21 video games that rocked the industry

From 'Pong' to 'Grand Theft Auto,' there's no question that the face of gaming has changed dramatically. Here are some of the titles that led the transformation.

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Nov 4, 2013 9:42AM
no GoldenEye?  that game revolutionized 1st person shooters
Nov 4, 2013 1:34PM
No Doom?  Doom was the game that changed the face of video game playing.  Players could play the first few levels for free, thus making Doom one of the most popular PC games of its time.
Nov 4, 2013 10:54AM
What about Mario Kart? That game was hours of fun, and it definitely rocked the industry as we now have many knock offs on the market. Even Angry Birds is coming out with a kart racer.
Nov 1, 2013 9:47PM

The Elder Scrolls game you picked was Skyrim? How about Daggerfall, which is bigger and better in every way except graphically to Skyrim? It also doesn't feature horses that can climb cliffs.


The Mass Effect game you picked was the worst one by a mile. The first one was the best and yet was nothing but a generic shooter with rpg elements and tons of sex and nudity. You also picked San Andreas rather than the game that actually set the sandbox standard, GTA III or its superior, Vice City?


Where is the Ultima series? Where is Donkey Kong? Where is the mention of Ms. Pacman's influence on female gamers within the Pacman section? How about Final Fantasy/Squaresoft in general? Where is Mega Man?! I could go on and on here about true influence within video game history.


This list... I'm not impressed at all.

Nov 6, 2013 6:29PM
no final fantasy or half-life/ counter-strike??
Nov 4, 2013 11:15AM
what no asteroids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 4, 2013 9:47AM
I’m a bit surprised that they didn’t list Golden Eye 007.  I mean that game lead the way to what FPS are today.  There were games that influenced 007 but really it was the first multiplayer counsel game that really exceled in its class.
Nov 4, 2013 11:15AM
Myst!!!!  You completely left out the game that changed my life!!!  MYST!!!!
Nov 4, 2013 6:56AM
really... mass effect 3? and skyrim would never have happend if it wasn't for oblivion and fall out 3
Nov 1, 2013 9:07PM

"Oregon Trail" was in schools long before 1985. It was the first text-adventure computer game I ever played and I played it in 1976 at the latest. There was no monitor; everything you did on the computer came out of a dot-matrix printer. That game inspired me to write my first computer program, which was a take-off on that but took place in space. I never got to finish it, however, because we only had two computers in the whole school and getting time on one was nearly impossible!

Nov 4, 2013 9:50AM
I don't know; while there were certainly some industry changing games on that list, I am pretty sure not a lot of effort was put into creating this list.  They just want the clicks.  That Civilization is not on the list I find inexcusable.  I would even push to say StarCraft should be there as well.  StarCraft tournaments are still played today.
Nov 6, 2013 6:11PM
Whoever wrote this article isn't a true gamer, just some lazy journalist who google searched "top 20 games" then copy and pasted it.  Where is GoldenEye, Zelda, what about Donkey Kong, and you included Wolfenstein 3D but not Doom?  I could continue this list but I doubt it would do any good.
I'm sorry, what was that? "Sega...industry leader of the decade.." Not quite sure that is entirely accurate. SNES was damn good and hugely supported. Not to mention had tons of awesome games. 
I am an old guy, but I was surprised at some of the mainstays of early videos that didn't make it.  Asteroids, Galaxians, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Astroblaster, Centipede.  I knew one guy that played Asteroids for like 2 days straight with 5 minute breaks without losing to set a world's record.  As they say, those were the days my friend.  All those games had a huge longentivity.  I think I had like 3 games on there.  You can tell when you're old, when you only have 3 games on there.
Nov 4, 2013 10:52AM
Nov 4, 2013 1:58PM
Quake was introduced a year before GoldenEye and was an open source game that got millions of people playing with the game code. How many programmers out there started by playing Quake?
Nov 6, 2013 5:45PM
Duke Nukem. Shake it baby, shake it!
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