together:

1. The massive majority of players either agree in calling it a roguelike or simply don’t care about the precise technical accuracy of a game’s label enough to affect their enjoyment.

and 2.


https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=roguelike,roguelite,roguelike-like,procedural%20death%20labyrinth

It would be marketing suicide to call it anything else.

Roguelike purists may be technically correct, but that’s not always the best kind of correct.
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 02:56:53 PM »

I wouldn't worry too much about purists, ever, in any context. Language is limited and flexible and whatever.
You're totally right Dustin and your post is super useful.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 08:54:46 PM »

Good call, and damnn if those results don't prove themselves.
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2018, 04:23:48 AM »

Very true. At the end of the day, nobody really cares about what the purists think, and certainly not your players.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2018, 10:52:23 AM »

As a bit of a purist myself, I like it when words have meaning. Any chance of calling it a "light roguelike" or something like that which doesn't involve modifying the all-important search term, but still makes a distinction between games where you lose all your stuff when you fail and games where you don't?
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2018, 08:32:26 PM »

Genres are dead anyways
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2018, 09:11:27 PM »

It's all about the component-based models instead of the inheritance-based ones now.
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2018, 02:12:26 AM »

you should not call it "enchante cave 2" though because thats probably the name of 5 hopa games and hundreds of non game related thing but also kinda sound unexciting. Like its not even magic or cursed and not even dungeon or temple, just average cave that got some "+5%" buff from passing wizard.
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