One thing that has long bothered me is the term "Adventure Game" for a certain genre of video game. Games like Monkey Island and King's Quest. Whenever I hear the term "adventure" I picture someone picking up a sword and slaying dragons. But these "adventure games" aren't about adventuring at all; they are about puzzle solving. "Adventure" is a more fitting description for a game like Legend of Zelda than for something like Indigo Prophecy. Sometimes people will throw out the term "Point-and-Click Adventure," and this is honestly an improvement. For as much actual adventure as these games have in them, watering them down to what you'd expect from a point-and-click interface does describe them close enough. But you can't call the whole genre "point-and-click adventure" because it doesn't apply to the older games that use a text parser, or various other titles where you don't actually point anything. So maybe you could say "Graphic Adventure" but that doesn't describe it very well; the first image that conjures up is some explicitly R-Rated game, because it's graphic. Plus it doesn't apply to the old text adventure games, which means you'd have to separate the two, which means when you try to call the whole genre something you wind up at just "adventure." That's right back to where we started! We need a new term for the genre. When I try to think about what uniformly applies to these games, well, that's about puzzle-solving. But when people hear about "puzzle games" there is already a genre for that, with games like Tetris and bejeweled. So that doesn't work. And maybe you could try to find a term that applies to both puzzles and a person exploring and talking, but if we had a good term for that it would probably be a better fit for games like Professor Layton and Puzzle Agent. So maybe... Problem-solving game? That sounds more appropriate, but it doesn't really roll off the tongue; it doesn't sound like a good name for a genre. But we definitely need a better term for this genre. What are your thoughts? What should we call this genre?