Most influential video games
Since the dawn of video games, there have been games that have taken huge strides forward and pioneered new genres, making them quite literally “game changers”.
We look back at ten of the most influential video games in history…
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There were other games before Atari’s Pong, but it was the first commercially successful game and has to be the starting point for a list of the most influential video games. It was important for its impact on both arcades and gaming in general.
It may have been a very simplistic representation of a ball and paddle game (based on table tennis), but it put Atari and video games in the minds of kids and adults worldwide. It’s even in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, due its cultural impact!
Pac-Man may have introduced a maze-action game format in 1980, but it was Tetris four years later that pioneered the puzzle video game format. Created by Soviet software engineer Alexey Pajitnov, it’s straightforward but addictive. Everyone has played the game where you move different shaped blocks as they fall down the screen slowly so that they build up and delete when you have a complete row. The old Russian folk song used in the original version was infectious too.
The monochrome version on the Nintendo Gameboy is one of the best-selling video games of all-time, with 35 million copies sold worldwide.