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Old 05-24-2012, 01:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What are the Most Important Games of All Time?


We hope you're enjoying our first full-blast cover story this week. We've certainly enjoyed creating it! And we are already hard at work on future cover stories.

For one of those upcoming cover weeks -- more than one, actually -- we're going to revisit an (alarmingly) old 1UP classic feature, The Essential 50. Things have changed a lot in the gaming world since we wrapped that list in 2004 (like I said, it's alarmingly old), and it needs a refresh.

But we'll be doing it differently in 2012. Last time around, 1UP's staff picked the list, and it ended up coming off as a little piecemeal because I was spearheading it as a novice member of the gaming press. This time, it'll be more orderly... and more thorough. This time, we're asking for your opinions, too.

So tell us! What, in your opinion, are the 10 most important games of all time? Respond below in the comments! We'll collate your responses and factor them into our final list, 50/50 with our own opinions. 1UP is all about community, which is why we need your input on this very important list.

Please limit your responses to 10 picks, and don't explain why you made your picks. We just need a list of names. Chime in through the end of the holiday weekend! And, also, thanks for taking part.



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Old 05-24-2012, 01:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: What are the Most Important Games of All Time?

Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Dragon Quest, Pong, Adventure, Pac Man and Tetris are all valid choices. Sonic? Nah, it's just Palette swap Mario Bros on speed.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: What are the Most Important Games of All Time?

Space Invaders
Pac-Man
Super Mario Bros.
Tetris
Street Fighter II
Super Mario 64

Can't think of 4 more........
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Re: What are the Most Important Games of All Time?

Off the top of my head, don't engrave it on my tombstone.
Pac-Man
Spacewar
Super Mario Bros.
Pong
Doom
Street Fighter 2
Tetris
Kings Quest
Ultima
Warcraft
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@SC - Why Warcraft and did you mean World of?

@SH - Why Mario64?
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No, Orcs vs. Humans, it popularized rts's.
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Re: What are the Most Important Games of All Time?

Mario 64 pretty much kicked off 3D gaming on consoles. People may or may not like it, but it was a significant game.

I should add Ocarina of Time, just because the lock-on targeting system that debuted in that game has been used by so many games afterwards.
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One that hasn't been said, Pokemon. It revolutionized handheld gaming and it also brought around the have to use more than one game and trade to catch em all.
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Re: What are the Most Important Games of All Time?

Is that really important though? Making people use more than one game to get all the content seems more important to the creators wallets than the gamers or the industry.

It revolutionizing hand held gaming is hard for me to believe but I don't know a lot about that so I'll take your word for it.
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Re: What are the Most Important Games of All Time?

Add Computer Space and Bible Adventures to the list.
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well, for me battletoads! and i believe it made an impact on many other people...
i'm glad i grew up with it
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Looking at it from my perspective:

Tecmo Bowl
Super Mario Brothers
Pong
Pac-Man
Madden
007 Goldeneye
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Re: What are the Most Important Games of All Time?

Actually SFF, Tecmo Super Bowl should be on the list, as it was the one that paved the way for games like Madden, by introducing injuries and stat charts.

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I was thinking about that before i realized Tecmo Bowl was first l3
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Just because it was first doesn't make it more important.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:25 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: What are the Most Important Games of All Time?

RU probably wouldn't have happened without
Out of This World
Wonder Boy in Monsterland
Buck Rodgers Countdown to Doomsday
Phantasy Star 1-4
Shining Force 1
The Immortal
Shinobi
So those are some of the most important games of all time.


Spacewar - started the modern concept of a video game.
Pong - kicked off video gaming. Was huge at the time.
Space Invaders - started the arcade craze.
Pac Man - World wide Pac Man is the most popular video game character of all time. Bigger than Jesus and even Mario. It created a new gaming audience - women.
Tetris - created a new audience - your grandmother. Kicked off portable gaming.
Street Fighter 2 - revitalized arcades and defined the fighters genre. Modern fighters are still often direct clones of it.
Colossal Cave Adventure - first interactive fiction game. Might seem insignificant now but it was a crucial step in gaming history.
Myst - Was a pretty big deal at the time. It created a new gaming audience.
Grand Theft Auto -Ditto.
Oregon Trail - Ask an average 30 year old American to name a video game from their childhood and this will be the most common answer.
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Poor Computer Space.

Everyone give all the credit to Pong...

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I assume Pong gets all the love because it was user friendly and two player. This doesn't look very fun-
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Problem is, you're looking at it through today's perspective. Do you actually think Pong looks fun?
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Pong
Sprint 2
Space Invaders
Asteroids
Xevious
Donkey Kong
Pac Man
Karate Champ (grandfather of all fighting games)
Zelda
Tetris

These are all old school games. If you want some more newer games, you're going to have to allow me to go past 10. IMO almost all current games can be traced back to these originals.

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The reason why Pong made my list and not Computer Space is because I never even saw a Computer Space to play whereas Pong was the first home console game I ever played and started the entire home console business. IMO Space Invaders is the grand daddy of all Arcade games as it was the first one with enough saturation that a person could actually find one to play.
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Donkey Kong, because It really was the first game have a plot made for it, even if a simple one, and without plots games would be much more boring and not worth our time, plus, they would be mostly action and racing.

And there would be no RPG's, and no earthbound, or maniac mantion, or clock tower, or zelda, and that would make me cry.
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@Tenser- I'm not looking at it through a modern perspective. I think Pong is so fondly remembered because of it's simplicity and it's head to head mode. Unless I'm wrong Computer space doesn't have that.
Like Nolan Bushnell said - "Sure, I loved it, and all my friends loved it, but all my friends were engineers . It was a little too complicated for the guy with the beer in the bar."
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