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Poll Vault: Role-playing is your favorite game genre

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)

When you sit down to dive into a virtual world, do you choose to swing swords? Rotate blocks? Throw punches? That was the subject of last week's Yahoo! Games poll — "What's your favorite game genre?" — and the results are ready for their close-up.

Though considered by some to be one of the less accessible genres, Role Playing rolled its way to the #1 spot with 31% (2,092) of the votes, edging out the seemingly more popular First-Person Shooter genre, which came inches from victory with 29% (1,980). Considering games like Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3 were among the best-sellers of 2011, it's not exactly a shocking one-two punch.

Coming in third was the catch-all Action/Adventure genre (16%, 1,102), while the ever popular Puzzle genre managed to Tetris its way into fourth with 13% (874).

At the bottom of the list -- but not our hearts -- are MMOs like World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic, which managed only 7% (455), though even that low number kicked the Fighting game genre right in the face (5%, 328).

What are your favorite game genres? Sound off in the comments!

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