The etymology of adventure takes us to the language Latin: its word adventūra can be translated as what will come or happen. The notion is usually used in allusion to the event, the fact or the event that, for some reason, is out of the ordinary.
For example: “Yesterday we lived an adventure since we missed the train and we had to walk several kilometers to return to the hotel”, “This mountain is perfect for adventure lovers”, “Becoming a father was an adventure for me”.
The idea of adventure is linked to an experience that entails certain risks and whose protagonist may be at the mercy of unpredictable events. Adventures can start spontaneously and involuntarily, without the person looking for them. In other cases, the subject will push a action to try to live the adventure in question.
Take the case of a family heading to its destination of holidays but that, in the middle of the night, his car breaks down on a little-traveled road. While they await the arrival of help, they decide to camp next to the vehicle. In this way they are forced to live an adventure that was not in their plans.
Instead, a young man who decides to walk the Patagonia As a backpacker, climbing mountains and swimming in lakes, he performs his travel In search of adventures.
The informal, casual, or clandestine romantic relationships they are also known as adventures: “Don’t say anything to anyone, but I’m living an adventure with my neighbor”, “The actor was discovered by his wife in an adventure”.
Adventure is also the gender from films and of literary works that bets on entertainment through the risky experiences of the protagonists. “Around the world in eighty days”, from French Julio Verne, is an example of an adventure novel.
As in the rest of the arts, the video game They can be divided into a large number of genres and styles, among which is adventure. The main elements of adventure games are the exploration of peculiar scenarios, the investigation to solve all kinds of mysteries, the need to talk and interact with many characters in order to advance in the story (which prevails over the action) and solving riddles.
It is important to clarify that this genre of video games is not related to that of adventure novels and films, since it does not refer to the theme or the type of main character. In other words, it does not indicate the presence of large scenarios in which risky exploits will take place on the part of an agile and reckless hero; on the contrary, adventure games tend to feature “normal” people and their settings are often rather grim.
Given that the story is the main point of adventure games, it is normal that its narrative level is higher than that which we can find in other genres, such as action or even the RPG. Their main platform is the computer and nowadays they no longer enjoy much popularity, unlike what happened until the beginning of the 90s.
Among the best-known titles in the adventure genre are King’s Quest, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst Y Maniac mansion. As in literature and cinema, the complexity of certain works makes it very difficult to place them in a strict genre, and that is why there is no one classification definitive. On the other hand, the existence of fusions between the different genres adds a few layers of complexity to this task; one of the most common is action-adventure, series genre The Legend of Zelda, developed by Nintendo.