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The 4 groups of a total of 16 words can be sorted into four connected groups of 4. The goal is to find the connections of the groups.

Kinect Wall

Text version:

+---------+---------+---------+---------+
| FOUR    | DEMON   | CAKE    | BRICK   |
+---------+---------+---------+---------+
| EMPIRES | TRAFFIC | WARTHOG | GHOST   |
+---------+---------+---------+---------+
| WORLD   | INVADE  | DANCE   | BARREL  |
+---------+---------+---------+---------+
| MORTAL  | GUITAR  | TENNIS  | GOLD    |
+---------+---------+---------+---------+
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    $\begingroup$ Did you spell connect wrong for a reason? $\endgroup$ – Jason_ Aug 26 '16 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ Considering it's spelled correctly in the question itself, he probably did it on purpose. $\endgroup$ – dcfyj Aug 26 '16 at 17:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Jason_ Yes. The Kinect is a peripheral for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. While the video-games tag is present, not everyone notices those, so the title is meant to further clue people into this connect wall being video-game related. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Aug 26 '16 at 17:13
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    $\begingroup$ Just preliminary thoughts - Warthog has to do with Halo, cake with portal, tennis maybe with wii, guitar with guitar hero (maybe those last two deal with special peripherals required to play? supported by dance and the dance dance revolution pad). Mortal might be Mortal Kombat but I'm not sure, maybe goes with ghost and demon. _ More thoughts: World and empires and invade maybe has to do with Sid Mier's civ or age of empires, possibly ties in with 4th installment__Even more: 4 might refer to #possible players $\endgroup$ – Avik Mohan Aug 26 '16 at 19:38
  • $\begingroup$ Note that it’s considered anti-social to post text as images without also posting it as text.  Blind people can use the Internet, but (apparently) software that can extract characters from pixels isn’t widely available. (Look at some of the other Only Connect puzzles for examples.) $\endgroup$ – Peregrine Rook Aug 27 '16 at 7:08
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Following @TMpearce example

Grouping by decade

Group 1

TENNIS (Pong- 1972)
BRICK (Breakout - 1976)
EMPIRE(Classic Empire-1977)
INVADE (Space Invaders - 1978)

Group 2

GHOST (Pac-Man - 1980)
BARREL (Donkey Kong - 1981)
TRAFFIC (Frogger - 1981)
FOUR (Tetris - 1984)

Group 3

MORTAL (Mortal Kombat - 1992)
DEMON (Doom - 1993)
GOLD (Goldeneye - 1997)
DANCE (DDR-1998)

Group 4

WARTHOG (Halo -2001)
WORLD (World of Warcraft - 2004)
GUITAR (Guitar Hero -2005)
CAKE (Portal -2007)

Original 11/14 correct

Removed EMPIRE, was wrong based on a comment, Also know that TRAFFIC is (Frogger - 1981), there are two others wrong - almost surely FOUR and TENNIS
Mario games: TENNIS (Mario Tennis - 2000) , BARREL (Donkey Kong - 1981), TRAFFIC (Mario Kart - 1992), FOUR (Mario Party - 1998)
Sci-Fi games: DEMON (Doom - 1993), INVADE (Space Invaders - 1978), WARTHOG (Halo -2001), CAKE (Portal -2007)
BRICK (Breakout - 1976), GUITAR (Guitar Hero -2005), GHOST (Pac-Man - 1980), DANCE (DDR-1998), MORTAL (Mortal Kombat - 1992), GOLD (Goldeneye - 1997)

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  • $\begingroup$ 11 correct game titles. Incorrect groupings, but I like where you are going with it. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Nov 4 '16 at 17:03
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    $\begingroup$ Correct groups and correct games aside from one, but I'll edit that in for you. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Nov 4 '16 at 20:19
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Updated:

Taking the history tag into account, I thought the games might be organized by decade of release.

1st:

1970s
BRICK: breakout(1976)
INVADE: space invaders(1978)

2nd:

1980s
GHOST: pac-man(1980)
BARREL: donkey kong(1981)
TRAFFIC: frogger (1981)

3rd:

1990s
DEMON: doom (1993)
EMPIRES: age of empires (1997)
MORTAL: mortal kombat(1992)
DANCE: ddr (1998)

4th:

2000s
CAKE: portal(2007)
WARTHOG: halo(2001)
GUITAR: guitar hero (2005)
WORLD: world of warcraft (2004)

Unknown

FOUR: ??? (19__)
TENNIS: ??? (19__)
GOLD: ??? (19__)

Original:
Here's a try, with some certain to be wrong:

One group:

Objectives: Cake (Portal), Gold (many many games), Brick (Breakout), Four in a row (Connect Four)

Second group:

Things to be avoided: Ghost (Pacman), Barrel (Donkey Kong), Traffic (Frogger), Demon (???)

Third group:

Games with two-player competition mode: Dance Dance Revolution/Guitar Hero/Tennis (Wii sports)/Mortal Kombat

Fourth group:

Key word is last in a multi-word title:DCS: A-10C Warthog/Age of Empires/Super Mario World/Space Invaders

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    $\begingroup$ Demon could be from Doom. $\endgroup$ – Peter Taylor Nov 4 '16 at 5:59
  • $\begingroup$ You've correctly mapped 8 of the games to the word on the grid. None of the groups are correct. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Nov 4 '16 at 13:21
  • $\begingroup$ So, I was bad at counting. 9 of these game titles are correct. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Nov 4 '16 at 14:34
  • $\begingroup$ Note: the 9/16 correct count is for the original guess I posted (now at the bottom of the updated post) $\endgroup$ – tmpearce Nov 4 '16 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ EMPIRES is not for Age of Empires, but the other games are correct. Also, good job on noticing the history tag. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Nov 4 '16 at 16:55
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I'll give this a try, since nobody else has.

Brick (Breakout)
Ghost (Pacman)
Invade (Space Invaders)
Barrel (Donkey Kong)

Which are all classic arcade games.

Another could be

Dance (Dance Dance Revolution)
Guitar (Guitar Hero)
Tennis (Wii Sports)
Gold (Kinect Sports)

Which all uses a special peripheral (based on a suggestion by Avik Mohan)
I'm fairly unsure about the Gold one. I guessed the last one might use the Kinect, since it was in the title, and this was the closest one.

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  • $\begingroup$ 6 of the 8 game titles are correct, but neither group is correct. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Aug 30 '16 at 13:30
  • $\begingroup$ Does that mean the words each reference a different video game? $\endgroup$ – Kruga Aug 30 '16 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ That is correct $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Aug 30 '16 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidStarkey When you say neither group is correct, do you mean that the groups' headings (arcade games and games with peripherals) are incorrect, or that some of the games within the groups are incorrect? $\endgroup$ – DooplissForce Sep 1 '16 at 20:45
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    $\begingroup$ @DooplissForce both. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Sep 1 '16 at 22:59
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Partial (just a list of games in the grid)

| FOUR ? | DEMON doom | CAKE portal | BRICK breakout |
| EMPIRES ? | TRAFFIC ? | WARTHOG ? | GHOST pac-man |
| WORLD ? | INVADE s. invaders | DANCE DDR | BARREL Donkey Kong |
| MORTAL Kombat | GUITAR g. hero | TENNIS ? | GOLD ? |

That's 6/8 for the Kruga's list and 8/16 from tmpearce as per hints

I also guess that:

TRAFFIC is a reference to GTA disproved

And that:

FOUR, GOLD, EMPIRES and WORLD can almost be in their on category called "postfixes added to too many games to count" ;)

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  • $\begingroup$ I believe adding 2 spaces to the end of a line and continuing on the next line will continue the block (quote/spoiler). You could also click edit on Kruga's answer and see how they did it. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Nov 4 '16 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ Also, most of the game titles are correct so far. TRAFFIC, however, is not. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Nov 4 '16 at 14:33
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, that (adding 2 spaces to the end of the line) worked. $\endgroup$ – mr23ceec Nov 4 '16 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidStarkey just commented on my answer that 9/16 there are correct FYI $\endgroup$ – tmpearce Nov 4 '16 at 14:49
  • $\begingroup$ Well, unless it was DOOM, like Peter Taylor said (already on the list) I don't really see another game I'm sure about including... $\endgroup$ – mr23ceec Nov 4 '16 at 14:53

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