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Iznaliu

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As of lately, I've noticed a lot of games that are not even RPGs are calling themselves "dungeon crawlers" because they have dungeons in them. Regardless of what you think of it, has anyone else noticed this trend and what do they think of it?
 

LordofSyn

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Dungeon crawlers as a tag is difficult to pin down. As a genre, the entire game needs to be in endless dungeons.

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LordofSyn

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Maybe it's trying to be a clever marketing plea, or it's some devs that are confused. Idk

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Only game like that I can think of is Dungeon Rats.
 
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Hobo Elf

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Have seen a few dungeon crawlers but they all look like they're trying to cash in on the people looking for a Grimrock experience. Roguelite / "roguelike" is still the darling genre as far as I can tell.
 

Viata

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To be honest, every thing is "some genre" right now because they just say "this is [selling genre here]" so people buy it on steam.
 

InD_ImaginE

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Like a lot of words in history the words meaning have simply transitioned?

It is now literally dungeon crawler, as in games which gameplay mainly consist of player character(s) exploring and killing monster inside a dungeon instead of older RPG related meaning (which is basically blobber isn't it?)
 

Delterius

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There has always been a generic nomer of the 'dungeon crawling experience'. As in, Icewind Dale has good 'dungeon crawling' as compared to the BioWare IE games. From that to 'this is dungeon crawler because dungeons' isn't that big of a leap. Roguelike is a bit more obscure. The word isn't descriptive by itself unless you know what Rogue is.
 

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