Gun games are computer games where the primary objective of the player is to shoot the opponents or targets using a virtual or toy gun. These games, which are also considered subgenres of shooting games, remain to be some of the most popular computer games today. The usual game settings in gun games are military battlefields, anticrime activities, hunting adventures and rescue operations.
Types of gun games
* Light gun games
The type of gun games that you see in most arcades is called light gun games. Unlike the modern gun games you play online, light gun games are played with a gun-like pointing device. This pointing device, called a light gun, is connected to the game platform and screen. Playing light gun games allows you to shoot targets and other obstacles as if you were really holding an actual gun.
* Third-person shooter gun games
The relationship between you and the main character in third-person shooter gun games is like that of a puppeteer and a puppet. You have absolute control over the character's actions. If you make him duck, the character ducks, and if you make him shoot, the character shoots based on your command. The good thing about this type of gun games is that you are given a wider perspective of the surroundings. These gun games not only allow you to position your character anywhere you want, but also let you spot your opponents easily.
* First-person shooter gun games
Unlike third-person shooter gun games, first-person shooter gun games don't give you a complete visual of the character. The only body parts visible on the screen is the character's gun-gripping hands. This visual technique is used to give an impression that you, the player, is the game's main character. This type of gun games lets you experience what it feels like to be in actual operation, where you can scan your surroundings with your own eyes.
Availability of gun games
Gun games are currently some of the most widely available games types on the Internet. You can find a wide variety of free gun games in most online gaming websites. Some game developers also offer gun games for personal downloads. To download gun games, however, you need to pay for the cost of acquiring a game code. Classic gun games, from the light gun variety, can still be found in toy stores and arcades.