Things have changed – a lot. But they didn’t change overnight. Our favorite video games today have extensive family trees, and we’ve cracked open the dusty tomes of history to find out which landmark titles have had the most profound influence on modern gaming.
These are the games that dared to try something new. And, as a result became the pioneer of video games. In this list we are looking for the games that qualify so well and made their way in the industry that made the other games pave their way off. Whether by creating the brand new genre or by creating the conventions that other games followed later. These games are the absolute “Best of The Best”. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t always pretty, but we’ve narrowed down our picks to 10. Some introduced innovative controls or enhanced graphics. Others defined or expanded gaming to entirely new audiences. All altered the gaming industry.
10. Wii Sport
There’s no denying how much they changed the industry. Bundled with Ninetendo’s Wii video game console, “Wii Sports” was designed to show off the revolutionary motion-capture capability of the Wii Remote.
Players used realistic motions to swing virtual tennis rackets and golf clubs, and along the way Wii Sports launched a whole new trend of “exer-gaming”–yes, exercising by playing video games–that culminated in Wii Fit. First released in Japan at the end of 2007, “Wii Fit”–in which players can simulate doing activities ranging from yoga to ski jumping–is currently the second best-selling video game of all time.
9. Super Mario 64
In 1996, along came Mario, pushing everyone aside and landing an enormous cannonball that drenched all the other games.
“Super Mario 64″ was one of the launch titles for the Nintendo 64 game console, and it has been credited with nearly single-handedly resurrecting the home video game market, which was struggling in the mid-1990s. Considered among the first games to truly and properly use a three-dimensional perspective, in “Super Mario 64″ the overall-wearing plumber collected gold coins, jumped over pools of molten lava, and, of course, rescued the princess.
Over a decade later, Super Mario 64 still hasn’t been topped in the realm of 3D platforming. It did for the genre what Super Mario Bros. did for 2D platforming. In particular, Mario 64 established precedents for analog control of our characters and a dynamic, in-game camera system.
The long line of games following in Mario 64’s footsteps include Banjo Kazooie, Ratchet & Clank, and Psychonauts.
Kids today might scoff at this black and white, two-dimensional table tennis game, but Atari pioneered the console industry when it launched the home version of “Pong” in 1975, three years after it had taken the arcades by storm. OK, so maybe “Pong” wasn’t the first home video game (that was “Magnavox’s Odyssey,” released in 1972), but it was the first popular home video game.
Pong revolutionized game play by introducing the concept of competitive game play in front of your TV, which in turn led to the creation of first generation of home consoles. And hence, made to our list.