Influential games sometimes get genres named after them. However, such genre names tend to be unclear. Which feature of the influential game are you referring to? We have “metroidvania” that is sometimes misinterpreted, we had a genre of “Doom clones”, but now they are called with a more descriptive term “first-person shooters”.

Given how unique and influential Rogue and early roguelikes were — unique in at least four aspects, and having influenced about six major genres of games (depending on how you count) — it is not a surprise that everyone defines “roguelike” differently.

There is one thing that I…

Zeno Rogue

Mathematics, game development, art, roguelikes, hyperbolic geometry. Sometimes all at once.

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